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Cryptogram Quiz
by Staff
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.

What does the prefix 'crypto' mean?

  • stolen
  • betrayed
  • hidden

Which of these terms refers to searching a cryptogram to determine how often a letter or cluster of letters occurs?

  • graphic estimation
  • frequency analysis
  • alphabetic interpretation

Using a 13-space substitution cipher, what city is named in this cryptogram? ARJ LBEX

  • San Juan
  • New York
  • San Jose

What is the most common three-letter word in the English language?

  • but
  • and
  • the

Which of the following mnemonics represents the most common letteres in the English language?

  • ATILON
  • ETAOIN
  • ETARIN

Which of the following literary figures frequently created cryptograms?

  • Mark Twain
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Edgar Allan Poe

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?

  • Brutus cipher
  • Caesar cipher
  • Henry VIII cipher

Using the Caesar cipher, which of the following cryptograms means HELP?

  • KHOS
  • ILON
  • MHNR

How many one-letter words are there in the English language?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Which of the following means two letters that together form a single sound?

  • dipthong
  • dialect
  • digraph

Which of the following words would be the easiest to solve in a cryptogram?

  • All
  • I'm
  • I'll

Which of these terms refers to a cipher in which one letter of the alphabet is substituted for another?

  • Halabash
  • Atbash
  • Hashtag

One of the most famous cryptograms is the Zimmerman Telegram. During which war was it sent?

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War

Which country decoded the Zimmerman Telegram?

  • Canada
  • France
  • Britain

Which of the following is an example of a cryptogram?

  • antonym
  • acronym
  • anagram

What is the meaning of the Shugborough Inscription in Staffordshire, England?

  • The king will die
  • Rest in peace
  • unknown

Which of the following academic institutions hosts an annual puzzle hunt that commonly involves cryptograms?

  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology

Which of the following English monarchs survived an assasination plot organized in part by cryptograms?

  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Queen Victoria
  • Queen Anne

What was the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots, once her insurrection was uncovered?

  • excommunication
  • hanging
  • beheading

Using an Atbash cipher, what is the solution to the following cryptogram? GSRH JFRA RH LEVI

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