The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 6, No 1 (2002)

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Curiouser-Acrostic X-8-6-1

Acrostic X-8


DOUBLE ACROSTIC X MINUS EIGHT

Joanne Schott


(In Looking Glass Land, things go in reverse.
X minus nine is also in this issue.)


You will need to print the acrostic in order to solve it. When the diagram is filled in, it will contain a quotation from a published work. Numbered squares in the diagram correspond to the numbered blanks to be filled in with the answers to the clues. The first letters of each answer, when read downwards, will spell the name of the author and the title of the work from which the quotation comes. The letter following the number in each square indicates the clue whose answer includes the letter to be entered in that square. Nearly all the clues have something to do with children's literature. You do not need to know more than about 8 (some say 6) answers to begin. As skeletons of words begin to form in the diagram and some initial letters of author and title are in place, work back and forth. Soon the parts of the puzzle will solve one another. Answers will be posted on the site on August 2, 2002.

Note: Depending upon your printer and page setup options, some of the right hand columns of the acrostic may not print. If the printed version does not match what you see on your screen, try going into the print setup menu and change the page orientation from Portrait to Landscape. If your printer supports output scaling (and your eyesight is good!) you can instead try reducing the output scale from 100% (try 90% to start) until all of the columns appear on the printed copy.

The White Knight thinks that since there are two acrostics, one of them excessively long, that it should help a very little bit to know that they are by the same author (in two moods). And he thinks solvers should know that if they remember their English lit classes, they might really be able to steam ahead in X minus 8's grid. He supposes all the Harry Potter clues are a sort of antidote to the frequent heavy dose of historical ones. He's read about Harry, by the way, as he likes to see what some of the new authors are up to. He feels a bit sorry for him, though he admires his character -- old-fashioned virtues and all. But Harry can't make anything! Does everything by magic! Where will he be if the magic stops working? Stranded, that's where. He needs to learn just a little elementary carpentry, nothing fancy or advanced -- just survival tinkering.

Companion acrostics X minus 8 and X minus 9 are likely the final ones to appear in The Looking Glass, though puzzle-maker Joanne Schott and the White Knight may make a surprise appearance from time to time. For more of these deliciously difficult puzzles, go Down the Rabbit Hole and check for the Acrostic in our back issues. -- Ed.

1P 2L 3K 4N 5C 6Z __ 7S 8F 9G __ 10U 11E 12CC   13A 14C 150 16P 17K
18H   19AA 20K 21M   22S 23D 24I 25C 26Y 27U   28R 29G 30P 31T   32A 33N
34F   35J 36S 37W 38U   39D 40P 41X 42N 43K 44A   45C 46T 47CC   48AA 49L
50Z 51F 52J 53V 54H   55BB 56D 57S 58P 59K 60C 61CC   62I 63U 64W 65A 66Q 67O
68R 69L 70N   71Z 72Y 73E 74U   75I 76F 77P   78Z 79B 80P 8IH 82C 83D 84L
85F 86S   87CC 88A 89T 90W 91P 92N   93BB 94R   95V 96F 97Z 98K 99M   100E
101Z 102J   103P 104X 105W 106G   107U 108S 109K 110F   111C 112Q 113K 114L 115B 116Y 117E
118D   119H 120N 121V 122U 123K   124L 125P   126T 127A 128F 129C 130E 131V   132H 133D
134A 135G   136S 137P 138I 139F   140C 141BB   142J 143K 144AA 145O 146B   147U 148I  
149W 150Q 151C   152D   153X 154K 155P 156C 157V 158L 159B   160A 161N   162G 163P 164CC
165H   166U 167K 168Y 169Z 170A 171E   172R   173BB 174V 175W 176Y 177D   178F 179K 180W
181I 182P 183A 184AA 185R   186D 187V 188U 189CC   190CC 191W 192E 193H   194O 195K 196X 197T
198A   199U 200Z   201L 202H 203K   204R 205A 206Y 207C   208Q 209X 210B 211P 212D 213U
2140 215G 216K   217CC 218H 219N   220U 221C 222W 223A 224T 225H 226K 227F 228E   229F 230U
231S   232W   233C 234V 235X 236CC 237A 238G   239P 240N 241M 242U   243I   244H 245D
246BB 247F   248L 249S 250O 251Q 252Z   253Y 254N   255K 256G 257J 258W        

A ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  134  32 237  65 170  44 223 205 127 160  13  88 183 198
Miss Frizzle's vehicle, The … (3 wds)
B ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  115 210 146  79 159
Here am I, little jumping Joan; when nobody's with me, I'm always…
C ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  25  82 207  45    5 233 156 129 140  14  60 221 111 151
Strange Moominland characters who can neither hear nor speak
D ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
  177  56 133 212  39  83 186 245 118 152  23
Length of the Owl and the Pussycat's voyage to the land where the Bong-tree grows, a … (4 wds)
E ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  100  11  73 192 171 130 117 228
This is the man all … and torn that kissed the maiden all forlorn
F ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
    8 227 110  34 229  96  51 139 247  76 128  85 178
Mrs. Heelis (née Potter) was the first woman to chair the Breeders' Association for these (2 wds)
G ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  135  29 215 256 106 238   9 162
Poem disowned by Christopher Robin Milne who said, "If I had made a brake it would have WORKED"; The &hellip
H ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
  132 193 218  54 244 165 202  81 225 119  18
Haunting and poignant time fantasy by Jill Paton Walsh about a boy who finds his true place in the Industrial Revolution; A …(2 wds)
I ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  243 148  75  62 138  24 181
Musical term directing the player(s) to go directly to the next section without pause
J ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  142 257 102  35  52
"My! What big … you have, Grandma!"
K ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  195  98  59 255 203 109  20 123 154 179 113 167   3 143 226  17 216  43
The Jumblies' next purchase after a cranberry tart, … (5 wds)
L ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   69 114 124 248   2 158  49  84 201
Much honoured author-artist whose picture books dealt with California themes (2 wds)
M ___ ___ ___
  241  21  99 
Frequently (poetic perhaps)
N ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   92 240  70 254 161 120  33 219  42   4
Harry Potter's House at Hogwarts
O ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   67 194 145 250 214  15
Known for her collections of Japanese fairy tales and her recent Depression-era trilogy about Rinko growing up in California
P ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___  
  211 182  80 163  16  30 239  58 103   1 125 155 137  91  40  77
One of Ronald Welch's Carey family novels, set during the French Revolution (3 wds)
Q ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  66 208 112 150 251
"My Bonny lies over the …"
R ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  94 172 204  28 185  68
The phoenix belonging to the Hogwarts headmaster
S ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  7 108  57  86 136 249  36  22 23
M. De Angeli's story based on her father's boyhood in northern Michigan, Copper- … (2 wds)
T ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   46 197  89 126  31 224
One who aids or assists
U ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  122 166 242 199  63 107  74 220  38 230 188 147  10 213  27
Author of the Italian classic, Cuore (3 wds)
V ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  174 121 157  95  53 234 187 131
Zoom the cat's role model (2 wds)
W ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  175  90 258 149 105 232  37 180 222 191  64
Where the poem of clue G can be found (4 wds)
X ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  235 153 104  41 209 196
A spontaneous, unrehearsed or impromptu bit of entertainment (short or informal form)
Y ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  168 206  72 116 253  26 176<
First Newbery winner (2 wds)
Z ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   78 169  97 101  50 200  71 252   6
"The Hunting of the Snark; an Agony in …" (2 wds)
AA ___ ___ ___ ___
   184  19 144  48
…, scissors, paper
BB ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   173 246 141  93  55
A small porch, esp. in the American Midwest
CC ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   189 236  61  47 190  87 164  12 217
Moralistic, didactic but often lively author whose best known story now is probably "The Purple Jar"

Volume 6, Issue 1, The Looking Glass, 2002

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