Are you getting bored with finding and solving crossword puzzles? Still looking for someone to join you in playing a game of hangman or Scrabble? Or are you just looking for a new way to pass the time on your next airplane trip or daily commute? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then The Everything® Large-Print Cryptograms Book is perfect for you. Cryptograms are word games that challenge your brain as you attempt to solve puzzles and codes. The puzzles you'll find in this book will also give you a chance to test your memory of various quotations on many topics. These cryptograms are fun for both the novice and the expert. Some are simpler, lengthier puzzles with more language clues to decipher, and some puzzles are more challenging with shorter and more obscure quotations.
Almost everyone has used codes to hide information at some point in his or her life. Perhaps as a child you wrote and deciphered secret messages by using a code you shared with your friends … or maybe you wrote in your journal in a code so that your parents and teachers could not understand it … or perhaps you talked in pig Latin to your friends in the hopes that others would not know what you were saying … or maybe you drew pictures that incorporated a code or various images that only the recipient would understand. But even if you did not use codes in these situations, you probably have read or spoken acronyms and abbreviations, which are actually codes as well! They are a method of shortening a longer word or phrase, but when you speak or hear them, you understand the complete meaning behind the shortened variation.
The Everything® Large-Print Cryptograms Book is a great resource for practicing your code-solving skills as it teaches you exactly what cryptograms are, provides tips for solving them, and offers multiple chapters of cryptogram puzzles to practice your skills with plenty of room to work. If you get stuck on any particular puzzle, make sure to check the end of each chapter for a hint word.
Please note that as you are solving the puzzles you may find that a coded letter (or two) in a particular puzzle is the same as the uncoded letter within the solution. This is not an attempt to trick you or throw you off. It is just the nature of cryptograms! There is no specific way to convert the letters, so often one letter's conversion will be itself.
Now you are ready to start enjoying this book. Head to Chapter 1 if you are new to cryptograms or need a quick refresher, or skip to any of the other chapters to start solving puzzles in a topic of interest to you!