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Humorous Cryptograms Paperback – December 31, 1995
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For the novice, a clue is provided for each puzzle at the end of the book.
I have had to buy several copies for family members who share my addiction to this clever type of puzzle.
There are enough puzzles to last days and days and days. That beat working 20 in a puzzlebook, and then having to buy a new puzzlebook. I like all cryptograms. This book was written for me!
It also includes an introduction with general hints for solving cryptograms and, for those who take a wrong turn, two sections with clues on the solution of each puzzle. The full solutions are presented at the back of the book, along with an index of authors and quotations for those searching for quotes from one or another individual in particular.
The puzzles vary in difficulty, and you will find yourself using your intuition, your knowledge of spelling and syntax, and even your familiarity of each quoted individual to figure them out.
If you love cryptograms, buy this book. I can assure you that besides getting a healthy workout for your mind, you will also find, at the end of each puzzle, a gratifying laugh, chuckle or smile.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar
"Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood." Or how about this one..."Believe me, you have to get up early if you want to get out of bed." Here's another..."Do you think my mind is maturing late, or simply rotted early?" and this one, "I would rather lie on the sofa than sweep beneath it."
There are literally dozens of these cryptograms that are not humorous and some don't even make sense. If you like doing cryptograms and don't care if they are funny or make sense, then this book might be ok. The paper and page sizes are small and not user friendly like the larger magazine type books.
Overall, the best book I've tried out of about five. I think you'll enjoy it if you're a puzzle person. Some quotes I use myself now.
It's still a fun book. Some of the puzzles almost solve themselves. Others require you to dig deep into your knowledge of spelling and syntax, as well as the personality of the author of the quotation itself. Most are somewhere in between. In fact, if you're a multitasker like me, you can watch TV or even talk on the phone while solving the puzzles.
I'm beginning to panic at this point because I've only got 117 puzzles left! All in all, I recommend the book, errors notwithstanding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book for my mom; a big fan of cryptograms. Mom got a real kick out of it and said "give it 5 stars!"Published 13 days ago by Mary G.
The font is very small, and there is not enough space between the letters and the lines for you to write in your choices. I did the first 18 puzzles and then threw the book out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Doyle
Fun to work on cryptograms and I like that it ends up with revealing a famous quote.Published 2 months ago by Erin
I love cryptograms. Usually they are really easy to figure out and don't take much thinking for me, but this was a book that took me some time for each puzzle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica
I have found an error or two, other than that they are humorous. I was a little disappointed that they don't give any letters away though.Published 3 months ago by Ronaele Shaffer