The /l/ sound is spelled with <l> or <ll>. The /ʧ/ sound is spelled with <ch> or <tch>. Notice how the homograph lied makes pairs with chide and cheat.
This is a contrast between a voiced alveolar lateral continuant and a voiceless alveolar affricate. It is not a problem.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.5%. The lists make 126 semantic distinctions, a loading of 59%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.