As with l’ishing, phicorthogra words typically cannot be puzzled out very rapidly, so glossaries have been gathered for tyros. However, words are not catalogued directly in the glossaries, only mnemonically merged definitions (MMDs). For example:
a faithful amalgam (referring to a loyal alloy)
We have procured another meager quantity of these phicorthogra MMDs, and request your aid in inferring the twinned words they refer to. (Note that one of these MMDs may actually be tripleted!) The MMDs are provided below.
In order to increase the response rate from SpecGram readers, The SpecGram Puzzle Elves™ have agreed to treat this as a puzzle. Submit your answers to the editors of SpecGram by November 15, 2014, and you could win a prize.* Some most likely correct answers and winners will be announced in the December issue.
Your dialect and/or transcription system may vary.
The solution to last month’s puzzle, Mix & Match *, are provided below. The nine 9-letter words from the first puzzle are: character, momentary, dissolute, idiomatic, phonatory, paralalia, textology, scrounged, hairstyle; and the three additional words are: resonator, anomalous, tautology. For the second puzzle, the nine words are: intrinsic, darnedest, epistemic, obviative, planetoid, helpmates, operation, nonsticky, extrinsic; and the three additional words are: ideophone, trivalent, semiotics. Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some much envied SpecGram merch:
Keith Slater • Miriam Nussbaum • Philip Newton • Virginia Bouchard
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