John D. Mann/Mia Inderbitzin

For her 80th birthday, Minnie decided to treat herself to a rocking, groovy midlife crisis.


PUZZLES
by Mel Sevindik

Fall-In-Letters

To solve a fall-in-letters, drop letters in each vertical column into the squares below them. But be careful, they’re not in order. Each black square indicates the end of the word. When you’re finished, you will be able to read a quotation from left to right.

Cryptogram

A cryptogram is a message encrypted in codes.  A typical way of solving cryptograms is to look for patterns, word lengths, letter combinations, word endings and beginnings, and punctuation.  Also look for letters that occur most often in the cryptogram.

Some common short words: one letter: a, i ; two letters: of, to, in, is, it, be, as, at, an, by, he, on, or, so, if, no ; three letters: the, and, for, are, but, not, you, all

Puzzle
: Each letter in the code represents another letter of the alphabet. Here is the start:

R is equal to U; J is equal to R; N is equal to M.


YPVVHYY FY BSFOB CJSN CUFDPJH WS CUFDPJH KFWESPW U DSYY SC HOWEPYFUYN

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