Cryptoquotes are fun word puzzles, but how did these brain games get their start? Take this quiz to test your knowledge about cryptology and how to solve cryptoquotes.
Cryptoquote word puzzles are spin-offs from what popular, hidden-message brain game?
- the cryptoquiz
- the cryptocode
- the cryptogram
Cryptograms weren't always used for entertainment. In what war did the U.S. military first begin to use cryptology in its communications?
- Revolutionary War
- Civil War
- World War I
What is the name for the practice of encoded writing?
Someone who communicates in code is called a …
The key to help you solve a cryptoquote is called a …
Which Roman emperor created a cipher that is still used today?
- Julius Caesar
Which U.S. President invented the cipher wheel?
- Thomas Jefferson
- George Washington
- Abraham Lincoln
Which branch of the U.S. military was the first to adopt the cipher wheel created by a U.S. President?
- The Marines
- The Navy
- The Army
Which of the following groups was established during the Civil War to create and decode secret messages by the U.S. military?
- Code Breakers
- Signal Corps
How does a transposition cipher work?
- Letters are moved out of place.
- Letters are listed in reverse order.
- Letters are shifted two spaces down.
Which infamous serial killer utilized cryptology to send newspaper outlets coded messages?
- Son of Sam
- The Hillside Strangler
- The Zodiac Killer
What was the name of the cipher machine the Germans successfully used during World War II to transmit secret information?
Which ciphers are most commonly used in cryptoquote word puzzles?
True or False: When solving cryptoquotes, the author of the quote might help provide clues.
Which best-selling book is credited with making cryptology interesting again for new generations?
- "The Da Vinci Code"
- "The Number"
- "The Lost Code"
Which organization promotes cryptography as a hobby similar to chess?
- The American Cryptography Club
- The American Cryptology Association
- The American Cryptogram Association
In which country must a criminal suspect turn over any ciphers if asked by police?
- United States
- United Kingdom
What is the name of the cryptoquote puzzle that's nationally syndicated in newspapers?
What is the term for analyzing how often letters are repeated in a cipher?
- repetitive source
- frequency analysis
- repetition analysis
Which popular American author wrote a short story that involved the use of cryptograms?
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Mark Twain