1. Likely to blow up without divorcee? Stop!
4. Fat teacher insane? Brown & Levinson say this requires mitigation
8. Informal pronoun in Rhode Island and Alabama, like insults studied by Labov
9. Sex, if fair, holds more than one extra back
10. It’s definite: teaching assistant writes letter for semantic role
11. Dragnet cheapens ten all mixed up, leading to dead-
14. A subset of why nympho is running amok
15. Male heir has weapon belonging to a Germanic tribe
16. A yarn got twisted in IE branch (not to mention Nazi Germany)
18. No noun about ecstasy? Maybe just for this occasion.
20. Extinct Alaskan language inside or outside Yakima
22. What we collect to analyze is a little bit backwards.
24. To cover with asphalt holds it back twice, right? A piece of it, in this case.
25. Even Dad knows Bantu language
26. Classification system evident in writing error record, yes.
27. Ivan goes back for Cameron’s Avatar language
28. Salinas easy to arrange, allows airflow through the nose
1. A spring, bouncing around, analyzing sentence structure
2. Spelling system has harpy (or goth?) cavorting
3. Travel loses head and gets mixed up, e.g.g.
4. Into CT/NY life, I do (sic), performatives have these (2 words)
5. Lower psyches hide abbreviated measured brain responses
6. Mistaken person ate constructed language
7. Aunt (tia) rolled (op. cit.), unscrambled like really, really (2 words)
10. True car sluggish? it’s always true!
12. Group of Uto-
13. Meaning? Sounds? Odors?
14. Backwards nerd has four, after crown, like Pollard & Sag’s grammar
17. A light sleep, followed by Israeli dance
19. I follow extended race, but lose on Indic language
21. Egyptian spirit (noun) and nothing Spanish make up Dravidian language
23. Are gremlins hiding round about, potentially causing phonemic reduction?
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 July 15th, 2016, you could win some SpecGram merch.* The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the August issue of Speculative Grammarian.
The solution to last month’s puzzle, Mix & Match ‡, are provided here. The nine 9-letter words from the first puzzle are: breathing, heteronym, asynaptic, conundrum, unobscure, catalysis, streaking, vocatives, archenemy; and the three additional words are: resonator, translate, intrusive. For the second puzzle, the nine words are: viewpoint, isoclines, conjugate, flagrance, labialize, stableman, liquidate, cogitator, enthymeme; and the three additional words are: isolation, plurality, inanimate. Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some much envied SpecGram merch:
James Hyett • Shawn Bianchi • Shazeen Afzal
In addition, the following puzzlers have achieved the everlasting glory that comes with an honorable mention:
Bernd Möbius • Daniel Swanson • Keith Slater • Thorsten Schröter • Virginia Bouchard
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