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Cryptolinguistic Puzzle 四

Mary Shapiro
Truman State University

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1. Demon, large, followed by caricature with no vehicle, summoned by flouting maxims

5. General Motors has edge, formulated law for Germanic shifts

9. Usual suspect traded second for five in vocal tract

11. “Overdose on immediate constituents” describing lyric poems

15. A pun’s at lion’s, every other theorist of performativity

16. A curl I untwisted, e.g. Finno-Ugric and Samoyed

17. Sonority is losing? Orit becoming a major electronics corporation?

18. In the morning, I’ve got a goal

20. Speech act sick? I count zero, oddly

23. Lehmann and Vennemann, in either order, contain miraculous sustenance

24. A pimple, in-grown, covered by palatization

25. European Society for the Study of English to be in Latin?

28. Fieldworkers and Bible translators briefly stayed in line, to start with

29. Archaism concealed where L.I. commuters congregate

31. Greeting contains independent descendant of Sanskrit

32. Effect of movement seen in transitive expert

34. Hindu exercises for body and mind developed long ago, yes, and came west

35. Mother has, for example, a thousand squared

38. Does she take LING? In a roundabout way, spoken worldwide

41. Garment wrapped around you is what verb needs

42. By way of Italian road

43. In Latin, I have fed, (it’s French, to him!)the core of valuing

45. Overbearing, burying head of predicate, typically

47. Very old inner-city expert initially passive, e.g.

48. Ferdinand is weird: USA’s certain

52. About not right: It was the structure of the sentence that confused me, e.g.

53. Acoustic research institute named for Onassis

54. French woman (in short) has me acting without words

57. How often Romaji puts conjunction in negation

58. Rite misperformed on Roman road

59. Ironic-sounding whiskey

60. /s/, e.g., crazy, following car, like Goldsmith’s theory of phonology


1. Inuit language institute covers UK, but loses south and east

2. Soft large Russian river or mountainor more than one?

3. Slanty type of Indo-European branch

4. After air conditioning and love, U.S. spasms with sound

6. Visit NE, train, run wild with no object

7. Small shopping center unfinished, or a pair of them?

8. Loud playing card underlies theory of politeness

12. French recognize right to “Drop it!” (not soft)

13. One year in Spain to produce Italian adjectival suffix?

14. Australian expert on Germanic languages found straying, covered in phenylcarbinol

19. Indonesian/Malay palindromic determiner? Got it in one!

21. Optimality, phonology, English: curriculum, initially, for oil-rich nations

22. Esperanto to use eponymous submachine gun

23. Males grow old in French household

26. ASL-signing chimp undergoes aphaeresis, finds footwear

27. Semiotic whole is no good, briefly, no good at all

29. Synonym told orally, moved quickly before voiced velar

30. Large Miss Woodhouse stores semantic and syntactic information

33. Samizdat I’ve read contains case indicating indirect object

36. Anthony says PIE had word for this, after Wh-loss: a type of fish

37. Wildebeest discovered hiding in (or perhaps staffing) Nunberg’s office

39. Honorific title used in Osiris’s time?

40. You all bitch, you say, and laugh, not necessarily in that order, but regularly

41. A Rhode Island celebrity founded LINGUIST list

44. Shame contains louse, tensed

45. Bad clue with no end found in van, in Star Trek language

46. Headless horse called a rabbit “gavagai”

49. An A’s held back, like your mens should be

50. Your duvet covers Pakistani

51. Out-of-control behavior right around indirect object

54. Bad prefix for an unmarried woman, I’d say

55. Girl’s nickname useful for functional neuroimaging

56. Liberman has awkward pause

Like other cryptic crosswords, the clues in this puzzle are not straightforward. Unlike most, however, this one focuses mainly on languages and linguistics. For instance, the clue for Zapotec might be “Oto-Manguean variety alters pez coat” (anagram of pez coat), or “Indigenous Mexican language to destroy overtime prior to European Commission” (ZAP + O.T. + E.C.), or “a nice top, a zany blouse conceals retro Oaxacan language” (niCE TOP, A Zany), or many other combinations of puns, anagrams, or typographic quirks. Punctuation in clues is often misleading. Each clue contains both a definition (of sorts) and a more cryptic part, but these may come in any order.

If you can complete (or make a good effort on) the crossword and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by October 15th, 2016, you could win some SpecGram merch.* The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the November issue of Speculative Grammarian.

The solution to last month’s puzzle, Mix & Match §, are provided here. The nine 9-letter words from the first puzzle are: tweezered, houyhnhnm, expletory, schmaltzy, abecedary, unmagical, ruination, unsatisfy, semicomic; and the three additional words are: thesaurus, rhotacism, euphemism. For the second puzzle, the nine words are: syllabify, indicator, imperfect, pictogram, encephala, prothetic, harmonize, antinovel, newlyweds; and the three additional words are: acrophony, iterative, focalized. Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some moderately desirable SpecGram merch:

Norman GraySara CatlinThorsten Schröter

In addition, the following puzzlers have achieved the everlasting glory that comes with an honorable mention:

Gretchen McCullochDaniel SwansonKeith Slater

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