A PUBLICATION OF ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,
BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.
SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR BANANA TIME TO WIGLEY@CANISIUS.EDU.
DESCRIPTION: Software for creating crossword puzzles.
PURPOSE: Work or play.
OS: PC only.
SOURCE: URL: eclipsecrossword.com
BANANA RATING: Five Bananas out of Five Bananas.
RATED BY: Chuck Wigley, Chair, ACAC
This software enables a user to generate a series of clues (with answers) for creating a crossword puzzle. The software creates the puzzle and permits the user to save the following, 1) a copy of the crossword puzzle that has already (automatically) been filled in by the computer, 2) a blank puzzle grid, 3) a word bank comprised of the words used in the solution, 4) a list of clues, and 5) a list of clues with answers.
I use the printouts as a study guide, giving students items 1 through 4, but withholding number 5. Many of my students have used these puzzles to prepare for exams. Students strongly praise the puzzles! In fact, a number of students request the puzzles before their exams. Puzzles can be uploaded to ANGEL, resulting in an interactive version on the ANGEL site! A Mac version appears to be in the offing!
BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy. Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.” Roy, D. F. (1959). “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at