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puzzle me this
delirium happy
I remember when I was younger doing a type of puzzle that was like a crossword grid, except instead of having clues, all the squares had a number from 1-26, each representing a letter of the alphabet, with a few (normally three) of the letters given as a starting point. I was just wondering how well these would stand up to being done by frequency analysis (I think it's called. The way of breaking cyphers where you just compare the frequency of the symbols with the known frequency with which letters occur in the english language). I don't know whether you could more or less solve them in a fool proof fashion that way, or if the sample size wouldn't be large enough, and the words would be too random. Any ideas anyone? (oh, and does anyone know what that type of puzzle is called?)

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Other similar beasts

Another puzzle format,but rarely seen in puzzle books and hardly ever in newspapers and magazines, are proper cross-number puzzles, where each A&D clue is arithmetic or
individually couched in a sub-puzzzle. The best have minimal number of clues. I recall an infmaous one which
was about a farmer and the sizes,perimeters and areas of his fields. Really hard and challenging.

Now inspired to google...

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