The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 3, No 1 (1999)

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Acrostic X-5


DOUBLE ACROSTIC X MINUS FIVE

Joanne Schott


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


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.

1F 2J   3I 4Y 5Q   6CC 7H 8C 9R 10Y 11G 12E   13P 14R 15EE  
16W 17T 18V 19Y   20K 21U   22R 23G 24S 25A 26H   27D 28I 29AA   30Y
31L   32AA 33E 34DD 35H 36R   37O 38EE 39C 40S 41X   42T 43V   44D 45E
46B   47Y 48A   49AA 50N 51K   52Q   53L 54H 55AA 56W 57R 58G 59M 60P
61T 62CC 63Y   64R 65F 66X

. . .

67DD 68S   69H 70U 71K   72CC 73B 74AA 75E
76C 77Y   78BB 79A 80E   81L 82B 83H 84R 85W   86S 87CC 88H 89P   90V
91AA 92T   93A 94Q 95DD 96E 97S 98G   99Y 100EE 101A   102S 103H 104E 105C 106Y
107M 108W 109Q 110P 111A   112L 113Y 114F 115C 116K 117BB 118A 119S 120D   121H 122Y 123T
124R   125H 126E 127W 128Y 129O 130C 131R   132EE 133V 134I   135B 136N 137Z 138W 139CC
140Y 141K 142Q   143AA 144Z   145R 146DD 147O   148E 149B 150O 151S 152F 153H 154Y 155K
156Z   157EE 158I 159AA   160J 161F 162A 163Y 164N 165AA 166O 167S   168CC 169I 170EE  
171R 172Y 173Q 174G 175M 176AA 177EE   178O 179CC 180V   181N 182E 183Q 184F 185D 186H 187BB
188L   189CC 190U 191AA   192EE 193D 194Y 195CC 196S 197Z 198DD   199A 200Q 201CC   202W
203J 204P 205M 206Y 207Z   208AA 209A 210I   211BB 212DD 213S 214R   215T 216X 217O  
218F 219T 220E   221Y 222W   223Q 224Y 225H   226Y 227V 228S   229R   230J 231F
232EE 233C   234A 235R 236N 237B 238CC 239P   240Y 241O 242R 243X 244V   245H 246W 247T
248CC 249G 250K   251I 252F 253R 254N 255M   256Q 257E 258C   259Y 260H 261U 262D  

 

A.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 25 199  93 234  48 101 118  79 209 
___ ___
162 111
A Johnny Gruelle character (2 words)
B.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 82 135 149  73 237  46
Surname in Mayne's A Grass Rope
C.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
258  76   8 233 105 115  39 130
Original title of the book that was the source for the film Babe; The... (hyphenated)
D.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
185 262  27  44 193 120
Bear, Eager or Gorey
E.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
104 257  12  45 182  75 126  80 148 
___ ___ ___
 33 220  96
Piney Trigger, Sylvia Daisy Pouncer, and Nibbins are characters in The ... (2 words)
F.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 65 231 184   1 218 252 161 152 114
A tough gang figuring in L'Engle's The Young Unicorns
G.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 58 249  23  11 174  98
John Langstaff's Christmas and Spring celebrations in Cambridge, Massachusetts
H.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 26 153 186 225  35 260 121  69  54 
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
125  83   7  88 245 103
A Seuss reptile (3 words)
I.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
  3 251 158 134  28 169 210
Cartoon characters based on Wilhelm Busch's Max und Moritz; ... Fritz (2 words)
J.
___ ___ ___ ___ 
203 230 160   2
Salaman Van ..., Dutch born British artist, illustrator of many children's classics
K.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
141  20 250  71  16 155  51
Nutkin annoyed Old Brown with them
L.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 53  31 188 112  81
Thornton Burgess's Fox
M.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___  
107  59 175 205 255
... ockle, blue bockle
N.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
181 136 236 254 164  50
Barber, barber, ... pig (2 words)
O.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___  
 37 129 150 217 241 178 147 166
... Danann; people of the goddess Danu, a divine race of old Irish mythology (2 words)
P.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 13 239  60 110 204  89
Mrs. ... donated her farm Hill Top, Sawrey to the National Trust
Q.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 94 223 109 142  52 200   5 256 173 
___
183
Sam-I-am's were green (3 words)
R.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
124 253 57  9   22  229 84  214 131 
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
242 171  64 145  14 235  36
Manny Rat is the villain of The ... (4 words)
S.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
97  196 213  24  40 167 228 151  86
___ ___ ___
119  68 102
Address for Lily Rose and Kate Ruggles and family (3 words)
T.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 42  61  92 247  17 215 219 123
There was a man ... deed sowed his garden full of seed (2 words)
U.
___ ___ ___ ___ 
190  70  21 261
Canine nursemaid to the Darling family
V.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
133  43  18 244  90 180 227
... donkey that wouldn't go, Would I beat him? Oh no, no. (4 words)
W.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
108 246 138 222  85 127  56 202  16
When Pinocchio tells a lie, his ... (2 words)
X.
___ ___ ___ ___  
 66 216 243  41
Family name of discoverers of water of immortality
Y.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
259 128 240 172  30 206 226 122  99 
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 63 140 163 194  77 221 113  10  19 
___ ___ ___ ___ ___
 47 154 224   4 106
Just So story about a very large mammal (6 words)
Z.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
197 207 156 137 144
Carolyn Haywood character, male counterpart to Betsy
AA.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
 32  74 165 191  55 208  91 159  49  
___ ___ ___
143 176  29
Snack for an arachnophobe (3 words)
BB.
___ ___ ___ ___  
211 187 117  78
Creator of Gillis and Ferdinand
CC.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 
195  62 189 238 248  87 179 201   6
___ ___ ___
168  72 139
They follow Mack and Nack (3 words)
DD.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___  
 34  95  67 212 198 146



    
Her many books include retellings of Japanese folktales; factionalized experience of World War II internment; stories of a Japanese-American girl growing up in California
EE.
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
177 157 192  38  15 132 232 100 170
Rey's Pretzel or Kahl's Maxie



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