Jigsaw Message
Generator
Create Your Own Jigsaw Message
Jigsaw strips can be used in the cryptography games where teams race each other to see who can be the first to decrypt pieces of a secret message and put them together to reveal the whole message.
Follow the Steps to:
  • Enter your plaintext message
  • Preview the strips
  • Encrypt your message
  • Print your strips in ready-to-use format
Next: Enter Message
Sample Jigsaw Strips
Sample PDF
Printable
Jigsaw Strips
Step 1 - Enter Message
First, give your Jigsaw Message a name:

Now enter your plaintext message. You can use one of the suggested messages on the right or type or paste something you found elsewhere.
Tips
  • Make more strips for your message than the number of students in a group. Each student can work on a different strip and whoever finishes first can start another line.
  • About 100 characters and 4-6 strips work best for jigsaw messages.
  • More strips may be wanted for Cipher Relay or when there are more individuals working on the jigsaw.
Sample Messages
Next: Preview Strips
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Step 2 - Preview Strips
This is how your message will be split into jigsaw strips. You can edit the text or you can return to STEP 1 to change the message. There is a limit of 19 characters for each strip.
Tips
  • Make more strips for your message than the number of students in a group. Each student can work on a different strip and whoever finishes first can start another line.
  • About 100 characters and 4-6 strips work best for jigsaw messages.
  • More strips may be wanted for Cipher Relay or when there are more individuals working on the jigsaw.
Next: Encrypt
Step 3 - Encryption
Select your cipher and keys.
Choose Cipher
Next: Review and Print
Step 4 - Review and Print
Here is the plaintext and the ciphertext for your Jigsaw Message. If you want to change anything, select from the buttons above to go back to the appropriate step.
When you print the strips, your printout will contain the plaintext and ciphertext of the entire message as shown on the left.
Print Your Jigsaw Strips PDF