I am very unlucky. Can you guess where I am?

Forever do I find myself
victim of the most
queer and cruel
ruses. The devil's
jest will forever
nag me and me.
Yet until my
Xebec crashes back
perpetually into the sea,
endlessly I'll fight the
notorious fumes of the unlucky.
Puzzling but not perfect,
I'll leave this puzzle be.

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    $\begingroup$ Are you sure it's a cipher? Looks like a riddle to me. $\endgroup$
    – manshu
    Jun 14, 2017 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ The last line is wrong. Writing up an answer now $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ Oops forgot to add that. But yes, it is a cipher. :) $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ @manshu it is indeed a cipher although it is also sort of a riddle. see my answer $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 20:07

1 Answer 1


You are

In a sidewalk crack (definitely unlucky)

Taking the first letters gives


Which rot13 is


Or more clearly

Sidewalk crac (v)

The last two lines suggest that this isn't quite perfect, and indeed the last letter isn't correct and should be a 'k'

  • $\begingroup$ I did that on purpose as the last two lines suggest. I thought it would be even more obvious if I had two words that start with X. $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @ClangorousChimera ah ok. I'll add that then $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 20:04
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    $\begingroup$ @ClangorousChimera oh, and welcome to puzzling! :) $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ Why did you think it should be rot13? $\endgroup$
    – Forklift
    Jun 14, 2017 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Forklift it is the most common cipher, and the fact it had many very low letters in the alphabet (v-z) indicates that it is likely a rot cipher between 10 and 16, because those letters usually appear in the ciphertext of those $\endgroup$ Jun 14, 2017 at 20:16

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