Secret Codes

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Amateur sleuths of all ages enjoy a secret code. For families that enjoy a challenge, breaking the code is its own reward. For families more used to extrinsic motivation, you can condition the opening of the next present on the breaking of the code, with all family members working together on the solution.

Once you start making and breaking secret codes, the habit can be addicting. You may find yourself leaving encoded messages for other family members in obvious places such as mirrors and pillows, or to be discovered only when the recipient opens a particular drawer or container.

If breaking the code is itself a hard-to-ignore temptation, discovering the person who sent the message -- also encrypted -- may be irresistible.

The sample codes below start out easy, and get more difficult.

Code 1:

23-5 23-9-19-8 25-15-21 1 13-5-18-18-25 3-8-18-9-19-20-13-1-19 1-14-4 1 8-1-16-16-25 14-5-23 25-5-1-18

Code 2:

-.. . -.-. -.- / - .... . / .... .- .-.. .-.. ... / .-- .. - .... / -... --- ..- --. .... ... / --- ..-. / .... --- .-.. .-.. -.--

Code 3:

Szip gsv svizow zmtvoh hrmt, tolib gl gsv mvdylim prmt

Code 4:

Tjmfou ojhiu ipmz ojhiu bmm jt dbmn bmm jt csjhiu

Code 5:

Fcxg zmwtqgjh c ogttz jkrrjg aftkqrocq

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