History of the NYT Acrostic

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First, what everyone now knows as the "acrostic" wasn't always called thus.  Here's the evolution of the name of the puzzle in the New York Times Magazine:

Amazingly, in the long history of the "acrostic" in the New York Times there have been only 4 different authors/co-authors:

There were three "Kingsley Double-Crostics" by Joan Hawkins (Wortman's assistant) while "Doris Nash Wortman is on vacation".  They appeared March 26, April 9 & April 23, 1967. 

From its inception, the "acrostic" puzzle must have garnered lots of fans, as one can see by how often it appeared over the years:

New York Times "acrostics" appear online in Java and printable form at http://select.nytimes.com/premium/xword/acrostic/acrostic.html and require a subscription to access.

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