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February 2006 HEADLINE PUZZLE - by Dave Smith

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

 
The following are headlines from recent 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. VNVU KM VRNJ VTCRGKVHX JVRC KG UX LNGF URZ YVCXZ.
2. YBE YIERGNPP PMIS BEIMJNG BAGBTIKK?
3. PNHNJXSK RFDKY, AFPVFS VRNBBYCLYD FJ GNINC'O VFDIFDNPY YBKPY.
4. OBRBHBH NHYPMBM, KBZPQQ SYMQBR DQ DYMQHDGPDA STBA.
5. RY NU YWVXN EOFH SVCPUEONY XMUE KRMUCK NU EVSSPK KOYN, OYVO.
 

Solution - February 2006 HEADLINE PUZZLE

   arab tv airs audiotape said to be from bin laden.
1. VNVU KM VRNJ VTCRGKVHX JVRC KG UX LNGF URZ YVCXZ.

   can congress stop another abramoff?
2. YBE YIERGNPP PMIS BEIMJNG BAGBTIKK?

   takafumi horie, dotcom challenger of japan's corporate elite.
3. PNHNJXSK RFDKY, AFPVFS VRNBBYCLYD FJ GNINC'O VFDIFDNPY YBKPY.

   federer cruises, hewitt ousted at australian open.
4. OBRBHBH NHYPMBM, KBZPQQ SYMQBR DQ DYMQHDGPDA STBA.

   us to shift many diplomats from europe to middle east, asia.
5. RY NU YWVXN EOFH SVCPUEONY XMUE KRMUCK NU EVSSPK KOYN, OYVO.

Substitution Block:
1         2       3       4       5       6
N R I Q Y L F M V A H P X E G O W C D K T U B J S Z Cipher

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

Key Block:
F U S I O N Hat = FUSION
1 6 5 2 4 3

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

 

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