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Can You Read This?


2014-0720 Kindness CryptogramI don’t know who created the following puzzle, but I know Meredith Tiz-Ott shared the puzzle with me. The puzzle is a cryptogram — a letter from the solution is replaced by a letter, number, or symbol. A replacement will be true for an entire puzzle, but may change in different puzzles. For example, if “e” in a solution is represented by “9” in a puzzle, “e” will not be represented by an “8” elsewhere in the puzzle. The goal is to decipher enough of the puzzle to determine the solution. 


2014-0720 Can You Read This


Click here to read a Beyond Injury post about a different type of puzzle.

Thanks to Empowered by Them which, I believe, created the picture in the top left corner of this post and Meredith Tiz-Ott who shared the puzzle that appears in the section titled, “Puzzle.”

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

4 Responses to “Can You Read This?”

  • Cheryl Rudi says:

    Very interesting that I stumbled on this posting tonight. I keep puzzles like sudoku and word fill in puzzles on a clip board by my couch. I did 4 puzzles today from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. They were called: Poetry of the Brain, Beams Me UP!, Oh, the places you’ll go!, and Renaissance Brain. Each had the word brain in the puzzle.
    Some say these puzzles can help the brain and others agree that they do very little. I make them a regular part of my cognitive training and believe they help.

    • Scott says:

      Cheryl, I don’t pay attention to the people who say “you cannot” or “it does not work.” If something works for me, I continue doing it. As such, I am an avid believer and user of various puzzles. I will not claim that all puzzles help all people, but the puzzles work well for me. I have trouble with some eye puzzles because I cannot see very well, but that additional challenge does not discourage me from trying.

  • Nancy McIntyre says:

    This is fun.
    Thank you, Scott.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.