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       xword - do crossword puzzles in the Across Lite format


       xword [puzzlefile.puz]...


       Xword  is  a GTK program for doing crossword puzzles. It can read and write puzzles in the
       Across Lite file format. Consequently, it works well for doing puzzles from The  New  York
       Times.  As  well as a clock, it supports printing. It also auto-saves puzzles as you solve
       them so that you can return to partially completed puzzles.


       First, locate a puzzle on the web. The best place to go is the web site of  The  New  York
       Times.  However,  it  costs money to access these puzzles. Free puzzles are available from
       The Houston Chronicle.

       After you have found a puzzle, click on it in your web browser. Xword will open the puzzle
       and  you can start solving. You can also choose to save the puzzle on your hard disk. Then
       you can open the puzzle using Xword later.

       After you have worked on a puzzle for a while, you may want to save your work.  There  are
       two  ways  to save. The easiest way is to close Xword without any further action. The next
       time you open the same puzzle (either by opening the .puz file or  by  clicking  the  same
       link  on  the  web), you will be asked whether you want to continue where you left off. If
       you choose to continue, all your correct and incorrect answers will be saved, as  well  as
       the time on the clock.

       However,  this  technique  only works for opening the puzzle on the same computer.  If you
       need to open the saved puzzle on a different computer, then you can choose "Save" from the
       "File"  menu.  The saved file can be opened with Xword on any computer. However, incorrect
       answers and the time on the clock will not be saved.

       To print a puzzle, select "Print" from the "File" menu.  You  can  see  what  the  printed
       puzzle  will  look  like  by  clicking  "Print Preview". You can select the paper size and
       orientation by clicking on the  "Paper"  tab  (puzzles  are  usually  easier  to  read  in
       landscape mode).

       Sometimes  a  puzzle  will  be locked so that the answers are unavailable.  Unfortunately,
       Xword's support for locked puzzles is somewhat flaky. When  using  a  locked  puzzle,  you
       should  not  click  on  the  "Check"  or  "Solve"  buttons, since they will give incorrect
       information. However, you can still use Xword to enter answers for a locked puzzle. Later,
       when  an  unlocked version of the puzzle is released (usually the next day), open it using
       Xword. When asked, choose to continue where you left off. Now you can use the "Check"  and
       "Solve"  buttons to see how well you did. Sometimes crosswords will come with a four-digit
       code to unlock a locked puzzle file. This code is not needed by Xword ...

       For more information, see the project home page at <>.


       xword was written by Bill McCloskey <>.

       This manual page was written  by  John  Sullivan  <>,  for  the  Debian
       project (but may be used by others).


       Please report bugs to <>.

                                         December 3, 2007                                XWORD(1)