Wcev duqc. Vzq opqno cmd fakdxir. Cod gem cccf ks ofxq kdw riblnn. Uc'f vol jswbd kpmak. Htwwjhy, tf l ahhq, rzwedl ydebr


The image might help

I used a vinegar fruit, a holy slob, another vinegar fruit, and rotated by 69 degrees. You must go back.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi @umsyt, welcome to the site! Please take the tour when you get a chance. $\endgroup$
    – MikeQ
    Sep 12, 2017 at 17:15
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! (Take the Tour!) I'm glad you're eager to contribute a puzzle here, but I fear this one is not going to fare well. You may want to read Code Puzzles: What (Not) To Do? for some guidance on how to turn a cipher challenge into an interesting puzzle. You may benefit from looking around the site, and in particular checking out the high voted puzzles in the tags that appeal to you, to get a better sense of what kinds of puzzles work best here. Welcome again, and hope your next puzzle sees great success! $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Sep 12, 2017 at 17:16
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    $\begingroup$ You might want to consider whether the clue should be considered a hint or simply made part of the puzzle. Doing the latter could give it a better reception here. Cheers! $\endgroup$ Sep 13, 2017 at 4:39
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    $\begingroup$ The unfortunate part about this puzzle is that it's a multistep decode but there's no indicator that the solver is on the right path. All that can be done is brute force all four operations for the guesses and hope that one of them comes out correct. Particularly when two of the steps are clear guesses since we need to assume that the key the puzzle setter has chosen are spelled the same way. $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Sep 13, 2017 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ @LeppyR64 the apostrophe doesn't make the letters skip. If you took out all the punctuation and made all the letters in to just one string, you could still find the answer. $\endgroup$
    – umsyt
    Sep 13, 2017 at 12:47

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The answer is:



Key Phrase = Htwwjhy, tf l ahhq, rzwedl ydebr
Apply Rot 21 = Correct, oa g vccl, murzyg tyzwm
Apply Vigenere Decrypt with Key "Orange" = Loelaoc, on a roll, zonlhg gsviv
Apply Atbash (Atbash of holy = slob) = Olvozlx, lm z iloo, almost there
Apply Vigenere Decrypt with Key "Apple" = Plain text

Output = "well done. you found the message. now you need to find the answer. it's the third fruit."

I solved this with brute force on all fruits and rot values. The puzzle was updated after solve with a key phrase that would indicate to the solver that they were on the correct track.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's exactly right. $\endgroup$
    – umsyt
    Sep 13, 2017 at 13:42

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