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Acrostic Number 2

Filed under: Acrostics,General — Patterico @ 5:10 pm

Here is Acrostic No. 2:

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If you want to print it out and solve it with a pencil, which is the best way, the link is here.

As a reminder, here is how it’s done.

The bottom part consists of clues, designated A through F. You read the hint for each clue and solve it. There are blanks with numbers under them, and each number corresponds to a number under the corresponding blank in the top part of the puzzle. Solve a clue in the bottom part of the puzzle, and you can start filling in the corresponding blanks in the top part of the puzzle.

For example, the first space in clue A has the number 12 under it. If the answer for clue A were “DontBeAStranger” (it’s not) then you would write in “DONTBEA STRANGER” in clue A on the bottom, meaning you would write a D in the blank with the number 12 under it, an O in the blank with 13 under it, and so forth. Now you can find the blank with the number 12 in the top part, and fill in a D. You can find the blank with the number 13 in the top part, and fill in an O. And so forth.

The top portion of the puzzle is a quotation or saying, using the same letters as are used in the clues at the bottom. The top part is what you’re trying to solve. As with the bottom part, there are blanks with numbers under them. In the top part, each number is preceded by a letter, corresponding to the clues on the bottom part. This way, when you complete a word in the top part, it is easier to find the corresponding blank below.

For example, we established that 12 is the number under the first letter of the answer to clue A. That means the number 12 in the top part is preceded by an “A” — just to tell you which clue has blank number 12.

For the top part, if there is no break in the numbering, the spaces connected by consecutive numbers are all one word even if they scroll to a new line. For example, 27D-32E on top is a six-letter word even though it scrolls to a new line. For the bottom part, each clue may consist of multiple words even though there are no blanks. (Clue A could be “DONTBEASTRANGER” — or any combination of 15 letters, no matter how many words it is.)

Here’s a fun extra hint: the first letters of each correct clue in the bottom part, read in order starting with clue A on down, spell out the name of the person who said the quote in the top part.

You might need to work both ways — filling in guesses or completing words at the top first, and then filling in the appropriate blanks in the bottom part, as well as vice versa.

Assume the comments have spoilers, and have fun!

P.S. Acrostic No. 1 was here.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

16 Responses to “Acrostic Number 2”

  1. Enjoy.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
    — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Well done! And quickly. Was it difficult? Too easy?

    Patterico (115b1f)

  4. Any harder and it would not have been as fun, I think.

    Also, I was motivated to redeem my flubbing of the Bach Cantatas clue in the last one. If at Faust you don’t succeed ….

    nk (dbc370)

  5. Again: nicely done. Do you print them out and do them with a pencil (I assume)?

    Patterico (115b1f)

  6. I feel like clues A and B in particular are very tough; if you can’t manage those, just skip them and keep going.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  7. I’m working on some bears created by my father in law. They’re way better than mine! But they are not mine to share; sorry!

    Patterico (115b1f)

  8. Thank you. No, I did not print it out since it wasn’t as long as the last one. (I printed that one out and you know what happened.) I kept your post on the screen and jotted down my guesses longhand. One “trick” I use, that I learned from crosswords, is to count the letters. Then count the letters of my guess on my fingers.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. I don’t see how you do anything without getting one or two of the easy bottom clues and then filling in the top.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  10. I did get clue F right away with a high degree of confidence, and I hope you won’t think less of me if I tell you that my first guess for the acrostic was HORACE.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. JVW knows who Rollen Stewart is. He’s the one who told me about his criminal history.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  12. It’s late, I just saw this, nk has already solved it, but I see you have name-checked me on the Rollen Stewart clue so I think I’m going to have to take a stab at this anyway (but probably not until tomorrow). I am super intrigued by Clue E. I think I know which song you are thinking of (good one: there are four possible answers which fit the character allocation), but I have to admit that my first thoughts for answers were the following:

    hat-check girls
    honeypot ploys
    armed motel clerks

    But that really is a reflection on my bad nature and low character.

    Anyway, I’ll see if I can get to where nk got without cheating and working backwards.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  13. Anyway, I’ll see if I can get to where nk got without cheating and working backwards.

    “It’s not fair!”, said no winner ever. — Unspiek, Baron Bodissey.

    I wasn’t going to rub it in, but if JVW is going to be this way … not only did I not print out the puzzle, but I did not spend one-and-a-half hours working on it, either. I made and drank two cups of coffee, rolled three cigarettes and stepped outside to smoke them each time, browsed the comments on other posts, and read forty pages of a John Wainwright police procedural, at the same time. So there!

    nk (dbc370)

  14. I wasn’t going to rub it in, but if JVW is going to be this way. . .

    Nah, you misunderstood me. I didn’t mean to imply that you worked backwards and cheated, I am pointing out that now that you have provided the answer it would be easy for me to work backwards and cheat to solve all of the clues.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  15. You seem to have left out letter #16.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  16. Every space between words and the comma too has a number, Sammy, it’s just not shown.

    nk (dbc370)

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