1. Curlers past her uterus got twisted, describing a language’s syntax (3 words)
8. Oh! nice quotes! Put differently, like, WHAT?! (2 words)
11. Later Egyptian about nerve for vision
12. Greek letter, one way then another, has most native speakers in the world!
13. Opts to form obstruent
14. However nerdy, providing correction to Grimm
17. A puta I punish for holding back Alaskan language
18. Long Island squid unusual, rare, e.g. to have two
19. Ice-T, large, regroups to approach goal
21. Scandinavian language spoken in north or southeast?
22. Author Easton Ellis on Celtic language spoken in France
26. G.I. lit universal city, it rearranges as Sapir & Whorf were said to predict (2 words)
28. If in empty sheets, these may push or pull, historically
31. In support group, Mary breaks into Andean language
33. Gelatin via gut is unhealthy, lots of sticktogetherations
34. Loving minus fifty, revamped founder of functionalism in linguistics
35. Does May unusually branch off from Uralic?
36. Wacky zee pins these, or inserts a sound
1. Their abbrev. sounds like #1, in English, e.g. (2 words)
2. Police officer pursues nothing, eaten by ape losing final sound
3. Following Chomsky & Halle’s work, cheats, disoriented, around about
4. All conversation depends on this: actor Gary, returning Argentine first lady and prince holding (briefly) inferior parietal lobule (2 words)
5. Meal contained speck, a long time ago (2 words)
6. Contrasting pitch singly chewed up and consumed more than one (2 words)
7. NY’s cinch, or wild at one point in time
9. This word, emptied, he’s a common person.
10. Universal Grammar you let get turned around in Dravidian language
15. A jaguar, a ninja, a concealed indigenous S. American language
16. Backwards muslim chief lacks onset
20. A unit almost containing reversed Italic language
23. Oh, bleak-
24. I ate rivet, over and over and over again!
25. Bally’s returns before French article to form vowels (with or without surrounding consonants)
27. Said ex, if fussy, featured retro bits, finally attached
29. How to describe someone like him? “Surly” sounds perfect.
30. Margo went back, lost liquid, and got high, in ancient British and Irish alphabet
32. Will I or mother speak a Polynesian language? Vice versa!
Like other cryptic crosswords, the clues in this puzzle are not straightforward. Unlike most, however, this one focuses mainly on languages and linguistics. For instance, the clue for Zapotec might be “Oto-
niCE TOP, A Z any), or many other combinations of puns, anagrams, or typographic quirks. Punctuation in clues is often misleading. Each clue contains both a definition (of sorts) and a more cryptic part, but these may come in any order.
If you can complete (or make a good effort on) the crossword and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by April 15th, 2016, you could win some SpecGram merch.* The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the May issue of Speculative Grammarian.
The answers to March’s Speculative Scavenger Hunt are as follows:
The Roman alphabet as featural code: Spelling Made Simple
A Spaniard sensitive to cold: Thirteen Untranslatable Words
A cat with many markings and none: A Reanalysis of English Cat
An essential for the glossopoetic kitchen: The Conlanger’s Pasta Machine
The article that found its author a wife: The Hidden Language of Public Seduction
Murder, magic, and Mongolian: Strangecraft
Monsters Who hate high back rounded vowels: Funology
Golfers confused by homophony: 27 Things Linguists Didn’t Know About Tea
A case of two going out irregularly: Systematic Suppletion: An Investigation of Ksotre Case Marking
Only one puzzlemeister was able to answer the call of this over-
* Note that SpecGram Anti-
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