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November 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. WONFRDH CI QWAVWYDH TWUDI VSIUNOECUF WQQDXWFSNOI
2. KOWTFFO OWTRMJTF MT HA XAOGW JF KODONJ STIGM
3. IGZINLF YWXI VF RSU IRFV MFX $8 RZEEZFT
4. CBQUM'C XEDVQP RUFQW XURBO CQWOQWYQ
5. KGWYQU OWGGWE HBYFZM ZYSWGU
 

Solution

   another us lawmaker faces misconduct allegations
1. WONFRDH CI QWAVWYDH TWUDI VSIUNOECUF WQQDXWFSNOI

   madonna adoption to be heard in malawi court
2. KOWTFFO OWTRMJTF MT HA XAOGW JF KODONJ STIGM

   chicago merc to buy cbot for $8 billion
3. IGZINLF YWXI VF RSU IRFV MFX $8 RZEEZFT

   sheik's lawyer given light sentence
4. CBQUM'C XEDVQP RUFQW XURBO CQWOQWYQ

   clouds follow grumpy pujols
5. KGWYQU OWGGWE HBYFZM ZYSWGU

Key Block:
C A T H O D E Hat = CATHODE

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

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

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

 

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