I have been lurking on puzzling.se for quite a while, but I never joined the community before because by the time I figured out any puzzles, someone else had already answered them. For that reason, I decided to put up this puzzle. It is pretty straight forward, so it won't be much challenge for veterans, but hopefully it will encourage others like me to post a response. So playfair high rep users and let a novice answer, because community is key.

Gbol gmm rnxvrbce uc zybis gvndbuhf!

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    $\begingroup$ Whoops, I solved it and posted an answer before reading the full question. Now deleted my answer, under the "let a novice answer" stipulation :-) The best part is that high-rep users can see my deleted answer, so they'll get spoilers and have to let someone else go first! (Once a low-rep user has answered, I could maybe undelete mine in the hopes of this hitting HNQ and getting more rep for you and the accepted answerer ...) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 22:35
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    $\begingroup$ I love the idea of beginners puzzles for the lurkers on the site! $\endgroup$
    – AidanO
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 12:16
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    $\begingroup$ I would suggest you guys make a tag for it. low-rep of beginner, something as a cue to high rep/experienced users to politely leave it alone :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ Please link to a meta post on this if it gets started! $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ I started a question on the idea of a "beginner" tag here $\endgroup$
    – Barker
    Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 21:41

2 Answers 2



using the playfair cipher with the key "community" (very subtle hinting, yes), we get:

Have fun puzzling on stack exchange!

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Note: I posted this answer before seeing the stipulation about letting low-rep users go first, and immediately deleted it once I realised. I've now undeleted it in the hopes of helping the question to hit HNQ and the asker / other answerer to get more rep. Please upvote and accept this answer, even though mine was first.

The solution is

Have fun puzzling on stack exchange!

The cipher is

Playfair, with the key community.


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