1. Crazy chemists arm Armenia with component of speech production
14. Conjunction comes up in our genes
15. Red zone parking hides husband speaking Esperanto (or accentless Hungarian trainer)
16. Second syllable of Afghan adjective in Hausa-
17. Crashed aviator in systematic sociolinguistic patterning?
19. I arrange (rearrange) British macs and wellies
22. Overhearer accommodates form of copula
23. Hypercorrected Cockney pronoun in first sounds of Anatolian language?
24. Like some syllables & classes, lurking wrong way in fine point
26. An old-
27. Nana eats one regular verb, achieves transcendent state
28. Where Johnstone’s dialect features surprisingly tight burps!
30. Trilled Scottish /r/ by Germanic house for Skinner’s first
31. Preposition acquires article in natural order of the universe.
32. Exclamation turned about in device for measuring ERPs, in short.
35. The right UR tells us, in part, a reversed semantic value
38. Doctor English to become legendary rapper and hiphop producer
40. Between hydrogen molecules, I go reply oddly in Ancient Egyptian symbol
42. Neat N-N sequence? You just don’t understand, she says.
44. Hockett loses heart, is still wildly popular.
45. Turkish official only a bit aghast
46. Relationship between syntactic nodes can do me in, sadly
49. To describe or delineate Klima, take away edges and add noun.
52. Semantic shift has worn grain, perplexed
53. Each ERP needs to be interpreted
54. Shimaore, other Bantu languages hide popular snack cookie
55. Journals have them tried so peculiarly!
57. Techy linguistic pedagogy briefly to ring or visit.
58. Zero lice scramble to form from contact
62. Hero of The Matrix, or 19th century German grammarian prefix?
63. 11-Down gets English, like Curzan
64. Adding puff of air while plundering
67. Rhode Island embraces Optimality Theory in corkscrew-
70. Rocky hill (or Dutch beetle) right after dative preposition
71. Phonologist John J. messed up Hawaiian greeting!
72. International Linguistics Association follows a verb in St. Theresa’s home
74. Briefly, about literature, independent clause is unstressed and dependent.
78. Liquid fat? Old Frenchman says yes!
79. Hear Spanish (wrong!) in 2nd largest Brazilian city
80. With motto “A Mari Usque Ad Mare,” can a district attorney forge multilingual nation?
81. A chariot (n.) reconstructed in IE language
82. Lobe with auditory cortex not permanent?
1. Tutor gave one Dad no C for messed up vowel articulation feature in Akan.
2. Sushi, Sami, and distorted 50-down
3. Are caught between two rhotics, like OSV languages.
4. Entourage consists of English tense in (surrounding) regret
5. He kicked it around to hide publishing in Spanish
6. Alphabet edges? No, nitrogen compound.
7. Vowel change weirdly zooming into path, hon?
8. White herons, for example, about true sentence?
9. Ha! New Testament follows type of command for singsong speech
10. Scholar of sarcasm drops male identity in Japan? Yes, okay, good, got it.
11. Girl has a couple of nouns.
12. Between sundown and sunup, Afrikaans has stereotypically gendered speech act
13. Polo: oral chomping? Oh! Weird way of describing sound changes when creating new words!
20. Dirty and vulgar in your ear? (Archaic and out of order?)
21. A large adjective for seaweed?
25. Greek letter or number before University? Or more Italian with accent?
29. Black street speech expert covers universal grammar with expression of contempt
33. Spanish was taking a long period of time
34. Irene has comeback in empty Gaelic, referring to whole class.
35. Radioactive chemical used for tests shows effects of movement, right?
36. Has sex with, for instance, linguists Shuy and Fowler, colloquially
37. In Nahuatl, a locative construction for a rain and fertility god
39. Odd (wrong) about English to give Spanish finger
41. Italian citations and imitations contain Spanish feminine diminutive
43. Presently, no labiovelar!
44. Modern Indo-
47. Italian honey, maiden lies oddly
48. No surrounding a preposition in medical order to withhold food and drink
50. A Farsi speaker, perhaps, darted between two of me?
51. Men with limited English become yellow in Brittany
56. Not quite so long, not quite so long, teaching non-
59. Russian, Albanian, Ingush, Latvian initially form horizontal bar
60. Sicilian province returns from 63-Across
61. Object number one: find devil in Japan
65. Freeware for analyzing speech may speak in Dutch
66. Extinct Arawakan language like nation going crazy without end
68. Nothing (zip!) around casual greeting in U.S. state
69. Soft mineral dug up in (Slavic) Latvia
72. Confused air for Albanian bear (or Ilocano king)
73. Maldivian, just somewhat towards the end, passing through.
74. C-Command abbreviates, but loses nothing in a cubic centimeter.
75. Large adjective and preposition combine into place to sit (on someone)
76. To cover with sticky substance
77. Halliday and Hidasi hid same woman (like NAACP founder Wells)
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-
niCE TOP, A Z any), 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, 2018, you could win some SpecGram merch. The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the next issue of Speculative Grammarian.
The solution to last month’s puzzle, A Panoply of Stupid Hijinks, is autosegmental. The common trait among the answers is that each contains three letters in a row in alphabetical order (allowing a to follow z). The answer to each clue, properly aligned, is below.
|[z a b]||a(gl)ione|
|[T u v]||alu|
|[s t u]||dents|
|mo||[n o p]||hthong|
|fi||[r s t]|
|[d e f]||inite|
|A||[f g h]||anistan|
|ca||[l m n]||ess|
|[d e f]||ective|
|gy||[m n o]||sperm|
|[s t u]||ttering|
|si||[z a b]||le|
|[K L M]|
Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some moderately desirable SpecGram merch:
Lydia Newkirk • Adam Hesterberg • Scott Horne