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My friend and I decided to see who could confuse each other the most in terms of using a cipher. The online conversation went something like this:

Friend: jr;;p vpmt@. jpe str upi
Me: [answers logically]
Me: Aikcw rgua~
Friend: [answers logically]
Friend: Is that the best you got?
Me: Of course not.
Me: yfek ek l cey fgluji cry e yurky ey oeaa gw xebiat
Friend: Hmmm...

Some say he's still "Hmmm"ing to this day.

Decode each of the three statements:

  1. jr;;p vpmt@. jpe str upi
  2. Aikcw rgua~
  3. yfek ek l cey fgluji cry e yurky ey oeaa gw xebiat
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  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, I think this question assumes American readers. I tried to make sense of it from here in the UK but some characters just weren't working as you intended. $\endgroup$ – Damien_The_Unbeliever Dec 5 '17 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Damien_The_Unbeliever Regrettably, that's not preventable as far as preserving the original question goes. Had I told the puzzler that they would need a QWERTY keyboard, it makes the already easy problem quite trivial indeed. I could have perhaps created a clue that would give this notion, but I think that would have unnecessarily obscured a nice, easy, albeit American, puzzle. If you have any suggestions on how to make it more "universal" while keeping the core of the puzzle in tact, I'm all ears. $\endgroup$ – Conor O'Brien Dec 5 '17 at 11:46
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    $\begingroup$ most of it is fine. ~ causes the major issue. (@ is a bit iffy) $\endgroup$ – Damien_The_Unbeliever Dec 5 '17 at 11:57
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  1. jr;;p vpmt@. jpe str upi

    hello conr!, how are you
    (transposed on the keyboard one key to the left)

  2. Aikcw rgua~

    Solve this!
    (transposed on the keyboard one key to the right)

  3. yfek ek l cey fgluji cry e yurky ey oeaa gw xebiat

    this is a bit hgarde but i trust it will go nicely
    (mirrored on the keyboard, counting in the same number of keys from the opposite side of the keyboard, using only letter keys) I'm assuming the "fgluji" => "hgarde" is an error and is supposed to be "flujiu" => "harder"(?)

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    $\begingroup$ Gah, ninja'd. You might want to add explanations though. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Dec 5 '17 at 4:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi - yeah, was being a bit dodgy and answering then editing the explanations, as I didn't think it would live for long... $\endgroup$ – Alconja Dec 5 '17 at 4:34
  • $\begingroup$ I think the first sentence should read 'conr!'. $\endgroup$ – Ankoganit Dec 5 '17 at 4:35
  • $\begingroup$ I threw in a few typos for good measure so that standard word-frequency analysis might be misleading $\endgroup$ – Conor O'Brien Dec 5 '17 at 4:36
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    $\begingroup$ hgarde is the new covfefe $\endgroup$ – frarugi87 Dec 5 '17 at 8:44
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jr;;p vpmt@. jpe str upi

Hello conr!, how are you

Aikcw rgua~

Solve this!

yfek ek l cey fgluji cry e yurky ey oeaa gw xebiat

this is a bit hgarde but i trust it will go nicely

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