Welcome to Cryptogram Puzzles!
On this page, you'll find two Cryptogram large print puzzle books. Each book contains 200 puzzles!
My aim is to keep your brain busy with these challenging puzzles - available as Volumes 1 and 2.
Don’t become a Bored Boomer… Treat yourself to our all-new Large Print Code-Cracking puzzles containing 200 Cryptograms.
If you’re wanting to keep your memory sharp and wear glasses, we’ve got you covered with large print puzzles. No more squinting.
Read the history lesson behind WWII ciphers (shown below the two book covers). Then go grab a pencil, find a comfy chair… and have hours of fun deciphering these great cryptogram quotes!
PS—At the back of our book, we want you to tear out a page. Why?
We’ve included a Bored Boomer Bookmark so you can easily keep track of where you are—so you won’t lose your place! It’s our gift to you.
The book is a “just right” 7” x 10” comfy size. While you get one for yourself, don’t forget your friends who’d love their own copy too.
Cryptography was used extensively during World War II, with a plethora of code and cipher systems fielded by the nations involved. In addition, the theoretical and practical aspects of cryptanalysis, or code-breaking, were much advanced.
Probably the most important code-breaking event of the war was the successful decryption by the Allies of the German "Enigma" Cipher. Poland achieved the first complete break into Enigma around 1932.
They passed the techniques and insights used to the French and British Allies just before the outbreak of the war in 1939. British efforts at the Bletchley Park research station substantially improved them during the war.
The decryption of the Enigma Cipher allowed the Allies to read important parts of German radio traffic on important networks and was an invaluable source of military intelligence throughout the war.
Intelligence from this source (and other high-level sources, including the Fish ciphers) was eventually called Ultra.
A similar break into the most secure Japanese diplomatic cipher, designated Purple by the US Army Signals Intelligence Service, started before the US entered the war. Product from this source was called Magic.
Solving puzzles is good for the brain and mental health in several key ways:
Boosts Brainpower - Puzzles exercise the brain by activating logic, strategic thinking, memory, visual/spatial processing, and problem-solving skills. Using these cognitive functions keeps them sharp. More challenging puzzles allow the brain to strengthen mental "muscles".
Enhances Focus - Puzzles require concentrated attention to recognize patterns and make connections between elements. This engages the prefrontal cortex which controls focus. A greater ability to focus translates to improved learning, productivity, and mental clarity.
Relieves Stress - The immersive nature of hands-on puzzle solving redirects focus away from life's stresses. The activity releases feel-good dopamine when pieces fit. Completing puzzles gives a rewarding sense of accomplishment. This all combines to provide therapeutic relaxation.
Delays Cognitive Decline - Regular mental stimulation from activities like puzzles may help reduce the rate of memory loss associated with aging. Exercising the brain builds cognitive reserve and keeps functions nimble. Retaining sharpness can support independent living in later years.
Overall, the positive brain health effects of making your brain work during puzzling make it a fun activity that's good for both mind and body. It engages key cognitive skills while also producing low-stress engagement. Just be sure to choose puzzle types and difficulty levels tailored to your interests and mental fitness level.