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"What is this?", he asked himself.

Looking at the paper, it read "Amw ytc xffu tx honzarz vmghers."

He then turned the paper the other way, and found this:

Cipher. | A | The first letter.

You wish to find it. | piece | The last letter too, is that better?

Ciphe. | of | The middle letter of newsletter,

You wish to find i. | useless | The set (i.e two obvious words) of words in pacesetter.

Ciph. | text | Do that

You wish to find. | ? | And you're done!

Can you help him?

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    $\begingroup$ What is the set of words in pacesetter?? Pacesetter has like 50 odd words in it... $\endgroup$ – Sid Sep 16 '16 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid "Pacesetter" is made up of a very clear set of words. Don't look around for every single word you can make using this combination of letters. $\endgroup$ – Buffer Over Read Sep 17 '16 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ Pacesetter may be Secret Tape. $\endgroup$ – user27395 Sep 18 '16 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ @ArkaKarmakar What secret tape? $\endgroup$ – Buffer Over Read Sep 18 '16 at 13:25
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    $\begingroup$ @ArkaKarmakar You mean whether you're on the right track? That I can't tell you unless I know your line of reasoning. $\endgroup$ – Buffer Over Read Sep 18 '16 at 17:26
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Solution:

You are good at solving ciphers

Explanation:

The cipher used is a Vigenere cipher with the key cycycyrrrrtepacesetteraaaa.

How to build the key:
1) Clue #1: "The first letter." - Add every first letter of each line, i.e. cycycy
2) Clue #2: "The last letter." - Add every last letter of each line, i.e. rrrrte
3) Clue #4: "The set (i.e two obvious words) of words in pacesetter.". - Just add pacesetter
4) Clue #5: "Do that and you're done" - This indicates that the remaining letters of the ciphertext (hers) don't have to be encrypted anymore, so add aaaa to the key.
Bonus: Clue #3 "The middle letter of newsletter," is a red herring, since it doesn't have a middle letter.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done, congrats! $\endgroup$ – Buffer Over Read Sep 23 '16 at 11:03
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    $\begingroup$ @TheBitByte Thanks! Now I only hope I can also solve The Cipher Machine :P It's definitely the hardest cipher of yours so far (at least for me). $\endgroup$ – user14478 Sep 23 '16 at 11:06
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I will add some thoughts here and see if they are on the right track and someone can workout something with them:

First of all

Text in brackets ||, can be arranged like: A piece of useless text?

Then in Ciphe line

As Ciphe is not complete it could give us a hint, since we are removing the last r like Cipher --> Ciphe, then newsletter --> newslette where l is the middle letter.

Then in You wish to find i.

Pacesetter can be split up in pace and setter as @TheBitByte pointed out.

Probably all what I stated could be wrong or people already deduce it, but somewhat I want to solve this

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    $\begingroup$ You got misled by a false clue. Which one it is, you'll have to find out. $\endgroup$ – Buffer Over Read Sep 21 '16 at 13:42
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    $\begingroup$ Ah that sounds better! $\endgroup$ – Yandrakus Sep 21 '16 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ It gave me more information (and spirit to continue looking for the key clue), I'll keep thinking about this! $\endgroup$ – Yandrakus Sep 21 '16 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, okay, now I see. Keep going! $\endgroup$ – Buffer Over Read Sep 21 '16 at 14:02

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