Cracking Codes and Cryptograms For Dummies
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The Freemasons have long used ciphers to encrypt their ceremonies and messages. Both the ciphers on this page use the classic Masonic Cipher, which is also known as the Pigpen Cipher, as the alphabet is written into a series of grids, with some passing resemblance to pigpens.


Despite appearances, these ciphers are all simple substitution cryptograms, so the frequency of each symbol will give you clues as to which letters are E, T and A. Other solving tricks for cryptograms will work equally well here.

See the Cracking Codes & Cryptograms For Dummies Cheat Sheet for more hints!

Easy Masonic Cipher 1. This is a quote from Albert Pike:


Easy Masonic Cipher 1 Hint

Easy Masonic Cipher 1 Answer

Easy Masonic Cipher 2. It won’t take you long to crack this cryptogram!


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Denise Sutherland is a syndicated puzzle author. Her puzzles appear in a range of publications, including the Reader's Digest Mind Stretchers series, and she is the author of Word Searches For Dummies.

Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, PhD, is a 32degree Freemason and expert on the major symbols and ceremonies of Freemasonry. Using this expertise, he analyzed prepublication clues to uncover and blog about key elements of The Lost Symbol. He co-hosts the weekly podcast Masonic Central.

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