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December 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. ITKSOUEK, CTKOST BOXKFJ RXTBDKU LEHS JEER DKYTCSDUOSDEKC
2. NSYXDR' QSXHIHKA USXR RIHPXC HPXRIHKDSOI HE EPKXN
3. XCUMHTA RP ATPCJ TL CV RQCLHJCAF
4. OPOOIKLPO PFECJD PJJZLPRD NZR MIR 'LCKBR'  
5. RLKB ZLRBLETBKU MFVVWTP YBZWTN LT RLKGPFPBU 

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Solution:
 
   pentagon, senate launch dueling fort hood investigations
1. ITKSOUEK, CTKOST BOXKFJ RXTBDKU LEHS JEER DKYTCSDUOSDEKC
 
   giants' lincecum wins second consecutive cy young
2. NSYXDR' QSXHIHKA USXR RIHPXC HPXRIHKDSOI HE EPKXN
 
   belgian pm named as eu president
3. XCUMHTA RP ATPCJ TL CV RQCLHJCAF
 
   mammogram advice accurate but not 'right'  
4. OPOOIKLPO PFECJD PJJZLPRD NZR MIR 'LCKBR'  
 
   more homeowners falling behind on mortgages
5. RLKB ZLRBLETBKU MFVVWTP YBZWTN LT RLKGPFPBU
 
 
 
Substitution Block:
M D W O F X I Q A C U P J Z S G Y H K T B V R N E L
 
V R N E L M D W O F X I Q A C U P J Z S G Y H K T B
A C U P J Z S G Y H K T B V R N E L M D W O F X I Q
P J Z S G Y H K T B V R N E L M D W O F X I Q A C U
O F X I Q A C U P J Z S G Y H K T B V R N E L M D W
R N E L M D W O F X I Q A C U P J Z S G Y H K T B V
^ Setting =   VAPOR
 
 
Key Block:
G R E E N H O U S E   Hat = GREENHOUSE
4 8 1 2 6 5 7 10 9 3
 
A T M O S P H E R I   Key = ATMOSPHERIC
C B D F G J K L N Q U V W X Y Z

 
 
 

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