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Tips for a Great Transition
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Tips for a Great Transition

Need to Help Your Kids Shake Off Summer and Adjust to a New School Year? You can get help with the transition – and year-round education support – from these websites:  Family Education – Kindergarten kickoff, reading readiness, moving up to middle school, homework help, lunch ideas, and more. National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - Concise […]

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 7
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 7

This home to many clandestine activities has become a symbol of the U.S. military. Hint: This cipher was once (or maybe still is) used by the Freemasons. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer      

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 6
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 6

This location was utilized at different times by opposing sides during the Civil War because it was ideally suited for one purpose: to keep an eye on Washington. Hint: These kinds of puzzles derived from the stories told by carefully selected images in medieval heraldry. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). […]

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 5
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 5

This pair of traitors used a variety of secret codes and ciphers for nearly 30 years before they were caught. Hint: You’ll want to number your ABCs with this kind of code. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer    

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 4
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 4

The men behind these aliases won a bet–but lost their lives. Hint: Lewis Carroll once called a more complex version of this cipher “indecipherable”. The key to this one is to work backwards. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer    

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 3
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 3

Ten spies were caught and arrested for participating in a spy ring. Their group was given this name by the FBI. Hint: These kinds of puzzles derived from the stories told by carefully selected images in medieval heraldry. Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   […]

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 2
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 2

This pseudonym was used by the single most damaging spy in U.S. history. Hint: These kinds of puzzles derived from the stories told by carefully selected images in medieval heraldry. Instructions Decode the cipher. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer    

Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 1
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Undercover Arlington Contest: Clue 1

You could probably solve this code pretty quickly if you had worked for this decryption program: Hint: Despite a common name for this cipher, you don’t have to mind your X’s and O’s to solve it.   Instructions Decode the puzzle. Submit your solution (one per person). Find out if you were correct!   Your Answer

Video: Gary Lloyd on Storytelling
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Video: Gary Lloyd on Storytelling

  Recorded June 23, 2014, at the Shirlington Branch Library, by Allan Yankosky.  

Video: Jennifer Hines on Storytelling
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Video: Jennifer Hines on Storytelling

  Recorded at the Shirlington Branch Library, June 25, 2004, by Allan Yankosky.