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PAUL DERTHICK’S HEADLINE PUZZLE
January 2015
By Bob Bogart
 
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Continuing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Headline Puzzle in November 1964, we now present the third of four different variations through which the puzzle has evolved.  This style of puzzle was used from April 1966 - November 1969, and this month's puzzle was constructed similarly to how Paul Derthick created those puzzles.
 
With the April 1966 puzzle, the concept of a hat was first introduced (although it wasn't officially called a "hat" at the time). In the usual fashion, a keyword-mixed sequence was inscribed into a matrix that was five columns wide, and the columns were then extracted according to the numeric key corresponding to the "hat," forming the 26-long sequence used for the plain and cipher alphabets. The only thing was, the same five-letter word used for the setting was also used as the "hat."
 
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. US3 UZHMPYZY: SUDVVDE SZNI NWDUY NUB PI INPUNZU
2. MXYLWEFUW WMEHV ZPYMVWMW RF U.T., VCWVAXVPV
3. J.N. GVQRIO ESZJNGVC YQVIWJOOC ICIEST YJXQ GLJVENH
4. SFOABC CUV-JQP OUBCEQXX, UHFGF NFEBX US IQYUQX
5. L. NEBHG HUSHBMHLRHO OHXHBH MLPHBLHP EQPGKHO 

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SETTING - DREAM
    KEY - MLKINGJR
    HAT - DREAM
 
MATRIX
 2 5 3 1 4
 D R E A M
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 M L K I N
 G J R A B
 C D E F H
 O P Q S T
 U V W X Y
 Z
 
ALPHABETS -
  P   I A F S X M G C O U Z K R E Q W N B H T Y L J D P V
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 C1   D P V I A F S X M G C O U Z K R E Q W N B H T Y L J
 C2   R E Q W N B H T Y L J D P V I A F S X M G C O U Z K
 C3   E Q W N B H T Y L J D P V I A F S X M G C O U Z K R
 C4   A F S X M G C O U Z K R E Q W N B H T Y L J D P V I
 C5   M G C O U Z K R E Q W N B H T Y L J D P V I A F S X
 
 
1. RG3 RELOADED: GRIFFIN GETS THIRD TRY AS STARTER
1. US3 UZHMPYZY: SUDVVDE SZNI NWDUY NUB PI INPUNZU
 
2. THOUSANDS STAGE PROTESTS IN D.C., ELSEWHERE
2. MXYLWEFUW WMEHV ZPYMVWMW RF U.T., VCWVAXVPV
 
3. U.S. TRAVEL INDUSTRY CAREFULLY EYEING CUBA TOURISM
3. J.N. GVQRIO ESZJNGVC YQVIWJOOC ICIEST YJXQ GLJVENH
 
4. FACING GOP-LED CONGRESS, OBAMA WARNS OF VETOES
4. SFOABC CUV-JQP OUBCEQXX, UHFGF NFEBX US IQYUQX
 
5. N. KOREA EXPERIENCES SEVERE INTERNET OUTAGES
5. L. NEBHG HUSHBMHLRHO OHXHBH MLPHBLHP EQPGKHO

 

 
 

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