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October 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. IKJOC'W HJBWL WTCIFVCGQ WEIIFFNW
2. XGJMFEUY PXJGK NSYR PXGRIZXDRIP FI JMRI UXYUIXFE
3. YKUJAUX SAXSDCT DH XSAZAHX BKUUGQSDKH SUDRW
4. JSBP LVKTI LEX YSUAXPFHWN LEKKEJVUQ LZVW ITVOPXT
5. DEYNBA ZBEGBT JHJB FNHZIABJ EY JBCAETOE NMTXHYEZ
 
Solution:
 
   china's first spacewalk succeeds
1. IKJOC'W HJBWL WTCIFVCGQ WEIIFFNW
 
   tropical storm kyle strengthens in open atlantic
2. XGJMFEUY PXJGK NSYR PXGRIZXDRIP FI JMRI UXYUIXFE
 
   workers testify in stevens corruption trial
3. YKUJAUX SAXSDCT DH XSAZAHX BKUUGQSDKH SUDRW
 
   wamu files for bankruptcy following fdic seizure
4. JSBP LVKTI LEX YSUAXPFHWN LEKKEJVUQ LZVW ITVOPXT
 
   father leaves nine children at nebraska hospital
5. DEYNBA ZBEGBT JHJB FNHZIABJ EY JBCAETOE NMTXHYEZ
 
 
 
Substitution Block:
1       2       3     4     5       6       7
A H P Z B J S G F O Y R I Q L E N X V C K T U D M W
 
C K T U D M W A H P Z B J S G F O Y R I Q L E N X V
U D M W A H P Z B J S G F O Y R I Q L E N X V C K T
R I Q L E N X V C K T U D M W A H P Z B J S G F O Y
S G F O Y R I Q L E N X V C K T U D M W A H P Z B J
E N X V C K T U D M W A H P Z B J S G F O Y R I Q L
^ Setting =   CURSE
 
 
Key Block:
P R O F A N E   Hat = PROFANE
6 7 5 3 1 4 2
 
V U L G A R B   Key = VULGAR
C D E F H I J
K M N O P Q S
T W X Y Z
 

 

 
 

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