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The Ultimate Brain-Knocking Acrostic Puzzle Quiz
by Staff
Tired of kicking around with crosswords? Sick to death of Sudoku? Maybe it's time to take on brain-crunching acrostics puzzles. But do you have the courage to wade into this puzzling fray?

To what type of game is an acrostic puzzle most similar?

  • crossword puzzles
  • a crossword/hangman hybrid
  • "Wheel of Fortune"

Which famous author was known for constructing word puzzles similar to acrostics?

  • Lewis Carroll
  • Mark Twain
  • Stephen King

The ultimate goal of an acrostic puzzle is usually to unveil what sort of famous thing?

  • quote
  • poem
  • advice

What defines an acrostic poem?

  • The initial letters of each line spell words or phrases.
  • The initial letters of each word spell words or phrases.
  • If you read it backward, there's a secret, Satanic message.

The word "acrostics" comes from what origin?

  • the Roman word acrokhis
  • the Greek word akrostikhis
  • the Latin words Arepo Sator

How do teachers often employ acrostics?

  • as mnemonic devices
  • as language-development assistance
  • as mathematical cues

What famous religious symbol is derived in part from an acrostic?

  • the Christian fish symbol
  • the Jewish Star of David
  • the Pastafarian symbol

Some experts think acrostic puzzles might be good for what?

  • honing word fluency
  • keeping your math skills sharp
  • improving spatial perception

What's a double acrostic poem?

  • a poem in which the first and last letters of each line spell the same word or phrase
  • a poem that repeats each acrostic at least 10 times
  • a poem that makes you see double

Acrostic puzzles are also known as what?

  • anacrostic puzzles
  • crostic puzzles
  • all of the above

What structural similarities do acrostic puzzles share with crosswords?

  • They have diagrams.
  • They have many clues.
  • all of the above

In an acrostic puzzle, what signals the end of a word in the diagram?

  • white squares
  • black squares
  • line breaks

What sort of skills are probably most useful for completing an acrostic puzzle?

  • logical thinking skills
  • Google search skills
  • geometry skills

Which aspect of digital acrostic puzzles makes them more time-efficient to complete than paper versions?

  • Digital puzzles applaud you for correct answers.
  • Digital versions fill in the diagram automatically.
  • The computer gives you the answers.

What's a basic strategy for solving acrostic puzzles?

  • fill in the diagram with educated guesses
  • consult Google
  • fill out the answers you're sure of and then try to fill in blanks on the diagram

What's the name of one of the most famous acrostic poems?

  • "Behold, O God"
  • "Through the Looking Glass"
  • "The Raven"

How can looking at the diagram help you solve an acrostic puzzle?

  • There are sometimes clues hidden in the black boxes.
  • Once you correctly guess a word in the diagram, then you can use those letters in the corresponding clue blanks.
  • You may see hidden pictures in the diagram.

In addition to revealing a quote, some acrostic puzzles also unveil what?

  • the name of the person who said the quote
  • a Bible verse
  • a line drawing

What should you do if a nonsense word appears in your acrostic puzzle diagram?

  • review any questionable answers to your clues
  • buy a new thesaurus
  • give up and begin sobbing uncontrollably

Which newspaper regularly publishes acrostic puzzle books?

  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The New York Times
  • Economist