Here is something new I'm experimenting with: an Across Lite acrostic.
I've been posting acrostics fairly regularly at Daily Kos for the Sunday morning puzzle diaries I do there, because they're fun to create and they generally make a good challenge. But the instructions I include for them may be confusing to new people. I'm hoping that posting the acrostics in interactive form will make them easier for new people to understand and get into. It occurred to me that the Across Lite program could be used for acrostics (albeit strangely numbered acrostics) and this is a first attempt at doing so.
2010-03-21 acrostic.puz [969 Bytes]
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In the acrostic rows, fill in words which match the clues given. Each word in a line will contain all the letters of the previous word in the line, plus one new letter. Write the added letters into the spaces provided between the words. The added letters will form vertical columns which, when read together, will spell new words. When you've filled in all the words and figured out what the verticals mean, the puzzle is solved.
Sometimes the verticals will read down, sometimes up. Sometimes words will be entirely contained in a column and sometimes words will start in one column and finish in another. Sometimes the verticals will be a set of related words (such as PERSIAN, SIAMESE, and BURMESE -- varieties of cat), sometimes the verticals will spell out a person's name (such as WILLS and HORTZ -- Will Shortz), sometimes the verticals will spell out the title of a book or movie (such as GONEW, ITHTH, and EWIND -- "Gone With The Wind"), and sometimes the verticals will spell out some familiar phrase (such as MAKELOV and ENOTWAR -- "Make love, not war").
I'll be posting this acrostic later this morning at Daily Kos. The regular acrostics I post at Daily Kos generally take a group effort to solve, but this interactive one should be easy enough for people to solve individually.
Also, here is a small Cryptic Crossword I'll be posting to keep the acrostic company:
2010-03-21 DK crossword.puz [883 Bytes]
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