1. No Republican male against search for event in history of English (2 words)
13. Media gets it wrong
14. Nothing of onomatopoeia when getting hit
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 potassium
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-
36. Dumber linguist hides in German city? Vice versa!
37. You, German, very loud
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-
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-
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-
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 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.
Each of the puzzlemeisters below will receive some moderately desirable SpecGram merch of their choosing:
Vincent Fish • Tom Roberts • Patrick Niedzielski • Tuuli Mustasydän
Congrats to all!