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Issue 41 - December 15th to 21st 1983
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MICROPAEDIA
Play the game - 16 pages of software for your micro with the emphasis on games.
REGULARS
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Walking backwards for Christmas: Spectrum, Acorn and Commodore shortages, page 2; Electron add-ons in the distance, page 3; Micros move into the mainframe patch, page 4; Prices plummet, page 5; Education software gets establishment backing, page 6.

PCN Charts 8
A new best-selling game and all the other chart changes.
Random Access 10
Your letters - with £20 for the best.
Routine Inquiries 12
More problems solved by our experts.
Microwaves 16
Hints and tips to make programming easier from the people in the know - our readers.
Readout 76
 
PCN Programs 81
Put a little action in your computing with our games for the Spectrum and the Vic 20.
Billboard 89
Pick up a bargain - or take advantage of our special Christmas offer and sell some of your unwanted equipment.
Quit/Datelines 96
Make a date here with details of the forthcoming micro events.
PCN PRO-TEST:
HARDWARE
A box of Apples 18
After years of steady sales, the Apple II has been bundled for the Christmas season. Richard King looks at why this venerable micro is still a best-seller.
PCN SPECIALS
Intelligent Beeb 22
Talk to your Model B with this implementation of the classic conversational program, Eliza.
Spectrum highlight 32
Give you Sinclair's display a lift with this routine for double height characters.
PCN PRO-TEST:
PERIPHERALS
Alternative disk 34
Piers Letcher plugs in the Byte Drive 500 - a storage system with the potential to link with any micro.
Peripheral issues 39
We check out additions to your system in the form of a power cleaner and a colour monitor.
PCN PRO-TEST:
SOFTWARE
A better Basic 58
Want a better Basic on your 64? Peter Worlock puts BC Basic through its paces and finds nearly 100 new commands at a premium price.
Working Dragons 63
If you have business needs, Deenagh Brook looks at a spreadsheet and a database which could do the job.
GAMEPLAY
Dragons and detectives in Pettigrew's Diary. 67
Adventuring on the 64 with half a dozen games. 71
Arcade action on the Spectrum. 72
 
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