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nite
12-21-2008, 12:26 AM
Hey there, I'm new to cryptograms, and am starting to become engrossed in trying to solve them. I have to admit that before becoming a member, I "cheated" and used the "hint me" button haha.

I read that the letter E usually occurs in the most frequency in a cryptogram, would the same be true for A, O, I, and U?

Laura
12-21-2008, 12:49 AM
Hi Nite:

You're right about A, I, and O, but U is not one of the most used. Try T and S instead. There's a thread here that has lots of good tips. Check out this link.

http://www.cryptograms.org/forum/showthread.php?t=53

Welcome to the site and have fun.:o

bansaisequoia
12-21-2008, 01:07 AM
Always remember etaoin shrdlu.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETAOIN_SHRDLU

Just look at this chart that shows the letter frequencies of three classic novels:

http://www.geocities.com/stuartthiel/etaoin1.gif

Laura
12-21-2008, 01:40 AM
That is really cool, Bansai. Thanks for sharing.

nite
12-22-2008, 10:30 AM
thank you Laura and Bansai! Much appreciated, and I will be sure to keep those letters in mind!