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Re: Crosswords (was: [announce] Invented Languages magazine)

From:ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Date:Saturday, May 31, 2008, 17:30
Stevo wrote:
> > > On Sat, May 31, 2008 7:29 am, David J. Peterson said: > > > > > I tried desperately to find a word in English > > > that ended in "-ec" and was eleven letters long. > > > >I could find only one: Motozintlec. >
John Vertical mentioned that there were two-- the other one must be Chapultepec, which IIRC is the name of the Mexican president's residence, or the main gov't building "... Palace". Seems to me there was also a Treaty of ...., or something. OOps-- there's also Tehuantepec (isthmus, town, gulf) (There's an lovely early 20C poem by I forget who**, that begins "In that November off Tehuantepec..." **Wallace Stevens-- thank you google. Already in thinking about a Kash puzzle, problems arise: the clusters "Ng, nj, nd, mb" are unit phonemes and only occur medially, similarly non-phonemic written w (intervocalic before/after round vowels)-- and verious letters (h, c, f, v, y) can't occur finally. Hmph. I press on regardless.