"HOW TO" BREAK SUBSTITUTION
Do you like to try and decipher
quotations written in code found in the daily newspapers?
Would you like some facts and hints to
Then read the following and watch how to
apply some of the given facts and hints!
- The most often used letter is E,
followed (in order) by T,A,O, N.
- The most common letter to end a word is
- The most common letter to begin a word
- A single-letter word is A or I, and on
rare occasions, O.
- The most frequent two-letter word is OF,
followed by TO and IN.
- The most used three-letter word
is....you guessed it! THE, followed by AND.
- In English, Q is always followed by
- The constant that most often follows a
vowell is N.
- The most common double letters are, in
- The most frequent four-letter word is
- A five-letter word is frequently THERE,
or WHERE, or THESE.
- The pattern ABCDB is probably WHICH. Do
you see what is meant here? Four different letters followed by the
second letter repeated at the end. It doesn't mean that only the
letters ABCDB will be used to encode WHICH, but that pattern with
different letters will often mean WHICH.
- If the enciphered phrase is a quote,
look for the pattern: RBKJDRLDKMD as SHAKESPEARE.
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