This is the eighth Rasmus Rask puzzle, devoted to the original Mr. Charming Scandinavian Linguist. The puzzle is similar to a crossword puzzle, in that there is a grid for filling in words and phrases, and clues for the ACROSS and DOWN directions. However, all the squares in a Rasmus Rask puzzle are filled with letters, and the answers to the clues may (but are not required to) overlap. Clues for a particular row or column are given together, in the order they appear in the grid. No indication of the amount of overlap between clues is given. Letters spelling out RASMUS RASK in a diamond shape are given to provide a framework for filling in the answers.
Complete the puzzle and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by January 15th, 2019 and you could win a prize. The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the upcoming February issue.
• An unstressed syllable plus a stressed syllable, usually seen hanging out in a poem.
• The individual known variously as Spellmaster, Dr. Mc/ǃǃǃǁǃ/Took, G-Force, Ovaltine Jenkins, and Control-
• The network on which the show featuring the individual multifariously named above appeared.
• Not Esperanto or Volapük... y’know, the other one.
• Suffix denoting the set of all things related to the suffixed word.
• A Romanization of Korean unit of measure, 리, from Mandarin 里.
• The part of a computer program that a user interacts with.
• In X-Bar theory, XP consists of an X′ node and one of these nodes.
• English reflex of PIE *h₁ólos.
• A bank transfer
• A prefix that when applied to respect, can be used as an abbreviation for the derived word.
• An old French word for pigsty; also, an abbreviation for a non-
• Onomatopœic interjection, similar in meaning to bang! or pow!
• Blessé, engrosser, and journée are faux ones of these.
• A more specific kind of high or low tone, high or low vowel, or, as an abbreviation, a variety of High or Low German.
The solutions to last month’s puzzle, Occam’s Safety Scissors, are provided below. The phoneme pairs are ɔː/oʊ, uː/aʊ, and aː/eɪ. The special relationship the pairs share is that they are input/
The following puzzlemeisters completed the puzzle and will be receiving prizes:
Vincent Fish • Thorsten Schröter • Dan Sidorov • Doan Qui Thanh