Remember writing poems as a kid in which you wrote a word vertically down the page and started each line with one of the letters in that word? That was an acrostic poem.

A word that
Can be spelled so that it
Reads from top to bottom
Or across, as a poem
Sometimes is very clever.
That's an acrostic poem.
It can also refer to a puzzle.
Cool. Isn't it?

Definitions of acrostic

n verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message

Type of:
literary composition, literary work
imaginative or creative writing

n a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across

word square
Type of:
mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser
a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution

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