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Rasmus Rask Mini Puzzle IX

by Lila Rosa Grau

This is the ninth 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 along the diagonal are given to provide a framework for filling in the answers. Grey squares should remain blank.

Complete the puzzle and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by April 15th, 2019 and you could win a prize. The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the upcoming May issue.

0 R 1  2  3  4  5             
1  A                        
2     S                     
3        M                  
4           U               
5              S            
                  6 R 7  8  9 
                  7  A      
                  8     S   
                  9        K
• A poorly back-formed unit of Lusitanian currency.

• Weather that fails to be damp or rainy.

• A large clumsy foolfor example, a generative syntactician at a cognitivist conference, or vice versa.

• Not Ā-bound.

• The most well-known (as of 2019) “cosmopolitan, habitable artificial satellite” (abbrev.).

• Languages only have daughters, but never these, oddly.

• Those who think they have finished their classes at school, only to find they’re being pressured to move into a new class: the donor class.
• What the E stands for in what is spelled like what sounds like Πminus the “peon”.

• A redheaded thickener of sauces.

• The contraction of a vowel at the boundarəv a word with a vowel at th’yonset of the following word.
• The utter defeat of an enemy, such as that of a biologist, economist, or physicist who tries to do linguistics.
• One of ablative, adelative, allative, delative, elative, illative, inelative, lative, perlative, postelative, prolative, semblative, subelative, sublative, superelative, superlative, or translative.
• A news agency corpus, used by computational linguists to teach computers Italian.
• This comes in many flavors: accent, diacritic, exclamation, punctuation, question, or quotation.
• Between Latin rēx and Haitian Creole wa, etymologically speaking.

• Initialism that covers English-based creoles of Africa and the Caribbean, such as Krio, Nigerian Pidgin, and Tobagonian Creole.

• One per (abbrev.).

5≬5@ √G√G@⊤~ FIF÷ω (abbrev.)

• If you say you have “relaxed pronunciation” instead of this, you don’t sound nearly as intoxicated.

• Keep ’em with your ands and butsbut we don’t want any of them around here.

• A chapter of the Quran, or the lower leg of a Roman.

• A Greek word for the avenue leading to an Egyptian temple or tomb. (Dun-dun-dun.)
• Your name, from Egyptian r:n-A2.

• A depressive boredom, esp. for Jean-Pierre.

• Not not not not not not not no.

• ६, ꧖, ౬, ၆, ୬, ௬, ٦, ꩖, ༦, ፮, ៦, ৬, ೬, ൬, ໖, ꤆, ๖, ۶, or Ϝ΄.

• The variety of English featuring Zip (Zip) and Ringo (Ringo), a pair of robust, enterprise-class letters for the 21st century.

• Record label with that cute dog listening to a grammarphone gramophone.

• A photographic device, clipped from a longer Latin phrase meaning “dark room”.

• The best kind of gratis journals are this (abbrev.)including SpecGram!

• One of the 4th-dimensional analogs to up and down.

СССР should be translated as this, not as CCCP.
• Hardwood variety, etymologically ultimately from தேக்கு, തേക്ക്, or similar.

The solutions to last month’s puzzle, Mix & Match ※, are provided here. The nine 9-letter words from the first puzzle are: cuneiform, stutterer, styleless, recursion, trivalent, fanatical, inanimate, schoolboy, secondary; and the three additional words are: utterance, iteration, resonator. For the second puzzle, the nine words are: sublative, insomniac, greybeard, nonliquid, irregular, formulate, imbroglio, elocution, ravishing; and the three additional words are: signifier, ambiguous, variation. Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some moderately desirable SpecGram merch:

Samuel AnderssonAlex DelPrioreEmma Manning

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

Vincent FishThorsten SchröterKeith Slater

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