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So I came up with this -at least what I thought to be a- great riddle and posted it on this site.

Within minutes, it was closed by the community. It said:

This looks like a puzzle you found somewhere. For the content you did not create proper attribution is required..... and so on.

It upset me. I am scrambling to find out why. Here was my riddle: A simple cipher.

In fancy yellow font, "Yea", then "undo shift", then "1/10" (or the fraction one-tenths)

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  • $\begingroup$ Please don't let this get into the HNQ table. Maybe ask the typography people about the spacing—I'll even give you an em dash or two to pass on—but please don't give the gimme-teh-codez an excuse? $\endgroup$ – Andrew Morton Feb 17 at 23:14
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    $\begingroup$ Of course it hit HNQ $\endgroup$ – htmlcoderexe Feb 18 at 14:10
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    $\begingroup$ The Stack Exchange version of click bait! $\endgroup$ – jcaron Feb 19 at 11:52
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To solve this puzzle, note the key word in the text:

scrambling - this is a nod towards using anagrams.

If we employ this on each of the three parts of the puzzle text, we can get the following:

YEA → AYE (a homophone for 'I')

UNDO SHIFT → FOUND THIS

1/10 = ONE TENTH → ON THE NET

So the reason your puzzle was closed is because it seems like you were telling us:

I FOUND THIS ON THE NET!

So please provide suitable attribution!! ;-)

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    $\begingroup$ Perfectly done once again @Stiv. You even picked up on Scrambling. $\endgroup$ – DrD Feb 17 at 13:44
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    $\begingroup$ I really thought this was more suited for meta, before I realised it was an actual puzzle. ;) Creative! +1 for you $\endgroup$ – Anonymus 25 Feb 17 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries Here's another awsome similar-looking puzzle in case you haven't seen it before (check the first comment there too). $\endgroup$ – 41686d6564 Feb 19 at 4:08

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