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The Geekword Puzzle

By Ben Okopnik

This month's Geekword Puzzle is a bit simpler than the ones in the previous issues - intentionally so; even the clues have been made a little easier (in fact, the standard informational tools in Linux, if used properly, would almost give away the answers.) The reason is a simple one: there are new people joining the world of Linux every day - and they, unlike those of us who have been around for a while, need a Big Clue to help them. And what better place for clues than a crossword?

So, to help any new Linux users who may have discovered LG along their search path in this new world, we have this month's puzzle. Most of the answers are simple, every-day Linux utilities (not all, of course; creating a crossword is hard enough without additional restrictions of that sort!), and I advise those who aren't familiar with them to use the 'man' command wisely.

Oh, and - welcome. It's nice to have you here.

Good luck, and enjoy!


 

1
2
3
4
5
*
6
*
*
*
*
*
7
8
9
* *
*
* *
10
11
*
12
13
* *
*
*
14
*
*
* *
*
*
*
15
* *
16


[ Crossword formatting and JavaScript via Alon Altman's cwd. The ASCII-art, printable version is available here. ]

 

Across

1: An editor for X resources
6: Shows library dependencies
7: Displays the differences between two files
8: File locator
10: World-wide water clock?
14: Shows the interesting part of, e.g., log files
15: Executes command under different group ID
16: Displays data in octal and other formats
Down

1: If not if and not else
2: Copies and converts data
3: Finds RCS keywords
4: An antique editor - the restricted version
5: Daemon that answers the queries in this article
9: Displays nice menus in shell scripts
11: Quits the current shell or script
12: Sets file permissions
13: Controls terminal options

 


Solution to the last month's Geekword (ASCII version here):

 

1
O
2
R
3
A
4
C
5
L
6
E
*
7
F
O
8
O
*
9
I
D
E
N
T
*
I
*
O
10
G
P
M
* *
H
*
11
G
C
C
P
*
12
I
S
P
E
L
L
*
A
A
*
N
* *
R
*
E
*
L
R
* *
13
W
*
A
*
T
*
C
14
T
U
N
E
L
P
* *
15
R
*
* * *
P
*
16
E
G
R
E
P

 


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Ben is the Editor-in-Chief for Linux Gazette and a member of The Answer Gang.

Ben was born in Moscow, Russia in 1962. He became interested in electricity at the tender age of six, promptly demonstrated it by sticking a fork into a socket and starting a fire, and has been falling down technological mineshafts ever since. He has been working with computers since the Elder Days, when they had to be built by soldering parts onto printed circuit boards and programs had to fit into 4k of memory. He would gladly pay good money to any psychologist who can cure him of the recurrent nightmares.

His subsequent experiences include creating software in nearly a dozen languages, network and database maintenance during the approach of a hurricane, and writing articles for publications ranging from sailing magazines to technological journals. After a seven-year Atlantic/Caribbean cruise under sail and passages up and down the East coast of the US, he is currently anchored in St. Augustine, Florida. He works as a technical instructor for Sun Microsystems and a private Open Source consultant/Web developer. His current set of hobbies includes flying, yoga, martial arts, motorcycles, writing, and Roman history; his Palm Pilot is crammed full of alarms, many of which contain exclamation points.

He has been working with Linux since 1997, and credits it with his complete loss of interest in waging nuclear warfare on parts of the Pacific Northwest.


Copyright © 2006, Ben Okopnik. Released under the Open Publication license unless otherwise noted in the body of the article. Linux Gazette is not produced, sponsored, or endorsed by its prior host, SSC, Inc.

Published in Issue 131 of Linux Gazette, October 2006

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