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November 2005 HEADLINE PUZZLE - by Dave Smith

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

 
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. GWJYF UBFXNYDX WGFC JF MYFNYDEJWWY, LGNRYD MRJWCDYF NB XVGMYMDGKN.
2. RMPIQI HSZ CEQTMLI ULAPUQLZ ES LGLUW SLERMVPUMPPZ VW LSZ PX PTQPVLU.
3. ENAFBMUD AJ HXSHPLIE QMXEDE WMQP-A-ZMIBDFI QFLELE JAF EASD JMSLZLDE.
4. MLXHT-QL-MLJVM HQFMDRJF ZJVMDLXUE BQYXMXHVY ZXEDLJF FJYY AJYY XU FDSDLSF.
5. YSUKM YIOPP KCRGKICQ PKGX CDCKM XUHGK O.Y. SWIM QOKWJZ CDCJWJZ DWYWIY.
 

Solution to November 2005 Puzzle

 
   alien monsters land in centerville, gather children to spacecraft.
1. GWJYF UBFXNYDX WGFC JF MYFNYDEJWWY, LGNRYD MRJWCDYF NB XVGMYMDGKN.

   ghosts and witches reported in every neighborhood by end of october.
2. RMPIQI HSZ CEQTMLI ULAPUQLZ ES LGLUW SLERMVPUMPPZ VW LSZ PX PTQPVLU.

   shortage of pumpkins causes jack-o-lantern crisis for some families.
3. ENAFBMUD AJ HXSHPLIE QMXEDE WMQP-A-ZMIBDFI QFLELE JAF EASD JMSLZLDE.

   trick-or-treat costumes featuring political figures sell well in suburbs.
4. MLXHT-QL-MLJVM HQFMDRJF ZJVMDLXUE BQYXMXHVY ZXEDLJF FJYY AJYY XU FDSDLSF.

   scary stuff reported from every major u.s. city during evening visits.
5. YSUKM YIOPP KCRGKICQ PKGX CDCKM XUHGK O.Y. SWIM QOKWJZ CDCJWJZ DWYWIY.

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

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

Key Block:
M O N O D Y Hat = MONODY
2 4 3 5 1 6

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

Mixed alphabet from reading UP the key block

 
 

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