The puzzle below is a quote from Persuasion by Jane Austen.
The puzzle is a simple letter substitution.XUFPF JD R NWJVCZFDD YB MFPVFMXJYZ JZ
DYTF, R ZJVFXK JZ XUF SJDVFPZTFZX YB
VURPRVXFP, R ZRXWPRE MFZFXPRXJYZ, JZ
DUYPX, OUJVU ZY FLMFPJFZVF JZ YXUFPD
The first word is "there"
The last word is "equal"
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(1) A single letter is probably A or I. GivenPV PF X VBGVR GCPNZBFXAAD XTICMJAZHSZH VRXV ... one might guess that X=A.
(2) Look for common patterns. For instance, "PV PF" could be "IT IS" and "VRXV" begins and ends with the same letter so might be "THAT".
(3) You can use either upper or lower case letters in your decoding table. You might want to use upper case for letters you are sure of, and lower case for tentative assignments. For example, if you are sure that V=T and R=H and have a suspicion that B=R, then set B=r (lower case) in your decoding table, to see "VBGVR" partially decoded as "Tr-TH".
(4) Some quotations contain proper names or archaic spellings. If you are having trouble, the hints may help. If there are several hints, they are usually progressive -- that is, hint #1 will give you a little information, hint #2 will give a bit more, and so on.
(5) The letter to appear most frequently in the English
language is E.