encripted using a letter substitution code (as in a
standard cryptogram), and placed into the two small
crisscross grids shown. Four words read across and
six words read down. The object is to decode the
+TUI+T++ +O+PNOP+ +P+++P++ +++OUNOP +++++O++ +++++P++ ++C+Y +HGRB +++L+ +++B+
Here are two hints:
1. The longest word in the grid (TOPNOP), when decoded,
has a second meaning having nothing to do with the other
words in the grid. This other meaning could be expressed
as 1/2 NOPOBUOBU + 1/2 TOPOAEB. (These words are
encrypted with the same alphabet as the words in the grids.)
In a very different way, TOPNOP = 1/2 TOP + 1/2 YB.
2. If the 15 different letters that appear in the decoded
grid words and decoded hint words are placed in
alphabetical order and then reencrypted using the same
alphabet that they had been encrypted with before, they will
spell a 15-letter word that appears in the English Wiktionary.
Note on the origin of this puzzle:
This is very nearly a verbatim statement of a contest
on page 76 of the July, 2012 issue of GAMES magazine.
The deadline for entering this contest (July 31, 2012) has