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

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Acrostic X-4


ACROSTIC X MINUS FOUR - Solution

Joanne Schott


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


"She leaned over and watched her face in the water again. "This face," she said, "could belong to someone who can read. And has curls. And could have a lover before nightfall. And this is me, Beetle." She stopped. Beetle was no name for someone who looked like she could read."
-Karen Cushman, The Midwife's Apprentice (Harper Trophy).


A. Finnish national epic _K_
209
_A_
85
_L_
4
_E_
56
_V_
112
_A_
18
_L_
150
_A_
174
 
B. V.L. Burton's runaway train (2 wds) _C_
84
_H_
129
_O_
205
_O_
194
_C_
105
_H_
21
_O_
78
_O_
123
 
C. One of 2 Jill Paton Walsh titles derived from G.M. Hopkins' "Spring and Fall: To A Young Child" _U_
98
_N_
70
_L_
166
_E_
3
_A_
51
_V_
11
_I_
44
_N_
187
_G_
128
 
D. Narrator in R.L. Stevenson's poem could not see the use of his _S_
143
_H_
55
_A_
226
_D_
109
_O_
197
_W_
168
 
E. The oracular pig of Prydain (2 wds) _H_
153
_E_
225
_N_
126
_W_
17
_E_
67
_N_
7
 
F. Beloved fictional sisters, the four ... (pl.) _M_
144
_A_
58
_R_
99
_C_
20
_H_
2
_E_
182
_S_
170
 
G. First-rate (2 wds) _A_
6
_O_
188
_N_
201
_E_
154
 
H. Hodges' story of Alfred the one-legged, whose destiny lay with his King of the same name; The ... _N_
171
_A_
95
_M_
198
_E_
35
_S_
1
_A_
114
_K_
214
_E_
163
 
I. Isle of ..., all heads and no bodies, who sing "I can't learn my lesson; the examiner's coming" (The Water Babies) _T_
72
_O_
185
_M_
175
_T_
138
_O_
106
_D_
9
_D_
211
_I_
127
_E_
199
_S_
216
 
J. They schemed against Donald O'Neary who tricked them in turn (3 wds) (Jacobs, Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales) _H_
139
_U_
221
_D_
104
_D_
60
_E_
80
_N_
32
_A_
190
_N_
45
_D_
90
_D_
161
_U_
63
_D_
16
_D_
93
_E_
218
_N_
173
 
K. Wane, decline, recede _E_
118
_B_
66
_B_
162
 
L. Babar became King of the Elephants when the old King ate a bad one of these _M_
191
_U_
107
_S_
57
_H_
204
_R_
13
_O_
83
_O_
178
_M_
76
 
M. Descriptor in title of Cornelia Meigs' biography of clue F author _I_
140
_N_
189
_V_
117
_I_
48
_N_
15
_C_
29
_I_
213
_B_
146
_L_
64
_E_
8
 
N. The Little Lame Prince _D_
137
_O_
73
_L_
212
_O_
172
_R_
87
 
O. Surname for a spy _W_
81
_E_
125
_L_
100
_S_
155
_C_
219
_H_
24
 
P. Beginning of nursery rhyme ending "what a splish-splash that would be" (6 wds) _I_
31
_F_
131
_A_
43
_L_
206
_L_
68
_T_
19
_H_
94
_E_
151
_S_
101
_E_
12
_A_
169
_S_
54
_W_
203
_E_
5
_R_
224
_E_
192
_O_
116
_N_
136
_E_
77
 
Q. Land held in return for service to a lord (var.) _F_
50
_E_
215
_O_
157
_F_
122
_E_
177
 
R. A son of Seth; or, Hall-of-famer "Country" Slaughter _E_
160
_N_
186
_O_
69
_S_
49
 
S. In an American folk song, she took the measles and died in the spring _S_
196
_O_
75
_W_
36
 
T. Possible nickname for infant exposed on the Downs by Garfield's Bostock and Harris _A_
41
_D_
23
_D_
65
_I_
142
_E_
121
 
U. Subject of one of Diane Stanley's illustrated biographies (3 wds) _P_
158
_E_
22
_T_
165
_E_
176
_R_
119
_T_
46
_H_
217
_E_
88
_G_
71
_R_
195
_E_
148
_A_
132
_T_
33
 
V. Mathematical term, name of a journal of which P.L. Travers was a consulting editor _P_
181
_A_
135
_R_
26
_A_
14
_B_
120
_O_
200
_L_
222
_A_
89
 
W. Surname of J. Duncan's Scottish heroine Janet _R_
40
_E_
25
_A_
180
_C_
61
_H_
110
_F_
27
_A_
91
_R_
124
X. She pined away for unrequited love of Narcissus _E_
30
_C_
97
_H_
47
_O_
220
 
Y. Goal of Christopher Robin's Expotition (2 wds) _N_
79
_O_
208
_R_
183
_T_
130
_H_
34
_P_
159
_O_
62
_L_
115
_E_
147
 
Z. One variety of Streatfeild's shoes _T_
156
_H_
82
_E_
210
_A_
111
_T_
38
_R_
179
_E_
53
 
AA. Where only thistles grow and fools are transformed for meddling with what they do not understand (4 wds)(The Water Babies) _I_
59
_S_
141
_L_
133
_A_
102
_N_
86
_D_
227
_O_
207
_F_
193
_G_
42
_O_
10
_L_
108
_D_
223
_E_
202
_N_
92
_A_
28
_S_
184
_S_
74
_E_
167
_S_
152
   
BB. After the events in clue L, the capital city was named after her _C_
52
_E_
164
_L_
134
_E_
113
_S_
96
_T_
149
_E_
39
 
CC. Beginning of a Cornish counting-out rhyme _E_
145
_N_
103
_A_
37
   

 




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