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November 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. BXQEJKII ZHJSI UX TFODLB XTULXQ, ZKLEMI BXSTJXSLIK TJXTXIHDI
2. ERXFLRTY OZPO CR ODGYCQ 'NTDNRT LZAZFIR' DF ZXY NZP
3. KJZDO KQTIK, AQVV EQBIH, RXJZSGW TPBI SPSK WJ WGI KEQTT KYXIIH
4. DGMXL VLPZ PNCIEZ GMILA KGMGILKLMZ TM WGWGAGYYT RGPL
5. O1Y1 XBEDONA ANBAZYBM PMK GNBQ XZYEOA NBFMU - DSD 

 

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Solution:
 
   congress warms to public option, weighs compromise proposals
1. BXQEJKII ZHJSI UX TFODLB XTULXQ, ZKLEMI BXSTJXSLIK TJXTXIHDI
 
   feinberg says he sought 'proper balance' on aig pay
2. ERXFLRTY OZPO CR ODGYCQ 'NTDNRT LZAZFIR' DF ZXY NZP
 
   soupy sales, jazz maven, brought live gigs to the small screen
3. KJZDO KQTIK, AQVV EQBIH, RXJZSGW TPBI SPSK WJ WGI KEQTT KYXIIH
 
   kanye west sought anger management in paparazzi case
4. DGMXL VLPZ PNCIEZ GMILA KGMGILKLMZ TM WGWGAGYYT RGPL
 
   h1n1 matches seasonal flu peak months early - cdc
5. O1Y1 XBEDONA ANBAZYBM PMK GNBQ XZYEOA NBFMU - DSD
 
 
 
Substitution Block:
L N Z E O T H V I J W G B P A F S R D Q C K X U M Y
 
D Q C K X U M Y L N Z E O T H V I J W G B P A F S R
A F S R D Q C K X U M Y L N Z E O T H V I J W G B P
T H V I J W G B P A F S R D Q C K X U M Y L N Z E O
U M Y L N Z E O T H V I J W G B P A F S R D Q C K X
M Y L N Z E O T H V I J W G B P A F S R D Q C K X U
^ Setting =   DATUM
 
 
Key Block:
L O N G I T U D E   Hat = LONGITUDE
5 7 6 3 4 8 9 1 2
 
G R A T I C U L E   Key = GRATICULE
B D F H J K M N O P Q S V W X Y Z

 
 

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