In the last issue, we offered a mildly amusing puzzle; the task given was to decipher the apparently “anglomorphic” Kenduzandi cuneiform found in the image
Of course the correlation between the Kenduzandi cuneiform and alphabetic letter forms is amusing, but ultimately ridiculous. To give it the respect it deserves, we got a fourth grader to outline the letters in marker. (To really give it the respect it deserves, we should have gotten a second grader to do it, but we couldn’t find a second grader with enough Greek on such short notice.) Thanks to Kevin Bickelson for helping us out! Kevin’s original is hanging on the fridge in the editor’s lounge at the SpecGram main offices. A reproduction is provided below.
For those with limited alphabetic imagination, here are the “words” “found” “hidden” in the Kenduzandi cuneiform:
Of the thousands of submissions we received, the following linguarcheological masterminds stood out, with bigram recall and precision scores ranging from 70% to 98%, and F-Measure scores from 70% to 90%. In order from highest to somewhat less high score:
Despite circumstantial evidence of Whitford-
Our lawyers made us include this next bit: This work is licensed by Speculative Grammarian under a Creative Commons Attribution-
It has also been suggested that some might enjoy expanding on this anglomorphic cuneiform theme, and producing their own stone tablets, t-shirts, or other amusing but ultimately ridiculous scribblings. To that end, we are hereby providing a set of ready-
And, just in case the SpecGram Art Department has been sleeping on the job again, and the intended letters aren’t abundantly clear, here is a handy row-
A B Cc D E F G gh h i J Kk L l Mmn Oo Pp Q q R SsTt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy ZzΑ Β Γ δ Ε ε Ζ ηΘ θ Ι Κκ Λ λ Μ μν Ξ Οο Ππ Ρ ρ Σ σ ςΤτ Υ υ Φφ Χχ Ψ ω
acute, grave, quote/
comma, macron; circumflex, haček; brackets; misc decorations
Please drop us a line if you use these lovely anglomorphic cuneiform in your own projects. Enjoy!