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April 2007 HEADLINE PUZZLE - by Dave Smith

Comments or questions on Headline Puzzles should be directed to photon@cryptogram.org

 
The following are headlines from recent news reports.
All five are encrypted with the same mixed alphabet at
different settings against itself. Find each headline and
the three key words (SETTING, KEY and HAT).

1. ZLHV XLZEEO KLZWZON OHZEJLO
2. WQH TGZQ CKFQC CGMY EIVFNQPC' CTKPQC
3. ITKSF SZVBFMGJTP PSMTNSJN NSKKTB
4. JFPCYCAPE OYEW MPZGLGCC RD OPNFEPE
5. RIHMIR CLM'I BYHSHMI UHVYI VIIVPDR

 

Solution

   IRAN GRILLS BRITISH SAILERS
1. ZLHV XLZEEO KLZWZON OHZEJLO

   NEW HOME SALES SOCK BUILDERS' SHARES
2. WQH TGZQ CKFQC CGMY EIVFNQPC' CTKPQC

   HELIO INTRODUCES SIDEKICK KILLER
3. ITKSF SZVBFMGJTP PSMTNSJN NSKKTB

   khalilzad bids farewell to baghdad
4. JFPCYCAPE OYEW MPZGLGCC RD OPNFEPE

   stents don't prevent heart attacks
5. RIHMIR CLM'I BYHSHMI UHVYI VIIVPDR


Substitution Block:
1     2     3     4   5     6     7     8     9
Q E B Y K A T H W N D V I U Z M C S G O X J P R F L

B Y K A T H W N D V I U Z M C S G O X J P R F L Q E
L Q E B Y K A T H W N D V I U Z M C S G O X J P R F
A T H W N D V I U Z M C S G O X J P R F L Q E B Y K
S G O X J P R F L Q E B Y K A T H W N D V I U Z M C
T H W N D V I U Z M C S G O X J P R F L Q E B Y K A
^ Setting = BLAST

Key Block:
EXPLOSION Hat = EXPLOSION
197358264

BLOWUPACD Key = BLOWUP
EFGHIJKMN
QRSTVXYZ
197358264

Transpose UP the key block

 

 
 

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