This is a spin-off and heavily inspired by Levieux's puzzle that I enjoyed helping answer/solve. And I've never used ciphers or things like this before so I wanted to learn some new puzzles :)

I have an alphabetically sorted collection of singles in my library. Unfortunately somebody shifted things around a bit and then deleted some stuff in all of the resulting pairs. Only the 26th pair is a correct match, although that's been scrambled even more and has become completely unrecognizable now. Can you figure out what it used to be? The numbers might help you.

Here are the 25 shifted pairs:

{2,N/A} $\implies$ D - BBYERETIE
{1,N/A} $\implies$ RTYSPRS - LLJ
{6,N/A} $\implies$ IJCS - R
{6,5} $\implies$ CLTRCLB - HYJD
{8,N/A} $\implies$ HBS - IGOFING
{5,N/A} $\implies$ THBCKYSPS - OFM
{5,N/A} $\implies$ JL - CATTYUUTFMYA
{10,7} $\implies$ KYMNOGU - CARSSWHSPR
{4,N/A} $\implies$ GEORGEMCHEL - SUKYK
{1,8} $\implies$ KYK - JGIVEEREN
{7,8} $\implies$ PI&SS - -BMYH
{4,10} $\implies$ TNBRXTN - WILLLWYSLVEYU
{11,N/A} $\implies$ IUS - ,PRMA
{10,N/A} $\implies$ BS - U'ETHEETHATWAT
{7,N/A} $\implies$ JHNV&IVINJHN -
{3,7} $\implies$ ABBA - HIPSDON'TLIE
{1,2} $\implies$ ONYNIS - AHB
{15,N/A} $\implies$ CL - OHROSHUS
{5,N/A} $\implies$ QEE - RIGHTROD
{8,1} $\implies$ FLORID - MSSCHUSETTS
{3,N/A} $\implies$ BG - LOVTORY
{9,N/A} $\implies$ YOI - HEEE
{3,2} $\implies$ ROGRWHITTKR - SXYBCK
{9,N/A} $\implies$ JUSTNTMB - PY

And the 26th is:
{4,N/A} $\implies$ BNL DIFF SOZ OPF - BZTWQ

Apologies that some are really hard and some are obvious

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    $\begingroup$ Is the missing letter scheme still those shared by the artist and song? If so, there seems to be an error in {9,N/A} ⟹⟹ YOWI - EWE, which clearly share a 'W'. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ @kayzeroshort It does and you are totally right, whoops. Corrected and thank you $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 20:10
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    $\begingroup$ I think there is either an A missing or an A that shouldn't be there in {1,6} ⟹ KYK - JGIVEEREAN $\endgroup$
    – LaniKate
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 22:38

1 Answer 1


It seems that...

...unlike the original puzzle, in which the titles were shifted one pair down from the correct author, here the songs have been shifted one pair up from the correct artist.

The full 25 pairs are:

{2,N/A} ⟹⟹ D - BBYERETIE

Madonna (found by @kayzeroshort) - ...Baby One More Time (found by @ClamSoapMan)

{1,N/A} ⟹⟹ RTYSPRS - LLJ

Britney Spears (found by @ClamSoapMan) - Billie Jean (found by @LaniKate)

{6,N/A} ⟹⟹ IJCS - R

Michael Jackson - Karma Chameleon (found by @LaniKate)

{6,5} ⟹⟹ CLTRCLB - HYJD

Culture Club - Hey Jude

{8,N/A} ⟹⟹ HBS - IGOFING

The Beatles - I Gotta Feeling (found by @LaniKate)


The Black Eyed Peas (found by @LaniKate) - All Of Me (found by @kayzeroshort)


John Legend (found by @kayzeroshort) - Can't Get You Out Of My Head


Kylie Minogue - Careless Whisper


George Michael - Sukiyaki (found by @kayzeroshort)

{1,8} ⟹⟹ KYK - JGIVEEREN

Kyu Sakimoto - Just Give Me A Reason (found by @LaniKate)

{7,8} ⟹⟹ PI&SS - -BMYH

Pink & Nate Ruess (found by @LaniKate) - Un-Break My Heart


Toni Braxton - I Will Always Love You

{11,N/A} ⟹⟹ IUS - ,PRMA

Whitney Houston - Oh, Pretty Woman (found by @LaniKate)


Roy Orbison (found by @LaniKate) - You're The One That I Want (found by @ClamSoapMan)


John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (found by @ClamSoapMan) - Waterloo


ABBA - Hips Don't Lie (wow, that was hard)


Shakira - Quando Quando Quando (found by @ClamSoapMan)

{1,7} ⟹⟹ ONYNIS - AHB

Tony Renis (found by @ClamSoapMan) - Rather Be (found by @LaniKate)

{15,N/A} ⟹⟹ CL - OHROSHUS

Clean Bandit (found by @LaniKate) - Another One Bites The Dust (@found by @ClamSoapMan)

{5,2} ⟹⟹ QEE - RIGHTROD

Queen - Right Round


Flo Rida - Massachusetts (I see what you did there)

{3,N/A} ⟹⟹ BG - LOVTORY

The Bee Gees (found by (@ClamSoapMan) - Love Story

{9,N/A} ⟹⟹ YOI - HEEE

Taylor Swift - The Last Farewell


Roger Whittaker - SexyBack

{9,N/A} ⟹⟹ JUSTNTMB - PY

Justin Timberlake - Like a Prayer (found by @kayzeroshort)

Big thanks to everyone who helped figure them out! As you can see:

The missing letters in each of the mixed-up rows are the ones present in both the artist and the song name.

@kayzeroshort has noticed that

The songs are listed alphabetically according to the nth letter in the song title, where n is the first number in the brackets. So, "Baby One More Time", "Billie Jean", "Karma Chameleon", and so on.

The next step is to

take the nth letter of each song title, where n is the second number in the brackets. So, "Hey Jude", "Careless Whisper", and so on. These letters spell out "USE MY NAME".

So to decipher the 26th entry:

You use a Vigenere cipher with "NPALUM" as the keyword. This nets you:
"OYL SOTS DOO UDS - MZICE". According to the OP, the songs are all from this list, and so I was able to identify the final answer as: "Royal Scots Dragoon Guard - Amazing Grace".

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    $\begingroup$ Shakira is Quando Quando Quando And the one below it is Tony Renis, but idk the song $\endgroup$
    – user33280
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ 1st song is Baby One More Time. 2nd Artist Britney Spears. Queen song is Another One Bites the Dust $\endgroup$
    – user33280
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 18:21
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    $\begingroup$ {11,N/A} ⟹⟹ IUS - ,PRMA Whitney Houston - song above it is I will always love you $\endgroup$
    – user33280
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 18:21
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    $\begingroup$ John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, You're the one that I want $\endgroup$
    – user33280
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 18:22
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    $\begingroup$ Also, Love Story is paired with The Bee Gees $\endgroup$
    – user33280
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 18:26

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