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September 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. UFOIPQJ BQ NOGM TBRXNM CPES CBBZN TOQ KM PQEPGPZOEPQJ
2. NPEA OFNOLSOMZO KSCOE VLOMZT GQPJBE PRUQA JORPMUM BSEESUM
3. XLME QFBINAOM TNAORFS NG VBWUV INMQLOB RTBF BUTBMIFRQQNGW
4. XUBFKRLH HVWK LEFVT FE RGOF’K OGNXF JLRXWRK
5. KDSD UD AY FAFJC, UFJXJCA MYS XKD YXKDS XDWX XHID XY QSYV
 

Solution

   playing on same course with woods can be intimidating
1. UFOIPQJ BQ NOGM TBRXNM CPES CBBZN TOQ KM PQEPGPZOEPQJ

   past experience gives french qualms about lebanon mission
2. NPEA OFNOLSOMZO KSCOE VLOMZT GQPJBE PRUQA JORPMUM BSEESUM

   bush predicts victory in legal dispute over eavesdropping
3. XLME QFBINAOM TNAORFS NG VBWUV INMQLOB RTBF BUTBMIFRQQNGW

   echostar runs afoul of tivo’s video patents
4. XUBFKRLH HVWK LEFVT FE RGOF’K OGNXF JLRXWRK

   here we go again, waiting for the other test tube to drop
5. KDSD UD AY FAFJC, UFJXJCA MYS XKD YXKDS XDWX XHID XY QSYV


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

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

Key Block:
B L U N D E R Hat = BLUNDER
1 4 7 5 2 3 6

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

Mixed alphabet read UP the key block

 

 

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