Ummm... this is a little embarrassing, but I need a bit of help with my homework...
I got a riddle from English class, which I have no clue where to start deciphering:
Air I miss, comet I be,
Round, with a tail at the back.
Or is there? No, you may hear...
Up I would still be missed, up
Not single, some may say. Yet - a
Dollop - around this point.
The English teacher also said, "Am I missing? Maybe, maybe not..."
And I got some garbage-text from my cryptography elective:
YDCO <AOB-Y YD> ICPN >K>PFRB> TB><v (GL) RU ANN YD> YDCBIO CB YD> <RPNE [ CY <AO LAYO YDAY D> B>>E>Ev LN>AO> ANNR< M> YR CBY>PJ>E>v * <DR RB >APYD <RGNE >AY ING> ABE LAOY>Z C TBR< FRG-P> DAKCBI ECUUCJGNYF I>YYCBI CB [ JAB FRG LN>AO> EPCK> YD> JAP AO "GCJTNF AO LROOCXN>Z MAT> OGP> FRG ERB-Y EPR<B EAEv C AM AOOGMCBI FRG <CNNv
I have a feeling that they're related in some way - apparently I only have to submit a single phrase to both of them, with the same enumeration: (11,5,5).
Also, the cryptography teacher said, "'Pat' will turn out to be important, in more ways than one. If you see 'pat', you're probably on the right track."
So if you could help me, that'd be great. Thanks!
Solve path (I've pretty much already said this on TSL):
Alternate last line of riddle:
Dollop - hidden in this post.
Simple hint 1:
It's not in the cipher's ciphertext
Simple hint 2:
It's a character
Simple hint 3:
Literally, the answer is right here
Simple hint 4:
It's not alphanumeric
(Note: no steganography)
I look like a comet with a tail, but you will say I don't have one.
When I go up I lose some friends, but you will say that I'm sometimes in pairs.
Extra last line for alt riddle (another hint):
You may read this out loud without finding me, but I'll say you're in the gaps.
You will need to find the perhaps missing (see line after riddle) [riddle answer] and take the letters [first steg.] it in the [cipher plaintext]
One answer for the above clue: