# My brother and his cipher

NOTICE: true story ahead, you can skip it if you want and go straight to the puzzle

I was reading a book when a scrap of paper fell out. Looking at it, I realised that there was a code on it. Now before you get all excited about hidden treasure and stuff, I instantly recognised my brother's handwriting. After attempting to crack the code, and failing, I asked him for the answer. I did get extremely close to cracking it though! Anyways, here's the code:

Text version:

Can opens Incca lass orel case

Note: The only important part is the text version; that's all you need to solve it.

Hints:

My brother is ten.

Also how did I come close to cracking it? I noticed that some parts of the code seemed like words, for example saying it out loud makes it seem almost intelligible.

• My guess (assuming those are all real words): replace each word with the word $n$ places before/after it in a dictionary, for some value of $n$. If I knew what dictionary to use, I'd try it. – Rand al'Thor Feb 11 '17 at 23:47
• Good guess, but it shouldn't require a dictionary to solve. – Wen1now Feb 11 '17 at 23:49
• Can I confirm (as I spot many words) that this is a 3-9-16-8-5-18 (using digits) and not a 3-16-4-5 (again using digits)? – boboquack Feb 12 '17 at 0:21
• What's the difference between them? I am presuming you mean 3-15-4-5 – Wen1now Feb 12 '17 at 0:39
• Thanks with 15 not 16! A 3-9-16-8-5-18 is a symbol-by-symbol translation, a 3-15-4-5 is a word-by-word translation. – boboquack Feb 12 '17 at 1:14