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March 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 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. KERGT ETPXGQH KGNGTGT, EQQLUL BLQ TEZL, OQEBZ CGTW
2. UERTM LTVSAMTAIN TH URSSEQ ALQM 'ZEAMTYTVRSTAH' AY SQMMAMTNB
3. RCWYE OPYE WTQ AVOOBCC UP VKNWTQ FPBTU PNVOWUBPTI
4. BAMQ THSQMQNS MRSQ PTDQN BRJ UQ VABTHZ, UQMHRHDQ NRJN
5. MOSSLK ZAWR USKUO, KLZBSJI ZALSJN POATNUH ALIBAST NWRL

Solution - March 2006 HEADLINE PUZZLE

   magic acquire milicic, arroyo for cato, draft pick
1. KERGT ETPXGQH KGNGTGT, EQQLUL BLQ TEZL, OQEBZ CGTW

   blair victorious in battle over 'glorification' of terrorism
2. UERTM LTVSAMTAIN TH URSSEQ ALQM 'ZEAMTYTVRSTAH' AY SQMMAMTNB

   black rock and merrill to expand joint operations
3. RCWYE OPYE WTQ AVOOBCC UP VKNWTQ FPBTU PNVOWUBPTI

   more interest rate hikes may be coming, bernanke says
4. BAMQ THSQMQNS MRSQ PTDQN BRJ UQ VABTHZ, UQMHRHDQ NRJN

   banned from india, defunct french warship returns home
5. MOSSLK ZAWR USKUO, KLZBSJI ZALSJN POATNUH ALIBAST NWRL

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

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

Key Block:
T R I T I C U M Hat = TRITICUM
6 5 2 7 3 1 8 4

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

 
 

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