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You'll need "cheese from denmark" for this cipher puzzle.

Denmark

Portugal 1/2

France "hello"

?AI EBOM AEEDY EHT SEOU EPNHS TNHG OS EPNHS "F" AN AI SEBOM SSEHÆ AI THWIAK EHT

ANSWER: 8-P A _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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  • $\begingroup$ rot13(NV nccrnef znal gvzrf va gur frpbaq zrffntr, naq gur ynfg jbeq nccrnef gb or gur fcryyrq onpxjneqf) $\endgroup$ Sep 23, 2023 at 1:01

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The answer:

8 P(ointed) ASTERISK!

Reasoning:
Starting with the cipher:

The repeated occurrence of

'THE' backwards and '?' at the beginning suggests the text is a question asked backwards. Reversing the text gives:
THE KAIWHT IA ÆHESS MOBES IA NA "F" SHNPE SO GHNT SHNPE UOES THE YDEEA MOBE IA?
The repetition of "THE" and "IA" suggests a standard cryptogram with T,H,E, and likely S standing for themselves. Tweaking it a bit yields:
THE KNIGHT IN CHESS MOVES IN AN "L" SHAPE SO WHAT SHAPE DOES THE QUEEN MOVE IN?
With key
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZÆ
NVÆUELWHIJKFMAOPYRSTDBGXQZC
with reversible/2-way encoding.

ANSWER: 8-P A _ _ _ _ _ _ _

A queen moves in the shape of an 8-pointed star, or octogram, or to fit the blanks here, an
8 P(ointed) ASTERISK

For the top, presumably the answers to the clues help solve the cipher or clue something like "cryptogram". I had some ideas, but nothing that made much sense. Fortunately, @Gahja has cracked the case! Gahja notes:
Danish (Denmark) + Port (1/2 of Portugal) + Salut (French hello) is "Danish Port Salut", which is a cheese from Denmark also known as "ESROM".
ESROM is "MORSE" reversed, which explains how the cipher was created.
Each letter is substituted with the letter that is its reverse when in Morse Code. For example, A=N because A= .- and N= -.
T=T because T= - which reverses to itself.
C=Æ because C= -.-. and Æ= .-.- , etc.
This allows us to recover the full cipher alphabet even for unclued letters:
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZÆ
NVÆUELWHIÖKFMAOPYRSTDBGXQÜC

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    $\begingroup$ rot13 (1/2 Cbeghtny vf Cbeg, Senapr uryyb vf Fnyhg nf lbh fhttrfgrq naq gur "Qnavfu Cbeg-Fnyhg" vf Rfebz (n purffr). Jvgu fcryyf "Zbefr" onpxjneqf.) Maybe that makes any sense for your solution. $\endgroup$
    – Gahja
    Sep 23, 2023 at 17:20
  • $\begingroup$ That does make sense. I never would have figured that out. I'll add it in. @Gahja $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Sep 23, 2023 at 17:29

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