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Re: [announce] Invented Languages magazine

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Saturday, May 31, 2008, 7:31
Without intending to belittle Paul's achievements, I think most
crosswords these days are made by computer. Those fancy symmetrical
ones or whatever probably get the words out of a database and then at
most a human comes up with the clues.

Computers!  What can't they do?  I don't even read or respond
to messages on Conlang-L anymore: my computer does everything.
It never makes a mi100101010101001011011101

A lot of your languages have enough vocab (and Kamakawi has simple
syllable structure); likewise (I like to think) Kash-- maybe I'll try
over the weekend, in between the NYT and WaPo puzzles.... Though I'm
not sure simple syll. structure is necessarily a good thing-- I
recall watching my Indonesian teacher (a Javanese lady) doing one in
Bah.Indonesia, and I could barely figure out the clues, let alone the
answers :-)

If I understood Paul right, he was planning on doing a *multiconlingual*
puzzle--i.e., one or two words from multiple conlangs.  Now *that*
is tough!  What if one of the conlangs has a voiceless pharyngeal
fricative, and no other featured conlang has one?!  Crossword over!

"A male love inevivi i'ala'i oku i ue pokulu'ume o heki a."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>