I am getting married soon, and wanted to do something special for my fiancée. I wrote her a short love note and sent it to her in the mail.

Today, I opened a letter from her that stated the following:


What is my fiancée trying to tell me?

  • $\begingroup$ Could it have anything to do with the letter you wrote to her? $\endgroup$ – That One Actor Mar 19 '16 at 3:33
  • $\begingroup$ @JustWondering - It's her response to my letter. $\endgroup$ – Martin Walker Mar 19 '16 at 5:08
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    $\begingroup$ Could you post your letter? $\endgroup$ – NZD Mar 20 '16 at 1:30
  • $\begingroup$ I guess you'll find out on your wedding night! $\endgroup$ – long Apr 28 '16 at 10:02
  • $\begingroup$ I just noticed that the envelope has a drawing of a picket fence on it, with three vertical boards. I wonder if that is a hint? $\endgroup$ – Martin Walker Apr 30 '16 at 17:31

My guess is

We will say our 'i do's and you will have my heart forever more.


First (as suggested by the hint in the comments about the picket fence with three vertical boards), transpose the three horizontal rows of characters to yield three vertical columns like so


Then read this as a single line of text


Then employ decryption via a substitution cipher to the resulting line of text with the following substitutions (i.e, replace the letter in the top line with the letter directly below it)

| a | b | c | d | e | f | g |h | i | j | k | l |m| n | o | p | q | r | s | t | u | v | w | x | y |z |
| b | c |m | v | g | r | u | t |y | i | s |a | l | n | h | w | j | k | p |o | q | x | d | e | z | f |

and the resulting text is


which becomes the answer after adding spaces and punctuation.


Sorry if this is a little late, and that the message might not be of any importance now, but here is what i have come to (and I'm sad to say it's not much):

The format that the text is in is 16 characters on each line, we can make one assumption...

The Cipher could be contained within a 4x4 grid, and in that case would most likely be a Route Cipher.

But we cannot get anywhere without a Key.

The encrypted text you have given does use several uses of the letter "J" which does not make any sense, because often "J" and "I" are substituted for one another and the "I" is most commonly used when it is substituted.

This means that either your Fiancée is either very clever or it is not a Route Cipher. This would be much easier with a key of some sorts, but without the text is pretty much useless.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! Unfortunately, this answer does not attempt to answer the question. Once you have gained more reputation, you will be able to comment on the question instead. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Apr 28 '16 at 1:53
  • $\begingroup$ It seems rather unlikely that this is a route cipher because there are so few vowels in the given text. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 28 '16 at 11:09

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