How To Solve Cryptogram Puzzles

Cryptograms are popular puzzles found in many newspapers and books. 

They are short phrases or quotes encrypted using a substitution cipher.  Each letter of the phrase is substituted for another letter, number, or symbol. To solve each puzzle, uncover the original phrase by figuring out the letter substitutions using the English language conventions and sometimes educated guesses.  The encoding is different for each puzzle.

For example, the letter "I" in a phrase may be substituted with "E" in the puzzle. In this case, all instances of "I" will be written as "E" in the puzzle.


In this cryptogram puzzle, each letter has been replaced by another. 

E     K V Z S,     E     A V M,     E     K G I T N S X S H. 

There are several techniques used to decipher this puzzle. You must figure out what letters are substituted to crack the code and reveal the message. In this example, a good guess for the "E" would be "I." As you solve the puzzle, you end up with the famous quote by Julius Caesar, "I came, I saw, I conquered."

Use logic and your knowledge of the letters and words to crack the cipher and work out the message by figuring out which letter represents which.

Common Techniques

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