How to Solve a Celebrity Cipher (2024)

Let’s solve one here together so you see exactly how to do it!

Have you tried to solve a Celebrity Cipher, a common newspaper puzzle featuring a quote from a celebrity, and just given up!For yearsIcouldn’t see how in the world anybody could figure it out! I’d never get past the given clue.

Now I have fun solving each day’s cipher. So can you!

A lot of How-to’s tell you

Do them in pencil and do a lot of guessing. I do them in ink and rarelyscratch out.
Count letters and memorize which lettersare most likely to be used in various combinations. For example, here’s the frequency of use for the alphabet: E, T, A, O, I, N, S, H, R, D, L, U, C, W, M, F, Y, G, P, B, V, K, J, X, Q, Z. It doesn’t hurt to know this, but I seldom have to call upon it.

Let’s solve a celebrity cipher right now together to show you how to do it!

Here’s a typical sample.Now don’t run scared—follow the simple steps below the cipher. First print this out [such as copy to Word and print]so you can do it with me now.

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  1. Always start with TODAY’S CLUE: C = Y. This clue is often crucial to solving the cipher—usually a letter you wouldleast likelyfigure out. This one letter might tip you off what the whole word is! Right away it tells me the first word is likely either WHY or ANY. It’s not likely WHY because there’s no question mark, so you’re not really guessing to make OTC =ANY. Anytime you figure out letters, fill in those letters throughout the cipher. Be a careful scribe because if you make an error, it can really throw you off later! Watch your handwriting for the same reason!
  2. Scanfor a one-letter word. This O will either be A or I.Rather than guess it’s more likely A than I based on word frequency,just look at the other O‘s. The first word isn’t likelyI_Y[IVY, ICY] so O = A and confirms that the first word is ANY like you already deduced! Now you can see that OKW =AND because it can’t be ANY which is already taken.
  3. Scanfor contractionsand note how many letters total and how many letters after the apostrophe. An apostrophe will be followed by S, T, D, M, LL or RE.Since K=N, rather than needing to know all contractions and their frequencies of use, you can deduce that this one is ISN’T, CAN’T, DON’T or WON’T. Patience, no need to guess yet!
  4. At this point you often hit a “What do I do now?” feeling. One rule to know is that no letter can be itself—these are called substitution ciphers.
  5. MK = _N and it is either IN or ON because O was A. It is apparent from considering the other M‘s that I is the right one. This results in MUK’R = ISN’T with U = S. Now you see that the first name is likely either SAM or SAL. The only SAL I know is Sal Mineo, and the last name isn’t that. Secondly, go with M because FMJ can hardly be _IL and is likely HIM and that makes FOU = HAS. Everything is fitting with M rather than L. While solving a cipher, your “guesses” must fit context and sentence structure.
  6. Now we make our breakthrough! Note the long word MKRGVGURGW which is already INT_ _ _ST_D. This has three G‘s but before you bother running odds forpossible combos, you candeduce the T_D will be TED and MKRGVGURGW = INTERESTED. So OVG = ARE.
  7. At this point words are filling in, and I can perceive the last name is ending in SON. Itcan’t be SEN or SIN because we already usedthose letters. And, though I don’t know who he is, I’ve heard ofSAMLEVENSON.
  8. So PFD =WHO. YDDV =POOR, since there are no MOORs being discussed! SoYOVGKRU =PARENTS and LMW = KID.
  9. TDDLU becomes either LOOKS or the more obvious in context BOOKS that PARENTS would give a KID. Well, some would give LOOKS but we already had L.So TDDLU = BOOKS.
  10. To fit in context, FDSUGBSX = HOUSEFUL.
  11. So Sam Levinson says “Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn’t poor.”

    Follow these same easy steps and strategies to solveCelebrity Ciphers! See “How to Solve a Difficult Celebrity Cipher”

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How to solve cipher code? ›

Cryptography 101: Basic solving techniques for substitution ciphers
  1. Scan through the cipher, looking for single-letter words. ...
  2. Count how many times each symbol appears in the puzzle. ...
  3. Pencil in your guesses over the ciphertext. ...
  4. Look for apostrophes. ...
  5. Look for repeating letter patterns.
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How to create a cipher puzzle? ›

Split the alphabet in half and replace each letter in your message with its opposite.
  1. For example, the letter A would be replaced with N, B with O, C with P, and so on and so forth.
  2. By using a reflected alphabet, the message “Hello” would instead become “Uryyb.”

What is the easiest cipher to solve? ›

In cryptography, a Caesar cipher, also known as Caesar's cipher, the shift cipher, Caesar's code, or Caesar shift, is one of the simplest and most widely known encryption techniques.

What is the formula of cipher key? ›

Caesar Cipher is one of the simple methods in cryptography. This method requires two inputs one a number and a plaintext. The Time Complexity and Space Complexity both are O(N). The encryption formula is En(x) = (x + n) mod 26 and the Decryption formula is Dn(x) = (x – n) mod 26.

What is the hardest cipher to learn? ›

The Vigenère cipher is a method of encrypting messages by using a series of different Caesar ciphers based on the letters of a particular keyword. The Vigenère cipher is more powerful than a single Caesar cipher and is much harder to crack.

Can you decrypt a cipher? ›

The decryption of a ciphertext is carried out by inputting the encryption key that was used to encrypt it in the first place. Once the correct key is applied, the plaintext is revealed. Decryption is a one-time process.

How to do Enigma code puzzles? ›

When you have allocated a letter to a number add it into the relevant numbered box in the grid below the Enigma code. That letter will automatically appear in all of the corresponding numbers on the main grid. There is a timer above the Enigma code for you to track how long the puzzle takes you to complete.

How to decrypt the cipher? ›

The decryption of a ciphertext is carried out by inputting the encryption key that was used to encrypt it in the first place. Once the correct key is applied, the plaintext is revealed. Decryption is a one-time process.

How do you decode a cipher value? ›

To decode a substitution cipher with a key, you'll need to replace each letter in the encrypted message with the corresponding letter from the key. For example, if the key says "A" corresponds to "D", you'd replace every "A" in the encrypted message with a "D". By following the key, you can decipher the entire message.

How do you solve a route cipher? ›

Decryption Process of Route Cipher:

Write the encrypted message in a grid, filling each cell from left to right and top to bottom. Write the letters in each row from left to right, starting with the first row and moving to the last row. Write the resulting letters in a new message, which will be the decrypted message.

How do you calculate ciphertext? ›

Encrypt a message: To encrypt a message, first convert it to a number m. Then compute the ciphertext c = m^e mod n. Decrypt a message: To decrypt a message, compute the plaintext m = c^d mod n.

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