The Mammoth Book of Secret Codes and Cryptograms

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Secret messages, encoded predictions, cryptic clues — never have cryptogram puzzles been so popular, fueled by phenomena like The Da Vinci Code and Bible Code. From award-winning cryptographer and game developer Elonka Dunin, here is a major new collection of brain teasing cryptograms and other enciphered challenges to satisfy every level of puzzle aficionado. The Mammoth Book of Secret Codes and Cryptograms contains over 400 encoded puzzles, ranging from easy substitution puzzles and messages or quotations in ...
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Overview


Secret messages, encoded predictions, cryptic clues — never have cryptogram puzzles been so popular, fueled by phenomena like The Da Vinci Code and Bible Code. From award-winning cryptographer and game developer Elonka Dunin, here is a major new collection of brain teasing cryptograms and other enciphered challenges to satisfy every level of puzzle aficionado. The Mammoth Book of Secret Codes and Cryptograms contains over 400 encoded puzzles, ranging from easy substitution puzzles and messages or quotations in code where each letter stands for another, to fiendishly difficult ciphers. This book also includes helpful tips and pointers, plus famous unsolved real-world cryptograms like the Dorabella cipher, Kryptos fourth section, Zodiac killer ciphers, Linear A, and Rongorongo script to ensure that the challenge never ends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786717262
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/10/2006
  • Series: Mammoth Book Of Series
  • Pages: 599
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Cryptography 101 2
Part 1 Simple Cryptograms 5
First Steps 6
Easy 100 15
Hidden Keys 123
Cryptogram Carnival 139
Part 2 The Secret Code Challenge 355
Not So Easy 356
Challenging 381
Fiendish 417
Grab Bag 445
Xenocrypts - Other Languages 455
Part 3 Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers 467
Beale Ciphers 469
Voynich Manuscript 489
Zodiac Killer Ciphers 495
Dorabella Cipher 497
Kryptos 499
Phaistos Disk 505
The Keys 507
The Solutions 527
Helpful References 571
Morse Code Table 572
English Frequency Tables 573
Xenocrypt Frequency Charts 577
Recommended Reading 582
Acknowledgements 586
Glossary 588
Index 596
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

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    A Code Lovers must!

    This book is strongly recommended for someone who likes to crack codes. From "Da Vinci style codes and ciphers" to "Real-life unsolved codes and undeciphered scripts". This book includes letter frequency charts in five different languages, the answers to the codes, and more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    Learn From The Best!

    Elonka Dunin, one of the sharpest cryptographers of this or any other age, has created a superb tutorial of cryptography --an entire classroom in a single book! A reader can be at any level of skill in crytography and achieve full enjoyment of this marvelous work. Excellent coverage of the latest in cryptograms, including Da Vinci codes and the hardest puzzle to challenge experts in a decade: KRYPTOS (Google it!) This book could be your training ground for solving the best of unsolved cryptograms of this and recent centuries.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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