BOGGLETOOL(6) Games Manual BOGGLETOOL(6)
boggletool - play a game of boggle
/usr/games/boggletool [ number ] [ +[+]] [ 16-character string ]
This game is available with the Games software installation option.
Refer to for information on how to install optional software.
boggletool allows you to play the game of Boggle (TM Parker Bros.)
against the computer. The number argument specifies the time limit in
minutes (the default is 3 minutes). If a 16 character long string is
placed on the command line, it is interpreted as a Boggle board: the
first four letters form the top row, the next four letters the second
row, etc. If no letters are specified, a board is randomly rolled by
the computer from a set of Boggle cubes. The +[+] argument is
explained below under Advanced Play .
PLAYING THE GAME
Rules of the Game
The object of Boggle is to find as many words as possible in a 4 by 4
grid of letters within a certain time limit. Words may be formed from
any sequence of 3 or more adjacent letters in the grid. The letters
may join horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Normally, no letter
in the grid may be used more than once in a word (see Advanced Play for
Playing the Game
When invoked, boggletool displays a grid of letters and an hourglass.
To enter words, simply type in lower case letters to spell the word you
want. Use any whitespace (SPACE, TAB, or NEWLINE) to finish a word.
To correct mistakes you make, use BACKSPACE or DEL to delete the last
character, or use CTRL-U to delete an entire word. boggletool verifies
that words you enter are both in the grid and are valid English words.
If you type in a character which would form a word which is not in the
grid, the display will flash and the character you typed will not be
echoed. When you type any whitespace to end the current word, boggle-
tool will verify that the word is three or more letters long and that
it appears in the dictionary. If the word you typed is illegal for
either reason, the display will flash and you will have to either erase
the word or change it. If you try to enter a valid word which you have
already entered, the display will flash and the previous occurrence of
the word will be highlighted. Again, you will have to erase the word
before continuing. As you enter words, the "sand" in the hourglass
will fall. At the end of the time limit, the display will flash and
you will no longer be allowed to enter words. After a moment, the com-
puter will display two lists of words: the words you found, and other
words which also appear in the grid. To play another game, just type
any capital letter (or use the pop-up menu).
Using the Menu
The pop-up menu is invoked by pressing the RIGHT mouse button. There
are four items in it, and they work as follows.
Create a new boggletool a new board, reset the timer, and allow
you to start from scratch.
Allows you to cheat by reseting the hourglass timer to zero.
End the game and print the results immediately.
Quit Allows you to quit running the boggletool program. A prompt
appears asking you to confirm the quit; when it does, click the
LEFT mouse button to quit or the RIGHT mouse button to abort the
There are two options for advanced players. If a single + appears on
the command line, letters in the grid may be reused. If two +'s are on
the command line, letters may also be considered adjacent to themselves
as well as to their neighbors. Although it is far easier to find words
with these two options, there are also many more possible words in the
grid and it is therefore difficult to find them all.
dictionary file for computer's words
21 December 1987 BOGGLETOOL(6)