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Rasmus Rask Puzzle XIV

by Lila Rosa Grau

This is the fourteenth 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.

The solution will be announced in the next issue of SpecGram.

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
• Hellenic cousin of r and р.

• Uses the interrogative mood.

• Polysemic noun beloved by Hawaiian cooks and despised by sysadmins.

• Present tense of an auxiliary verb indicating perfect aspect.

• Comes in worst-case and best-case flavors.

• RP um’s and ah’s.

• The SpecGram website dropped this increasingly less popular web feed for articles in 2020, to the consternation of a paucal number of people.

• The oft discarded portion of French discontinuous negatives.

• Computational linguists are forced to learn how to do this, yet will never implement their own. Flavors include radix, bucket, spaghetti, and cocktail shaker.

• A software program to assist in writing software programs.

• This –nym is the name of the people, not-so-shockingly from the Greek word for “people”.

• Ema & Emi’s proposed “fowl-eme” scheme would classify this bird as emo.

• Infinitive of an auxiliary verb indicating deontic modality.

• Polysemic adjective/prefix favored by harversters of crops and wrathful Oceanic English speakers.

• A collective noun referring to collections of things, such as units sharing a tone contour, senses in a definition, or socially related individuals who share shibboleths.

• Preposition between M1 and O3.

• A particular kind of sheep, a particular clone trooper, or a particular reading of 𒌝.

• The alleged lowest form of humor, pluralized.

• Polysemic noun historically beloved by Dutch people’s feet and despised by plumbers (or rather by the people who pay them).

• What Lexicalists often believe Anti-Lexicalists to be, and vice versa. (Both are correct.)

• A feature that /ɐ, æ, ɛ, ä, ɶ, ɒ, ɑ, ɞ, œ, ɔ, ɜ, ʌ, a/ have in common.

• High-speed ocular oscillations, induced by boring syntax lectures, perhaps.. briefly.

• Abbrev. for Jefferson City’s state.

• One of the geographic entities known as تونس.

• Ontological frenemy of has-a.

• A mythological portmanteau of a human and a goat.

• The “I can’t believe it’s not prose!” of poetry.
• Abbrev. for Regina’s province.

• An uncommon English ligature that is commonly used in transcribing English in IPA, decoupled.

• A viper in memespeak or Volapük.

• Alternate spelling of a titanic offspring of Uranus and Gaia.

• Adjectival suffix indicating having, resembling, or being characterized by the noun it attaches to.

• Haitian Creole for head (same as the French, but with useless letters removed).

• Abbrev. for either an undergraduate degree or bovine feces, hence arguably monosemic.

• When ⟨g⟩ is /ɡ/, rather than /d͡ʒ/.

The puɴchiɴɢ baɢ of the thʀoat.

• Polysemic medical borrowing from Latin (where macrons are distinctive), referring to either a bone or a mouth-like opening.

• To orally engage one’s linguistic competence, transcribed with /gret/ breadth.

• A fantasy title of address; or, a Romance copular verb; or, occasionally, Slavic cheese.

• Etymologically a conical fruit, but more often a tropical one, in Galician or Spanish.

• Polysemic abbrev. for a temp-lowering device, Tesla’s preferred electricity, a D&D defensive stat, and any of several categories of functional noun inflections.

• Lady Marmalade moved to the rouge one in 2001.

• Temperley and Sleator’s grammar flavor.

• A centi-yen.

• A basic part of speech in most languages. (Probably all, but there’s a fieldworker syntactician behind a desk somewhere trying make it big by claiming, “Language X doesn’t have part of speech Y!”

• Not oft discarded non-French non-discontinuous negatives.

• A musical style with the dubious alleged etymology of speed polka.

• The elbow of the leg.

• Often served with tatties and haggis.

• An alternative to the tree model of historical linguistics, sometimes invoked to explain areal features.

• Summons-answer sequence of pragmatics “fame”, briefly.

• Rappers in particular are fond of dropping this clipped piece of sound equipment.

20 kHz300 GHz, briefly and collectively.

• Th•y’v• b••n r•mov•d from this clu• (n•v•rth•l•ss w• can manag• to r•ad it!)

• Grammatically dropped in Spanish, Korean, and many dialects of Crossword English.

• To unacquire knowledge... orbecause scoping is hardperhaps to acquire unknowledge.

• Putting these on presumably makes you taller, since you can then look down your nose at others.

• The knave of trumps in gleek.

• At first blush, Clio, Calliope, Erato, or Polyhymnia may seem the most relevant to linguistics, though upon reflection, Thalia (in her non-poetical role) or Melpomene may be more appropriate.

• The X. Quizzit Korps Center for Advanced Collaborative Studies seemed to change the one on their seal and coat of arms on the regularthough as of this issue, they’ve removed it!

• The Navajo alphabet seems to be particularly fond of this diacritic.

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