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This is a cool cipher I determined. It involves lateral thinking, so try it out. The answer is a English plaintext, with the following being the cipher text... Try to decrypt it... or decipher it, you get what I mean.

ɖɸɔɱʂβʉθ ɸʀ t͡ʃʃɱʍʝɾɦ χɪf ŋɱʎɪə djtiis

Non-IPA Ciphertext: DPOMSBUT PR TSMWJRH XIf NMYIE djtiis (Caps don't matter)

Hint:

Some symbols are IPA phonetic vowels, others are not.
The date this was posted is important... 11/14/14.
Date shift cipher...
Shift right...
Remember a date shift cipher shifts the letters by a date. Don't include slashes...
The answer is a short compliment.

Small riddle:

My letters are multi-meaning
Frequencies are off the charts.
Symbols are a nuisance
Think outside the box...

What you want is here,
but you can achieve somewhere else...

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    $\begingroup$ 'Symobls' and 'nusiance' rather than 'symbols' and 'nuisance' - is this a hint or just a typo? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 17 '14 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ I shifted them all down by (11+14+14) but got bupkis. $\endgroup$ – A E Nov 17 '14 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I thought that was a clue :p $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 21 '14 at 2:47
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I believe it to be:

congrats on solving the mixed cipher

However, I actually got different letters for the fourth and sixth letters.

Just using the date cipher as you mentioned:
DPOMSBUT PR TSMWJRH XIf NMYIE djtiis
11141411 14 1411141 411 14141 114141
CONIRXTS ON SOLVING THe MIXED cipher
Here, for example, D going 1 letter back is C (C ← D), and R going 4 letters back is N (N ← O ← P ← Q ← R).

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  • $\begingroup$ Good! Those wrong letters were a red herring. $\endgroup$ – QuyNguyen2013 Nov 22 '14 at 14:40
  • $\begingroup$ Well spotted @Michael! $\endgroup$ – A E Nov 23 '14 at 12:11
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I cannot quite decipher the text, but the last 3 words seem to me like

with number digits

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  • $\begingroup$ Sadly it is wrong. The symbols are just IPA phonetic vowels, and the date this was posted, 11/14/14 is important. $\endgroup$ – QuyNguyen2013 Nov 16 '14 at 23:48
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    $\begingroup$ @QuyNguyen2013 - You should mention the date explicitly in your hints, because it depends on the timezone. When I hover over 'asked 2 days ago' it says the question was posted just after midnight on 11/15/14! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 17 '14 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Actually for me, the fifteenth month doesn't have 11 days! So, yeah, it is indeed essential to post these hints explicitly, including, if necessary, the intended date format :) $\endgroup$ – oerkelens Nov 20 '14 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ @QuyNguyen2013 For future reference, because we are in different timezones the date I see is 11/15/14. $\endgroup$ – Willtech Mar 29 '18 at 13:12
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OK, so here's what I've got so far:

"Some symbols are IPA phonetic vowels, others are not" - but they are all IPA phonetic symbols! Taking the IPA code for each symbol, your message becomes:

106, 126, 306, 115, 136, 127, 318, 130
126, 123
103, 134, 115, 169, 139, 124, 147
142, 319, 128
119, 115, 157, 319, 322
104, 153, 103, 301, 301, 132

As for the date...

following the hint on your user profile, I'd like to try shifting all these numbers by something. But 11+14+14 seems too big. Maybe 11-14+14 or 14-11+14?

Am I on the right track here?

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  • $\begingroup$ Could it be vowels versus consonants? $\endgroup$ – A E Nov 17 '14 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ @AE - They're almost all consonants; I think the vowels are the big numbers, so only six of them. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Nov 17 '14 at 16:25
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    $\begingroup$ @AE just look for a IPA phonetic vowel keyboard, find what letter the symbol is, and replace accordingly. $\endgroup$ – QuyNguyen2013 Nov 17 '14 at 21:01
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    $\begingroup$ Helped to remove the "frequency" with respect to ipa.typeit.org/full. Uppercase are IPA, lowercase are not. What could we do with this? DPOMSBUT PR TSMWJRH XIf NMYIE djtiis $\endgroup$ – nexolute Nov 18 '14 at 3:31
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor All characters are IPA, but not all are ASCII. So if they are ASCII, I will just treat them as not IPA. Also, I interprete "frequency are off the chart" as removing their tonal meaning. $\endgroup$ – nexolute Nov 18 '14 at 11:23

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