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The CUPID Code

The following chart contains the key for the CUPID code that was seen in the In the General's Secret Service Electronic Field Trip broadcast. The numbers represent the 26 letters of the alphabet. Each column contains the letters of the alphabet, listed in order beginning with the letters in the key word—in this case, the word "cupid."

To code a message, start with column one and select the row number in which the first letter of the word appears. Move to the second column and select the row number in which the second letter of the word appears, and so on by moving over one column each time. After reaching the last column, continue the process by moving back to the first column. Hyphens are used to separate the letters in a word. For example, the word "history" is coded as 5-14-3-11-11-15-4.


C
U
P
I
D
1
D
V
Q
J
E
2
E
W
R
K
F
3
F
X
S
L
G
4
G
Y
T
M
H
5
H
Z
U
N
I
6
I
A
V
O
J
7
J
B
W
P
K
8
K
C
X
Q
L
9
L
D
Y
R
M
10
M
E
Z
S
N
11
N
F
A
T
O
12
O
G
B
U
P
13
P
H
C
V
Q
14
Q
I
D
W
R
15
R
J
E
X
S
16
S
K
F
Y
T
17
T
L
G
Z
U
18
U
M
H
A
V
19
V
N
I
B
W
20
W
O
J
C
X
21
X
P
K
D
Y
22
Y
Q
L
E
Z
23
Z
R
M
F
A
24
A
S
N
G
B
25
B
T
O
H
C
26
C
U
P
I
D


Try your skills with the CUPID code. Decode the following message and then try writing your own.

Sample Message:
6-119-6-1726-6-249-1-24-94-25-5-164-25-124-24-1-1519-14-12-16-15-5
16-5-1013-12-12-6-913-6-26-2!

Answer




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