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Triple Acrostics

number and letter 3X       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, 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


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.




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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