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No. 3202: Key: GARFIELD

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Key: GARFIELD

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Strip by: Blue Canary Light

Jon {speaking in code}: OGFY IPPW ZEIK ZSXP EBIT BLPU !
Jon: OTJN VWPF XEKH WHPM ASKQ QOPZ NEEB MAPU KKZI AZZZ
Garfield {also speaking in code}: CHRY AMEV GYZZ ?
Jon {reading off of the note}: "CHFJ DICU KAUX BLTV OSRU WSAR UHVF LZZZ"
Garfield: ZHVD DINR SEJT NECZ

The author writes:

I was surprised to see that there apparently weren't already more simple ciphers in the comic - or maybe they just didn't use the same words I did in my search filter. Hopefully, this is the first Vigenère cipher comic on the site. Luckily for me, there happened to also be a Garfield strip about secret messages. Feel free to research the cipher type on your own and try to decode this, since you have the solution readily available to check against, or just use this handy tool to quickly do that for you instead*.

All code is divided into four letter segments - that is one of the most traditional ways to present a code string. This has no relevance to the actual length of the words - "I like lasagna" would be written "ILIK ELAS AGNA" even though "lasagna" is much more than four letters long. The strings of extra Zs at the end of some sentences are just filler letters to keep up the 4 letter divides, so don't worry if you notice some nonsense at the end of a phrase.

[[Original strip: 1998-10-15.

*[Ed: Note that each line is translated individually - the dialogue does not form one continuous ciphertext.]]]

Original strip: 1998-10-15.