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>I'm no expert, but it seems to me that Chinese, spoken by approximately
>a fifth of the world's population, comes close with a CV{LC} limitation
>(where V can be a vowel or a diphthong, and {LC} is an optional final
>consonant from a limited set -- in the Putonghua, 'n' and 'r' -- any
>others?).

Agree.  Mandarin, by accident, not design, has almost perfect SSM, as far as I can tell.  They pay for it 
with #$%! tones and by having a claustrophibically-limited set of possible syllables, and the 
consequent host of homonyms.