My only friend left me this puzzle when he visited my house for the first time and I tried to solve it but it's too hard for me. Maybe you can help me out:
You can find me in every sports team,
I make people happy yet also let them scream
I am almost always there,
You can find me everywhere
I am the definition of start,
But not in a certain Art
This Art doesn't punch you KO,
Though has something in common with SO
As a last thing I want to slam,
Where I definitely not am:
Now be advised and hear,
I am hidden within pear
I am also used in this text,
But in another language indexed
If you manage to encipher.
it will surely have a hit
My reputation is not high,
So I will now say goodbye
What am I referring to, LordCanada?
GL with the riddle,
Look at the exact formatting of the riddle! Do you see any irregularities?
Look closely. There is a URL hidden in the text. (Hint 1 will help you find it)
MAJOR Hint 3:
The Paragraph under the cipher gives you the key.
My friend John just texted me that removing "in" will help in finding the key
It is intended to first find the key and use it on the cipher text and use the deciphered text to solve the riddle. Use Hint 3 and 4 to get the key.
MAJORLY MAJOR Hint 6:
The decryption key is not a normal word. "in another language indexed" means that the key which is contained as words in the text has to be converted in a certain way before using it as a key
Hint for non-key solving:
The part under the key isn't helping you with solving in any way. Also my friend is currently in Austria and he sent me another clue:
"I am the outcome of good learning,
but I'm not good at earning."
- Hint for non-key solving:
First of all: the "...slam, where I definetly not am" part is not useful for non-key solving. It's intended to be just a flavortext for adding the encrypted code. Now the hint: I think "SO" could refer to a similar website as you are on right now.
Feel free to ask a few question about things you don't understand.