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Double Acrostics

No. of Players: 1+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper

Goal

To solve riddles leading to words whose first and last letters spell out other words.

How to play

Double acrostics are puzzles in which the first and last letters in each line form a new word or phrase. In this game, one player prepares in advance a double acrostic, in poetic form, for the other players to solve. Each line of the poem leads to a word, and the first and last letters of each of these words spell out two mystery words. The first player to correctly solve the entire puzzle is declared the winner. If playing alone, the challenge is to simply create a double acrostic puzzle.

Other variations of this game include:

Acrostics a simpler game in which only the first letters form a mystery word
Triple Acrostics a more complex game in which the first, last and middle letters form three mystery words

Example

Aurora prepares the following four line poem in advance for Bianca and Chloe. She tells them each line references a single word, where the first and last letters of these four words spell out a two word phrase often heard shouted at marathon events to encourage the runners.

Wearing a long skirt,
Along a planet's circuit,
She saw a Roman fiddler,
And brought him a Dutch flower.

Solution:

DRESS
ORBIT
NERO
TULIP

(DON'T STOP)

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