There is a pie stuck to the ceiling, written in the pastry is...

63, 26, 29, 60, 29, 60, 41, 79, 19, 29, 57, 60, 63, 54, 66, 16, 60, 63, 29, 48, 44, 26, 16, 57, 16, 51, 38, 16, 4, 60, 16, 7, 16, 44, 29, 10, 16

What is the author trying to say?


This decodes to

This is my first question here, please be nice.

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This is a substitution cipher, with 16=E, 60=S, 63=T, 57=R, 44=N, 26=H, 41=M, 79=Y, and so on. After noticing it isn't a simple A=1/Z=26 code (including mod26 forms), but seeing the result of that transposition has many of the earmarks of common substitution ciphers, it wasn't much more work to find the frequent letters. A couple educated guesses later and it's solved.

  • $\begingroup$ I shall take a look at those links before I ask another, thanks. However, you appear to have missed out the clue left in the question in tour answer. You shouldn't need to guess or look at frequent letters, there is a more direct way :) $\endgroup$ – OMGtechy Dec 31 '16 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ Ah. The x3 thing, with perturbations. Yes, I missed that. Clever :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Dec 31 '16 at 22:39
  • $\begingroup$ The clue was meant to lead to ceil(letter * pi), I didn't even know it could be worked out by other means! $\endgroup$ – OMGtechy Jan 1 '17 at 8:01
  • $\begingroup$ Even more clever. But unclued, so nothing motivating someone to try it... hence, solved by other means. If you want people to get something like that, you need something more than a reference to pie. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jan 1 '17 at 8:17

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