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apparently the tag is a tag synonym for so I guess that's what I'm using

So recently I have been trying to get back into solving the cryptoquotes because I used to enjoy doing them. This is the cryptoquote for today in the Wisconsin State Journal, which I'm struggling to solve:

GAED CXH'L YGDUD QAP'UD
TUAE; CL'X YGDUD QAP TCHS
NCMGL YGDH KNN MUAYX
SKUR. - VCDUFD OUAYH

Here's my attempt at solving this:

Right away I assumed CXH'L=ISN'T, meaning that we can rewrite this with

     ISN'T
GAED CXH'L YGDUD QAP'UD

      IT'S            I
TUAE; CL'X YGDUD QAP TCHS

 I  T              S
NCMGL YGDH KNN MUAYX

        I
SKUR - VCDUFD OUAYH

Now I felt like it would be reasonable to assume that QAP'UD=YOU'RE, mainly since you're is the only word that I could think of that had two letters after an apostrophe, so now it is

 O E ISN'T   E E YOU'RE
GAED CXH'L YGDUD QAP'UD

 RO   IT'S   ERE YOU  I
TUAE; CL'X YGDUD QAP TCHS

 I  T   EN      RO S
NCMGL YGDH KNN MUAYX

  R     IER E  RO
SKUR - VCDUFD OUAYH

Now I can make out the first name PIERCE (V=P and F=C) and this is my current progress and where I'm stuck:

 O E ISN'T   E E YOU'RE
GAED CXH'L YGDUD QAP'UD

 RO   IT'S   ERE YOU  I
TUAE; CL'X YGDUD QAP TCHS

 I  T   EN      RO S
NCMGL YGDH KNN MUAYX

  R    PIERCE  RO
SKUR - VCDUFD OUAYH

So my question is: Is there anything I could do from here, or have I assumed anything incorrectly so that I'll now have to restart?

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There are two very likely options for the word ..ERE and either one will give you the plain letter for cipher G.

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    $\begingroup$ You should also be writing out the substitution key as you solve it, so you can keep track of which plain letters are not yet assigned a cipher letter. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2023 at 2:09
  • $\begingroup$ oh okay, but there's only one good one, right? I guess "there" is possible, but I feel like "where" would be better because we have then HO.E ISN'T WHERE YOU'RE which I feel like would make more sense. Edit: Don't we still have a problem with KNN then? That's the only word that uses K or N. $\endgroup$
    – CrSb0001
    Nov 30, 2023 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ You already assumed cipher H, but it looks like you missed a few places where it appears. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2023 at 2:18
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    $\begingroup$ Cipher K and cipher N each appear in two words. $\endgroup$ Nov 30, 2023 at 2:20

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