My admittedly sinner of a friend, who coincidentally has a court hearing tomorrow, jaywalked in the middle of a busy street to hand me the following message:

I Was The One Who Did [ ? ] Up The [ ? ] [ ? ] To [ ? ] That [ ? ]



What did my friend tell me? Note that the placement of the letters in the image above are largely irrelevant in that they may serve as small hints but are not necessary to solve.

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The note reads

I was the one who did conjure up the major project to carjack that subject


using rot13(), convert the mixed up words below the letter
pbacher = conpure (conjure)
znlbe = mayor (major)
pneynpx = carlack (carjack)
fhofrpg = subsect (subject)
cebgrpg = protect (project)

Changing a letter in each word to J, changes the meaning greatly. (thx Stiv)


Jaywalking - Your friend used jaywalking to tell you to substitute the letter "J" into the exact middle of each word to create a different word.

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  • $\begingroup$ Ah, Intentional Typos :) $\endgroup$ – Avi Feb 21 at 17:26
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    $\begingroup$ @MacGyver88 You've reached stepping stone one. But 1) my friend should come across as more of the criminal type and 2) I've never known my friend to make typos. $\endgroup$ – anodyne Feb 21 at 17:29
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    $\begingroup$ Note that the same letter can be subbed into each of those words (not just two of them...) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Feb 21 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ @MacGyver88 Your updated answer is exactly correct - turns out my friend has a guilty conscience! I'll give you the check mark once you explain why my friend had to jaywalk in the middle of the street. (I'm curious to know if Stiv noticed this peculiarity or went by the eye test.) $\endgroup$ – anodyne Feb 21 at 17:52
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    $\begingroup$ @anodyne, I see it now. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – MacGyver88 Feb 21 at 18:00

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