View Full Version : The ratings for solving a puzzle

11-01-2014, 05:00 AM
This is my first posting.
I like the cryptograms here very much. I usually can solve one in about 5 to 7 minutes, which according to the graph ranks me as Very Slow. Heck I know I'm not the Speed Demon of Cryptography, but it seems to get a fast rating I'd have to solve the puzzle in about a minute!
Is everyone here extremely gifted in cryptogram decoding? Or is this some kind of prank you use for the new "kids" to your site? :)
Seriously this seems like a fun site whose members could have broken the Japanese Purple Code in about 10 minutes.
Well, I'll go solve another puzzle. Is there a calendar available so I can see how much time it takes me? :D

11-01-2014, 05:11 AM
Cryptogram solving is a skill you learn by practising. When I first started about a year ago, it took me several minutes to solve a cryptogram, and some I didn't manage to solve at all. Now, with practice, I've worked my way up to the fastest solvers on this site. So don't worry, you'll get faster soon if you just keep on solving! :)

11-01-2014, 09:23 AM
It also helps if you are a fast typist. I've been practicing my typing skills for many years now and I'm up to using three fingers and a thumb.:D

11-01-2014, 09:24 PM
Try not to compare your results with the results of others. Just have fun. Time will come down with practice.

11-02-2014, 08:09 PM
Thanks for the replies and your words of encouragement.
I've actually solved a few cryptograms in which my time was average!
Perhaps my scores will get much better when my tpying imporves. :D

11-03-2014, 09:36 PM
Wolf, I moved "solving tips" to page 1 for you. Have a look.:cool: