So,... I think they may need to retire the Crypto Challenge: Keys. I was able to Google the key and it brought me to a website where I literally clicked 'run' and it spits out the answer. Flag worked and I got the points; however, let's face it, that's cheating and not really a valuable lesson.
Okay, now that's off my chest. I REALLY WANT to understand what the heck this challenge was all about. I walked backward from the random sight I found to other web-areas of interest, and I understand the programming logic and what type of cipher it is overall. What I do not understand is how the heck I would have identified the initial crypto string to point me in the right direction. I was lost before I worked the Googlez on the Internet machine,... and I'm still lost now.
Can someone point me in the right direction?
Being an adult is mostly just checking for answers on Google.