The SpecGram Puzzle Elves™ are happy, and that makes me happy. All of us, so happy together, are pleased to present another FonoFutoshiki puzzle for your enjoyment.
As discussed last time, FonoFutoshiki is a variation of normal Futoshiki puzzles, but with just enough linguistics to keep the econ majors scratching their heads. If you are familiar with Futoshiki, the key difference is that, rather than being based on which numbers are larger than which, FonoFutoshiki is based on which vowels are more raised than which.
Solution to the previous FonoFutoshiki Puzzle
If that means nothing to you, why are you reading SpecGram? The point of FonoFutoshiki is to
put the vowels (a, æ, ɛ, e, ɪ, i) into squares in each row and column of the puzzle so that no vowel is repeated in a row or column, and so that all of the relative raisedness markers (⊥) are obeyed. (For reference:
Give it a try, if you dare
valuable prize if you submit your correct solution to SpecGram by June 15th, 2009. The solution, and prize winners, if any, will be revealed in the August 2009 issue of SpecGram.
Speaking of winners, we have a few from the last puzzle. These cruel folks kept me from keeping all the prizes for myself. Each will receive a SpecGram magnet of their choosing:
• Hew Ceiriog of Parts Unknown
• Sara Kessler
of Rechovot, Israel
• Christopher Wood
of Fresno, California
• Thomas Brasdefer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
(Secured in an
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