The Cryptogram Dictionary

February 9, 2008

There are many kinds of puzzle dictionaries, so why not a cryptogram dictionary.  The dictionary works by allowing you to look up long cryptogram words with repeated letters and see all of the possible decrypted words.  The site uses, as an example, a nine letter word in which the letters 1 and 6 are the same, letters 2 and 4 are the same, and letters 5 and 8 are the same.  There are only two English words that meet these criteria: depending and rehearsal.

Of course, a computer programmer could easily put this book together and most people who like to solve cryptograms will want to solve them without aid.  I think the really interesting thing about this book is the way that it presents cryptograms as single word entities.  Thinking about it this way might lead to other types of puzzles.

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One Response to The Cryptogram Dictionary

  1. w. keeney
    December 6, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I have a computer program to spell out the pattern for words like your “rehearsal”, which is 9 16/24/58. 9 letters in the word, 1 and 6 are repeaters, 2 and 4 are repeaters, and 5 and 8 are repeaters. You can also add to this pattern the words defendant, defending and statesman, in addition to your depending an rehearsal.