OT: Cryptography puzzle

Christos TZOTZIOY Georgiou tzot at sil-tec.gr
Fri Jun 4 11:04:01 CEST 2004

On 2 Jun 2004 19:26:12 -0700, rumours say that jasondrew at comcast.net
(Jason Drew) might have written:

>Christos "TZOTZIOY" Georgiou <tzot at sil-tec.gr> wrote in message news:<lc4pb0tlatt317c3c9nnlo7hg41o3po6uq at 4ax.com>...
>> On Tue, 1 Jun 2004 13:30:10 +0100, rumours say that "Richard Brodie"
>> <R.Brodie at rl.ac.uk> might have written:
>> >There is also a lot of keyboard locality: adjacent letters, nothing from the
>> >bottom row, etc.

>> Yes, that is the most obvious hint: it's the author's cat walking on the
>> keyboard and wailing after the PSU killed the ori

>I noticed the keyboard locality too, but then suspected that Python
>might have the sophistication to decode this, when *my* cat walked
>across my keyboard and gave me the magic key:
>magickey  = 'nxxoanntrckpafqcaqaetxfnarwfb'
[snip of nice code to 'decrypt' the original text :) ]

>Amazingly, it worked. Then it struck me, that I don't have a cat.

Of course.  You have a parrot (deceased):

>>> help(magickey)
no Python documentation for 'a long squawk by a parrot pining for the
TZOTZIOY, I speak England very best,
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