A cryptogram is a letter substitution puzzle consisting of a phrase in which each letter has been replaced by different letter. For example, X might stand for E, L for T, and so on.|
We have puzzles for you to work on here.
If you need help with a cryptogram in a newspaper, our cryptogram search engine is here.
Instructions for online solving:
- To fill in a word, enter it in the box above the encoded word and click Substitute.
- You can fill in more than one word at once.
- To clear a word, enter . in the box above the word and click Substitute.
- For hints, check the check-boxes beside one or more words and click Suggest.
- After you request hints, checking the boxes next to suggestions and clicking Substitute will substitute them into the puzzle.
- You can replace the beginning or ending portion of a word as follows:
Typing -ly in the box over a word replaces the last two letters of that word with ly.
Typing aard- in the box over a word replaces the first letters of that word with aard.
- You can replace a single letter as follows:
Typing X=E in any box will replace X with E throughout the puzzle.
- You can fill in part of a word by using question marks where you don't know the letters, for example sw?m.
- If you type a partial word in a box, only the undefined letters
will be substituted (see examples below).
- To start a puzzle over, use the BACK button on your browser.
- The letters which occur most often, probably stand for common english letters, like e, t, a, i and s.
- Look for common letter combinations, such as th at the beginning of a word, or ly at the end.
- When requesting hints, use long words.
While XWT can stand for thousands of different words, NXNESLHXTBRB can only stand for anachronisms or electrolysis.
- If you are decoding a Crypt-O-Gram, the second to last word is often love.