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January 2008 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. UCO JFDN NFPLFI OHPUBLOC OBDLTI LP EHHEBF'I XLN UHG NHMXBFOBLOW
2. FTARK-FZXHRU XZURN GZPS UT XRNDTAV UT IZAH FRZNEXRN
3. KIM SMPS, TXNM XITMJHMS VXHW RXFS TQC XI LPZXBHPI
4. QPHIJLD TDOI. HDDRH TDKME BC LJM JCZPJVE
5. CADD VRAGU LBGV DFVG AY UAV 'DBLBYW'

Solution
 
   ftc head denies conflict claims in google's bid for doubleclick
1. UCO JFDN NFPLFI OHPUBLOC OBDLTI LP EHHEBF'I XLN UHG NHMXBFOBLOW
 
   money-market rates fail to respond to bank measures
2. FTARK-FZXHRU XZURN GZPS UT XRNDTAV UT IZAH FRZNEXRN
 
   one dead, five infected with bird flu in pakistan
3. KIM SMPS, TXNM XITMJHMS VXHW RXFS TQC XI LPZXBHPI
 
   justice dept. seeks delay on cia inquiry
4. QPHIJLD TDOI. HDDRH TDKME BC LJM JCZPJVE
 
   will smith gets lost in his 'legend'
5. CADD VRAGU LBGV DFVG AY UAV 'DBLBYW'
 
Substitution Block:
1   2     3   4   5   6     7   8   9   10  11  12
G U C J Y A P L Q E M O K Z D S B R F T H W V N I X
 
E M O K Z D S B R F T H W V N I X G U C J Y A P L Q
Q E M O K Z D S B R F T H W V N I X G U C J Y A P L
U C J Y A P L Q E M O K Z D S B R F T H W V N I X G
A P L Q E M O K Z D S B R F T H W V N I X G U C J Y
L Q E M O K Z D S B R F T H W V N I X G U C J Y A P

^ Setting =   EQUAL

Key Block:
C O N  T E M P O R A  R  Y   Hat = CONTEMPORARY
2 6 5 11 3 4 8 7 9 1 10 12
 
C O E  V A L B D F G  H  I   Key = COEVAL
J K M  N P Q R S T U  W  X
Y Z

 

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