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Cryptolinguistic Puzzle И

Mary Shapiro
Truman State University

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1. No Republican male against search for event in history of English (2 words)

13. Media gets it wrongthe same for Latin (and academic English)

14. Nothing of onomatopoeia when getting hit

15. Anglo-Saxon toponym conceals preposition moving aboard

16. Pragmatics, politeness, he does it all backwards, with no sniveling

18. Junction of lexicography, language, and linguistics yields taxonomic categories

20. Home of Language Files glimpsed quickly in pseudo subject

21. It’s about time in this thread (briefly)...

22. Jefferson’s given on scholar of language contact

23. Optimality theory a right? Yes, initially, for a seal with ears

25. Spanish for potassiumdefinitely not halal!

26. Presupposition trigger: event to lose time

28. Andrew Radford’s corpus begins to curve

30. In code, on dit, scrambled, like many sound changes

35. Japanese characters come back for Malayo-Polynesian child

36. Dumber linguist hides in German city? Vice versa!

37. You, German, very loudan ass!

39. Are you in the Anglican church? (Hint.)

40. Woman returned without article to cut grass

41. Here in France, two is about a hundred

42. A verb, or before, in German?

43. What some mixed-up ESL speakers call some “subways”

44. Confused caste puts Slavic road in Italian basket

46. Near the confusing city where Farsi is spoken

49. Italian godfather: after Pennsylvania Dr. No gains one!

51. Coming before, coming back with measured brain response, in short

53. The American stock exchange (in brief) to be (in a way) no longer

55. Group of elders sees Praat come back, but there’s no time!

57. Hale turned over to find Jacob’s wife

58. I might laugh in Portugal, but if it’s not returned, I’ll die

59. Sigh low at place to store grain (or missiles)

60. Large universal grammar and a Bantu language in East Africa

62. It’s time, all right: π’s in English-based creole (2 words)

64. Romance article separates object from subject; makes waves in Spain

65. Particular people or things (or numbers) on English sentence

66. Ruhlen loses tail end, high, in general statement

67. I heard you choose Alaskan language

68. Mary gets mixed up with strange man where Burmese is spoken


1. Elicit, O linguist, concealed wayward group of Eastern Sudanic languages

2. Overdoses around English poetry

3. Esperanto magazine comes back over you

4. Spatium Odyssea

5. Antic antic sort: hypothetical ancestor’s ancestor?

6. OT surrounded, reluctant to give details; no one wants to touch it!

7. Welsh fear Icelandic stove, no loud noun

8. Question of public health outlined in Semitic letter

9. Exceeding expectations with unusual Fodor pun, eh? (2 words)

10. Source word scatters money. (About time!)

11. Cultural? Natural? Osthoff lecture covers returning type of power

12. See whack Parisian out of whack with language disorder (2 words)

17. One in North America: Our Esperanto-speaking Irish nephew

19. Suspiciously concealed by Athabaskan central vowel

24. Dismissal of lengthy message guts Trudgill and Dressler

26. English noun determiner order to stop!

27. Between repeated English enclitics, you find French widow

29. Romantic Ralph gives no English rule an A

31. Obstetrician (Old English) delivers double reed wind instrument

32. Apes knew strange language in 1984

33. Swahili adjective covers Homerian epic

34. Like ATM and 51-Across, weirdly slim AI in it

38. German woman goes from France to Australia quickly

40. Emcee vehicle (old fashioned): your UMASS prof

45. Teaching assistant multiplied money paid to government

47. Norse comes back in with opposite direction with American corporation (& eponymous scandal)

48. Language Whorf wrote about endlessly to jump, leap, or dance

50. What English may do to some arguments: tear them down, I heard

51. One Dutch teen not tense

52. Gazdar lost gas in France, came back extremely excellent!

54. I get stuck in mantra coming back for my Italian

56. Major Mayan site to loom, they say

57. Revolving resale without English cuts deep

59. Stealthily descend into nouns in Korean

60. Lonely and abandoned or in short lane

61. Lingala drops left in fancy party

63. Prince Edward Island trades English for nothing but Hawaiian food (and later, Italian)

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 the crossword and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by June 15th, 2019, you could win some SpecGram merch. The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the next issue of Speculative Grammarian.

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Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some moderately desirable SpecGram merch of their choosing:

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Congrats to all!

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