Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies®

Book description

The fast and easy way to crack codes and cryptograms

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!

Table of contents

  1. Cracking Codes & Cryptograms For Dummies®
    1. Copyright
    2. About the Authors
    3. Dedication
    4. Publisher's Acknowledgments
    5. Contents at a Glance
    6. Foreword
    7. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Conventions Used in This Book
      3. What You're Not to Read
      4. Foolish Assumptions
      5. How This Book Is Organized
      6. Icons Used in This Book
      7. Where to Go from Here
    8. Part I: Code and Cryptogram Strategies
      1. Chapter 1: Clueing You In about Codes and Cryptograms (1/3)
      2. Chapter 1: Clueing You In about Codes and Cryptograms (2/3)
      3. Chapter 1: Clueing You In about Codes and Cryptograms (3/3)
        1. Introducing the Cryptographic World
        2. Considering the History of Codes and Ciphers
        3. Uncovering Masonic Codes and Ciphers
        4. Continuing Your Crypto Education
      4. Chapter 2: Simplifying Codes and Cryptograms (1/6)
      5. Chapter 2: Simplifying Codes and Cryptograms (2/6)
      6. Chapter 2: Simplifying Codes and Cryptograms (3/6)
      7. Chapter 2: Simplifying Codes and Cryptograms (4/6)
      8. Chapter 2: Simplifying Codes and Cryptograms (5/6)
      9. Chapter 2: Simplifying Codes and Cryptograms (6/6)
        1. Considering Cryptography Terms
        2. Solving the Ciphers in This Book
        3. Looking at Letter Frequency Analysis
    9. Part II: Secret Stories, Codes, and Cryptogram Puzzles
      1. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (1/10)
      2. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (2/10)
      3. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (3/10)
      4. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (4/10)
      5. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (5/10)
      6. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (6/10)
      7. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (7/10)
      8. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (8/10)
      9. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (9/10)
      10. Chapter 3: Solving Stories (10/10)
        1. The Conspiracy of West Point: 1779–1780
        2. The Conspiracy of the Golden Circle: 1805–1875
        3. The Conspiracy of the Organization: 1978–2010
      11. Chapter 4: Letter Substitution Cryptograms (1/6)
      12. Chapter 4: Letter Substitution Cryptograms (2/6)
      13. Chapter 4: Letter Substitution Cryptograms (3/6)
      14. Chapter 4: Letter Substitution Cryptograms (4/6)
      15. Chapter 4: Letter Substitution Cryptograms (5/6)
      16. Chapter 4: Letter Substitution Cryptograms (6/6)
        1. Puzzle 1
        2. Puzzle 2
        3. Puzzle 3
        4. Puzzle 4
        5. Puzzle 5
        6. Puzzle 6
        7. Puzzle 7
        8. Puzzle 8
        9. Puzzle 9
        10. Puzzle 10
        11. Puzzle 11
        12. Puzzle 12
        13. Puzzle 13
        14. Puzzle 14
        15. Puzzle 15
        16. Puzzle 16
        17. Puzzle 17
        18. Puzzle 18
        19. Puzzle 19
        20. Puzzle 20
        21. Puzzle 21
        22. Puzzle 22
        23. Puzzle 23
        24. Puzzle 24
        25. Puzzle 25
        26. Puzzle 26
        27. Puzzle 27
        28. Puzzle 28
        29. Puzzle 29
        30. Puzzle 30
        31. Puzzle 31
        32. Puzzle 32
        33. Puzzle 33
        34. Puzzle 34
        35. Puzzle 35
        36. Puzzle 36
        37. Puzzle 37
        38. Puzzle 38
        39. Puzzle 39
        40. Puzzle 40
        41. Puzzle 41
        42. Puzzle 42
      17. Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms (1/7)
      18. Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms (2/7)
      19. Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms (3/7)
      20. Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms (4/7)
      21. Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms (5/7)
      22. Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms (6/7)
      23. Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms (7/7)
        1. Puzzle 43
        2. Puzzle 44
        3. Puzzle 45
        4. Puzzle 46
        5. Puzzle 47
        6. Puzzle 48
        7. Puzzle 49
        8. Puzzle 50
        9. Puzzle 51
        10. Puzzle 52
        11. Puzzle 53
        12. Puzzle 54
        13. Puzzle 55
        14. Puzzle 56
        15. Puzzle 57
        16. Puzzle 58
        17. Puzzle 59
        18. Puzzle 60
        19. Puzzle 61
        20. Puzzle 62
        21. Puzzle 63
        22. Puzzle 64
        23. Puzzle 65
        24. Puzzle 66
        25. Puzzle 67
        26. Puzzle 68
        27. Puzzle 69
        28. Puzzle 70
        29. Puzzle 71
        30. Puzzle 72
        31. Puzzle 73
        32. Puzzle 74
        33. Puzzle 75
        34. Puzzle 76
        35. Puzzle 77
        36. Puzzle 78
        37. Puzzle 79
        38. Puzzle 80
      24. Chapter 6: Symbol Substitution Cryptograms (1/5)
      25. Chapter 6: Symbol Substitution Cryptograms (2/5)
      26. Chapter 6: Symbol Substitution Cryptograms (3/5)
      27. Chapter 6: Symbol Substitution Cryptograms (4/5)
      28. Chapter 6: Symbol Substitution Cryptograms (5/5)
        1. Puzzle 81
        2. Puzzle 82
        3. Puzzle 83
        4. Puzzle 84
        5. Puzzle 85
        6. Puzzle 86
        7. Puzzle 87
        8. Puzzle 88
        9. Puzzle 89
        10. Puzzle 90
        11. Puzzle 91
        12. Puzzle 92
        13. Puzzle 93
        14. Puzzle 94
        15. Puzzle 95
        16. Puzzle 96
        17. Puzzle 97
        18. Puzzle 98
        19. Puzzle 99
        20. Puzzle 100
        21. Puzzle 101
        22. Puzzle 102
        23. Puzzle 103
        24. Puzzle 104
        25. Puzzle 105
        26. Puzzle 106
        27. Puzzle 107
        28. Puzzle 108
        29. Puzzle 109
        30. Puzzle 110
      29. Chapter 7: Caesar / Shift Ciphers (1/4)
      30. Chapter 7: Caesar / Shift Ciphers (2/4)
      31. Chapter 7: Caesar / Shift Ciphers (3/4)
      32. Chapter 7: Caesar / Shift Ciphers (4/4)
        1. Puzzle 111
        2. Puzzle 112
        3. Puzzle 113
        4. Puzzle 114
        5. Puzzle 115
        6. Puzzle 116
        7. Puzzle 117
        8. Puzzle 118
        9. Puzzle 119
        10. Puzzle 120
        11. Puzzle 121
        12. Puzzle 122
        13. Puzzle 123
        14. Puzzle 124
        15. Puzzle 125
        16. Puzzle 126
        17. Puzzle 127
        18. Puzzle 128
        19. Puzzle 129
        20. Puzzle 130
        21. Puzzle 131
        22. Puzzle 132
        23. Puzzle 133
        24. Puzzle 134
        25. Puzzle 135
        26. Puzzle 136
        27. Puzzle 137
        28. Puzzle 138
        29. Puzzle 139
        30. Puzzle 140
        31. Puzzle 141
        32. Puzzle 142
        33. Puzzle 143
        34. Puzzle 144
      33. Chapter 8: Masonic Ciphers (1/5)
      34. Chapter 8: Masonic Ciphers (2/5)
      35. Chapter 8: Masonic Ciphers (3/5)
      36. Chapter 8: Masonic Ciphers (4/5)
      37. Chapter 8: Masonic Ciphers (5/5)
        1. Puzzle 145
        2. Puzzle 146
        3. Puzzle 147
        4. Puzzle 148
        5. Puzzle 149
        6. Puzzle 150
        7. Puzzle 151
        8. Puzzle 152
        9. Puzzle 153
        10. Puzzle 154
        11. Puzzle 155
        12. Puzzle 156
        13. Puzzle 157
        14. Puzzle 158
        15. Puzzle 159
        16. Puzzle 160
        17. Puzzle 161
        18. Puzzle 162
        19. Puzzle 163
        20. Puzzle 164
        21. Puzzle 165
        22. Puzzle 166
        23. Puzzle 167
        24. Puzzle 168
        25. Puzzle 169
        26. Puzzle 170
        27. Puzzle 171
        28. Puzzle 172
        29. Puzzle 173
        30. Puzzle 174
        31. Puzzle 175
        32. Puzzle 176
      38. Chapter 9: Rail Fence Ciphers (1/4)
      39. Chapter 9: Rail Fence Ciphers (2/4)
      40. Chapter 9: Rail Fence Ciphers (3/4)
      41. Chapter 9: Rail Fence Ciphers (4/4)
        1. Puzzle 177
        2. Puzzle 178
        3. Puzzle 179
        4. Puzzle 180
        5. Puzzle 181
        6. Puzzle 182
        7. Puzzle 183
        8. Puzzle 184
        9. Puzzle 185
        10. Puzzle 186
        11. Puzzle 187
        12. Puzzle 188
        13. Puzzle 189
        14. Puzzle 190
        15. Puzzle 191
        16. Puzzle 192
        17. Puzzle 193
        18. Puzzle 194
        19. Puzzle 195
        20. Puzzle 196
        21. Puzzle 197
        22. Puzzle 198
        23. Puzzle 199
        24. Puzzle 200
        25. Puzzle 201
        26. Puzzle 202
        27. Puzzle 203
        28. Puzzle 204
        29. Puzzle 205
        30. Puzzle 206
        31. Puzzle 207
      42. Chapter 10: Keyboard Codes (1/4)
      43. Chapter 10: Keyboard Codes (2/4)
      44. Chapter 10: Keyboard Codes (3/4)
      45. Chapter 10: Keyboard Codes (4/4)
        1. Puzzle 208
        2. Puzzle 209
        3. Puzzle 210
        4. Puzzle 211
        5. Puzzle 212
        6. Puzzle 213
        7. Puzzle 214
        8. Puzzle 215
        9. Puzzle 216
        10. Puzzle 217
        11. Puzzle 218
        12. Puzzle 219
        13. Puzzle 220
        14. Puzzle 221
        15. Puzzle 222
        16. Puzzle 223
        17. Puzzle 224
        18. Puzzle 225
        19. Puzzle 226
        20. Puzzle 227
        21. Puzzle 228
        22. Puzzle 229
        23. Puzzle 230
        24. Puzzle 231
        25. Puzzle 232
        26. Puzzle 233
        27. Puzzle 234
        28. Puzzle 235
      46. Chapter 11: Assorted Ciphers (1/2)
      47. Chapter 11: Assorted Ciphers (2/2)
        1. Puzzle 236
        2. Puzzle 237
        3. Puzzle 238
        4. Puzzle 239
        5. Puzzle 240
        6. Puzzle 241
        7. Puzzle 242
        8. Puzzle 243
        9. Puzzle 244
        10. Puzzle 245
        11. Puzzle 246
        12. Puzzle 247
        13. Puzzle 248
        14. Puzzle 249
        15. Puzzle 250
        16. Puzzle 251
        17. Puzzle 252
        18. Puzzle 253
        19. Puzzle 254
        20. Puzzle 255
        21. Puzzle 256
        22. Puzzle 257
        23. Puzzle 258
        24. Puzzle 259
        25. Puzzle 260
        26. Puzzle 261
        27. Puzzle 262
        28. Puzzle 263
        29. Puzzle 264
        30. Puzzle 265
        31. Puzzle 266
        32. Puzzle 267
      48. Chapter 12: Anagrams and Cryptic Clues (1/2)
      49. Chapter 12: Anagrams and Cryptic Clues (2/2)
        1. Easy
        2. Tricky
        3. Treacherous
      50. Chapter 13: Double Level Puzzles (1/2)
      51. Chapter 13: Double Level Puzzles (2/2)
        1. Puzzle 338
        2. Puzzle 339
        3. Puzzle 340
        4. Puzzle 341
        5. Puzzle 342
        6. Puzzle 343
        7. Puzzle 344
        8. Puzzle 345
        9. Puzzle 346
        10. Puzzle 347
        11. Puzzle 348
        12. Puzzle 349
        13. Puzzle 350
        14. Puzzle 351
    10. Part III: Hints and Answers to the Cryptos and Codes
      1. Chapter 14: Hints to Help Crack the Cryptograms and Puzzles (1/4)
      2. Chapter 14: Hints to Help Crack the Cryptograms and Puzzles (2/4)
      3. Chapter 14: Hints to Help Crack the Cryptograms and Puzzles (3/4)
      4. Chapter 14: Hints to Help Crack the Cryptograms and Puzzles (4/4)
        1. Chapter 4
        2. Chapter 5
        3. Chapter 6
        4. Chapter 7
        5. Chapter 8
        6. Chapter 9
        7. Chapter 10
        8. Chapter 11
        9. Chapter 12
        10. Chapter 13
      5. Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles (1/6)
      6. Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles (2/6)
      7. Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles (3/6)
      8. Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles (4/6)
      9. Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles (5/6)
      10. Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles (6/6)
        1. Chapter 4
        2. Chapter 5
        3. Chapter 6
        4. Chapter 7
        5. Chapter 8
        6. Chapter 9
        7. Chapter 10
        8. Chapter 11
        9. Chapter 12
        10. Chapter 13
    11. Appendix: Historical Background to the Conspiracy Stories

Product information

  • Title: Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies®
  • Author(s): Denise Sutherland, Mark Koltko-Rivera
  • Release date: November 2009
  • Publisher(s): For Dummies
  • ISBN: 9780470591000