Monthly Archives: November 2015

Popular

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“It is necessary to act, to move, to fight and, if necessary,
to die. Neutrals have never dominated events. They have
always gone under. It is blood which moves the wheels of
history!”

It is necessary to appeal to the common mind.

How popular is the limited imagination?

Lexathon

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“War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.”

Words must be at least four letters. Words must use the central letter.

[S][M][I]
[L][E][Y]
[?][?][?]

Smile
Smiley
Slim
Slime
Slimy
Mile
Miles
Lies
Lime
Limes
Elms
Isle

Notes:

1. Random 9 letters (initializeLetters, shuffleTiles, how to track central letter?)
2. Dictionary (read/write from text file, how to verify words?)
3. User input (verify correct input, handle exceptions)
4. Timer (getTime, countTime, addTime)
5. Output (checkScore, checkTime, extra options, features)
6. Docs (see requirements)
7. QA

Hearth

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“So long I’ve wandered…”

“How should I proceed?”

“Choose your own path.”

“Burdens of the past.”

“Leave doubt behind.”

“No looking back.”

“What is broken can be reforged!”

Dictionary

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“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Is there a definition for a picture? Like, we can say this picture is a picture of “___”.

An optical illusion has two definitions. Because there’s the first obvious picture and then there’s another way to look at it. But even if each definition is, say, ten words long, we fall pretty short of its worth.

Who would rather have a thousand words over a beautiful picture? You would never read a whole dictionary and you don’t need to see every definition to know its worth.

Get back to the drawing board.

Virus

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“I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better.”

Ill. Get better.

“Virus spreading.”

I’ll get better.

Which way is the wind blowing?

In my face. It’s chilly.

Winter

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I am the fury of the blizzard, the bite of the wind, and the cold of the ice.

“Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.”

I bring the storm.

Tin Man

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“…he really has a heart of gold…encased in a framework of iron…in a carapace of steel.”

A little rusty.

“Metal is harder than flesh.”

Face it.

“My face is leaking.”

Stainless steel?

“The time of man has come to an end.”

Metal can replace your limbs.

“Fired up and ready to serve.”

Gassed up and ready to drive.

“As long as it takes.”

Follow the road.

Counterattack

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“Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.”

The days are swift nowadays.

“It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.”

Honesty or dishonesty, whichever is more right.

“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”

Count the doubles. No amount of torture and interrogation will succeed. 1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 10124 2048 4096 8192 16384 32768 65536 131072 262144
Now attack.

Backstab

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“Look… behind you.”

Surely, you jest.

“The joke’s on you!”

What a joke!

“Just a little bit closer!”

I don’t see.

“Now you see me, now you don’t!”

I see.

“For my next trick, I’ll make you disappear!”

A joker of all trades.

Business

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“We’re on a diplomatic mission!”

Politics.

“Where are the simpletons?”

Minding their business.

“A mind is terrible thing to waste.”

They should have had better control. I’ll pick it apart piece by piece.