Did you know that there are 195 sovereign states? (according to the UN) How well do you know the different countries around the world? Have students in grades 6,7,8 use problem solving strategies to decode 10 of these sovereign states around the world in this downloadable, printable cryptolist puzzle. Home schooled students will also benefit from this downloadable cryptolist resource. As a follow up or extension activity, have students locate these 10 world countries on a world map. Another extension would be to compare and contrast pairs of countries as it relates to geography, food, industry, family.