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Triple Acrostics

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

Goal

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

How to play

Triple acrostics are puzzles in which the first, last, and middle letters in each line form a new word or phrase. In this game, one player prepares in advance a triple acrostic, ideally in poetic form, for the other players to solve. Each line of the poem leads to a word, and the first, last, and middle letters of each of these words spell out three 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 triple acrostic puzzle.

Simpler variations of this game include:

Acrostics a game where the first letters form a single mystery word; and
Double Acrostics a game where the first and last letters form two mystery words

Example

April prepares the following six-line poem in advance for Buster and Caitlin. She tells them each line references a single word, where the first, last, and one of the middle letters of these six words spell out a choice for the athlete.

This exceptional person
Ate both plants and meat,
Including those that cluck.
But the room with the oven
Was lost on the retired professors,
Who preferred to stroll the grounds of their homes.

Solution:

HOTSHOT
OMNIVORE
CHICKEN
KITCHEN
EMERITI
YARDS

(HOCKEY, SOCCER, TENNIS)

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