Words Hidden in Plain Sight

Monday, 28 November 2011   |   Creativity Games

Enigma MachineThis week we're code-breaking.

Game:  There are 5 random words below.  Come up with a scheme for encoding them.  Make sure you write down each of them in the encoded form but don't put them in the same order.

  • ladder
  • gossip
  • crutch
  • artist
  • memory

Challenge:  For extra challenge try and work out the encoding scheme used by others.

Strategy: This game is quite creative on both levels.  Creating an encoding scheme can be harder than it looks.  In particular you need to think about making sure there isn't any ambiguity.  That is,  there aren't two or more possible ways to decode the message.  Decoding the message, especially with such little material to analyse as this game presents also requires a fair bit of sleuthing and creativity.  If you think about it though,  there are a few characteristics of the words that may help you out.  Have fun, be creative and see how you go.

 

Get creative, join in below.