The Alphabet Book (Solution)

by Halimeda Glickman-Hoch and Rob Speer, based on an idea by Bryce Herdt

Each clue suggests an object whose shape corresponds to the clue's letter. The objects are:

  • A is for
    E I
    A1F
    A2F
    E L
    , with lovers au pair
  • B is for
    G L
    B1A
    B2S
    S E S
    , for seeing what's there
  • C is for
    O
    C1P
    E N P A R E N T H E S I S
    , start before end
  • D is for
    B
    D1A
    D2R
    N A
    D3C
    L E
    — hang on, little friend
  • E is for
    S H E L V I
    E1N
    G
    , keeps things off the ground
  • F is for
    P I
    F1P
    E
    F2W
    R E N C H
    , which jerks things around
  • G is for
    W I D D
    G1E
    R S H I
    G2N
    S
    , the other direction
  • H is for
    I - B E
    H1A
    M
    , holds a load under flexion
  • I is for
    Q U I
    I1L
    L
    , which has writing to share
  • J is for
    F I
    J1S
    H H O O
    J2K
    , a dangling snare
  • K is for
    R E
    K1F
    L
    K2E
    C T I O N
    , let it bounce and go on
  • L is for
    V A
    L1C
    U U M
    , which makes smut be gone
  • M is for
    A R
    M1C
    H E S
    , above open space
  • N is for
    H O
    N1W
    E T
    N2R
    U S S
    , above the trolls' place
  • O is for
    X
    O1Y
    L E M
    , slurps up from the land
  • P is for
    M A I
    P1L
    B O
    P2X
    — deliver me, man
  • Q is for
    K
    Q1N
    O
    Q2B
    — oh, that turns me on!
  • R is for
    D R I
    R1F
    L O O N
    , the balloon Pokémon
  • S is for
    S1Y
    I N -
    S2Y
    A N G
    , male and female domains
  • T is for
    U M B R E L L
    T1A
    , which stops sun and rain
  • U is for
    U1J
    U M P R O P E
    , which you turn just in sync
  • V is for
    N I
    V1B
    , which lays down your ink
  • W's
    Z I G
    W1Z
    A G
    , across Charlie's sweater
  • X is for
    C R O S S S T I T
    X1C
    X2H
    , makes pixel art better
  • Y is for
    T U N I N G F O R
    Y1K
    , which flutters just so
  • Z is for
    L I G
    Z1H
    T
    Z2N
    I N G
    , with charges that flow
D2, N2R
B1A
P2X
J2K
B2, J1S
A2, K1F
O1, S2Y
W1Z
U1J
F2W
E1, G2N
A1, R1F
V1, Q2B
O1, S2Y
G1, K2E
N1W
P2X
D1A
I1, P1L
L1, M1C
N1W
S1Y
Q1, Z2N
J2K
X2, Z1H
P2X
H1, T1A
C1, F1P
D3, X1C
Y1K
H1, T1A

Change these letters to the initial letters of the things they look like in the couplets, and it says: DECRYPT LFZHPGTSZCEVOZ THRICE MORE.

Repeat the process three more times to get the answer, HANKEL FUNCTION.