Contents of the SUPER1.DOC file
Copyright 1990 Tom Gough
SUPER CRYPTO! Issue 1 contains 40 enciphered quotations for you to
solve. Each quotation has been jumbled by substituting its letters
with a different set of letters. Each quotation uses a different
code. Words that are capitalized are preceded by an asterisk (*).
RUNNING THE PROGRAM
To run the program, type SUPER1 at the DOS prompt.
After the title screen appears, press ENTER and you are ready to
Press the F1 key at any time for a list of commands.
SOLVING THE PUZZLES
The first prompt that you will see requests a letter to CHANGE.
Press the key of the letter in the cipher for which you wish to
make a substitution. The CAPS LOCK key may be either on or off.
Notice that the letter you have selected has now been highlighted
throughout the puzzle.
After you have selected a cipher letter to CHANGE, the second
prompt appears and requests a letter to change TO. Press the key
of the letter that you wish to substitute for the cipher letter.
The substituted letter will appear directly above each occurrence
of the cipher letter and will be highlighted.
Example: If you think that the letter X in the cipher represents
the letter E in the solution, press X at the CHANGE prompt
and then press E at the TO prompt.
If you accidentally press the wrong key at the CHANGE prompt or
simply change your mind and wish to select a different letter, just
press the ENTER key and make a new selection. Hint: this feature is
also useful if you would just like to highlight all of the occurrences
of a particular letter in the cipher. Also, previously highlighted
letters can be cleared by pressing ENTER.
By pressing the DELETE key at the CHANGE prompt you can erase all of
the substitutions of the puzzle you are presently working on; or you
can erase just one of the substitutions by pressing the SPACE BAR
after you have selected a cipher letter to CHANGE. Keep the NUM LOCK
key turned off if you are using the DELETE key on the numeric keypad.
The program protects you from substituting the same letter more than
once. However, you do not have to erase a substitution before you
reassign it. The previous substitution will be erased for you. Also,
you will not be allowed to CHANGE a cipher letter TO itself since all
letters have been jumbled.
The program keeps track of the solution letters you have not yet
used and this is displayed in the middle section of the screen
under the title 'Unused Solution Letters'. This list is updated each
time you make a substitution or an erasure.
In addition, the cipher letters used in each puzzle are displayed
in the bottom section of the screen under the title 'Frequency of
Cipher Letters'. The numbers adjacent to the letters indicate the
number of times each cipher letter occurs in the puzzle.
When you have solved a puzzle, the name of the speaker of the
quotation will appear beneath the puzzle.
One "free" letter is provided for each puzzle. Press CTRL-F
at the CHANGE prompt and the solution to one of the cipher letters
will be inserted into the puzzle.
SEE THE SOLUTION
Press CTRL-S at the CHANGE prompt and the solution to the puzzle and
the name of the speaker of the quotation will appear.
The puzzles do not have to be solved in any particular order and
you are not required to complete a puzzle before trying another.
Press the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN keys to turn the pages or press the
HOME key to return to page one. None of your previous work will be
Keep the NUM LOCK key turned off if you are using the PAGE UP,
PAGE DOWN, and HOME keys on the numeric keypad.
Turning pages is allowed from the CHANGE prompt only.
The initial colors of the solution and cipher letters are low
intensity white on a black background. The border is colored with
black letters on a white background.
The color of the solution letters may be changed by pressing the
F7 key and the color of the cipher letters may be changed by pressing
the F8 key. Pressing the F6 key will change the background color.
The F5 key changes the color of the characters on the border, and
SHIFT-F5 changes the color of the border background.
By repeatedly pressing these keys you can select the colors that are
the most pleasing to you.
For those with monochrome monitors the initial colors will probably
be the best for you. If you experiment with the color selections and
then wish to return to the initial colors, just press the F9 key.
The color selection keys are available at the CHANGE prompt only.
ENDING THE SESSION
Pressing the ESCAPE key from either the CHANGE or TO prompt will
terminate a session and your work will be saved to the file
Your progress on the puzzles, your color configuration, and the page
you were last working on will be automatically reloaded at the
beginning of the next session.
Registered users will receive directly from the author a diskette
containing SUPER CRYPTO! Issue Number 2. In addition, registered
users will also receive information concerning the availability of
new issues of SUPER CRYPTO!
Each issue will contain 40 new cryptogram puzzles.
If you would like to register, please send $6 to the author's
Every effort will be made to mail your diskette to you on the
same day your request is received.
Please specify either 5.25" 360K or 3.5" 720K diskette.
P.O. Box 1372
817 Lea Street
Clovis, NM 88101
Your comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
SUPER CRYPTO! Issue 1 may be freely distributed to anyone you wish
as long as the original files are left intact.