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The First Acrostic Puzzle

Difficulty: * * *   (explanation of difficulty)

The world's first acrostic puzzle, was published in the Saturday Evening Post (and called a Double-Crostic there) on March 31, 1934. It was created by Elizabeth Kingsley (1871–1957). The puzzle below has been reformatted slightly to make it easier to copy letters from the grid to the clues, but all of the clues and the quotation are the same as in the original.

Instructions: Fill in the answers for the listed clues. Each letter in the answer is numbered; as you fill in the letters for the answer, they will be transferred to the corresponding square in the diagram. You may also fill in letters in the diagram; they will be transferred to the corresponding answers. When the puzzle is complete, the diagram will contain the text of a quotation, and the quotation's author and source can be read in the first letter of each of the answers.

1A
2G
3K
 4H
5I
6B
 7R
8C
 9N
10S
11R
 12R
13I
14A
 15M
16P
17O
 18X
19C
20S
21R
 22V
23A
24E
25J
26U
27C
28B
29V
 30P
31E
32C
33I
34O
 35X
36F
 37H
38V
39M
 
40J
41I
42U
43L
 44X
45F
46Q
47L
48D
 49U
50A
51D
52J
53X
 54O
55L
56Q
 57Y
58D
59J
60D
61C
62H
 63G
64P
65E
66H
 67S
68R
69I
70Y
71V
 72W
73K
 74Y
75C
76C
 77C
78Q
 79C
80D
81E
 82H
83I
84E
 85D
86W
87S
88U
89E
 90B
91U
92M
93X
94V
95A
 
96R
97C
 98C
99T
100I
101M
102G
103X
 
104O
105N
106I
107L
108T
109W
 110H
111L
112F
113D
 114F
115T
116H
117W
 118V
119O
 
120R
121M
122I
123W
 124W
125Q
126S
 127I
128P
129L
130L
 131V
132W
133C
 134P
135K
136M
137B
138I
139L
 140N
141S
 142F
143Q
144G
145B
 146C
147V
 148Q
149F
150R
151V
152T
153O
 154Y
155Q
 156Y
157X
158Q
159U
 160V
161S
 162I
163T
164F
165Q
 166X
167N
168P
 169Y
170R
171S
 172E
173F
 
174R
175K
176E
177T
178W
     
A. A perfume of roses.

1

14

23

50

95
B. Child's game played with cards and numbers.

145

6

28

90

137
C. Light as a feather.

97

8

79

146

98

61

75

77

76

32

27

19

133
D. Held in high esteem; worshipped.

80

85

60

113

51

58

48
E. Insubstantial.

81

172

31

84

24

176

65

89
F. The business section of a city.

112

45

114

164

149

173

142

36
G. Material for bandages.

144

102

2

63
H. Upholstered backless seat.

37

4

66

82

110

116

62
I. A Russian pianist.

100

106

33

5

122

41

138

69

83

13

162

127
J. A drupe with a single seed.

40

59

52

25
K. Movement of the ocean.

135

175

3

73
L. To alienate.

130

43

129

107

111

55

139

47
M. A mighty hunter.

15

121

92

136

101

39
N. Artless; simple.

167

9

140

46

105
O. Hebrew God.

119

54

104

17

153

34
P. Flat, dark image.

134

64

128

168

16

30
Q. Prejudiced (compound).

155

125

78

148

143

165

158

56
R. Significant, unusual.

12

96

120

11

7

170

150

21

68

174
S. Not propitious.

87

141

171

161

67

20

10

126
T. Member of the tribe of Levi.

177

99

152

163

108

115
U. Doodle dandy.

42

88

26

159

49

91
V. Watchword (Bibl.)

22

71

151

118

131

147

38

94

160

29
W. Uttered a harsh sound.

109

86

132

124

72

117

123

178
X. Forceful.

157

44

93

53

166

18

35

103
Y. To stop the flow.

156

154

74

169

70

57