KDP Tools: Creating a Cryptogram

Creating a Cryptogram: Cryptograms are becoming more and more popular with people of all ages. Just as sudoku started out with a smaller fanbase before blowing up, cryptograms are taking a similar route. They are challenging, fun and educational. And if you’re someone who creates KDP puzzle books, then you’ll love the cryptogram generator that we use.

What Makes a Good Cryptogram Puzzle Generator

So, what makes a good cryptogram generator?

The key factors are ease of use, customizability, and the quality of the puzzles created. A great generator will provide users with simple instructions on how to play the game, so even beginners can easily get started. Additionally, there should be a way to adjust difficulty levels, ie. easy-to-solve beginner puzzles to more difficult ones for experienced players. Finally, it should be possible for users to customize their whether puzzles to show the clue normally, or have it scrambled as well.

Best Cryptogram Generator Software

My favorite cryptogram generator software comes bundled with a bunch of other puzzle tools as well. It runs in PowerPoint, but the creator will be releasing a new version soon that will run independently of PowerPoint.

This tool will allow you to make cryptogram as well as a ton of other incredible puzzles. You are able to edit your font and other formatting, you can sort your puzzles in various ways, as well as add margins to both sides of your puzzle (perfect for KDP)

The best part of this tool, however, is its accuracy. One of the main problems with cryptogram generators is that they aren’t very good at making puzzles without mistakes. Cryptograms require letters to be replaced with other letters, and most generators have a few letters that are not replaced. This simple error can ruin an entire book of puzzles.

Cryptogram Puzzle Generator

How To Create a Cryptogram

Creating a cryptogram is very simple when using the right software. In this example, I’ll be using the specialty puzzle tool that I’ve mentioned above. To get started, you simply need some clues and answers to input into the provided Excel sheet.

For beginner puzzles (or for kids) you’ll want to use longer sentences, while for more advanced cryptograms, you’ll use shorter sentences. This sounds counterintuitive but it actually makes a lot of sense. With fewer letters to work with, it makes it much more difficult to guess the right letters to fill in.

The tool comes with a few examples set up already for you to test out. In the example below, you’ll see easy to medium puzzle length sentences.

Cryptogram Examples

You’ll simply replace these sentences with the ones that you’d like to use in your puzzle. You can find lots of quotes online, so you can choose a theme that best suits your KDP book. Hit Submit on the Main Sheet, and your puzzles will be loaded into the PowerPoint puzzle tool.

Now you simply need to open PowerPoint and choose the settings that you’d like. There are lots to choose from, so you can make a variety of different books.

You can choose to encrypt the clue as well, or leave it normal as a little extra help for your readers.

You can also choose to hide the grids completely or have the squares show (great for beginners).

You can also adjust the left and right margins according to how large your book will be. This makes it easy to upload to KDP without images/text going outside the margin.

Cryptogram Puzzle Generator

You’ll be left with a puzzle that will look, like one of the ones you see below (depending on the options you choose).

Cryptogram Puzzle Clues

The tool also creates a hint and solutions page. The hint page will give your readers a few hints without telling them all of the clues.

This is a great way to get newer people into cryptogram. You can always delete the clue page in more advanced books – if you want to.

Cryptogram Hints

The solutions page at the end will show them if they’ve gotten the answer right. It’s made very compact, so that you won’t have to print too many pages out.

Cryptogram Solutions

Creating a Cryptogram

Back in the day, it took a lot of work to create cryptograms, crosswords and other puzzle types. With the powerful tools we have available today, it’s easier than ever. You can make hundreds of puzzles in next to no time and create high-quality books for your audience. Once you’ve found the perfect settings for you, it’s simply rinse and repeat. And remember, this tool doesn’t only create cryptograms – it can make a ton of different puzzles too. It is easily the best puzzle generator for Powerpoint.


  • Sherwin Clark

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