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February 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. WQFMNFYB-ECJW MZDWM WTBWT RO FY YCKWJAWL, ARN OLFXWM HWDD
2. HJAUR-KF QJZR GEEGEEXD QZFFR QZJW MZXEJD JD MGZJUF
3. NQRQBVUOSR L YONNQFU GFQB SC GF AOYBVBOQF - FGBDQL
4. HTWYTIB CXWWVFTVG CXSSVE NFUB RYVRPVE CXOG
5. PLIILZM'V HTN DLQVH ZAOZT HA JNH HTN OU

 

Solution -

   existing-home sales edged up in november, but prices fell

1. WQFMNFYB-ECJW MZDWM WTBWT RO FY YCKWJAWL, ARN OLFXWM HWDD

   would-be ford assassin freed from prison on parole

2. HJAUR-KF QJZR GEEGEEXD QZFFR QZJW MZXEJD JD MGZJUF

   generation y biggest user of us libraries - survey

3. NQRQBVUOSR L YONNQFU GFQB SC GF AOYBVBOQF - FGBDQL

   lithium batteries banned from checked bags

4. HTWYTIB CXWWVFTVG CXSSVE NFUB RYVRPVE CXOG

   billick's the first coach to get the ax

5. PLIILZM'V HTN DLQVH ZAOZT HA JNH HTN OU

Substitution Block:                                  Note:

1     2       3     4     5       6     7     8

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

^ Setting =   EMPTY

Key Block:

M E M O R I A L   Hat = MEMORIAL

5 2 6 7 8 3 1 4

C E N O T A P H   Key = CENOTAPH

B D F G I J K L

M Q R S U V W X

Y Z

5 2 6 7 8 3 1 4

Transpose UP the key block, and

Encipher with shifted PLAIN alphabets

 

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