# A puzzling Thanksgiving note

My uncle Fausto is visiting for Thanksgiving. He's very clever with riddles and codes and such, and so it was no surprise when I received a card from him today with a strange message on it. The message read:

14 18 9 60 -

5 28 30 60 125

25 30 63 72

20 42 54 44 25 150,

2 42 60

19 2 66 20

20 16 15

16 18 15

6 30 54

13 10!

I can't make heads or tails of this thing, so I called Fausto, and he said it was important that I figure it out before he arrives tomorrow evening. He told me "Nico, if you can't read my message, I might just not show up".

Uncle Fausto is always the best part of Thanksgiving. Can you help me figure out what he's trying to tell me and save my holiday?

• Hi Nico, I think I've sussed this - but only if the second line should be "5 28 30 60 125" - is there a typo here?
– Stiv
Nov 27, 2019 at 16:02
• Haha, you're right - I transcribed the note wrong there. I'll fix it.
– Nico
Nov 27, 2019 at 16:05
• @Stiv, in which case, I've also sussed it, and agree with your comment Nov 27, 2019 at 16:05
• @AHKieran Cool. Feel free to write it up if you've got the time now - I'm busy for the next hour!
– Stiv
Nov 27, 2019 at 16:09

The cipher is:

A normal A1-Z26 cipher, but each value is multiplied by the index of the character in the word.

E.G.

The first line, 14 18 9 60, when divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, respectively, becomes
14 9 3 15. Which, when translated through A1Z26, becomes NICO.
(I actually guessed it would be Nico as it's OP's username, and makes sense his Uncle would address it to his name. The hyphen helped too.