This page contains puzzles that have been published in the Hot Key magazine,
plus others on months when the Hot Key did not appear.
Some utility programs written by David Broughton are also described
here. All the files are very small and will download in a GIFfy. None
of the programs needs to be “installed” or “uninstalled”.
You just run them (or delete them if you don't want them) and Windows
does not need to know they are there.
Sadly David passed away on 2 March 2017.
Here is a list of Hot Key puzzles from November 2002 to November 2009.
Four-colour puzzle diagram. This was the
diagram in one of the Hot Key puzzles where you were asked to fill in
the areas using not more than four colours with no two areas of the
same colour having a common boundary. It is reproduced here for the
fun of doing it using the “Flood Fill” tool of the Windows Paint program
(or other graphics programs). The file name is fourcolw.gif.
FCW2 This is version 2 of the Farmer-Chicken-Wife
game that was the February 2002 puzzle, reproduced here in a new version
that may interest you. Just click the link above for more information.
Some useful Programs
These are a couple of David's favourite DOS utilities that are free to anyone to use.
FID, File Fidelity Program. Click the link for
When you click on the hyperlink from the list, one of the following should
In the case of a graphics file, the diagram or picture will be displayed
on your screen. You should then right click the diagram to get a menu
of selections one of which is “Save Picture As...”. Select this and
navigate to the directory (i.e. folder) where you would like to store
In the case of an executable program file or a zip file, you will
be asked to choose between saving the program or running it. So that
you have a copy to run as many times as you want, we suggest you choose
“Save this file to disk”. All programs can be run under Windows or DOS
and are self-contained i.e. do not need to be “installed” by Windows
so you can delete the program file whenever you want.