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June 2004 HEADLINE PUZZLE (Difficult) - 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. XEPP QBDQ CVXD RVX REGD-QMPXEYW NBH CVXD JDVJGD HMPY DLDX PXD UVEYW EH
2. VIK BHGKPHV MHGX OTAP HJWXFDHHV GUAHB 4-MGD VABTQH
3. PJVWH LTQSW KYEEB WYTEJ GP FYQBW YOWYS CK BQFFEJ SYZY
4. XQS'Y LEWOQT LQME XPVY HEWPY WUQRMUT EK JMSKBSKB WPX LEGQ
5. EKNUUM KGNWLGU JMK KSOQIG LA APUG YNP QNXXIG
 

Solution - June 2004 HEADLINE PUZZLE

   RIAA Sues More For File-Sharing But More People Than Ever Are Doing It
1. XEPP QBDQ CVXD RVX REGD-QMPXEYW NBH CVXD JDVJGD HMPY DLDX PXD UVEYW EH

   SBC Reaches Deal With Employees After 4-Day Strike
2. VIK BHGKPHV MHGX OTAP HJWXFDHHV GUAHB 4-MGD VABTQH

   NYMEX crude falls early in pause ahead of supply data
3. PJVWH LTQSW KYEEB WYTEJ GP FYQBW YOWYS CK BQFFEJ SYZY

   PEI's hockey hero puts focus clearly on bringing Cup home
4. XQS'Y LEWOQT LQME XPVY HEWPY WUQRMUT EK JMSKBSKB WPX LEGQ

   Grasso Readies for Rumble in NYSE Pay Battle
5. EKNUUM KGNWLGU JMK KSOQIG LA APUG YNP QNXXIG

Key Block:
D E S C R I P T O R Hat = DESCRIPTOR
2 3 9 1 7 4 6 10 5 8
A C R O N Y M B D E Key = ACRONYM
F G H I J K L P Q S
T U V W X Z

Substitution Block: (reading UP the key block)
1     2     3     4     5   6   7     8   9     10
W I O T F A U G C Z K Y Q D L M X J N S E V H R P B

S E V H R P B W I O T F A U G C Z K Y Q D L M X J N
O T F A U G C Z K Y Q D L M X J N S E V H R P B W I
U G C Z K Y Q D L M X J N S E V H R P B W I O T F A
N S E V H R P B W I O T F A U G C Z K Y Q D L M X J
D L M X J N S E V H R P B W I O T F A U G C Z K Y Q
^ Setting = SOUND (reading DOWN the substitution block)

Setting - Sound
Key - Acronym
Hat - Descriptor

 

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