I was working on a very simple puzzle late last night whem I fell asleep at the keyboard.
I awoke this morninf to find that somehow, my puzzle had been corrupted!
I was, of course, very disappointed that such a thing had happened, until I wracked my memory for what the initial puzzl was going to be.
Suddenly - it all became clear! My puzzle hadn't fallen vidtim to some malicious blip in my word professor, it had been made unreadable due to something else entirely - which, strangelu enough, was very thematic to the initial puzzle anyway, and is a bad habit I need to get on top of.

Because of this, I've decided to oresent my puzzle in its corrupted form. Your final answer will tell you what corrupted my puzzle! (4,3)


(Only the yellow text is needed to solve the puzzle, but the flavour text could prove very helpful. I have already read what not to do for a cipher puzzle :) I am of the full belief that this is a fun and approachable puzzle, and I HATE ciphers.)


It looks like:

Every letter was replaced by three surrounding letters on the keyboard.

The original message then reads:

anagram missin leters to see m crrtive hait


We need to find the missing letters in that message, they are:
anagram missing letters to see my corruptive habit

which leads to:

TYPO BUG, an anagram of gtyoupb

  • $\begingroup$ Missed a line in the puzzle, sorry! It's been put back in the last edit, hopefully makes this step a bit easier. $\endgroup$ Jan 24 '17 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ The final answer is very thematic :) $\endgroup$ Jan 24 '17 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, so I guess, apply the same transformation again, hmm.. $\endgroup$
    – Levieux
    Jan 24 '17 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ Nothing so convoluted, I added the enumeration of the answer which hopefully makes the anagramming easier! $\endgroup$ Jan 24 '17 at 15:46

About the wrongly spelled words in the (normal) text:
In the title:

Corruptrwdcfs -> Corrupted (e)

And in the text itself:

Whem -> When (n)
Morninf -> Morning (g)
Puzzl -> Puzzle (e)
Vidtim -> Victim (c)
Blip -> Slip? (s?)
Strangelu -> Strangely (y)
oresent -> present (p)

Which leads to, if put together:


  • $\begingroup$ Oh, looks like Levieux is on another track. Whoops! $\endgroup$ Jan 24 '17 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ OP said that only yellow text is needed, so I guess you're working on a red herring. $\endgroup$
    – Levieux
    Jan 24 '17 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ You are right. Nicely found @Levieux, you were too quick.. $\endgroup$ Jan 24 '17 at 16:10
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    $\begingroup$ Btw, you missed professor (processor) $\endgroup$ Jan 24 '17 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ The typos were there to give a general idea of how the 'cipher' works. Early feedback on this puzzle was that there was no motivation to consider a keyboard at all, so I put typos in the plaintext as a bit of a push in the right direction! I suppose I could have hidden a little Easter egg message, but the thought didn't cross my mind at the time. $\endgroup$ Jan 25 '17 at 9:41

I made it to the last step:

which is supposedly an anagram

but I'm terrible with them, so I repeated the same un-corrupting method and...

gtyb --> h
oup --> i
result: "hi"

which doesn't follow exactly the same rules, but I thought the result was entertaining enough that it might be worth mentioning.


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