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martayela 11-14-2012 08:00 PM

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)....:eek:

Beagle 11-14-2012 10:19 PM

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.

mazereeuw 11-14-2012 11:04 PM

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. :cool:

fishbum 11-14-2012 11:29 PM

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.

lz1982 11-15-2012 12:18 AM

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.

kimmie 11-15-2012 04:14 AM

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!

Altoid701 11-16-2012 04:01 AM

When I was in 5th grade my teacher put a cryptogram on the board every day and we would solve it in groups for the first hour or so of the day. When I was in college I was sitting around bored one day and remembered how much I loved doing cryptograms, so I searched for a site online where I could do them electronically. Needless to say, it's addictive. :)

pootie49 11-16-2012 04:43 AM

I had never solved a cryptogram prior to coming to this site.
I always skipped them in puzzle books, thought they were for
real smart people.
Late one winter night, my mind was atrophying, and I googled
puzzles with a challenge.
This was one of the sites that came up.
I signed up right away and started to play.
And it made sense to me. A bit like finding you had a talent
you never knew you had.
I fell in love with solving then I got to know and like the players on site.
Interesting, intelligent, humourous people.
Thanks Stephen. And thanks for this thread.

nanrich 11-16-2012 05:31 PM

I can't remember when I first tried a cryptogram, but when I was a kid I would choose a puzzle book for road trips based on which one had the most cryptograms in it. I've always loved them. And think I always will.

justplayin 11-17-2012 02:38 AM

I enjoy the Cryptoquotes in my local paper and decided to look for more online. Now when I'm doing them in the paper I really miss having letters fill in automatically!

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