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April 2009 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. PZIVU PZHATZ MJZUW HV OZFFMTZ'W EJZJET, NKJHBW ST KHATW OSTZT
2. PLOJQNO GOKWI ECXO UKI WNZGI HUKQX TQXXKZJ WEQKRX
3. MCHAI BXAFDUODD QXA DFOXUD OUMOCUK UXMK'D MSXBOCD
4. IFT XMTY AMV AJ CFY FJVNX XAHHBTC CFY YVFVBAT
5. GDS ZSACVQFO YUCQV YL ULE YDQ RALS JL VYZJCL 


Solution:

   drunk driver parks in trooper's garage, claims he lives there
1. PZIVU PZHATZ MJZUW HV OZFFMTZ'W EJZJET, NKJHBW ST KHATW OSTZT
 
   burglar trips over his pants while fleeing police
2. PLOJQNO GOKWI ECXO UKI WNZGI HUKQX TQXXKZJ WEQKRX
 
   drunk pantsless man steals elderly lady's diapers
3. MCHAI BXAFDUODD QXA DFOXUD OUMOCUK UXMK'D MSXBOCD
 
   man runs out of gas after robbing gas station
4. IFT XMTY AMV AJ CFY FJVNX XAHHBTC CFY YVFVBAT
 
   man unwisely tries to rob tae kwon do studio
5. GDS ZSACVQFO YUCQV YL ULE YDQ RALS JL VYZJCL
 
 
Substitution Block:
1         2       3       4       5         6
O B J S Z L E P V I F Q X W C K T M A H R Y G D N U
 
F Q X W C K T M A H R Y G D N U O B J S Z L E P V I
E P V I F Q X W C K T M A H R Y G D N U O B J S Z L
R Y G D N U O B J S Z L E P V I F Q X W C K T M A H
A H R Y G D N U O B J S Z L E P V I F Q X W C K T M
L E P V I F Q X W C K T M A H R Y G D N U O B J S Z
^ Setting =   FERAL
 
 
Key Block:
T A R Z A N   Hat = TARZAN
5 1 4 6 2 3
 
M O W G L I   Key = MOWGLI
A B C D E F
H J K N P Q
R S T U V X Y Z

 
 

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