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May 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. ZSUWQXZH XZHXUGN SVWU MGQJPLN, DWVSQNUN HVWSZG NUWTQXU NVVH
2. WCM RCEDF LCGV RAB FWKTTVGMT GTKCMCF GM RCPD VDT
3. PQLOVYU ZTEA UTCU, LRQUV QC XQPCVYU MC CNJ DVUY
4. WIDPG, WKTCID PGEP ARR EBGFGF OCVPF
5. LKYIV TKR YHKEBQ'V VLNKYIV 

 

Solution:
 
   american cancels more flights, promises normal service soon
1. ZSUWQXZH XZHXUGN SVWU MGQJPLN, DWVSQNUN HVWSZG NUWTQXU NVVH
 
   man faces jail for smuggling iguanas in fake leg
2. WCM RCEDF LCGV RAB FWKTTVGMT GTKCMCF GM RCPD VDT
 
   rockets dump suns, close on hornets in nba west
3. PQLOVYU ZTEA UTCU, LRQUV QC XQPCVYU MC CNJ DVUY
 
   mbeki, mugabe kick off crisis talks
4. WIDPG, WKTCID PGEP ARR EBGFGF OCVPF
 
   hicks nix clique's shticks 
5. LKYIV TKR YHKEBQ'V VLNKYIV 
 
 
 
Substitution Block:
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  11  12  13
X G W D Z I M E V B N C L R P A J F K O Q S U T Y H
 
A J F K O Q S U T Y H X G W D Z I M E V B N C L R P
U T Y H X G W D Z I M E V B N C L R P A J F K O Q S
G W D Z I M E V B N C L R P A J F K O Q S U T Y H X
U T Y H X G W D Z I M E V B N C L R P A J F K O Q S
R P A J F K O Q S U T Y H X G W D Z I M E V B N C L
^ Setting =   AUGUR
 
 
Key Block:
P R  O G N O S  T  I C A T  E   Hat = PROGNOSTICATE
9 10 7 4 6 8 11 12 5 2 1 13 3
 
F O  R E C A S  T  B D G H  I   Key = FORECAST
J K  L M N P Q  U  V W X Y  Z
 
Read UP the key block

 

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