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An acrostic puzzle is one in which the initial letters of the answers to the abecedarian clues spell a word, or a phrase. In a double acrostic, all of the letters of all of the answers are cross-referenced (each, once only) to spell a passage related to the word or phrase. There are several versions of this puzzle with minor differences, but all follow the same pattern.
These puzzles make more demands of the compilers and the checkers than the solvers; but for solvers, cross-referencing between answer grids is the recommended solving strategy.