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A Challenge for Code Crackers

ok so this is a bit odd. I got an instant message from someone. It said CODE, followed by a bunch of unicode characters. So normally i wouldn't care but this intrigued me so i am trying to figure it out. The person was using a mac and i am thinking this was some sort of character replacement code. So here are the lines.

¥ø¨ ?Ƭ¬ ¥ø¨ ?¨ß  ?åv´  ø  ®¨ß  µ´ åÜ? ?åÆ   Ƭ¬  ?´  Æ=´ Æß ®Æ©?

¥ø¨ çåÜ  ßå¥ ß?Æ   ø åÜ¥ øÜ´  ?å  ¥ø¨ ?´å®? ’®øµ µ´

°´´p µø¨ ? S¨ø´

Æ’ ¨ çå ´ ’ø® µ´ Æ ?Æ&& ?´ ÆÜ çøÜ åç
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Can you post a hex dump?
I don't think the unicode is coming through the post as unicode.
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it was posted in an instant message so all i could do was copy and paste. My GUESS is that they used some font on the mac that each symbol corresponded to a latter on the keyboard, but i dont have a mac to test that theory on.
wait i think i see what you mean. let me try it another way
¥ø¨ ?Ƭ¬ ¥ø¨ ?¨ß  ?åv´  ø  ®¨ß  µ´ åÜ? ?åÆ   Ƭ¬  ?´  Æ=´ Æß ®Æ©? 
 
¥ø¨ çåÜ  ßå¥ ß?Æ   ø åÜ¥ øÜ´  ?å  ¥ø¨ ?´å®? ’®øµ µ´
 
°´´p µø¨ ? S¨ø´  
 
Æ’ ¨ çå ´ ’ø® µ´ Æ ?Æ&& ?´ ÆÜ çøÜ åç 

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hmm one more shot

if this doesnt work i will attach a file

¥ø¨ ?Ƭ¬ ¥ø¨ ?¨ß  ?åv´  ø  ®¨ß  µ´ åÜ? ?åÆ   Ƭ¬  ?´  Æ=´ Æß ®Æ©?

¥ø¨ çåÜ  ßå¥ ß?Æ   ø åÜ¥ øÜ´  ?å  ¥ø¨ ?´å®? ’®øµ µ´

°´´p µø¨ ? S¨ø´  

Æ’ ¨ çå ´ ’ø® µ´ Æ ?Æ&& ?´ ÆÜ çøÜ åç
ok i saved it as a unicode txt doc.

code.txt
well i figured it out...
The question mark (?) is troublesome.  It seems to be a wildcard.

Could only get this far.
¥ø¨ ?Ƭ¬ ¥ø¨ ?¨ß  ?åv´  ø  ®¨ß  µ´ åÜ? ?åÆ   Ƭ¬  ?´  Æ=´ Æß ®Æ©? 
you will you just have to trust me and wait till the time is right
 
¥ø¨ çåÜ  ßå¥ ß?Æ   ø åÜ¥ øÜ´  ?å  ¥ø¨ ?´å®? ’®øµ µ´
you cant say shit to any one that you heard from me
 
°´´p µø¨ ? S¨ø´  
_ee_ mouth _uoet
 
Æ’ ¨ çå ´ ’ø® µ´ Æ ?Æ&& ?´ ÆÜ çøÜ åç 
if u cate for me i _i...be in contact

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I'm guessing this isn't related to a tech support issue?  :)
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ok apparently there was more to this that I missed, its some wierd love story or something lol.

Attaching the remainder,

is there some kind of key map i can use to decode these myself?

thanks
part2.txt
lol its not a ransom note - its a mystery game im playing except i suck at these lol
It's not an alphabetic substitution.

Follow the shapes of the characters for some:
¥ = y
ø = o
µ = m (looks like lowercase M)
® = r
Æ = i (circumflex resembles dot of I)


For others, it is the english name of the character:
¨ (umlaut) = u
Ü (enya) = n

For some, it is the sound connotation
´ = e
(accent aigu in Fr., accute diacritic in Eng.; denotes long vowel EE instead of short vowel sound UH)
ok thanks i think i have gotten the hang of it.
Some are obscure:
Ú = k (I'm assuming the degree symbol represents Kelvin temperature)


 = w (turn the shape sideways)

Most of it is pattern recognition.  I can see the letter patterns forming words.  I'll try out a few for common words like THAN, THAT, THE, AND.  Trial-and-error, really.
Here's the rest.
Chatty fellow.
ø¡ åÜ®´ 
wow! andrew
 
Æ åµ ßÙøçÚ´  Ùå  ¥ø¨ ©ø   Ùå ! +Æ  Æ ÚÜ´  Ùå  ¥ø¨ ø¨¬ ©´  Æ !
i am shocked that you got that! bit i knew that you would get it!
                                BUT
 
Ùø ¬øÜ© Æ Æ   åÚ´ ¥ø¨  ø ©´   Ùå  ?
how long did it take you to get that ?
 
Æ  Ùø¨©Ù   Ùå   ÙÆß ø¨¬ Ú´´À ¥ø¨ å +Æ  +¨ß¥ åÜ ÆÜ åÜ ø å¥ +´ ’¨Ü ’ø® ¥ø¨ :)
i thought that this would keep you a bit busy and in an odd way be fun for you :)
 
ÙøÀ´ ¥ø¨ å®´ øÆÜ© ©®´å   øå¥! Ùå  Ùå´ ¥ø¨ +´´Ü ¨À  øø?
hope you are doing great today! what have you been up too?
 
Æ ÚÜø ¥ø¨ åÜ  åÜß´®ß åÜ Æi¬¬ ©i´  Ù´µ ¨ß  ©Æ´ß µ´ ßøµ´  Ƶ´ 
i know you want answers and iwill give them just gives me some time
 
¬ø´
love
 
µ´
me

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wow---the characters really get mangled on this site.
If you are trying to read this, ignore.  See the text files attached.


code.txt