Sprachgeist Guides for the Linguist on the Go!—Part VIII—Book Announcement from Panini Press SpecGram Vol CLXXVIII, No 4 Contents

Rasmus Rask Puzzle V
Diamonds Are Forever

by Lila Rosa Grau

This is the fifth 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 April 15th, 2017, and you could win a prize.* The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the upcoming May issue.

0  1  2 R 3  4  5 
1  K    A      
2 S          S   
3  A          M
4     R    U   
5        S      
• A missile weapon thrown in a pub

• A sudden, repetitive vocalization

• Transliteration of the Hindi word for one

• Latin for among others, (abbrev.)

• City abbreviation for military mail

• One of the trig. functions

• A variable unit of distance in India, being one to three miles

• The planetary setting for a 1950s sci fi novel in which the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis plays a key role

3P.SG copula

• A trademark that is not for a product

• Method by which a computer reads

• The ambal number applies to this kind of group

• The Ph.D. student’s final output
• A tyrannical ruler
• Archaic companion to pain

• One per

• A Spanish reflex of earlier Romance borrowing of Gothic 𐍂𐌴𐌹𐌺𐍃

• onset + nucleus

• The (Chinese philosophical) Way

• Documents who say you are who you claim you are

• One’s computerized address

• A thing that has been written after another thing

• Language that sometimes uses the Shuǐshū script

• Opposite of chaos

The solution to last month’s puzzle, Fly, Sigh, Sentence Ugly, is this:

The notion of representing a sound by a graphic symbol is itself so stupefying a leap of the imagination that what is remarkable is not so much that it happened relatively late in human history, but that it happened at all.

If that makes no sense at all to you, the word you are looking for is Cangjiegood luck! Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some SpecGram merch:

Tuuli MustasydänNick MillerJames Constable

* Note that SpecGram Anti-Hoarding Guidelines stipulate that puzzle-related prizes cannot be won by anyone who has won a puzzle-related prize in the last two monthsthough honor, fame, and glory may still be seized on the metaphorical field of puzzle-related battle.

Sprachgeist Guides for the Linguist on the Go!Part VIIIBook Announcement from Panini Press
SpecGram Vol CLXXVIII, No 4 Contents