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July 2008 HEADLINE PUZZLE - by Dave Smith

Comments or questions on Headline Puzzles should be directed to headline.puzzles@verizon.net

 

 
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. IQD VFZCGNKYC FZ CIWTD YUIRCY NJ CQMGDYCQI
2. MNLDD ZHOWPXDU NPYP XD KWZTL ZH DH IZVUDPDBX DBBWU
3. NXPSBXS USC AKFJKS BHGFQH XAEWRKG MEWSUBIKGB BRXIB
4. YNKUG IJWFPI KWRCY BFQEIEVC NMMNYFUFNZ UN PNZUFZKC MCIPC UITOY
5. JYTRT EDATUVZ GVTX AJ ATN DNHDZZ JUV HJRGTXB GMJKUAZ

 

Solution:
 
   amy winehouse in early stages of emphysema
1. IQD VFZCGNKYC FZ CIWTD YUIRCY NJ CQMGDYCQI
 
   yahoo investor asks to weigh in on microsoft offer
2. MNLDD ZHOWPXDU NPYP XD KWZTL ZH DH IZVUDPDBX DBBWU
 
   johnson and liukin secure olympic gymnastics spots
3. NXPSBXS USC AKFJKS BHGFQH XAEWRKG MEWSUBIKGB BRXIB
 
   south africa urges zimbabwe opposition to continue peace talks
4. YNKUG IJWFPI KWRCY BFQEIEVC NMMNYFUFNZ UN PNZUFZKC MCIPC UITOY
 
   obama details plan to tax excess oil company profits
5. JYTRT EDATUVZ GVTX AJ ATN DNHDZZ JUV HJRGTXB GMJKUAZ
 
Substitution Block:
1         2       3       4       5       6
A C J Q Y U G N V E F M S T H O W B I P X L D K R Z
 
I P X L D K R Z A C J Q Y U G N V E F M S T H O W B
N V E F M S T H O W B I P X L D K R Z A C J Q Y U G
U G N V E F M S T H O W B I P X L D K R Z A C J Q Y
I P X L D K R Z A C J Q Y U G N V E F M S T H O W B
T H O W B I P X L D K R Z A C J Q Y U G N V E F M S
^ Setting =   INUIT
 
Key Block:
E S K I M O   Hat = ESKIMO
1 6 3 2 4 5
 
A L E U T B   Key = ALEUT
C D F G H I
J K M N O P
Q R S V W X
Y Z

 

 

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