Winner of Week Five Acrostic Puzzle

The winner of this week’s puzzle contest is Tiffany Draut. Congratulations Tiffany! You won a complete autographed set of the first four Mary Russell books in paperback.

The solution to the puzzle is as follows:

The solution quote is the opening line of The Language of Bees, which you can read along with many of the subsequent lines in the excerpt we just posted this week. The line should read:

AS HOMECOMINGS GO, IT WAS NOT AUSPICIOUS. THE TRAIN WAS LATE.

The words, in order of the clues, were:

TEA
WAIST
MOON
GUTS
CHIPS
SHOWN
MAIN
CIAO
SARI
SO
TUTELAGE

Thanks to all who participated, and look for the third and final puzzle (the best one of all!) on March 30!

Comments

  1. Laidee Marjorie says:

    Congratulations, Tiffany.

    –Marjorie

  2. Tiffany Draut says:

    What a wonderful surprise to brighten up an otherwise gloomy day. Thank you so much! 😀

  3. I am a big fan of the Mary Russell books. I am also a big fan of acrostic puzzles and I run a website devoted to them. Marjorie’s puzzle was a lot of fun,
    but it was not a traditional acrostic. In an acrostic puzzle, when you stack up the answers and read down the first letters, you should spell out the name of the
    author and/or the book the quote comes from. Your puzzle spells “twmgcsmcsst” !

  4. Laidee Marjorie says:

    Oh, Sue, I am lucky that I spelled tutelage right! Never mind trying to make the first letters spell out anything with no vowels!!! Call it a semi-acrostic! Or just a word puzzle. LOL.

    I DO know that I am a complete amateur at this puzzle thing, but at least I achieved the goal of having the clues fit into the quote from the first paragraph of LANG. I was completely thrilled that Laurie asked me to do one puzzle based on a crossword that I had created for Bouchercon 2008. Instead of one, she received three puzzles from me.

    And where is the link to your website? Don’t keep me in suspense!! And do you know Will Shortz? I love that man!

    –Marjorie

  5. My website is here. I have met Will
    several times when I attended his crossword tournaments.

  6. Laidee Marjorie says:

    Thanks for the link, Sue.

    –Marjorie

  7. This puzzle was a lot of fun! I’m really looking forward to the next one.

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