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April 2005 HEADLINE PUZZLE - by Dave Smith

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

 
BEWARE - All is not as it seems!

The following are NOT headlines from recent daily newspapers.
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. YREV DLIM SSIWS RETNIW YLLAUTRIV SETANIMILE DEDAERD ITTEHGAPS LIVEEW
2. FWOPMEYU NA ZTI ZWFFYAAW UWEWMFTSWZ TIIYQWFZTFJ PICWF BWIWFTE OYUT
3. UIUVUQU OPUPY IYHZOIUPFDY GTPYO PT RWUSHY AZ PT VZVIZRUI GUIFY TC 3.0
4. OWYPCY ZXMP'Q DCJV-AHMLCL UABGGCY VWYMQ XMPYCLXCMVQ HYBWML
5. COGYGJX IJYOEWEUQO: QIOYX'J DOIRGYB YE OQTZSQ TZOGWD QSVGLJQ

 

Solution - April 2005 HEADLINE PUZZLE

APRIL FOOL!

   **very mild swiss winter virtually eliminates dreaded spaghetti weevil
1. YREV DLIM SSIWS RETNIW YLLAUTRIV SETANIMILE DEDAERD ITTEHGAPS LIVEEW

   republic of san serriffe celebrates anniversary under general pica
2. FWOPMEYU NA ZTI ZWFFYAAW UWEWMFTSWZ TIIYQWFZTFJ PICWF BWIWFTE OYUT

   alabama state legislature votes to change pi to biblical value of 3.0
3. UIUVUQU OPUPY IYHZOIUPFDY GTPYO PT RWUSHY AZ PT VZVIZRUI GUIFY TC 3.0

   burger king's left-handed whopper turns ingredients around
4. OWYPCY ZXMP'Q DCJV-AHMLCL UABGGCY VWYMQ XMPYCLXCMVQ HYBWML

   british astronomer: earth's gravity to reduce during eclipse
5. COGYGJX IJYOEWEUQO: QIOYX'J DOIRGYB YE OQTZSQ TZOGWD QSVGLJQ

** Encryption alphabet equals plain alphabet, words reversed.

Each of the headlines describes an actual recent April Fool hoax!!

Substitution Block:
C F U A P T O S N Z I L Y E J W H G V B Q M K X D R

C F U A P T O S N Z I L Y E J W H G V B Q M K X D R
U A P T O S N Z I L Y E J W H G V B Q M K X D R C F
R C F U A P T O S N Z I L Y E J W H G V B Q M K X D
E J W H G V B Q M K X D R C F U A P T O S N Z I L Y
S N Z I L Y E J W H G V B Q M K X D R C F U A P T O

^ Setting = CURES

Key Block:
A P O T H E C A R Y Hat = APOTHECARY
1 7 6 9 5 4 3 2 8 10

C H E M I S T A B D Key = CHEMIST
F G J K L N O P Q R
U V W X Y Z

 

 

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