Skip to comments.Today’s Cryptogram
Posted on 02/07/2019 1:46:47 AM PST by nikos1121
EMSUKUPXA ISZAL LAWLA FB FPM RSLU,
CMKWEL RASTA BFM UFXSQ, SWX TMASUAL
S DKLKFW BFM UFIFMMFO. IAYFXQ CASUUKA
You can find this little fun word game, to combat early dementia and senility in us baby boomers, in several daily publications, unfortunately they are copyrighted so we can't use them here. So, we're just going to make up our own.
The way it works is a letter stands for another letter.
For example: AXYDLBAAXR is LONGFELLOW (does not apply to today's cryptogram).
Beware, the game is very addictive. If this is your first time, don't be intimidated.
PLEASE DO NOT post the answer in general comments, but DO post your time and any tips you might give the group on how you solve these puzzles. Puzzle solvers love to hear if you found the CG challenging or easy.
You can certainly send your solution to my private reply, or if you need a hint for todays Cryptogram.
Solving the puzzle under 8 minutes is good, under 6 very good, under 4 excellent and under two "you're a pro!"
Those of you looking for an added challenge can try to solve one sentence or even one word at a time, i.e. solve the entire first line, then go to the second line etc.
If you need a little help you can copy the cryptogram and paste it to Hals Helper below:
You can then work on the puzzle without using pen and paper.
Solution to our last puzzle:
ALWAYS GET MARRIED IN THE MORNING. THAT WAY IF IT DOESN'T WORK OUT YOU HAVEN'T WASTED THE WHOLE DAY. MICKEY ROONEY
NYtimes is worthless, but I do enjoy Sunday Magazine Crossword, various puzzles that change each week like acrostic , puns and anagrams and KenKEN . You can find free ones online.
And at 840 am on Sunday I tune in to the Puzzle with Will Shortz on NPR and turn it off at 850 am.
That was a sweet puzzle and true. 3 minutes.
As a beginner working my way up to cryptograms, I could try solving the Sunday Jumble puzzle using only my memory and not fill in the little circles as I unscramble each word.
That’s always been a hard puzzle for me. I can’t imagine doing it the way you do...
Six minutes. The comma before a three letter word was a clue, but I’ve never heard of her.
8 min. Needed coffee.
I do miss Will but I am done with NPR
I am somewhat intimidated - but decided to come up with some algebra;)
There are 26 letters in the alphabet: 5 vowels and 21 consonants....
All 2 letter words require at least one vowel......
Only two words uses one letter.... “I” and “A”......
The least used consonants in English are Z,X,V and Q.
I’m getting started;) Will comment in about TWO years!!!!
I was stuck rearranging letters to some sense of the fourth, fifth, and ninth words. Once I got those straight, it pretty much fell out from there ... although I'm glad that the name spelled itself out by the time that I got to it. I'd never heard of the author before ...
yes, this was the hardest one to date.
but you can read / hear online as well.
I have nothing else to do with NPR.
I think the difficulty is partially related by your luck in where you start. I have had several puzzles I had to abandon but this one was easier.
This one I tried to find the, and, but or you without success. Then the last 3 letter word worked which gave me two other small words. I noticed the single letter word and then the longer words started to give hints as to what they might be.
That’s why when I am stumped I take out everything and attack from the end rather than the beginning. I am getting to view it as looking for the loose string to pull.
The name is usually a guess after all else is done.
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