I have always been fascinated by codes. When I wasn’t writing in my own codes, I was breaking cryptograms in game books.
They’re good exercise for the brain!
The shorter the cryptogram, the harder it is to break.
Look for patterns: repeated letters such as ee, oo, ll, ss, mm, etc… are easy to spot. Then the challenge is to decide which letters they actually represent.
Another pattern to look for are letters that repeat in certain ways. Such as with the word “people” where p repeats with two letters in between.
The patterns of “sh” and “th” along with word endings such as “ing” and “tion” become more noticeable when you work with cryptograms.
The more you work with patterns, the easier it becomes to figure out what words they could be.
A = Z
Once you know that “A” is represented by the letter “Z” then you know that you can write A above every Z throughout.
It’s easier when it’s printed on paper so that you can write above the coded letters.
DV YZGSV BLFI KZONH
RM HSLDVIH LU DRMV
RM GSV XILLP LU GSV PRMWORMT
RM GSV HZXIVW VOVNVMGH
RM GSV HZK LU GSV GIVV
RM GSV NROP LU SLMVB
-GIZWRGRLMZO RIRHS YOVHHRMT
You’ll see in this cryptogram that RM is repeated often.
This could represent words like: is, it, if, in, as
GSV is also repeated often: she, and, the
So, if you decide that GSV represents the word “the” then you know that every “G” is a “T” throughout the code and that every:
Have fun! I’d love to see in the comments if you break the code!
And the winner is: