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The cipher is astounding.

Prja, Y ekd psjlymd fuev yfr lywrqy
Gily fsxovh k yfovl
Pjqm k dvshr ug k htu
Dsxr br km qbya povl.
Prja yy ljuph zq ii
Oe yuph zq nr dttitydq
Jq jkf k qyvh-ii ywizl
Kma yfr arxoj'd quqd
Fr lyktqf ky br
Kma O srjy k vfsvhq
Yyzq zqsvy vpejymd
Mqbqt pptaa sdsym.

Hurry up and solve it, as time is fleeting.

Hint: as with my previous puzzle, there's a tag left off because it would give too much away.

(The task is to describe the cipher I am using - I don't know if it has a formal name, a description of the process is sufficient)

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  • $\begingroup$ Giving no hint doesn't encourange people to work on this... $\endgroup$
    – leoll2
    Apr 30, 2015 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ @leoll2 - There are three hints other than the explicit one. $\endgroup$
    – Glen O
    Apr 30, 2015 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ There are definitely hints... If you can't see them, maybe take a jump to the left or a step to the right. $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2015 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald let's do the time warp again? $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2015 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ Something to do with this? $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2015 at 19:04

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I spent too long thinking about this before I realized, with a groan, that the cipher is

Just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right.

More specifically:

The first letter is two keys left on a QWERTY keyboard, wrapping around (so W->Q->P).
The next letter is one key right (e->r).
Repeat for the rest of the letters (l->k->j, l->a, etc.).

So the plaintext is:

Well, I was walking down the street
Just having a think
When a snake of a guy
Gave me an evil wink.
Well he shook me up
He took me by surprise
He had a pick-up truck
And the devil's eyes
He stared at me
And I felt a change
Time meant nothing
Never would again.

(The last verse of Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done. I hope the madness of the puzzle didn't take its toll too much. :P $\endgroup$
    – Glen O
    May 1, 2015 at 1:48

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