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PAUL DERTHICK’S HEADLINE PUZZLE
December 2014
By Bob Bogart
 
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Continuing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Headline Puzzle, this month's puzzle is the second variation through which the puzzle evolved prior to reaching its current version.
 
This style of puzzle is very similar to the one last month.  However, instead of using a pangram to produce the 26-long alphabets, it uses a keyword-mixed sequence slid against itself at various offsets to encipher the headlines.  Paul Derthick created this style of Headline Puzzles from January 1965 - March 1966.
 
The following are all headlines from recent daily newspapers.   Each of the five is a different letter-for-letter substitution.  All five are derived from the same mixed alphabet at different settings against itself.  Please send solutions (the setting and keyword), questions and comments to the e-mail address shown above.
 
 
1. UNQXZRHWV BZTC HT WHNS NC LHWCVXX PNWWZVC QHNS
2. FCERO, HLTBCVI DRUERT NRRH; GCJIHCOJ CVCV XUT UH HQA QG UJROEU
3. BO OLTELU FUSRMNESOI, ZLBOE JMGSRMN TMMJ-VLUONLG GMEELU
4. NTOORHX ORJGWQ WCA AXCZ RZ AFGBC ZBTOO LGCHIZ BX ACB
5. TIBKTCD WTBNKFKBP IYYN RTPF MGBJPFWTP FY FGK PHRKB OYUI 

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SETTING - MAKER
KEY - PAULDERTHICK
 
ALPHABETS -
  P   P A U L D E R T H I C K B F G J M N O Q S V W X Y Z
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 C1   M N O Q S V W X Y Z P A U L D E R T H I C K B F G J
 C2   A U L D E R T H I C K B F G J M N O Q S V W X Y Z P
 C3   K B F G J M N O Q S V W X Y Z P A U L D E R T H I C
 C4   E R T H I C K B F G J M N O Q S V W X Y Z P A U L D
 C5   R T H I C K B F G J M N O Q S V W X Y Z P A U L D E
 
 
1. BALTIMORE WINS ON ROAD AS FORSETT CARRIES LOAD
1. UNQXZRHWV BZTC HT WHNS NC LHWCVXX PNWWZVC QHNS
 
2. BIDEN, TURKISH LEADER MEET; FIGHTING ISIS WAR AT TOP OF AGENDA
2. FCERO, HLTBCVI DRUERT NRRH; GCJIHCOJ CVCV XUT UH HQA QG UJROEU
 
3. AT TOWSON UNIVERSITY, GOATS DELIVER WEED-CONTROL LESSON
3. BO OLTELU FUSRMNESOI, ZLBOE JMGSRMN TMMJ-VLUONLG GMEELU
 
4. BUFFALO FACING NEW WOES AS WHITE STUFF YIELDS TO WET
4. NTOORHX ORJGWQ WCA AXCZ RZ AFGBC ZBTOO LGCHIZ BX ACB
 
5. ALREADY MARKETERS LOOK PAST CHRISTMAS TO THE SUPER BOWL
5. TIBKTCD WTBNKFKBP IYYN RTPF MGBJPFWTP FY FGK PHRKB OYUI  

 
 

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