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September 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. DAATXS VTGGZ EKZU WEPFZF AEPYN TSVZU KEBZUF
2. CAVQQJ'M THEJTIG JDDIGIE KGIMHEIZQHYR KRYLI
3. AXVMQMGX KVSXD AVIQZXV IFXVDWSTC IN NWMQMYWQU NWVED
4. KI OCIX EFIKFK PSC KI UBIVVFC
5. JBG LHXCWVLIGVCW MQWWLKDC XNVQELH-FGHFCE DLHO

 

Solution:
 
   mccain gaffe over houses could anger voters
1. DAATXS VTGGZ EKZU WEPFZF AEPYN TSVZU KEBZUF
 
   bhutto's widower offered presidential place
2. CAVQQJ'M THEJTIG JDDIGIE KGIMHEIZQHYR KRYLI
 
   bernanke urges broader oversight of financial firms
3. AXVMQMGX KVSXD AVIQZXV IFXVDWSTC IN NWMQMYWQU NWVED
 
   da brat headed for da slammer
4. KI OCIX EFIKFK PSC KI UBIVVFC
 
   fda investigates possible vytorin-cancer link
5. JBG LHXCWVLIGVCW MQWWLKDC XNVQELH-FGHFCE DLHO
 
  
Substitution Block:
1       2         3       4       5         6
H D P W N L J S Y I F Q X G C O V A E K T Z R B M U
 
W N L J S Y I F Q X G C O V A E K T Z R B M U H D P
A E K T Z R B M U H D P W N L J S Y I F Q X G C O V
T Z R B M U H D P W N L J S Y I F Q X G C O V A E K
E K T Z R B M U H D P W N L J S Y I F Q X G C O V A
R B M U H D P W N L J S Y I F Q X G C O V A E K T Z
^ Setting =   WATER
 
 
Key Block:
H O O K A H   Hat = HOOKAH
2 5 6 4 1 3
 
N A R G H I   Key = NARGHILE
L E B C D F
J K M O P Q
S T U V W X
Y Z

 

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