# Decode this uncommon cipher

Can you decode this simple cipher? Full explanation required as usual.

STPVR WTSEP KQ VRE ATVREP UA FYDE QDLXTFDEP

If no one has cracked it in a couple of days, I'll add a hint or two.

Good luck!

• By the way, it's "cipher". – Rubio Dec 19 '16 at 0:51
• I suspect by the speed below people are using cipher-cracking software. Which means you know the answer, but you're not providing a full explanation of it. – Tim Dec 19 '16 at 0:52
• Hi Tim, and welcome to the site! We love seeing people posting original puzzles, however it might be worth reading through Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do?, to improve your puzzle. – Volatility Dec 19 '16 at 0:53

## 1 Answer

Yes, yes, we all know that

DARTH VADER IS THE FATHER OF LUKE SKYWALKER

it's a simple substitution cipher. most common letter in English is E, and most common word is THE. with one 3 letter word in your cipher text, ending in "E" which is very common in your cipher text, VRE->THE is a decent guess. R and S are also common, and P is also common in your text, giving a good guess that it's R or S. "KQ" suggests a common two letter word, and Q appears a couple times so not an uncommon letter; KQ probably is "OR" or "IS". Put all that together and you have

__RTH ___ER IS THE __THER __ ___E S______ER

It's not a long drive from there to the answer; "A" and "T" are pretty common, probably one of them a vowel and one a common consonant (L or N), and a few shots in the dark (plus I just watched Rogue One) and the answer shapes up quickly thereafter.

• Well ok, I'll give it to you since you at least explained how you got there. – Tim Dec 21 '16 at 21:21