Decoding a Spanish Cryptogram Puzzle
Part of the Spanish Word Games For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Cracking the code of a cryptogram puzzle (in which letters stand in for other letters) becomes easier when you know a few inside tips:
Remember that if one letter substitutes for another, it does so for all instances of that letter in the puzzle.
Not all puzzles contain all the letters, but every letter that does appear in a cryptogram puzzle will appear at least twice and in two different words.
If all the words in a cryptogram list end in the same letter, it could be R if the words are all verb infinitives, S if the entries are plural nouns, or O if they are all adjectives.
Review the important properties of Spanish spelling, such as the greater appearance of consonant-vowel alternations compared to English.