As noted previously, the joy of Chomsky’s innovative “move-
If you aren’t already familiar with Move-
This version of Move-
In a nod to Systemic Functional Linguistics, we’re allowing multiple inheritance in this iteration of the puzzle. When two anagrams are both above another anagram, they each contribute their left-
A simple worked example with very untricky anagrams should illustrate the process. The sample puzzle is shown here in the upper panel.
In the first line, CATF is an anagram of CAT, with F left over. F moves to the next line, and FISHC is an anagram of FISH, with C left over. C moves to the next line, and CALFH is an anagram of CALF, with H left over. Now things get a little tricky. The H moves down to join both ERONL and IPPON. HERONL is an anagram of HERON, with L left over. HIPPON is an anagram of HIPPO, with N left over. Both L and N move down to the next row to join EEPHAT. LNEEPHAT is an anagram of ELEPHANT, and we’re done!
The entire decoded example is in the lower panel, with bold indicating letters inherited from lines above.
For any puzzlemeisters still reading, your actual, much trickier puzzle is now provided. It is inspired by the shape of one of the symbols of the mystical East Asian linguistic oracle, the Yì Līng (and not the Maltese voiceless pharyngeal fricative, Ħ
If you think you’ve got it all figured out, submit your solution to the editors of SpecGram by August 15, 2013, and you could win a prize. Solutions and winners will be announced in the September issue.
The answers to the June puzzle, EtymGeo™
The following puzzlemeisters had the great fortune both to have submitted correct answers and to have been selected by the Puzzlotron 4000 as this month’s winners:
Rouan van Ryn • Jeremy Martin
Honorable mentions go to Adam Hesterberg, Eric Chen, and Tanjam Jacobson, even though the Puzzlotron 4000 was not nearly as fond of them.