Unsung Tales of Women in American Code Breaking!

[Image courtesy of Amazon.] Dot Braden. Agnes Driscoll. Betty Hyatt. Elizebeth Friedman. Genevieve Grotjan. Ann Caracristi. Virginia Aderholdt. Ruth “Crow” Weston. You don’t know these names, but you should. Everyone should. They’re bona fide American heroes who dedicated their time … Continue reading

PuzzleNation Product Review: //CODE: On the Brink

[Note: I received a free copy of this game in exchange for a fair, unbiased review. Due diligence, full disclosure, and all that. /end disclaimer] There has been a tidal shift over the last few decades from the analog realm … Continue reading

Puzzle History: Codebreaking and the NSA, part 3

[Image courtesy of NSA’s official Twitter account.] At the end of part 2 in our series, we left off during the early days of the NSA, as American cryptographers continued to labor under the shadow of the Black Friday change in … Continue reading

Puzzle History: Codebreaking and the NSA, part 2

[Image courtesy of NSA’s official Twitter account.] At the end of part 1 of our look at the history of the NSA and American codebreaking, we left off with the pivotal Black Friday event. On November 1, 1948, all intel coming … Continue reading

Puzzle History: Codebreaking and the NSA

[Image courtesy of NSA.gov.] The National Security Agency has been in the news a lot over the last few years. It arguably all started with Edward Snowden and the revelations about government surveillance, both domestic and foreign, that emerged in … Continue reading

Codecrafting with Crosswords!

We’ve discussed ciphers and codecracking numerous times in the past, and rightly so. It’s a style of puzzling that has literally affected the outcomes of battles, helped shape key historical moments, and changed the face of spycraft. And it’s a … Continue reading