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)


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? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ I shifted them all down by (11+14+14) but got bupkis. $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor I thought that was a clue :p $\endgroup$
    – d'alar'cop
    Commented Nov 21, 2014 at 2:47

3 Answers 3


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:
11141411 14 1411141 411 14141 114141
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).

  • $\begingroup$ Good! Those wrong letters were a red herring. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 14:40
  • $\begingroup$ Well spotted @Michael! $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 12:11

I cannot quite decipher the text, but the last 3 words seem to me like

with number digits

  • $\begingroup$ Sadly it is wrong. The symbols are just IPA phonetic vowels, and the date this was posted, 11/14/14 is important. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 16, 2014 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! $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 17, 2014 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
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ @QuyNguyen2013 For future reference, because we are in different timezones the date I see is 11/15/14. $\endgroup$
    – Willtech
    Commented Mar 29, 2018 at 13:12

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?

  • $\begingroup$ Could it be vowels versus consonants? $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ @AE - They're almost all consonants; I think the vowels are the big numbers, so only six of them. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 17, 2014 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. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 17, 2014 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 $\endgroup$
    – user5508
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 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. $\endgroup$
    – user5508
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 11:23

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