The SpecGram Puzzle ElvesTM have put together this third and final installment of our FonoFutoshiki series especially for the SpecGram Summer Puzzle Mega Issue.
As we went over last time and the time before that, FonoFutoshiki is a variation of normal Futoshiki puzzles, but with just enough linguistics to confuse everyone else. If you are familiar with Futoshiki, the key difference is that, rather than being based on which numbers are larger than which, this FonoFutoshiki is based on which consonants are further back in the mouth than which.
If that doesn’t make any sense at all then maybe you shouldn’t be here! The point of FonoFutoshiki is to put the consonants (h, x, ç, ʂ, ʃ, s, θ, f, ɸ) into squares in each row and column of the puzzle so that no consonant is repeated in a row or column, and so that all of the relative backness indicators (⊢) are obeyed. (For reference:
For one extra point, what do you call the phenomenon of the floating grey dots most people see (and find annoying and distracting) at the intersections of the white lines in the puzzle grid, and what speech scientist is the phenomenon named after?
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