The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 3, No 3 (1999)

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Acrostic X-6


DOUBLE ACROSTIC X MINUS SIX

Joanne Schott


(In Looking Glass Land, things go in reverse.
The next acrostic, should there be one, will be X minus seven.)


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.

 
1G 2E 3B 4M 5W 6C 7R   8J 9Y 10EE 11I 12DD   13Z 14F 15B 16N   17L
18S 19P   20V 21E 22M 23F 24U 25K   26L 27AA 28J   29O 30G 31CC 32W   33R
34I 35B 36U   37X` 38L 39BB   40C 41DD 42Y   43N 44Q 45S 46J 47M   48W 49CC
50I   51BB 52G 53H 54B 55U 56Z 57W   58F 59Y 60B 61J 62X 63DD 64Y 65C   66K
67S 68U 69N   70AA 71B 72J   73E 74M 75D 76Q   77U 78Y 79I 80B   81H 82W
83Z   84AA 85C 86S 87O   88CC 89M 90B 91Y 92E   93J 94N 95U 96P 97EE   98X
99BB 100F 101B 102J 103Y 104U   105BB 106CC   107O 108W 109V 110M   111DD 112F   113I 114F
115W 116P   117X 118M 119T 120CC   121W 122X 123DD 124Y 125Z   126D 127S   128AA 129Q 130BB
131G 132F 133EE 134B 135U 136M 137CC 138DD   139X 140CC 141DD 142U 143I 144S 145F   146L 147CC 148W
149Q 150Z 151N   152B 153Y 154U 155CC   156N 157BB 158L   159S 160Q 161F 162I 163Z 164B  
165X 166J 167F   168E 169S 170L 171Q 172Y   173G 174W 175A 176R 177N   178CC   179BB 180I
181F 182L 183J   184U 185N 186C 187BB   188F 189CC   190T 191W   192Y 193G 194CC 195R  196M
197H   198EE 199B 200I 201T   202C 203W 204V 205Y 206M 207Q   208DD 209L 210B 211F   212V
  213N 214U 215J 216W   217H 218S 219J   220Z 221F   222I 223C 224EE 225V   226R  227K
228DD 229B   230B   231CC 232Y 233J   234B 235D 236F 237O 238Z 239Q   240R 241Z 242I 243A
  244Y 245F 246X 247C 248R 249U 250G   251Y 252B 253DD 254E   255L   256J 257A 258BB 259B
  260S 261V 262D 263AA 264Q 265I   266F 267X   268P 269W 270B   271O 272M 273B 274G 275L
276D 277N   278C 279I 280E 281S 282J 283Y   284Q 285G 286B  287K 288C         

A.
 ___ ___ ___ ___
    25 199   93 234
No. 1 … Street, the first of Blackwell's annuals, published in 1923
 
B.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 210 273   15 230 101 259   35 152   

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 199   60   80 252   54 229     3 286  

 ___ ___ ___ ___
   71 164 270 134
This colourful furry hero of a Kathleen Hale series was the subject of a ballet by Arthur Benjamin produced for the Festival of Britain (4 wds)
C.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 202 247   6 186  40  85 278 223  

 ___ ___  
   65 288
Originator of the Cheap
Repository Tracts; including The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain, 1798 (2 wds)
D.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 276 126   75 262 235
Rosemary Sutcliff's Eagle of the
E.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 280   21   92   73 254     2 168
As 2 words, part of a Wilson Rawls title; as 1 word, surname of Eleanor Cameron's heroine, Julia
 
F.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
    14 100 132 161 181 211 112 266  

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 221 245 114   23 145   58 188 236 

 ___
 167
Robin McKinley's novel based on the Robin Hood legends (3 wds)
G.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 193 285   30 131 250     1 274 173  

 ___
   52
That teen-aged sleuth whose adventures girls have loved since 1930 (2 wds)
H.
 ___ ___ ___ ___  
    81 217   53 197 
Thomas Bailey Aldrich's Story of … Boy (2 wds)
I.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___  
 162 279 143 200 265   50   79   34  

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 222   11 113 242 180 
What the Pobble's
aunt made him drink (2 wds)
J.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 233 282   46 102     8 166 215 219 

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 256   61   28   72   93 183
Motto of Bertie the pig in Kenneth Grahame's Bertie's Escapade (3 wds)
K.
 ___ ___ ___ ___
 227 287   25   66
The Tin Woodman's greatest fear
L.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___  
 275 255 182   26   17 170   38 209  

 ___ ___  
 146 158 
Employment address for Brian Doyle's Hubbo O'Driscoll (2 wds)
M.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 272     4 206 243   22   89 110 136   

___ ___ ___ 
  74 196   47 
Made of umbrellas, items of clothing, hangers, etc., these creatures were wished alive by Mabel in The Enchanted Castle (hyph)
N.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___  
   43 185 213   94 277   69   16 156  
 
 ___ ___  
 177 151 
Enough time for Phileas Fogg's round trip (2 wds)
O.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 107 237 271   29   87
.… Stone by Lucille Clifton
P.
 ___ ___ ___ ___
 268   96   19 116
Mrs. Tittlemouse was "a most terribly … particular
little mouse."
 
Q.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 264   44 160 284 149 129 239 207 
 
 ___ ___ 
   76 171
Richard Kennedy's character who was too shy to meet an audience without concealing his face (2 wds)
R.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 248 195 240     7 176   33 226
Dismisses with little or no punishment (2 wds)
S.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 281 169   45 218 260   67   86   18 
 
 ___ ___ ___ 
 159 144 127
Creator of Chester,
Chrysanthemum, Julius and Lilly with the purple purse (2 wds)
T.
 ___ ___ ___
 190 119 201>
One of Rumer Godden's Christmas duo of orphan girl and unsold doll
 
U.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 154   24   36   68 104 142 249   95 

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
   55 135   77 214 184
He stowed away to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon from slavery (2 wds)
V.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 109 212   20 261 204 225
The Captain of a group of sportsmen hired by Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong to teach her nephew a lesson
 
W.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 191   32 108     5 121 148   57 203 

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 174 216   48 269 115   82
Some of the residents in the old man's beard (Lear) (5 wds)
X.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 122   62 139 267 165 117 246   37 

 ___ 
   98
Pooh and Piglet hoped to catch one in a trap
Y.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 103 205 192     9 251 283   78 232 

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 124 153   64 172   59 244   91   42
Wife of Clement, mother of Thacher and a prolific author of picture books,
Z.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 125 163   83   13   56 241 220 238 

 ___ 
 150
Beatrix Potter's washerwoman and Alison Uttley's milkman
AA.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   27 128   84 263   70
Oliver …, pseudonym of Wm. Taylor Adams, author of many boys' adventure series (Army and Navy, Boat Club, Young America Abroad, etc.)
 
BB.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 179 105   39   51 130 157   99 258 

 ___ 
 187
The monkey folk in Kipling's Jungle Book (hyph)
CC.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 231   31 155 106 140 189 120   49  

 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
   88 137 178 147 194
This boys' weekly paper founded in 1866 featured "wild and wonderful but healthy fiction" (3 wds)
DD.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 123 253 111   41 208 141 138   12 

 ___ ___ 
 228   63
Russian fabulist 768-1844 (2 wds)
EE.
 ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 198   97 133   10 224
Erich Kästner's illustrator

Volume 3, Issue 3, The Looking Glass, 1999

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