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Double Acrostics

number and letter 2X       letters EH   Christian cross   four ticks

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


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


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.




Did you know?

Ticks are not insects. They are actually arachnids, meaning they are more closely related to spiders, scorpions and mites. And like many arachids, they attach themselves to a host to extract the blood they require for sustenance.

cartoon tick

While some of the 900 known tick species carry potentially fatal diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, it is important to note that most tick-borne diseases are only successfully transmitted after many hours of feeding.

cartoon tick with vampire fangs

So it's extremely important to remove these mini-vampires as soon as you find them on yourself, or your dog or cat.

In case you're wondering, the images under the title of this word game form a rebus puzzle:


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