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 All at Sea (Posted on 2009-12-09)
The words in the table all have some marine association.

Each may be slid up or down within the grid at will.

Your task is to create a row of marine coherent text, however is your discovery truly a marine object?

 B E C M S S S A R O C Q P S E H C A B O U D M R U R A T E H B Y R I O A A R A L E L A D R S T F F R M L Y T T N

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 with a little help from my computer | Comment 1 of 5

DATA helm,beach,crab,moby,coral,squid,dory,mast,sprat,surf,raft,seal,tern
DIM w\$(13)
FOR i = 1 TO 13: READ w\$(i): NEXT
CLS
RANDOMIZE TIMER
DO
PRINT
r0 = CSRLIN
IF r0 > 40 THEN CLS : r0 = 1
FOR i = 1 TO 13
wd\$ = w\$(i): ln = LEN(wd\$)
rg = 8 - ln
r = INT(RND(1) * rg + 1)
FOR j = 1 TO ln
LOCATE r0 + j + r, i
PRINT MID\$(wd\$, j, 1);
NEXT
NEXT
LOCATE r0 + 8
DO: LOOP UNTIL INKEY\$ > ""
LOOP

produces random tableaux in keeping with the constraints of the grid:

`h      m  rseb m s assaele ocqdspufatmacbouotrrtle cryrir af  r ha ady t   n  b l`
` b ecm sd ssrharocqompuastecabourarrfeelhbyriysaftarm   ad tt  ln    l`
`    c d s r b mosomp asthecorqrarsfeeearbauysautarlcayli ttr lnmhb  d   f`
` `
`    cs b  oqd ssr ec ruompuasharmairarrfetecaoldysaftaelhbb   tt  lrm  y        n`

In the second tableau above, there is a "har" and a "bour", leading to the nautical (and chiefly British) "harbour". Further search shows that "master" can be created from the remainder.

Is "harbourmaster" an object? In the grammatical sense as in "I saw the harbourmaster." But maybe the harbourmaster doesn't want to be objectified, as he or she is a person.

 Posted by Charlie on 2009-12-09 13:32:13

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