Is That an Acrostic?

acrostic-illustration

We’ve been talking about acrostics a lot lately on Learn Fun Facts. While thinking about other acrostics, I remember an “acrostic” I read a while ago. It’s a conundrum submitted by a man from Boston as his entry to an acrostic competition during the end of the nineteenth century:

If you stick a stick across a stick
Or stick a cross across a stick,
Or cross a stick across a stick,
Or stick a cross across a cross,
Or cross a cross across a stick,
Or cross a cross across a cross,
Or stick a crossed stick across a stick,
Or stick a crossed stick across a crossed stick,
Or cross a crossed stick across a cross,
Or cross a crossed stick across a stick,
Or cross a crossed stick across a crossed stick.
Would that be an acrostic?

I’m not sure whether the man won the contest. Personally, I would have rooted for him.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

11 thoughts on “Is That an Acrostic?

  1. For the first few sentences I was doing good , but as it progressed I had to read a line thrice to make sense of it🙈 Now I’m going to share it with my friends for I’m sure they will have a tougher time at it .

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