I am relatively new to deciphering texts and I have the following ciphertext:

xbt ufp ekyzkikn dt nkojvhk? e ndmr jfo nggv du kwjt gun pjv.

I tried Caesar Cipher but to no avail.

It would be helpful if you could explain the steps leading to the solution.

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    $\begingroup$ Where did you get the message from? Do you have any context? Perhaps some flavour text that happens to mention Cindy and the number seven? (Yes, I know what the plain text is, but it was more a lucky shot in the dark than any structured effort at decoding.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jan 3, 2019 at 10:25

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This is a

vigenere cipher with key “vbgwr” (odd key)

The message is

can you decipher my message? i will not make it easy for you

How I found the key

Well, I... kind of cheated. There’s a Vigenere solver online here: https://www.guballa.de/vigenere-solver

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    $\begingroup$ How did you find the key? $\endgroup$
    – coffeeak
    Jan 3, 2019 at 11:26
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    $\begingroup$ For what it's worth, the key is "Cindy" Caesar-shifted by seven places. I have no idea how this could relate to the hint "born with it". $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Jan 3, 2019 at 11:55

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