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This was the first quiz I participated in (I've been waiting for one I 
could whip out real quick), and it made a nice programming warm-up 
after being away over the holidays. I added one small bit of 
functionality: a colon, so I could do time displays. However, the colon 
looked ugly when expanded, so I made it so it only expands vertically, 
not horizontally.

The template-based approach I used could probably be used (with a bit 
of tweaking) to allow prettier displays, but I didn't want to show off 
how much I stink at ASCII art by trying myself :-)

Thanks for the quiz!


Nathaniel
Terralien, Inc.

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