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!
About the Author
Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, PhD, is a 32degree Freemason and expert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry. Using this expertise, he analyzed prepublication clues to uncover and blog about key elements of The Lost Symbol. He co-hosts the weekly podcast Masonic Central.
Table of Contents
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 Puzzles 47
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 Codes 277
Chapter 14: Hints to Help Crack the Cryptograms and Puzzles 279
Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles 295
Appendix: Historical Background to the Conspiracy Stories 323
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.