Cryptograms are simple substitution puzzles, in which one letter of the alphabet stands for another. For example, if “ZKT” were the code for the word “AND,” then every Z in the puzzle would stand for A. The key to solving is to look for telltale letter patterns like "ing" and words that almost any sentence will have, like “the” or “and,” and easy verbs and prepositions like “is,” “of” or “to,” which will help you figure out the longer words. This week our quote is about a popular activity at this time of year, from a famous Catskills author, whose name is included at the end. If you’re really stumped you’ll always find a hint on the classified page of our print edition. There is a PDF attached that you can open or download to print. Solutions are posted here one week after our puzzles are printed.
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