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Old 04-07-2016, 12:12 PM
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Hello. Just found this web site and it looks great.

I've been doing cryptograms for many years and have gotten to the point of solving them purely visually - no writing of the letter substitutions.

I've sometimes wondered how common this ability is. Any ideas on that among the community?

Thanks and looking forward to enjoying the wealth of 'cryptos' on the site

Best regards.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:18 PM
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Hello jwbuck -

Welcome to the fray! I doubt the mental complete-solution ability is very common in the world in general, if only because it takes natural talent and inclination plus years of practice. But this site draws a self-selected crowd, and you have come to the right place if you're looking for crypto-peers. There are a few people here who seem to have that mental-solution ability, and I believe the rest of us may yet develop the Amazing Kreskin approach after, oh, a few thousand more hours of practice.

For myself, it happens once in a great while -- if I'm in the zone, and only when the puzzle has easy patterns (he who, there is, etc.). But so far that's been the exception to my usual "Hmmm, any THE's or AND's here?" approach.

My dad, who at 88 has been solving cryptograms on paper for many decades, recently told me with amazement that lately he doesn't even need a pen to solve the newspaper cryptograms. I told him about this website and put the link on his computer desktop, but I don't think I've seen him here yet. (Unless . . . Dad? Is that you?)

In any case, happy solving! Don't forget to step outside now and then. This site is addictive.

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:02 AM
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Hello. Just found this web site and it looks great.

I've been doing cryptograms for many years and have gotten to the point of solving them purely visually - no writing of the letter substitutions.

I've sometimes wondered how common this ability is. Any ideas on that among the community?

Thanks and looking forward to enjoying the wealth of 'cryptos' on the site

Best regards.
holy smokes, really?!!!! i can't even imagine! (and no, "smokes" was not my first thought!)
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:55 PM
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I'm with wvwoman, that's an incredible talent. I suppose some of the best solvers probably do it with or without realizing it. I do not. I've never been near that zone, except for "there is no such thing as". After that nuthin'
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Old 04-17-2016, 05:33 PM
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I don't think I could do this. To me, cryptograms are all about recognizing patterns, and I couldn't do that without visualizing my progress so far.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:36 PM
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I can pretty often solve a cryto in my head before entering the letters. However, this is due to long years of playing here and NOT from any special talent. I do wonder about Nanrich, though. She, like Bansai, seems to have a rather superior aptitude for the spatial relationship of letters.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:56 PM
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I think there is definitely something about special about nanrich. I always think that about you too, gryhnd.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:23 PM
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Welcome to the site JWBUCK! I sincerely hope you have fun here and stay long enough to enjoy this wonderful community of folks! One of the greatest pleasures of being here is reading the comments that are made on many of the quotes. They sometimes get carried away by passion, but more often they are witty and fun and hilarious.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:37 AM
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Hello. Just found this web site and it looks great.

I've been doing cryptograms for many years and have gotten to the point of solving them purely visually - no writing of the letter substitutions.

I've sometimes wondered how common this ability is. Any ideas on that among the community?

Thanks and looking forward to enjoying the wealth of 'cryptos' on the site

Best regards.
I used to do this all the time with the newspaper cryptograms when I was younger (20's, 30's). I lived with my folks for awhile going to school and would always fight over the daily crypto with my mom. This way I wouldn't ruin it for her, but it did drive her nuts that I could do it

I haven't tried it in a long time but I doubt I can still do it. Not sure I could even concentrate that long any more!
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