Focused readers will by now have familiarized themselves with l’ishing from our prior groundwork (SpecGram CLXXVI.1, etc.). Though giving the impression of being parallel to French verlan, l’ishing interchanges words that can be made to correspond to one another. In earlier installments we have inspected dialects of l’ishing that are based on moving sounds or letters from one end of a word to the other. We have recently chanced on another novel dialect, called lusrveer, in which paired words are each the phonetic reversal of the other. For example, jerks and scourge can be pressed into service as a substitute for one another, as in “Those guys are just a bunch of scourge!”, or “I am the jerks of God, appointed to chastise you, since no one knows the remedy for your iniquity except me.”
As with l’ishing, lusrveer words normally cannot be concocted very quickly, so glossaries have been assembled for tyros. However, words are not listed in the glossaries, only mnemonically merged definitions (MMDs). For example:
yanks an affliction (referring to jerks a scourge)
We have come into possession of a small number of these lusrveer MMDs, and solicit your aid in deducing the linked words they refer to.
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 August 15, 2016, and you could win a prize.* Some most likely correct answers and winners will be announced in the September issue.
Your dialect and/or transcription system may vary.
The solution to July’s Cryptolinguistic Puzzle is provided here, with additional explanations given below.
Despite the high degree of difficulty, all of the following puzzlemeisters completed the puzzle and will be receiving prizes:
Johan Ellingsen • Olivia Doherty • Xinxin Chang
Across: 1. (
ex)plosive; 4. anagram of fat teacher; 8. R.I. + TU + AL. ; 9. (SEX IF FA)ir (backwards); 10. THE + T.A.; 11. anagram of dragnet cheapens ten; 14. anagram of Y (pun for why) and nympho; 15. S(AX)ON; 16. anagram of a yarn; 18. NO + N.+ c.+ E.; 20. outsid(E YAK) ima; 21. A TAD (backwards); 24. PA(R)(TI = it (backwards))(TI)VE; 25. e(VEN DA)d; 26. TYPO + LOG + Y; 27. IVAN (backwards); 28. anagram of Salinas EZ to; 29. Odd letters of NoN-
Down: 1. anagram of a spring; 2. anagram of harpy or goth; 3. anagram of (
t)RAVEL; 4. anagram of into CT/NY life, I do (sic); 5. Low(ER PS) yches; 6. anagram of person ate; 7. anagram of aunt (tia) rolled (op. cit.); 10. T + AUTO+ LOGY; 12. PI + MAN; 13. pun for sense; 14. HEAD + DR(IV)EN (nerd backwards); 17. A + NAP + HORA; 19. MARATH( on)+ I; 21. KA + N. + NADA; 23. a(RE GREM) lins (backwards).
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