Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday Word Play: Shakespearean Cryptogram

So last week's first edition of Saturday Word Play wasn't the roaring success I hoped it would be but three people played along at least. I'll still chug along with a few more editions. Hopefully some of the games will appeal to more people and maybe it'll build a following that way. In the meantime, I won't give away any answers from previous weeks, so if you you want to go back and give last week's anagram edition a shot, go ahead.

This week's edition is cryptograms. For those unfamiliar with a cryptogram, it's a simple code in which one letter represents another.

Can you decode these Shakespearean characters? As with last week, do them all at home, but answer only one in the comment section. That way, at least 10 people will have a chance to play. Unlike last week, the more people that play along, the easier it should get, because they've already cracked some of the code that you'll need. Therefore, if they've already figured out that C = G, you can use that information to figure out another.

Shakespearean Characters

1. Efcg

2. Pntehw

3. Ogkegtfvnb

4. Gimhtef

5. Ogkuhtef

6. Ikgbihkg

7. Inoa

8. Igkwef

9. Thvvgq

10. Jhfwkeoh

Have fun!


Jodie Robson said...

Done it, all 10! (I know, but I'm really not good at this sort of thing.) No 9 is Lennox.

I don't think I'll do the anagrams, but that was fun - thanks, John.

Jo-Ann said...

Thanks to geraniumcat's answer, I was able to solve the rest. No. 4 is Ophelia.

Ted said...

#6 is Prospero. That was fun!

Wanda said...

Grrrr... stuck on #7 but #2 is: Juliet! :)

John Mutford said...

Good job so far!

Melwyk said...

This was fun! #10 is Beatrice.

Teena in Toronto said...

My brain doesn't work that way :)

I just finished another book:

Duane Morin said...

#1 is Iago!

Do you do puzzles like this often? How come I've never crossed paths with your blog before? Consider yourself linked...

Anonymous said...

I'm another Shakespeare blogger, visiting through Duane's link.

Fun puzzle! #5 is Coriolanus.

I haven't posted any cryptograms, but check out my Shakespeare anagrams.

Angela said...

I'm not sure that I get it...

But I think #8 is Portia?

John Mutford said...

Duane: Thanks for the link.

Bill: Checked out those anagrams. Wow!

Angela: Portia is correct!

Anonymous said...

#7 is Puck

This is fun!

Anonymous said...

Bill, #5 isn't Coriolanus, but #3 is - I think that was a typo. So that leaves #5 left:



John Mutford said...

Janefan: Glad you enjoyed it!

Rob: Thanks for the correction. I didn't even catch that.