Learn String Manipulation by Building a Cipher - Step 84

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cannot figure out where im going wrong with the code

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text = 'Hello Zaira!'
custom_key = 'python'

def vigenere(message, key, direction=1):
    key_index = 0
    alphabet = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz'
    final_message = ''

    for char in message.lower():

        # Append any non-letter character to the message
        if not char.isalpha():
            final_message += char
        else:        
            # Find the right key character to encode/decode
            key_char = key[key_index % len(key)]
            key_index += 1

            # Define the offset and the encrypted/decrypted letter
            offset = alphabet.index(key_char)
            index = alphabet.find(char)
            new_index = (index + offset*direction) % len(alphabet)
            final_message += alphabet[new_index]
    
    return final_message

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def encrypt(message, key):
    return vigenere(message, key)
    
def decrypt(message, key):
    return vigenere(message, key, -1)
    
encryption = encrypt(text, custom_key)
print(encryption)
decryption = decrypt(encryption, custom_key, -1)
print(decryption)

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Learn String Manipulation by Building a Cipher - Step 84

This is pretty indicative of what is wrong:

TypeError: decrypt() takes 2 positional arguments but 3 were given

decrypt takes only two arguments, but you called it with 3 arguments.

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Just remove -1 and you are good to go.

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