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Old 11-14-2012, 08:00 PM
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Default What Got You Started With Cryptograms

I would be interested to know why each of you are so interested in solving Cryptograms.
For me it was in my Senior English class in high school where our assignment was to read Edgar Allen Poe's "Gold Bug" (a cryptogram was introduced here). I was fascinated by this idea and have been solving Cryptograms ever since (and I won't even tell you how many years that has been, lol)....
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:19 PM
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Many years ago, I lived in a place where they had a daily "Cryptoquip" in the newspaper. I enjoyed doing them every day along with the crossword and Jumble (I imagine the Cryptoquip was a syndicated feature... does it still exist?).

Then I moved away to a place that didn't carry them in the newspaper, and I stopped doing them for years (although I occasionally lamented that I missed them). Then one day a few months ago I was bored and sitting in front of a computer, and I thought, "surely there are cryptograms to solve somewhere online." A quick google and here I am, reunited with a long-lost pleasure.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:04 PM
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I too started with the cryptoquips in the local newspaper. I remember the first one I did when I lived in Winnipeg. I was babysitting on a Friday evening and feeling bored, I decided to try the puzzle. It took me FOREVER! I remember writing out all the letters of the alphabet and stroking them off one-by-one.
It really is so much easier and more enjoyable doing cryptograms on-line! In fact, it's downright addicting.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:29 PM
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I think Cryptoquips are still published in the pink section of the S.F. Chronicle. I know they are often someone's attempt to be clever with word play.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:18 AM
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It was in my local paper too, although I think they were called Cryptoquotes. The first time I looked at one, I didn't see how I'd ever be able to solve it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:14 AM
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I have always enjoyed a variety of word puzzles, and I bought Penny Press puzzle books, which had cryptograms. Trying a cryptogram one day, I found that I liked solving them. I first started solving them about 5 years ago. They became my new favorite, but for my first 2 years of solving them, I had to cheat by getting a couple of letters to get me started. A year after being able to solve them without help (which was a thrilling discovery), I found this site. I still do paper-and-pencil cryptograms (I keep a book of cryptograms in my purse), but I much prefer online puzzles!
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:09 PM
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I loved reading The Gold Bug as a kid, and I would have to say that was also my first introduction to cryptograms. I guess you'll have to share any royalties from "The Life and Cryptography of Martayela" with me.

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I've been doing crosswords all my life. The cryptograms in the newspaper have always been fun to me but a distant second to the crossword until I tried cryptograms online. It's something about not having to fill in all of the letters, just once each as you get them, that makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Doing them by hand is like work. Also, it is rewarding to see how much easier it gets with time.
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I would be interested to know why each of you are so interested in solving Cryptograms.
For me it was in my Senior English class in high school where our assignment was to read Edgar Allen Poe's "Gold Bug" (a cryptogram was introduced here). I was fascinated by this idea and have been solving Cryptograms ever since (and I won't even tell you how many years that has been, lol)....
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:12 AM
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My family has always played scrabble and done crossword puzzles. One day, in line at the grocery store with my mom, I decided to buy Variety Puzzles by Penny Press (using my own $$$$). I loved the cryptograms more than all the rest. Years later, I googled Cryptograms and have been here ever since. Well, except when I had my hissy fit.

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Old 07-10-2013, 05:52 AM
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My dad got me started with word puzzles at an early age, and I went on to be an English teacher for 30 years working with words for a living!. As soon as I retired, I started having time to do word puzzles again! I always did them on paper, but this online playing is so cool. I still like doing them on paper too! I'm relatively new to it online, but so far, it's enjoyable!
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