From: (Jim Weigang)
Newsgroups: comp.lang.apl
Date: 29 Oct 1995 23:00:00 EST
Subject: APL79 back cover

I've always admired the back cover of the APL79 conference proceedings. It's mostly a random jumble of APL symbols, but even a cursory glance reveals assorted error messages, system commands, and other phrases mixed in with the symbols. If you look a bit longer, you'll notice recognizable code, apparently the program that produced the cover. And indeed it is. The author of the program has included enough information to recreate the program, its arguments, the index origin and the phrase list; everything you need to reproduce the cover. But not without throwing in a few red herrings! Three phrases appear without being included in the phrase list, and there are some sneaky twists to some of the phrases.

For an enjoyable puzzle, try to reproduce the back cover for yourself. (Part 2 of the proceedings contains the full, unclipped listing.) Or you can look at my solution by clicking on the Solution button below.

Does anyone know who wrote this charming program and ran it back on April 24, 1979, at 12:48:12.351 AM?


P.S. It turns out the COVER function was written by Paul Penfield, the APL79 Program Chairman. He mentioned one additional challenge: Can you name the nine languages that appear in the listing?

              APL SPOKEN HERE      
              HER TALES APL        
              AQUI SE HABLA APL    
              HER SNAKKES APL      
              ICI ON PARLE APL     
              HÄR TALAS APL   
              HIER SPRICHT MAN APL 
              QUI SI PARLA APL     
              APL HIC DICITUR      
The Back Cover

The Solution

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