At least its really simple to google it.. I apologize, but for me as a non english, i never would have found the solution without google, sorry

I am ashamed...I finally googled the answer to the 'and' puzzle. Here's one I remember seeing in Asimov's Science Fiction as a child: To please my love I must plant a grove of ten tall trees in five straight rows each row of trees must have only four Else my love will come no more (I also love how puzzles seem so obvious to the maker, and so flummoxing to the solver!)

At first I thought they were in a circle and you were looking at the grove on the ground, so you could only see 5 rows...but then they wouldn't be 4 trees per row. That sentence is a bit different, so I think something's up there. I'll think about it some more.

Well, I am doing it purely from memory of when I was 9, so it might be a bit off. It is ten trees in five rows, with four trees per row, that I am sure of.

I too succumbed to google to find the answer to the 'and' puzzle. It was driving me crazy, and honestly not sure I would have solved it without help

Cryptography Time! ZAUFUHYMPMBDCUYEMDIQPKEXHSTPGYRGPXCHHOKFFHWJLCAPHNWYBDRNUZSZPMPBGTKNMIZYHFRPYMSWIFHCYVRCJLUARTBUIJQSBPUBKYUDZGKWEYOSWUBJBGPWQSZFTPNCHSCPZZJRUGWWCAXRAXHZYFCQHYHGVYGYKJTUCVHTNALNLAJJFFRJQLDZPGCKORUCVHCUVBCHVWITNCPBKOJQONBCNTPMPNHCJBCIZPFNZJFCPWECRAYVLSSWXJZCUGDJCQGYVEYIJSQNAHRLCJLHUVANPCALQRLKRKSNHTNPPNGOIDHNBKHSIJSQNA ^ This is Hard Mode you can PM me for Medium Mode and Easy Mode if you feel this is too much for you. Hints: The key is not case sensitive. It's not a simple alphabet substitution. If you decipher it, you'll get a beautiful song. Extra points for the ones who tell me the name of the song EDIT: No spaces

Did you include spaces in there? I am just wondering due to having split and replaced the letters in Hex and Substitution a few times and I still end up with free characters, so I'm wondering if there's spaces or if the words are just scrunched up.

This one is driving me nuts. Last night I dreamed I cracked it, and it was the theme song to Ghostbusters. I shit you not. I am not giving up yet, but I am getting there...

Been running it through Vigenere, considering they usually do not include spaces in the cipher text, only problem is I have no idea what the key may be, among others, I've tried: Spoiler THE, TBW, SONG, LYRICS, BEAUTIFUL, ZEROSH, EREN, JAEGER, KEY, FUN, DIV. Sadly nothing. Considering there's an almost equal distribution of letters, I also tried simply splitting the message into pairs of two, but alas; zilch. Edit: Worth noting is that frequency analysis suggests the keyword is either 3 or 9 letters in length, which corresponds with what Zargh found.

Since I don't want to drive you mad I'm posting the cypher I used: Spoiler Don't continue if you don't want to now the exact cypher I used Spoiler AB abcdefghijklm nopqrstuvwxyz CD abcdefghijklm znopqrstuvwxy EF abcdefghijklm yznopqrstuvwx GH abcdefghijklm xyznopqrstuvw IJ abcdefghijklm wxyznopqrstuv KL abcdefghijklm vwxyznopqrstu MN abcdefghijklm uvwxyznopqrst OP abcdefghijklm tuvwxyznopqrs QR abcdefghijklm stuvwxyznopqr ST abcdefghijklm rstuvwxyznopq UV abcdefghijklm qrstuvwxyznop WX abcdefghijklm pqrstuvwxyzno YZ abcdefghijklm opqrstuvwxyzn ^ This is significant. I'll give you a hint for the key in the following days

No torture, Zerosh? Cipher Text Analytics garnered using tools/calculations found here: https://sites.google.com/site/bionspot/cipher-id-tests len: 318 IC: 42 MIC: 68 MKA: 65 DIC: 23 EDI: 22 LR: 7 ROD: 54 LDI: 421 SDD: 120 Spoiler: Stat Abbrevations len = length. IC = Index of Coincidence times 1000. MIC = max IC for periods 1-15, times 1000. MKA = max kappa for periods 1-15, times 1000. DIC = Digraphic Index of Coincidence, times 10000. EDI = DIC for even numbered pairs, times 10000. LR = Long Repeat (percentage of 3 symbol repeats). ROD = percentage of odd-spaced repeats to all repeats. LDI = average English log digraph score. SDD = average English single letter - digraph discrepancy score. Number of standard deviations from averages for each cipher type: Spoiler Beaufort 3 period 7 Vigenere 3 Porta 4 Quagmire4 4 Quagmire3 4 Quagmire2 4 Vigenere 4 Gronsfeld 5 RunningKey 5 Vigslidefair 6 Trifid 6 Bifid6 7 Cmbifid 7 Bifid7 7 Portax 7 Seriatedpfair 7 Nicodemus 7 Digrafid 8 Ragbaby 9 Phillips 9 Trisquare 9 Trisquare HR 10 Gromark 12 Playfair 13 Vigautokey 13 FracMorse 14 Periodic gromark 14 6x6Bifid 14 Twosquarespiral 14 Progkey beaufort 14 Progressivekey 15 Four_square 15 6x6Playfair 15 Patristocrat 15 Two square 16 Bazeries 16 Randomtext 17 Route Transp 19 Redefence 24 Swagman 25 NihilistTransp 25 Myszkowski 26 Cadenus 26 Columnar 27 Grille 31 DoubleCheckerBoard 31 Amsco 33 Plaintext 48 Tridigital 579 Nihilistsub 581 MonomeDinome 585 Randomdigit 599 Morbit 611 Grandpre 613 Homophonic 648 Pollux 59100 Results from AAHJU's Vigenere Family ID Test (will point you in the direction of Zerosh spoiler, so forwarned) Spoiler Cipher length: 318 -- ACA recommended maximum period for non-autokey cipher is 32 Best score is 766 for period 9 Porta cipher And results from running the 'random forest of 30 decision trees from that site: (same warning as the Family test) Spoiler: Results len: 318 IC: 42 MIC: 68 MKA: 65 DIC: 23 EDI: 22 LR: 7 ROD: 54 LDI: 421 SDD: 120 DIV_2: Y,DIV_3: Y,DIV_5: N,DIV_25: N,DIV_4_15: Y,DIV_4_30: Y,PSQ: N HAS_L: Y, HAS_D: N, HAS_J: Y, HAS_H: N, DBL: Y A_LDI 607 , B_LDI 625 , P_LDI 766 , S_LDI 609 , V_LDI 623 , NOMOR 238 , RDI 438 PTX 423 , NIC 46 , PHIC 41 , HAS_0 N , BDI 195 , CDD 204 , SSTD 39 ------------------ Consensus is Porta with 23 votes out of 30 vote distribution: Porta 23 Quagmire 3 Cmbifid 1 Beaufort 1 Vigenere/Variant 1 Slidefair 1 Stats abbrevations: len = length. IC = Index of Coincidence times 1000. MIC = max IC for periods 1-15, times 1000. MKA = max kappa for periods 1-15, times 1000. DIC = Digraphic Index of Coincidence, times 10000. EDI = DIC for even numbered pairs, times 10000. LR = Long Repeat (percentage of 3 symbol repeats). ROD = percentage of odd-spaced repeats to all repeats. LDI = average English log digraph score. SDD = average English single letter - digraph discrepancy score. Extended stats: DIV_2 = length divisible by 2, DIV_3 = length divisible by 3, DIV_5 = length divisible by 5 DIV_25 = length divisible by 25, DIV_4_15 = length divisible by integer between 4 and 15 DIV_4_30 = length divisible by integer between 4 and 30, PSQ = length is perfect square. HAS_L = cipher has letters, HAS_D = cipher has digits, HAS_H = cpher has '#' symbol, HAS_J = cipher has a J DBL = cipher has even length and a doubled letter at an even position. Vigenere family stats: A_LDI = Log digraph score for Autokey, B_LDI = Log digraph score for Beaufort, P_LDI = Log digraph score for Porta S_LDI = Log digraph score for Slidefair, V_LDI = Log digraph score for Vigenere Other stats: NOMOR = Normal Order, RDI = Reverse log digraph score., PTX = Log digraph score for Portax, NIC = max Nicodemus IC for periods 3-15. PHIC = Phillips IC, HAS_0 = Digital cipher that includes a zero. , BDI = max Bifid DIC for periods 3-15 CDD = max Columnar SDD score for periods 4 to 15, SSTD = the max STD score for Swagman, periods 4 to 8. Spoiler: Cipher Text broken into suggested period segments ZAUFUHYMP MBDCUYEMD IQPKEXHST PGYRGPXCH HOKFFHWJL CAPHNWYBD RNUZSZPMP BGTKNMIZY HFRPYMSWI FHCYVRCJL UARTBUIJQ SBPUBKYUD ZGKWEYOSW UBJBGPWQS ZFTPNCHSC PZZJRUGWW CAXRAXHZY FCQHYHGVY GYKJTUCVH TNALNLAJJ FFRJQLDZP GCKORUCVH CUVBCHVWI TNCPBKOJQ ONBCNTPMP NHCJBCIZP FNZJFCPWE CRAYVLSSW XJZCUGDJC QGYVEYIJS QNAHRLCJL HUVANPCAL QRLKRKSNH TNPPNGOID HNBKHSIJS QNA

I'll be honest; I have no idea what you all posted...like, it's not just reading material, I'd have to actually spend time to figure out what I'm looking at and how to apply it. Oh boy! Hardmode indeed.

*suspects he has it* Sent you my offer at a solution, Zerosh. Spoiler: Not the solution - but possible advice I won't give away the solution, of course. But unless it turns out I didn't happen across a random set of words that still managed to not only make sense, but also be the lyrics to a song, I can say as much as that you are on the right track.

Wow, just... wow I don't know if tomorrow I'll have time so I'm posting the hint now before going to bed. But as @Santiak said, with my previous hint and what @bljkr posted you almost have it. Hints to find the key: Spoiler Key lenght: 9 characters Spoiler Key hint: red lion rampant regardant