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# Make your own cipher puzzle

The basic idea of this puzzle is to convert your encrypt your words or phrases into something unrecognizable via a simple cipher. The person solving the cipher will need to recognize patterns in the cipher text which will help them pull things apart. Those patterns may come from the description that you give (which will clue them in as to what the answers might be), and doing some simple character frequency analysis (the letter 'e' is very common in English, while 'x', 'z', and 'q' are infrequent).

I expect that this puzzle will be used more for entertainment and puzzles, and less for education. However, I'd be happy to be shown wrong. If you do use this in an educational fashion, please let me know what you're doing, and how you present it.

Note that these are very weak ciphers and shouldn't be used for anything other than entertainment. See some of the comments in the wikipedia article which talk about people using these sorts of ciphers in real life, and found out that they are not robust encryption.

There are various options to make the puzzles easier or harder to solve. Read the descriptions for each of these options. If you stick with the default values, you will get a fairly simple puzzle to solve. If you use some of the optional values, you will get puzzles that will cause people to work rather hard to pull apart.

 At this point, it'd be hard to argue that this is even "Beta" quality. If you want to play with this, consider yourselves as guinea pigs where anything can happen.

Please enter a set of words, phrases, or paragraphs. When you are done, hit the "Make Puzzle" button to generate a puzzle. Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the "Printable HTML" or "Printable PDF" buttons to get a clean page suitable for printing with your web browser.

The puzzle that is generated will remain on this server for about two months. If you want to ensure that you have a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy.

Some users list their puzzles for all to see.

If you want help with international characters, you can call up an Alphabet chart to use for cutting and pasting letters that are hard to type. This chart will come up in a separate window.

 Tip: If you see a puzzle you like in the archives, but would like to change the word list or font (for example to use the sign language font), save the puzzle with your browser's Save As... function. Then create a new puzzle. Use the Browse button to pull up that file you just saved and then create a puzzle. It will load all of the parameters from that saved file and you can now make all of the changes you like.

 Title: Author's Name: Description of puzzle: Phrase 1 Phrase 2 Phrase 3 Phrase 4 Phrase 5 Phrase 6 Phrase 7 Phrase 8 Phrase 9 Phrase 10 Phrase 11 Phrase 12 Phrase 13 Phrase 14 Phrase 15 Cipher Type: Caesar Substitution Specify the type of cipher to use How "Cipher Type" works Key length: 1 2 3 4 5 Number of keys to use. How "Key Length" works Language: English/English Get the basic alphabet for a given language How "Language" works Alphabet: This is the set of characters that will be encrypted. How "Alphabet" works Group size: 0 1 2 3 4 5 Number of characters in each group of characters presented How "Group Size" works Color of puzzle: Red Black Green Blue Aqua Fuchsia Gray Lime Maroon Navy Olive Purple Silver Teal Yellow Color of background: White Red Green Blue Aqua Fuchsia Gray Lime Maroon Navy Olive Purple Silver Teal Yellow Pink Size of font: -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Font size selection HTML Font style: Nothing special Arial Arial Bold Arial Italic Arial Bold Italic Arial Black Comic Sans MS Comic Sans MS Bold Courier New Courier New Bold Courier New Italic Courier New Bold Italic Impact Times New Roman Times New Roman Bold Times New Roman Italic Times New Roman Bold Italic Verdana Verdana Bold Verdana Italic Verdana Bold Italic Century Gothic SchoolBroadway (experimental) Calibri (experimental) Font restrictions PDF Page size: US Letter - 8.5" x 11" A4 - 210 x 297 mm Gonzo - 17" x 11" PDF Page Size PDF Font style: Nothing special Amazone AmericanUnc Bandit Bold Italic Bank Gothic-Medium Braggadocio Century Gothic Chaucer Comic Sans Comic Sans Bold Corsiva Courier Courier Bold Courier Oblique Courier Bold Oblique FetteFraktur Bold Fillmore Fujiyama Harpoon Helvetica Helvetica Bold Helvetica Oblique Helvetica Bold Oblique Jamai Jupiter Latin Wide LinoScript Pepita Serpentine Sans Stencil Bold Times Roman Times Bold Times Italic Times Bold Italic Georgia Georgia Bold Georgia Italic Georgia Bold Italic Umbra Verdana Verdana Bold Verdana Italic Verdana Bold Italic WoodType Demi Gallaudet (American Sign Language) British Sign Language PDF Fonts Plain text file on your computer to read with one phrase per line How file loading works Background image How background images works Lighten image How lighten image works

Over the years, I've received many messages from students, teachers, and parents who have used the program for school work as well as a way to give a pleasant diversion from the normal grind.