Cracking Codes Dummies by Denise Sutherland

By Denise Sutherland

The quick and straightforward approach to crack codes and cryptograms

Did you're keen on Dan Brown's The misplaced image ? Are you fascinated with mystery codes and decoding misplaced background? Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies indicates you the way to imagine like a symbologist to discover mysteries and background via fixing cryptograms and cracking codes that relate to Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, the Illuminati, and different mystery societies and conspiracy theories.

You'll get easy-to-follow directions for fixing every thing from the easiest puzzles to fiendishly tricky ciphers utilizing mystery codes and misplaced symbols.

  • Over 350 hand made cryptograms and ciphers of various types
  • Tips and tips for cracking even the hardest code
  • Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle writer; Koltko-Rivera is a professional at the significant symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry

With the necessary info during this pleasant consultant, you can be unveiling mysteries and laying off gentle on historical past very quickly!

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In the example here, WAGON gives you five columns, one for each letter, and a number sequence of 51243. Count the number of letters in the cipher, and divide that count by the number of keyword letters to get the number of rows. In the example in Figure 2-13, there are 20 letters, divided by 5 (the number of letters in WAGON), which gives you 4 rows of letters. Null letters, like X, J, Z, and Q, often fill any spaces left at the bottom of the grid. Now you’re ready to start writing the cipher in columns.

Now, you’ve done all this work — and the message still doesn’t make sense! But don’t give up — you’re very close now. Here’s where the keyword comes into its own. Draw a second grid with the same number of columns, and this time write the keyword’s number sequence above the columns. That sequence was 51243 in our example. Now transcribe the columns from your first grid into the second grid, writing them in the order dictated by the keyword. So the first column, numbered 1 from the first grid gets put into the column numbered 1 in the second grid, which happens to be in the second position in this instance.

But we also give you a clever trick to help you crack this particular problem. The letter H often occurs before E (THE, THEN, THERE, THEY, and so on) but very rarely after E. Start by using a letter frequency analysis of your ciphertext to pinpoint the code letter for E (it’s probably the most common letter). Then look at the ciphertext for which letters appear before and after the encrypted E. The one that almost always appears before the encrypted E, and not often after it, is probably the letter H.

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