Cryptogram fun

Subject: Cryptogram fun
From: "Evans, Diane L (Rosetta)" <diane_evans -at- merck -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 10:29:58 -0400

Lisa warned us, "This week's TECHWR-L Cryptogram
( got a wee
bit long. It's also a little more >challenging than the puzzles I've posted
in previous weeks, so I gave two clues. Make sure you let me know if you
think I'm being too easy on y'all. :)"

So, I had a few minutes this morning to play with this week's cryptogram. I
just thought I would tell you my "tricks" I used to solve the puzzle.

I copied the cryptogram into Word. I then used the "find and replace"
feature to replace each capital letter with the lower-case letter I believed
it represented. I used the advanced search to specify that the program
should match the case (so I wouldn't replace a letter that was already
replaced) and formatted the replacement letter to be blue. This way, I
could instantly see what letters had been replaced and what was yet to be

I only used the first clue that Lisa gave: C = T. I quickly saw that the
last word of the cryptogram could only be "too." I then found the word
"the", and solved the entire puzzle in less than 5 minutes!

Diane Evans
Requirements Analyst and veteran crypto-solver

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