1. In field measurements, Latin wonders who shows what an infant does with language?
7. Misread polar map
13. Secretive about last two in typology.
14. Polyglot fools eviscerated, lefts in puddles.
15. Doric chain shifts over time.
17. French friend cornered by insect, like Dravidian or Austronesian.
18. A mantra in two independent clauses follows transitive agent? Briefly both sad and funny.
20. Is French superlative form suffixed?
22. Minimal Wa. research: a front for computer sabotage.
23. Express surprise and/or amusement at English with two high tones?
24. Events come back with no noun to haunt Pinker, familiarly.
27. Glorify no longer a Latin tense, in short.
29. Masc. “airy speech” conceals Semitic speakers heading west.
31. Near English event is born
32. In favor of Appalachian cola
34. Mother as artificial intelligence in Eastern Nilotic language.
37. Pricy English adult rating writes one verb event.
40. Ancient Romans said they will be hiding in theater until dark.
41. At a higher level, English follows O-V, right?
43. Portuguese to prey upon red in average.
44. Rhode Island determiner freed.
45. Like 65-Across, maybe.
47. Three ancient Romans: Me, myself, and I.
48. Idem est, supra, or trēs?
49. DePalma says he has his way with linguist Meinhof and short Italian object.
50. Sound of French clock confused cat.
51. A landscape in the French countryside gives $ to period of history.
52. Semantics losing just a sec to predatory insect.
53. Plane crashes where an Indic language is spoken.
55. Relative clause surrounded by shit from Italian pig.
57. Poplar qua writing utensil.
60. In favor of rearranging time, I promised in Portuguese.
64. Tall stone monument has prefix far after sentence.
65. Adjective phrase has independent clause, yet still lost some speech.
66. Pretenders ma hires wrongly replace NPs in some generative grammars?
1. Literally the second person confused to see Ed tired and sore.
2. Aqua (or water) left one or two out, kept a fourth
3. What I in Germany have in common with Hans Henrich Hock & Richard Montague
4. Coded in R to be (plurally) unusual.
5. Latin for 3 Down, with more self-
6. Dict. gives one, gov’t takes some, in that order!
7. “Mock chap we lie by,” odd motto for late generative semanticist.
8. Apache loses high tone so quickly!
9. Indigenous Northern CA tribe, postmodern but short.
10. Romans, Oscans, Illyrians, Medes, Hittites came initially, before Irish
11. I’ll go back into Old English for a skateboarding jump
12. Mediums fit no Chomsky, but perhaps a Lakoff or Pinker?
16. In real life (and English), what the French call Erin.
17. Tree saved in fire, but English lost.
19. Gee, a Greek letter backwards? It’s a scandal, nowadays.
21. Linguistic variety with social meaning loses the French, becomes a mess.
22. German pronoun with underlying representation in mess for Frenchmen.
25. Verb I followed by means of Latin snake.
26. Make English adjective right now!
28. Confused again, Han is Hausa speaker, most likely.
30. Act, or supply a gym, even dress as character.
33. Done sending friend back for simultaneous speech.
34. Moraic structure gutted for field ration, briefly
35. Teaching assistant chases German car, so Hispanic officially inspects.
36. Optimality theory constraint, oddly: sit or pinch ten beasts.
38. 14th letter of Greek plus 47 across times two.
39. Fancy toenail clipping
40. Jerrold Katz kept the secret that I wander about in Italian and get lost in Latin.
43. Like Trudgill, at your level, but tense inside.
45. Ticker reseller, sometimes returns and replaces, but has lost next to last.
46. To arrange dishonestly
51. A mushy mixture, past English (at least briefly).
52. Crash prompts, in part, to find word segment? No
54. Father’s tense, some time ago.
56. Dad covered by complementizer phrase, as needed, in short, for sleep apnea.
58. The Spanish grand deciduous tree.
59. To deny in Esperanto or English wedged in backwards.
61. German ear? Oh, right!
62. Earth in Finland and Estonia makes bleating sound.
63. A thousand out of time for building block of social network.
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.
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The solution to last month’s puzzle
Advanced solvers will note that PHONETICS and PHONOLOGY can be swapped, as can SEMIOTICS and SEMANTICS, without changing of affecting anything of note. Whether that is a bug or a feature
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