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December 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. VLN EYKXIA VTD NELQT YFDL SYEDJ DEYHW 'NLII'
2. NSEXZAT VLZ'X USEQA PEXK MEUO: SAHJSX
3. LICXIZ: 'KL. KEFSLXDK' XR LIEAAU, LIEAAU GEJ
4. UIPXOI UR EIJGKW IOL URJUTGQ LIVXUD RV IKURL
5. UVFBQZ VQABSZ, ZBSBF VSZ GUBC AVXHBFP BJSCF, ZMCG VH 93

 

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. VLN EYKXIA VTD NELQT YFDL SYEDJ DEYHW 'NLII'

2. NSEXZAT VLZ'X USEQA PEXK MEUO: SAHJSX

3. LICXIZ: 'KL. KEFSLXDK' XR LIEAAU, LIEAAU GEJ

4. UIPXOI UR EIJGKW IOL URJUTGQ LIVXUD RV IKURL

5. UVFBQZ VQABSZ, ZBSBF VSZ GUBC AVXHBFP BJSCF, ZMCG VH 93

 --------------------------------------------------------------

Solution

   gop rivals get probe into dirty trick 'poll'

1. VLN EYKXIA VTD NELQT YFDL SYEDJ DEYHW 'NLII'

   britney can't drive with kids: report

2. NSEXZAT VLZ'X USEQA PEXK MEUO: SAHJSX

   review: 'mr. magorium' is really, really bad

3. LICXIZ: 'KL. KEFSLXDK' XR LIEAAU, LIEAAU GEJ

   takeda to launch ads touting safety of actos

4. UIPXOI UR EIJGKW IOL URJUTGQ LIVXUD RV IKURL

   harold alfond, donor and shoe factory owner, dies at 93

5. UVFBQZ VQABSZ, ZBSBF VSZ GUBC AVXHBFP BJSCF, ZMCG VH 93

Substitution Block:

1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8   9

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

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

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

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

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

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

^ Setting =   FALSE (reading UP)

Key Block:

M A L I C I O U S   Hat = MALICIOUS

6 1 5 3 2 4 7 9 8

C A L U M N Y B D   Key = CALUMNY

E F G H I J K O P

Q R S T V W X Z

6 1 5 3 2 4 7 9 8

(Transcribe UP the block)

06 01 05 03 02 04 07 09 08

 

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