About the dictionaries
In addition, there is also a ‘Union’ dictionary, which includes all entries found in any dictionary available to a given program. Note that not all dictionaries are available in all programs.
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The UK Advanced Cryptics Dictionary A word list for crossword solvers and setters by Ross Beresford Version 1.7 23 August 2000 Copyright (c) J Ross Beresford 1993-2000 All Rights Reserved The UK Advanced Cryptics Dictionary is a FREEWARE package: it can be freely copied and distributed under the terms of the licensing agreement at the end of this document. The author can be reached in the following ways: Internet address firstname.lastname@example.org Postal address 10 Wagtail Close Twyford Reading RG10 9ED United Kingdom INTRODUCTION ------------ The UKACD is a word list compiled for the crossword community. In particular, it's intended for setters and solvers of advanced cryptic crosswords in the UK; for example, the Listener Crossword and the barred puzzles in the Sunday broadsheets. Although there are many word lists in the public domain, none is well suited for use with crossword construction and word search software. This freely distributable list should be more helpful, as it is specifically intended for use with crossword software. The list will be updated at periodic intervals to correct errors and make additions. The UKACD is in the ISO 8859-1 character set (compatible with the Windows ANSI character set), with a single entry per line. EDITORIAL POLICY ---------------- The original basis for the UKACD was a word list of some 500,000 entries, compiled from public domain sources. This was reduced to a list of around 190,000 words by eliminating entries that aren't generally allowable in UK advanced cryptic puzzles. The list continues to be improved as missing entries are discovered and added. A new update is issued when several thousand entries have been added since the previous one. The vocabulary included in the following single volume UK English dictionaries is used as a guide to acceptability: The Chambers Dictionary Collins English Dictionary The Concise Oxford Dictionary Words are given in all their inflected forms, where appropriate. That is, nouns are given in their plural form(s); verbs are given as the infinitive, third person singular, present and past participle; and the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives are included where they are reasonably common. Common proper names are included, as they are often found in crosswords, even though only Collins of the above dictionaries has a systematic coverage of them. Some very common words not to be found in any of the dictionaries are also included. To make the list more useful for compiling jumbo grids, longer non-dictionary entries are being added. These include: well-known quotations and proverbs; fictional characters and book titles; films, pieces of music and works of art. Some attempt is made to standardise the punctuation and capitalisation of entries; in particular, by ensuring all proper names start with a capital letter. However, no great effort is put into this, as it only marginally affects the usefulness of the list to crossworders. Dictionary entries only differing in punctuation, accenting or capitalisation are folded onto the single most common form. This is done to save space and, again makes little difference to the value of the UKACD to setters and solvers. FEEDBACK -------- If you find any errors, or have suggestions for additions, please e-mail or post them to me at the address on the first page of this document. Provided they are within the scope of the UKACD, as defined under EDITORIAL POLICY, they will be included in the next release of the word list. LICENSING INFORMATION --------------------- Copyright (c) J Ross Beresford 1993-2000. All Rights Reserved. The following restriction is placed on the use of this publication: if The UK Advanced Cryptics Dictionary is used in a software package or redistributed in any form, the copyright notice must be prominently displayed and the text of this document must be included verbatim. There are no other restrictions: I would like to see the list distributed as widely as possible.
LICENSE The YAWL list, word.list, is in the Public Domain. There are no restrictions on its use or distribution. The author decided to release the list into the Public Domain because it is based primarily on other Public Domain lists by the author and his colleague, Alan Beale, and applying the stricter GPL to it would therefore be of doubtful validity. The author has also released the source code to "anagram" and "multi" (multiple word anagram) into the Public Domain. He had previously posted these utilities on the "alt.sources" newsgroup in shar archive form. The author has released his "wstrings.sh" script into the Public Domain. It is part of his "Advanced Bash Scripting Guide" [http://www.tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/] which is hosted on the Linux Documentation Project (http://www.tldp.org). Please feel free to use the word list and/or source code in your own projects. It is, in fact, the intent of the author that this package inspire word game software for the Linux platform. If you use any portion of YAWL, please, as a courtesy, give credit to its author. Note that "Public Domain" *means* Public Domain. Even if portions or the whole of this package are incorporated into a commercial or proprietary application, those portions of YAWL within it *remain* Public Domain.
The Moby lexicon project is complete and has been place into the public domain. Use, sell, rework, excerpt and use in any way on any platform. Placing this material on internal or public servers is also encouraged. The compiler is not aware of any export restrictions so freely distribute world-wide. You can verify the public domain status by contacting Grady Ward 3449 Martha Ct. Arcata, CA 95521-4884 email@example.com
The nearest thing to a licence text for ENABLE, of which ABLE forms a part, is as follows.
The ENABLE master word list, WORD.LST, is herewith formally released into the Public Domain. Anyone is free to use it or distribute it in any manner they see fit. No fee or registration is required for its use nor are "contributions" solicited (if you feel you absolutely must contribute something for your own peace of mind, the authors of the ENABLE list ask that you make a donation on their behalf to your favorite charity). This word list is our gift to the Scrabble community, as an alternate to "official" word lists. Game designers may feel free to incorporate the WORD.LST into their games. Please mention the source and credit us as originators of the list. Note that if you, as a game designer, use the WORD.LST in your product, you may still copyright and protect your product, but you may *not* legally copyright or in any way restrict redistribution of the WORD.LST portion of your product. This *may* under law restrict your rights to restrict your users' rights, but that is only fair. M Cooper and Alan Beale
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