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January 2004 HEADLINE PUZZLE - by Dave Smith

Comments or questions on Headline Puzzles should be directed to photon@cryptogram.org

 
The following are headlines from recent daily newspapers.
Each of the five is encrypted with the same mixed alphabet
at different settings against itself. Find each headline
and the three keywords (SETTING, KEY and HAT).
 

1. CTYDPHP NXTDL TYRXVOC HNNFKW-QPKWEXVO NFHYFKEW QKWFWNP VFG
2. DUXENU UXQD LUEF IJNAZCN EONJXK ZX TUXDJZX PCXQJXK
3. RA EJFMAMPQ PQ MGIU FPQDGIFDA MGGMDIDJA JYFOREJE ZIG FGMDMFA
4. NAS ZXXIM SAAZQRO WAL DNKM JA ILAWQJ WLAU QUM
5. ETGHYCT'Z IYXKG XJHYIPHMHR ZIGKN MHNZ IPDJCZ MDLLNYNJIKG

 

Solution of the January 2004 HEADLINE PUZZLE:

 
   Supreme Court upholds McCain-Feingold campaign finance law
1. CTYDPHP NXTDL TYRXVOC HNNFKW-QPKWEXVO NFHYFKEW QKWFWNP VFG

   Senate ends year without acting on pension funding
2. DUXENU UXQD LUEF IJNAZCN EONJXK ZX TUXDJZX PCXQJXK

   U.S. decision on Iraq contracts irritates excluded war critics
3. R.A. EJFMAMPQ PQ MGIU FPQDGIFDA MGGMDIDJA JYFOREJE ZIG FGMDMFA

   AOL keeps looking for ways to profit from IMs
4. NAS ZXXIM SAAZQRO WAL DNKM JA ILAWQJ WLAU QUM

   Mayorga's truly unorthodox style does things differently
5. ETGHYCT'Z IYXKG XJHYIPHMHR ZIGKN MHNZ IPDJCZ MDLLNYNJIKG

Key block:
M A N E U V E R <- Hat = MANEUVER
4 1 5 2 7 8 3 6
G A M B I T C D <- Key = GAMBIT
E F H J K L N O
P Q R S U V W X
Y Z

Substitution block: (reading down the transposed columns)
   1       2     3     4       5     6     7     8
   A F Q Z B J S C N W G E P Y M H R D O X I K U T L V plain

1. F Q Z B J S C N W G E P Y M H R D O X I K U T L V A cipher
2. E P Y M H R D O X I K U T L V A F Q Z B J S C N W G "
3. I K U T L V A F Q Z B J S C N W G E P Y M H R D O X "
4. N W G E P Y M H R D O X I K U T L V A F Q Z B J S C "
5. T L V A F Q Z B J S C N W G E P Y M H R D O X I K U "
   ^ Setting = FEINT (reading down the substitution block)
 
 

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