Spectrum Easter eggs
This page is part of an archive of Easter eggs in Sinclair Spectrum games and utilities. It includes hidden features, secret messages, and strange game behaviour.
This page deals specifically with Spectrum hardware.
The DISCiPLE and Plus D ROMs contain the string BRUCE, which is used by the snapshot handling routine to determine which RAM bank is currently paged in. Bruce Gordon was a co-founder of Miles Gordon Technology.
The Interface 1 ROM contains the string © 1983 Sinclair Research Ltd MJB. The initials are those of Martin Brennan, who was in charge of the project.
One of the error messages in the Opus Discovery ROM is Don't be a wally. This is supposed to occur if a check for available channels cannot find any channel that is not already in use for a BASIC OPEN # stream (after 15 attempts), but I'm not sure whether this can ever really happen.
The programmers' initials can be found at the end of the 128K ROM: MB SB AC RG KM (for Martin Brennan, Steve Berry, Andrew Cummins, Rupert Goodwins, and Kevin Males). The earlier Spanish 128K ROM also contains programmers' initials, near the beginning: MB KM AT (the third person's identity is unknown).
From the test screen, press keys B and V together to return to the opening menu.
There are two error messages that are never displayed: You should never see this and Hello there!. On a +2a, you can produce these with POKE 23610,80 and POKE 23610,81.
The temporary file used by the COPY command is called M:VAXNSUZ.$$$. Vax and Suz were Vik Olliver (one of the programmers) and his wife.