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Cracking Codes And Cryptograms For Dummies (for Dummies (sports & Hobbies))

by Denise Sutherland, Mark Koltko-Rivera
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  • Publisher: For Dummies
  • Publishing date: 02/11/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780470591000
  • ISBN: 0470591005

Synopsis

The fast and easy way to crack codes and cryptograms

Did you love Dan Brown?s The Lost Symbol? Are you fascinated by secret codes and deciphering lost history? Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies shows you how to think like a symbologist to uncover mysteries and history by solving cryptograms and cracking codes that relate to Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, the Illuminati, and other secret societies and conspiracy theories.

You?ll get easy-to-follow instructions for solving everything from the simplest puzzles to fiendishly difficult ciphers using secret codes and lost symbols.

  • Over 350 handcrafted cryptograms and ciphers of varying types
  • Tips and tricks for cracking even the toughest code
  • Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle author; Koltko-Rivera is an expert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry

With the helpful information in this friendly guide, you?ll be unveiling mysteries and shedding light on history in no time!


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  • A Great Book to Introduce You to the World of Cryptograms and Ciphers
    From Amazon

    This book does provide background on codes and their history and explains how to go about decoding them. However, the book is also a collection of great codes and related puzzles (351 of them) to tackle, providing many hours of challenging fun. The puzzles are all excellent and the difficulty rating provided with each one is a fairly accurate guide. To add to the challenge there are links between the puzzles and also a story to complete based on the answers to the puzzles which I thought was a good idea although as a non-American I found the setting of the story in the US both unnecessary and a little irritating. The puzzles not only vary in difficulty but also in type. There are cryptograms with various substitutions (my favourites), shift ciphers, masonic, rail fence and keyboard ciphers as well as anagrams and cryptic riddles. This variety kept the puzzles interesting and challenging as I worked through the book and was also educational as some of these were new to me. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and it was the first book I reached for when I wanted to relax.

  • A book for the smart kids
    From Amazon

    Oh boy! Where was this book when I was a lad? I would have eaten it up entirely. I was always big on codes, and did my share of counting letters, learning weird alphabets and writing my secret thoughts in my diary so that only I could read them. I don't have any secrets anymore, certainly not from members of my family, but I've maintained the interest. Two of the most treasured books on my bookshelf are Applied Cryptography and Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945. This book has it all and cryptic crosswords. There's a short historical and introductory section giving the background to codes and cryptograms, outlining ways of making and breaking them, and then we get into the meat of the action. There are coded puzzles to be solved. Some easy, some more challenging. Hints are provided for those having difficulty, and if you are really, totally stuck, the solutions are right at the end. But it's not just a list of crypto puzzles. There's three real life and little-known conspiracy stories for the reader to work out, using the puzzles that make up the rest of the book. I'd like to say that there's hours of fun in this book, but there's not. Days and weeks of fun for a grown-up kid. Highly recommended for the clever kids. Of all ages.

  • Cryptograms for the uninitiated
    From Amazon

    I thought I was familiar with cryptograms--you know, those letter-substitution puzzles found in the paper. And I wondered how one could produce an entire book dedicated to those puzzles. Well, turns out those are just the tip of the cryptogram iceberg. This book has some of those, but also nine more types of cryptograms and ciphers for your puzzling pleasure. The book starts with a very brief history of cryptograms, ciphers, and codes, and their used throughout history. I do wish there had been a bit more on codebreaking. But this book is really about solving these types of puzzles, and it has plenty of them. They make up the bulk of the book. From substitution cryptograms to Masonic ciphers to keyboard codes and beyond--this book will keep even the fastest solver busy for months (and those of us who are a bit slower--probably years!). And if you get stuck, there's a section that offers clues to the puzzles. There's also a twist to all the puzzles: they're all part of a broader story solved by inserting the completed cryptos into the text. This not only gives an incentive to solve all the puzzles, but also adds an element of difficulty: rather than each puzzle being a famous quotation (like the newspaper version), it's instead a seemingly random sentence or phrase. If this really whets your appetite for the world of cryptography, the authors give a few references for further study. If you'd like to read a good fiction book on the subject, I highly recommend Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson.

  • Great for beginners and symbologists alike
    From Amazon

    As a person interested in word puzzles but with no historical knowledge of ciphers, I found this book to be very well-balanced. The book introduces several types of cryptograms and ciphers, many of which I was unfamiliar with, and I didn't feel like I needed previous experience to dive right in and start cracking the codes. A feature I found interesting was the section on conspiracy theories, tying all the puzzles together and using the solutions from the other puzzles to form the complete story. Having three different difficulty levels for each type of cipher was really helpful in developing my strategies for solving them. The beginning of the book gives you common tips and tricks, and the back of the book has a section that includes a hint for every puzzle. I love that, because if you really get stuck it gives you one extra chance before you look up the solution.

  • Cracking Codes & Cryptograms for DUMMIES
    From Amazon

    Having read "Cracking Codes and Cryptograms for Dummies" I believe that the book has a great deal of historic information. It also gives a lot of general information on how ciphers are made and used from when to now. The book also has a large amount of practice ciphers to help with understanding. I found the book to be extremely enlightening and would recommend it for anyone interested in cryptology.

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