Sunday, January 3, 2021

Acrostic for January

Solution to the solstice acrostic

 The Booker Prize was from 2020. A delightful book, full of Glasgow dialect.

« The tears were running down her face and pooling on her apron. "But I love ye," she said. Shug pulled the taxi in a sharp arc and parked in a dark corner of the empty car park. He glanced at his watch and then met her eyes again. "Aye, well, take yer knickers off then. I've only got five minutes." »

Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain

A. Dick Tracy
B. Omphalocele
C. Underneath
D. Gender neutral
E. Lycanthropy
F. Askance
G. Stark Draper
H. Skew-whiff
I. The Egg And I
J. Up to date
K. Anna Neagle
L. Refinish
M. Telomere
N. Shio
O. Huevos rancheros
P. Uneven
Q. Granny knot
R. Grade three
S. If he...
T. Erstwhile
U. Back in the day
V. Anti-vax
W. Impedes
X. Now, fair Hippolyta...

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Solution to the Thanksgiving acrostic

 "I love the atmosphere," my Mother said, tilting her face up to the Sun. That was one thing about my mother, why she was fun, she valued comfort. We never had to stay in museums too long. If we didnt like something, we left and went somewhere else, like a restaurant. She wasn't too strict about discipline.

Mona Simpson, Anywhere But Here

A. Molly Malone
B. Omdurman
C. Now, Voyager
D. Attested
E. Sitting pretty
F. Isthmuses
G. Master of the house
H. Power walk
I. Sheets
J. Oh Calcutta!
K. Niftiest
L. Augment
M. Nephilim
N. Yet without
O. Warning track
P. Hoot owl
Q. Ethane
R. Ravenclaw
S. Etouffee
T. Bloodhounds
U. Unwashed
V. The hindmost
W. Hartebeest
X. Emissive
Y. Refinish
Z. E-Wides

Acrostic for the Solstice

        The quote is from a Booker prizewinner, but I'm obviously not saying from what year.

        I've left more than usual punctuation in the diagram, simply because something about the language makes me think it would be hard to understand the quote without it. There are only a couple of unfamiliar words in the list. Good luck and season's greetings.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Acrostic for November

I rate this one as fairly easy. The book is set in France.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Solution to the October acrostic

« Whether it is a wedding or a funeral, ceremony in Amsterdam is frowned upon; ritual can be too gross, too papist, and must be avoided. But a rich man to be drowned is different, the moral juiciness, the symbolism plucked out of the bible, and of course a crowd has arrived. »

Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

A. Jeddah
B. Edward V
C. Sidi Ifni
D. Sufferfest
E. Irredeemable
F. Echolocates
G. Bivouacs
H. Underhand
I. Robert Abplanalp
J. Termagant
K. Osso buco
L. Nunc Dimittis
M. Tommy Orange
N. How doth...
O. Euston
P. Marienbad
Q. Imarets
R. Nostrum
S. If what
T. Arecibo
U. Twofold
V. Updos
W. Rudely
X. Inshore
Y. Sinker
Z. Two-piece