Cryptograms have been used for centuries by world leaders, clandestine lovers and anyone wishing to keep something under wraps. Test your knowledge of cryptograms as well as your skill at solving them.
Question 1 of 20
What does the prefix 'crypto' mean?
Question 2 of 20
Which of these terms refers to searching a cryptogram to determine how often a letter or cluster of letters occurs?
Question 3 of 20
Using a 13-space substitution cipher, what city is named in this cryptogram? ARJ LBEX
Question 4 of 20
What is the most common three-letter word in the English language?
Question 5 of 20
Which of the following mnemonics represents the most common letteres in the English language?
Question 6 of 20
Which of the following literary figures frequently created cryptograms?
Question 7 of 20
Which of these is a type of cipher designed to create cryptograms by shifting each letter of the alphabet by between one and 25 spaces?
Question 8 of 20
Using the Caesar cipher, which of the following cryptograms means HELP?
Question 9 of 20
How many one-letter words are there in the English language?
Question 10 of 20
Which of the following means two letters that together form a single sound?
Question 11 of 20
Which of the following words would be the easiest to solve in a cryptogram?
Question 12 of 20
Which of these terms refers to a cipher in which one letter of the alphabet is substituted for another?
Question 13 of 20
One of the most famous cryptograms is the Zimmerman Telegram. During which war was it sent?
Question 14 of 20
Which country decoded the Zimmerman Telegram?
Question 15 of 20
Which of the following is an example of a cryptogram?
Question 16 of 20
What is the meaning of the Shugborough Inscription in Staffordshire, England?
Question 17 of 20
Which of the following academic institutions hosts an annual puzzle hunt that commonly involves cryptograms?
Question 18 of 20
Which of the following English monarchs survived an assasination plot organized in part by cryptograms?
Question 19 of 20
What was the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots, once her insurrection was uncovered?
Question 20 of 20