A Cryptogram is a message encrypted in codes. Often each letter or
symbol in the code represents another letter of the alphabet. Most
cryptograms are codes representing texts, quotations, mottoes, poems,
proverbs, and maxims. Sometimes, the source author is indicated as a clue
to the puzzle.
For example, a famous line from the J. F. Kennedy's inaugural speech
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask
what you can do for your country."
may be encoded into a cryptogram as follows:
"Zas xpb nwzb optc vptxbco vzx wp dpc opt, ktb zas nwzb
opt vzx wp dpc optc vptxbco."
A typical way of solving cryptograms is to look for patterns, word lengths,
letter combinations, word endings and beginnings, and punctuation. Also
look for letters or symbols that occur most often in the cryptogram. These
letters or symbols may represent E or T or other more often occurring letters in
English words. As more and more letters are decoded, more words become
Try these cryptograms: