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Scroll down or click here for actual clues to the RosettagramsŪ on this site.

Perhaps you're new to solving cryptograms; if so then the following may be of interest to you:

To solve a cryptogram you must decipher the code by substituting letters. For example, in the following cryptogram each L represents the letter P,  X represents the letter L, E represents the letter Z, B represents the letter S and so forth.  It is usually easier to start figuring out the smaller words. In English a single letter word 9 times out of 10 is going to be either I or A. (Could be O or depending on the subject of the quote any single letter) The most common two and three letter words are it, is, of, in, the, and, but, for and are.1



It may or may not help you to know that the most frequently used letters in the English language are E T A O I N S H and R. In other languages letter frequencies vary, but in most E is still the most prevalent. There are many excellent references on the internet that provide frequency charts and lists for various languages. While such research may prove helpful in solving some of the tougher Rosettagrams, especially if you try cracking a foreign language version first and it's not in a language you are at all familiar with; even without such tools most cryptogram solutions will fall into place quickly once you get the hang of it. 

[1] The Great Book of Cryptograms, by Louise B. Moll, Sterling Press, 1993, Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Simple Sample Clue:

(From Home Page)

CIPHERTEXT  letter V= plaintext T


Baudelaire (From More Rosettagrams Page) Clue:

CIPHERTEXT  letter D= plaintext H