Solving cryptograms in 10 simple steps

X NDPZ FSY’Z RBYZ ZS IA ZLAKA RLAY XZ LBMMAYP.

Can you decode it? If not, let’s go through some general strategies that will help 😀
1. Words with one letter are either “A” or “I”.

2. A very frequent 3-letter word is “THE”.

3. There is an apostrophe then the letter after it is T or S. (DON’T, CAN’T, CAT’S, etc).

4. If it ends in a question mark, the first word is usually:

WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW or WHY.

5. Frequent pairs of constants are TH, WH, SH or CH.

6. Frequent word endings are:

“TION”, “ENT”, “ANT”, “ING” “ERS”, “ENS” and “ED”.

7. Short words where “ING” or “ED” are at the end sometimes have a double up on the last consonant, like “HOPPED” and “HUGGING”.

8. In 2 letter words one is a vowel (or Y). Example, IF, BY, HE, AT.

9. If it’s a word like [] ‘ [] …. then the second one is usually a D (or could be an M). Example, I’M or I’D.

10. Guess and test!!

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1 Comments.

  1. Yusuf and Kashif

    I JUST DON’T WANT TO BE THERE WHEN IT HAPPENS!

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