All the puzzles formerly on these pages are now available, in book form, from Amazon.com under the title “Acrostica” volumes I–IV, along with new ones in volume V. In addition, many are available to solve on mobile devices, from Egghead Games, which also sells puzzles from The Puzzle Baron and Cyn Morris among others. Find the “Acrostics” app by Egghead Games in your favorite App Store.
Back in 2014, when I decided to publish my puzzles in book form, there were very few acrostic puzzle books still available to be purchased from online booksellers, and no new ones in sight. Brick-and-mortar stores had stopped selling acrostic puzzle books nearly a decade previously. I was convinced there was still a market out there, as this Acrostica website was getting plenty of visitors (and not just from people looking for answers for Jeopardy! shows). Just as I was preparing to put my puzzles into a book I got a query from Cyn Morris about how she could format her puzzles for publication. As a result, my Acrostica volumes and her various acrostic puzzle books came out soon after. In the years since, other puzzle authors have also started publishing their efforts, and acrostic puzzle books have made a comeback.
Writing acrostic puzzles is generally more difficult than writing crossword puzzles and usually more difficult to solve, but I find them much more rewarding both to compose and solve. I intend to continue writing them although not at the same pace I once did. The company I started to publish my puzzles, Pocamug Press, is beginning to publish other books as well: poetry, fiction, art books, and memoir, and is taking more of my time as a result.
Thank you to everyone who enjoyed working the puzzles once posted here.
Michael H. Dickman
New Year’s Eve 2017