Word Ways


Peter Newby


A simple cipher which merely shuffles the alphabet such that (say) A is represented by Q and B by G is child's play for a codebreaker. The plethora of Q in a message immediately suggests itself as a SENORITA letter and, for example, what else could ZQPQTQPQWQXQZQ by other than TARAMARASALATA? Notwithstanding such as KRALL and AARDVARK, a double Q denies the prospect of Q being A, but it could be virtually any of the other popular letters of the AEINORST alphome, and all one does is consider its occurrences elsewhere in the message.