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Cracking Codes and Cryptograms for Dummies

by Denise Sutherland

and Mark Koltko-Rivera

with a Foreword by Christopher L. Hodapp

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
  • Ms. Denise Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle author, an expert at devising messages in code, cipher, and cryptogram. Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., is an expert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry, and provided guidance regarding the Masonic ciphers used in this book.

With the helpful information in this friendly guide, you’ll be unveiling mysteries and shedding light on history in no time!

Contents at a Glance

Part I: Code and Cryptogram Strategies

  • Chapter 1: Clueing You In about Codes and Cryptograms. [Dr. Koltko-Rivera wrote a brief history of cryptography for this book, including a section on Masonic ciphers, all presented in Chapter 1.]
  • Chapter 2: Cracking the Codes

Part II: Secret Stories, Codes, and Cryptogram Puzzles

  • Chapter 3: Solving Three Conspiracies. [Also a published writer of fiction, Dr. Koltko-Rivera wrote three short stories for this book, one each portraying real-life conspiracies during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and one portraying a fictional (?) set in the very near future. The stories each feature either a famous Freemason, Masonic ciphers, or both. Many short excerpts from Dr. Koltko-Rivera’s stories were expertly encrypted by Ms. Sutherland to form the hundreds of puzzles in this book.]
  • Chapter 4: Letter Substitutions Cryptograms
  • Chapter 5: Number Substitution Cryptograms
  • Chapter 6: Symbol Substitution Cryptograms
  • Chapter 7: Caesar/Shift Ciphers
  • Chapter 8: Masonic Ciphers
  • Chapter 9: Rail Fence Ciphers
  • Chapter 10: Keyboard Codes
  • Chapter 11: Assorted Ciphers
  • Chapter 12: Anagrams and Cryptic Clues
  • Chapter 13: Double-Level Puzzles

Part III: Hints and Answers to the Cryptos and Codes

  • Chapter 14: Hints to Help Crack the Cryptograms and Puzzles
  • Chapter 15: Answers to All Cryptograms and Puzzles
  • Appendix: Historical Background to the Conspiracy Stories

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