Mahapps I am lost, perhaps that's a given,

Like I was never there, gone with a whizz,

Given the time, you will forget our puzzling,

So leave me now, go back to your browsing!

Remember me from then, when I still knew luv,

More then the shell I am now, as prickly as cacti

Then alone I shall be, so leave me, I beseech.

Because, in the end, ___________


Finally into remembering steganography tag?


Although the blooming answer's sure hidden

I honestly thought this would get solved quite quickly...I'm surprised

  • $\begingroup$ Has it got anything to do with spelling errors? $\endgroup$ – TheSimpliFire Jan 22 '18 at 20:29
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    $\begingroup$ @TheSimpliFire it wouldn't be steganography if they told you where the information is hidden :) $\endgroup$ – ngn Jan 22 '18 at 20:42
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    $\begingroup$ @TheSimpliFire It, uh, has something to do with the poem.... nailed it, best hint ever $\endgroup$ – Asteria Jan 22 '18 at 21:42
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm.. "Mahapps" could means "Whatsapp" as the hint showed "Interestedin" for "Linkedin". Don't know, maybe the typos are related to some tech company name (?) $\endgroup$ – athin Jan 23 '18 at 11:22
  • $\begingroup$ Or the hint is telling us that the poem has wrong punctuation or words with the wrong ending... $\endgroup$ – usernameiwantedwasalreadytaken Jan 23 '18 at 11:31

Because, in the end, ...

... nothing matters.

The answer ...

... is hidden in the first and last letters of each line, which spell Mlgsrmt Nzggvih.

This text can be converted to the answer above with Atbash, a monoalphabetic substitution cipher which replaces A with Z, B with Y, C with X and so on.

The strange last letters of some of the line endings (luv, whizz, cacti) stand out and acrostics are always a possibility, but I can't see any hints hidden in the poem. (But perhaps "in the end" is a hint to take the line endings?) Acrostics are hard to spot when the letters are encoded.

I now see that the additional hints are acrostics of "first" and "atbash". I didn't see them when solving the puzzle; I just tried out some simple ciphers on the first and last letters on a hunch.

  • $\begingroup$ Correct! Yup, "In the end" was supposed to help point at the last letters, since they could be trickier to find. $\endgroup$ – Asteria Jan 29 '18 at 21:50

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