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Funny Cryptograms Paperback – May 1, 2003

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Grade 7 Up--For cryptogram enthusiasts, these 370 one-liners and quotes from famous and not-so-famous historians, comedians, and politicians may be a delightful treat. For the cryptogram-challenged, this book is a nightmare. Kennedy gives a brief, not very informative, overview of how cryptograms are to be solved. Novices will be lost almost immediately and the entire book looks like something written in a foreign language. The quotes, when readers give up on trying to decipher them and read the answers, are a pleasing gathering of wise and witty sayings from people all over the world. However, unless a rabid cryptogram-loving fan base is lurking in your libraries, you can probably skip this title. For experienced code breakers only.--Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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About the Author

Shawn Kennedy has written more than 6,500 trivia questions, word puzzles, and brain teasers for 10 TV game shows. For three summers, he helped Will Shortz edit the New York Times crossword.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140270139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402701399
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe a handful that were a chuckle, but most did not even make sense. The fonts is poor for this type of book. Purchase two other books by Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. One is; "Humorous Cryptograms" by Helen Nash & Dorothy Masterson and the other on is; "Challenging Cryptograms" by Helen Nash. I will never buy any of this publishers or authors books again.

I really enjoy Cryptograms,and complete at least one a day. Wish I could remember the big or giant book I went through and give you the name, it was very good!
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It is good to find a book of funny cryptograms. However, I agree with another reviewer that there is not enough room above the puzzles to write on. The letters end up jammed together. Be sure to have a well-sharpened pencil. There are 370 cryptograms - 5 to a page, with most of them at about a "medium" level of difficulty. If you are looking for really challenging puzzles, you won't find them here. Overall, a good little book. Hopefully they will adjust the word spacing issues in future publications.
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This book was really very cheap....and in such good condition....I spend hours working them and it sure does challenge
the brain...what I like about this book is that it gives a hint at the start of each one and that is so very helpful....a fun book and sure I will be ordering more when this one is done....
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Though there were some I'd seen before in other books there were still plenty of new ones. At my age, my little gray cells like to take more recesses from class than they need. I challenge them with a fun exercise they can't seem to refuse. Smiling while you're working out? Why not?
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this was the second book i ordered for my husband (who is a" stink" to buy for,) he doesn't like anything digital,
so finding game books for him can be a real chore, thank goodness there is a good selection on amazon.
con; would have been happy to give it a 5 star but same problem as before it takes a little too long to get it delivered
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Common sense is apparently in short supply about some things. There's hardly any room to write in this book. I did the first puzzle and had a hard time fitting all the letters into the small space allowed. For me, the space between lines is adequate but the letters and words are too close together.

This seems to be a common problem with cryptogram books and it takes so much away from what should be a relaxing hobby.
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The cryptograms themselves are good. To write

in the book though is extremely difficult with small

space above each word. Some are challenging, and

some are quite funny..
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This is a book of great cryptograms. It lives up to its name - funny cryptograms...they really are funny!! The ONLY drawback to this book that it has really small print and the words are kind of close together, which makes it hard to write above the letters (you have to write really small!) and if you need to erase, most of the letters you've entered get erased instead of just the one or two you were aiming for. Otherwise, it's really really fun!
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