How to Solve Cryptograms

Having difficulty solving the cryptograms within Spy Words, or any other similar puzzle for that matter?

Here are some helpful tips and strategies to make decoding phrases easier:

  1. Single letters are most likely and “A” or and “I.” Knock those out first.
  2. There are some letters that probably repeat a lot. There’s a good chance that these letters represent an “E,” “T,” or “A.”
  3. Look for two letter words that also might be easy to get out of the way. According to Jim Loy, “The most common three letter words are THE and AND (followed by FOR, HIS, NOT, BUT, YOU, ARE, HER, HAD).”
  4. Apostrophes tend to be followed by letters like “S.”
  5. Also look out for double letters, which will most likely be “LL;” and repeating letter patterns like “ING.”

Looking for something a little more direct? We’ve found some pretty good solvers out there for you to use too!

Decrypto – Can solve basic substitution ciphers pretty easily. It can also work the opposite way, providing cryptograms for you to use with friends.
Cryptogram Solver – Like Decrypto but with additional language support.