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A cryptogram is an encoded message. The code used is called a simple substitution cipher. This means that the message is encoded by replacing each letter in the message with a different letter of the alphabet. Every time a particular letter occurs in the message, it is replaced with the same code letter. It works like this:

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow.

Word spacing and punctuation are not changed.

Some people like to solve cryptograms much like some people like to do crossword puzzles. The cryptogram is solved by looking for frequently used letters and clues provided by letter patterns and word spacing.

You can select a cryptogram from the list below or type a cryptogram into the text box. After you select the cryptogram, it will be displayed at the top of the screen in black letters. At the bottom of the screen the alphabet will be displayed blue letters. Click on any letter in the cryptogram to highlight it. You can then select a letter to replace the highlighted letter by clicking on that letter in the blue alphabet bar. Continue working this way until you have solved the cryptogram.

Or enter a cryptogram here:

Looking for more cryptograms? Cryptogram Corner has a new cryptogram every day. The cryptogram can be copied off of that web page and pasted into the box above.  

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