Help! My friend sent me an email but it was encrypted, ciphered, or maybe it just got scrambled! I'm really curious to what it is. Can you guys help me out, please?

To: hannah@******.***

From: josh@******.***






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Your friend wants to know

Re: How are you feeling?
Well, recently I've been eating some fish and chips. How about you?

It's a ...

simple substitution cipher. ! is obviously a space and @ a trailing punctuation mark; I assumed "." at first but found it was ? from context. The rest was looking at common patterns. f is common, so likely e; zpv might have been the but it's at the end, and has no f for its e so something else - maybe you, which fit. with a few letters to work with, other stuff drops into place.

Hope you enjoyed your lunch.

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    $\begingroup$ More specifically, it looks like a ROT-1 cipher with ASCII as the char-set. Didn't fully check it though. $\endgroup$
    – user14478
    Oct 29, 2016 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ Well, I got this using quipqiup and was about to post an answer... $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Oct 29, 2016 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ lol. i didn't even realize it was rot1. the punctuation checks out as well - it is ROT-1 on ASCII. $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Oct 29, 2016 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ To help fill out the solution, seems the email addresses are actually@)))))).))). Seriously though, I'm disappointed that voters so far don't seem to recognize a good bite-sized puzzle. This solution demonstrates that the puzzle is clued completely solidly. $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:14
  • $\begingroup$ @hannah Welcome to Puzzling! Please consider accepting this answer if it solved the question. Also, you may want to take the tour, which will help you get to know the place. Hope to see you around :) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Oct 30, 2016 at 18:53

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