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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puzzleworm (14 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615530036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615530031
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quiz-Acrostics were invented more than 30 years ago by puzzlemaster Sheila Haak, and they originally appeared in a number of Chicago-area publications. Sheila, with degrees from Northwestern University and University of Chicago, is a mathematics educator, textbook writer, and textbook editor.

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By brunosboss on 14 Aug. 2013
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The book finally arrived yesterday. I wanted it for my vacation 3 weeks ago!
Book looks good, lots of puzzles and in perfect conditions. The supplier has to set accurate expectations regarding deliver times.
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Quite interesting so far - it will appeal to readers who want a "different" type of puzzle from the usual acrostic.
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Only pity about this is the American spelling, Isn't there anyone who can create an English (UK) version of an acrostic?
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Fairly challenging 8 Nov. 2011
By Phelps Gates - Published on Amazon.com
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These "Quiz-Acrostics" are an interesting twist on the acrostic puzzle: rather than a literary quote, the text is a trivia question, with the answer in the initial letters of the clue words. I'm not sure if this is an improvement over the traditional form, but the puzzles are fun to do and fairly challenging. They are easier than the Cox and Rathvon (New York Times) ones, and don't have the same witty thematic zing, but tougher than the Michael Ashley ones. I look forward to volume 2.

My main complaint about the book is physical: the stiff glued binding and horizontal format of the pages makes it somewhat awkward to handle when solving.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
You have to give deliberately incorrect answers? 1 Jun. 2012
By adorian - Published on Amazon.com
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I love acrostics. I do one-per-day. I thought these would be good and fun. The subtitle tells us they are challenging, but what makes these more challenging than others is that apparently you must give deliberately wrong answers to the clues.

I started with puzzle 47. "1954 Grace Kelly film: The Country ______." The Country Girl, right? Right. Except for this puzzle, you have to enter the incorrect title The Country Wife. That is a Wycherley play, not a Grace Kelly film. I was tempted to throw the book away then and there, but I continued.

Then I hit a puzzle (number 11) where the tiny number and letter in the box did not correspond with the number and letter of the clue. I realize there is no way to get anyone to proofread that, but I have worked entire books where there were no errors like this. Same thing with puzzle 22.

Since I don't work them in sequence, I tried the final one very early on. It doesn't involve a famous anything. It's a vanity puzzle about the author's grandson. Not fair.

I finally threw it away because I don't appreciate having to give deliberately wrong answers and to correct the author's clue numbers and letters myself.

Stick to more professional collections of acrostics and leave this one alone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun 11 Dec. 2011
By dpk - Published on Amazon.com
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These are lots of fun to do - different from the usual acrostics because of the trivia twist. I agree with the previous reviewer - the binding is not suitable for a puzzle book. Spiral bound or perforated pages would be better. I am looking forward to her next one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
interesting format 14 Jun. 2013
By annie - Published on Amazon.com
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the puzzles were quite unusual and relatively easy. The book was somewhat difficult to use because there was no spiral binding.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Reasonably challenging 24 Oct. 2012
By SJP - Published on Amazon.com
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We'd run out of acrostics books, and our morning always begins with doing a puzzle together before starting the day - so running out of puzzles is unacceptable. We therefore ordered this book while not expecting much of it, since we'd been disappointed before by puzzles that were reprints or not at all challenging.

But what a pleasant surprise! These are original and challenging enough to take a little time - we find them more or less on a level with the New York Times books, all of which we've already done. The topics are varied enough to make them interesting. We do wish the publisher would consider a spiral binding - agreeing with other reviewers. But other than that, we're happy with these and looking forward to another volume, please?
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