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December 2005 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 news reports.
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. GZMI NJAN JMMHGX KH HDIB YJOJ LHGXIG `SZKRZB NZYRK'
2. AYYVNHDQL JVRQP ZF CPP YNQJ JCHS ECIQ AZPCY
3. JGUA OGIDV FLSI YULX DVKXC AL DVGXC NZ K VGUUT
4. VIDYIP UYTF KYX, VIDE Z. XGSF GVJSYJTIQ IS CYKG IUIDHF
5. JDVXKXU NIIQM, SLU DKIWIQR MUGSND, HODDWMAGW MGRM
 
Solution -   December 2005 Headline Puzzle
   rice says accord to open gaza border `within sight' 
1. GZMI NJAN JMMHGX KH HDIB YJOJ LHGXIG `SZKRZB NZYRK' 
   mccartney wakes up iss crew with live music
2. AYYVNHDQL JVRQP ZF CPP YNQJ JCHS ECIQ AZPCY
   kurt busch goes from champ to chump in a hurry
3. JGUA OGIDV FLSI YULX DVKXC AL DVGXC NZ K VGUUT
   mariah wins big, mary j. gets emotional at vibe awards
4. VIDYIP UYTF KYX, VIDE Z. XGSF GVJSYJTIQ IS CYKG IUIDHF
   deficit looms, but economy stable, greenspan says
5. JDVXKXU NIIQM, SLU DKIWIQR MUGSND, HODDWMAGW MGRM

Substitution Block:
Y L E Q G B X K R N D T H S P F O W J U Z M A V I C 
A V I C Y L E Q G B X K R N D T H S P F O W J U Z M 
L E Q G B X K R N D T H S P F O W J U Z M A V I C Y 
T H S P F O W J U Z M A V I C Y L E Q G B X K R N D 
E Q G B X K R N D T H S P F O W J U Z M A V I C Y L 
R N D T H S P F O W J U Z M A V I C Y L E Q G B X K 
^ Setting =   ALTER
Key Block:
O B F U S C A T E   Hat = OBFUSCATE
6 2 5 9 7 3 1 8 4
O B S C U R E A D   Key = OBSCURE
F G H I J K L M N 
P Q T V W X Y Z 
Alphabet reading UP the key block
 
 

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