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November 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. REC MGCSF MECFU SGYYRDQFCU GBFC DXSZFRC YEN-XW
2. KNXP FAOJXMX AJSM XCQUBFJQX CLCFQXB ARCQACS
3. DRDAMAX QXNJIYU QLRXJQ ITP IB SXNNAXER
4. WPMCCXW IKB IC HXXHB TQHKW HFCOI WIHAM
5. UGN MFFZ CFLXBFDRVFQ HRSP ED HGUVGD

 

Solution -
 
   air force fires commanders over nuclear mix-up
1. REC MGCSF MECFU SGYYRDQFCU GBFC DXSZFRC YEN-XW
 
   bush imposes more sanctions against myanmar
2. KNXP FAOJXMX AJSM XCQUBFJQX CLCFQXB ARCQACS
 
   cecilia sarkozy speaks out on marriage
3. DRDAMAX QXNJIYU QLRXJQ ITP IB SXNNAXER
 
   schools try to allay fears about staph
4. WPMCCXW IKB IC HXXHB TQHKW HFCOI WIHAM
 
   sox feel rejuvenated back in boston
5. UGN MFFZ CFLXBFDRVFQ HRSP ED HGUVGD
 
Substitution Block:
Y Q G A T J R V L C B Z S H I U K E X P F N W M D O
 
A T J R V L C B Z S H I U K E X P F N W M D O Y Q G
R V L C B Z S H I U K E X P F N W M D O Y Q G A T J
U K E X P F N W M D O Y Q G A T J R V L C B Z S H I
B Z S H I U K E X P F N W M D O Y Q G A T J R V L C
A T J R V L C B Z S H I U K E X P F N W M D O Y Q G
^ Setting =   ARUBA
 
 
Key Block:
C U R A C A O   Hat = CURACAO
3 7 6 1 4 2 5
 
B O N A I R E   Key = BONAIRE
C D F G H J K
L M P Q S T U
V W X Y Z
 
3 7 6 1 4 2 5
Transpose UP the key block

 

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