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Rasmus Rask Puzzle XIIIDam Homophones!

by Lila Rosa Grau

This is the thirteenth 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.

Complete the puzzle and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by April 1st, 2023, and you could win a prize. The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the upcoming June issue.

0 R 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 
1  A                        
2     S                     
3        M                  
4           U               
5              S            
6                 R         
7                    A      
8                       S   
9                          K
• The Department of __________ Department.
• An external organ that receives language input.

• Chomsky doesn’t care how well you do this with your language.

• An old-fashioned fellow, who probably swears a lot.

• This clue needs to be edited.  

• Contrary to Yoda, whether you do or do not figure it out, there is thisit’s right there in the puzzle!

• A source of whiskey or bread.

• Best not to mention this half of the famous (among linguists, that isso, virtually unknown) distinction.

• Speaking of things that are virtually unknown, this term for an atomic unit of meaning is fairly uncommon, even among linguists.

• This appeared sans pareil in 2008 SpecGram discussion of meta-dumplings.


• Either of a pair of homophonous homonyms, one of which is a common irregular past participle, and the other one of several assessment exams in English-speaking countries.

• A kind of scan used to study aphasia.

• One of the several homophones pronounced /su/ (in General American).

• The common initial substring of two etymologically unrelated forms of textual but non-linguistic communication.

• A kind of old-age savings account, the matching plan for which adjunct linguistic professors are probably not eligible for, because The University™ does not treat them as human employees.

• One of the several homophones pronounced /hɔɹ/ (in General American).

• A retired military animal doctor. (abbrev.)

• A member of the typological grouping prone to postpositions.
• To microwave slangily.

• The Ʌndərwʊd Portable has these for ƕ, ƻ, ǀ, ǁ, ǂ, and ʘunlike most competitors.

• Computational linguists often need to disambiguate this for a given word.

• One of the myriad spellings of /i/ in English which, along with the first clue of 1 Down, leads to a glut of homophones.

• Fallback overseas career for American linguistics degree holders who don’t make it into academia.

• This can come in several flavors, including, K, Wal and Kwik-E.

• The part of this now inaccurately named creole’s appellation that comes from the English word talk, though it can also mean “language”.

• See 0 Down, first clue.

• An impersonal/indefinite pronoun, surprisingly unpopular with mathematicians, who seem to prefer the royal we.

• One of the myriad spellings of /i/ in English which, along with the first clue of 9 Across, leads to a nimiety of homophones.

• One of English’s first person pronouns.

• Homophone of one of the answers in 7 Down.

• Based on cue and hue, you’d’a thunk this spelling would be a Real Word™ (and thus homophonous with a much more common /-ju/ word). We should just go ahead and borrow it from French (or Javascript!) and be done with it.

• One of the most boring possible labels for a collection of PhD’s. Imaginative terms of venery, like a jargon, a chatter, a babble, or a word-herd are certainly more fun.

• A badger’s den, homophonous with one of the most polysemous words in English.

• Makes use of a system of communication consisting of phonology, morphology, syntax, etc., and rules that constrain their interaction.

• These go with the downs, especially for delivery drivers.

• Linguist Halliday on holiday, presumably.

• A second-rate non–country code internet top-level domain.

• A letter of both the Ελληνικό αλφάβητο and “Ελληνικό αλφάβητο”.

• A form of reduplicative nomenclature beloved by biologists, though perhaps abused in triplicate for certain badgers, bison, giraffes, gorillas, lynxes, magpies, rats, skunks, and toads. Linguists have a more expansive definition, what with their frou-frou OED and all that.

• One of Aeryn Sun’s favorite expletives.

• The internet top-level domain country code for the island nation where the “Lord High Editorial Omnipotence” opened a satellite office of SpecGram, c. 1810.

• Ivan of HPSG, and his clonesno, wait, don’t call the IRB, nobody got cloned. Really. Pinky swear. So, uh, Ivan of HPSG, and likely his male patrilateral ortho-cousins, among others.

• An initialism for any of: the county seat of a shibboleth of a county in Texas, a state Down Under, a country in Africa, a country in the Middle East, or an entire continent.

• Not the fore.

• Simultaneously half of and double π.

• One who regrets.

• For example, ¬x ∧ ¬y (ask a semanticist or computational linguist if you need help).

• Homophone of one of the answers in 1 Down.

• If you adhere to the Maxims of Grice, your utterance should be this.

• What grad students do when they get a big pile of thesis notes from their supervisor.

• An incredibly skilled performer who can engender delight and/or repugnance in an audience, esp. if French.

• Certain kinds of capacity were measured in these, in days of yore.

• A short word with a long list of parts of speech and definitions in the dictionary. Not as short as a nor as long as set, of course, but still an outlier.

• Rephrasing of y nt u?

• A potential friendly prefix equally at home with warriors, tourists, terrorists, activists, and fascists.

• One of the namesakes of the /ɒ//ɔ/ merger.

• Obsolete term for a kind of ship-building timber, via Portuguese, from Malayalam തേക്ക് or Tamil தேக்கு, cognate with Kannada ತೇಗ and Telugu టేకు.

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