Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies

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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.

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470591000
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 777,718
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle author. Her puzzlesappear in a range of publications, including the Reader's DigestMind Stretchers series, and she is the author of WordSearches For Dummies.

Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, PhD, is a 32degree Freemason andexpert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry. Usingthis expertise, he analyzed prepublication clues to uncover andblog about key elements of The Lost Symbol. He co-hosts the weeklypodcast Masonic Central.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Part I: Code and Cryptogram Strategies 7

Chapter 1: Clueing You In about Codes and Cryptograms 9

Chapter 2: Cracking the Codes 21

Part II: Secret Stories, Codes, and Cryptogram Puzzles47

Chapter 3: Solving Three Conspiracies 49

Chapter 4: Letter Substitution Cryptograms 95

Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms 123

Chapter 6: Symbol Substitution Cryptograms 155

Chapter 7: Caesar / Shift Ciphers 177

Chapter 8: Masonic Ciphers 197

Chapter 9: Rail Fence Ciphers 219

Chapter 10: Keyboard Codes 235

Chapter 11: Assorted Ciphers 251

Chapter 12: Anagrams and Cryptic Clues 261

Chapter 13: Double Level Puzzles 269

Part III: Hints and Answers to the Cryptos and Codes277

Chapter 14: Hints to Help Crack the Cryptograms and Puzzles279

Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles 295

Appendix: Historical Background to the Conspiracy Stories323

 

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Not all it's cracked up to be.

    This book consists of about 50 pages of actual code-cracking hints and tips, then the rest of the book is all puzzles and solutions. The background story of the American Revolution was somewhat interesting, but nothing to get worked up about.

    I expected more from a "For Dummies" book besides a book of puzzles. Granted, it was good to use the puzzles for practice, but it needed to get more in-depth with code-cracking tips and more of a how-to approach.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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