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#108: Enclosures, Word Ladder: Crescendo, musi toki: A Linguistics Puzzle

Hello, and welcome to Puzzles for Progress! I'm shaking things up with today's puzzles: each one brings something new, or at least something that hasn't been seen on Puzzles for Progress for awhile. I hope y'all enjoy!

Puzzles fordle Progress, my custom wordle, begins of a run of seven-letter wordles! Have fun thinking of some new starting words: solve

Enclosures was one of my most popular puzzles in the early days, but then I just...stopped making them for some reason! Maybe shame for having published one with multiple solutions. Or for inventing a puzzle type which already exists under the name Ren-katsu. Anyway, I wanted to make a new one whose solve path I felt was smoother. This is that puzzle! Ironically, the first two versions of it also had multiple solutions due to silly errors I made, but that's all fixed in this version:

In the past I've only published Word Ladders where there's a clue for every word. A lot of the fun of Word Ladders, though, is finding valid words just based on the Word Ladder-iness! I personally really enjoy the puzzle aspect of making Word Ladders as well. Anyway, this puzzle strikes a middle ground: having enough clue scaffolding that there's a unique solution, but not too much! This one's called Word Ladder: Crescendo.

Recently I competed in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad for the third time, which has a lot of very fun linguistics puzzles. (I prepared seriously this year, and qualified to be the first alternate for the US team at the International Linguistics Olympiad!) A bread-and-butter puzzle type is matching puzzles, where you've got phrases in English, you've got phrases in another language, and you have to match them up. So I made one! It's about Toki Pona, my favorite constructed language, and it's titled musi toki: A Linguistics Puzzle.

(From time to time, one or two of the above links will be wrong due to carelessness from me. If you find an error, let me know! It’s possible that I’ve fixed it on, or that you can deduce the correct link.)

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