For your puzzling pleasure, we’ve revived the LingDoku II puzzle form after several years of hibernation. Thanks to Tangent Wong for contributing the new puzzle.
LingDoku, in general, is a shameless attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Japanese number/
LingDoku II symbol inventory
The puzzle uses 16 phonetic symbols, shown here.
Each symbol occurs exactly once in the solution, and no row or column may contain more than one symbol with either the same place or same manner of articulation.
Also, no 2x2 sub-
In the puzzle below, some symbols are given to get you started. Also, for a number of squares, rather than giving a whole symbol, only one pertinent feature of the symbol is given.
A strategy hint: using normal SuDoku techniques, you can solve some of the puzzle separately for place and manner of articulation. Only after that should whole symbols be considered.
As before, those of you who find this puzzle “too difficult” should make a point of shying away from any serious work in phonology and syntax. Those of you who think it is fairly easy should email your solutions to SpecGram. One or more random winners chosen from among those who send in correctly completed puzzles by February 15th, 2014, will win a SpecGram prize.*
The solution (all the usual disclaimers of quality apply) and the names of the prize winners (if any) will appear in the March issue of SpecGram.
In other puzzle-
Despite the infinitude of possible correct answers, there were only a finite number of correct answerers. The following puzzlemeisters have each won a prize!
Geoffrey Hooker • • Daniel Buerkle • Dejan Milacic • Leah Nicolich-Henkin • Philip Newton • Siva Kalyan
Additional acclaim is due to Geoffrey Hooker for recognizing the infinitude of potential solutions.
* Note that even newer SpecGram Anti-
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‡ Well, truth be told, the most likely scenario is that the fieldworkers all made up their data as they sat crying in their huts each night, waiting for their fieldwork trip to be over