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DECEMBER 2018 HEADLINE PUZZLE

The following are all headlines from a recent daily paper.  Each of the five is a different letter-for-letter substitution.  All five are derived from the same mixed alphabet at different settings against itself. 

1. HWBJA BMHIVZKPRPIK YPI, FCYOCDZ QHD OJ CI YHD BC XSHDCWWZ

2. LIXVYCTT BDAV’B SIXKTE SCAJ LDXCB WD YDKTKGH VDKGW

3. T.I. ZI EFXIITFZSB ZFWL GV IXCXF XSXFBM GZXI GV ZFWS

4. MIVXGBIO XCZ SOGBLQLGDQ CRCLX GD MCRWCTIOQ’ SMCXI

5. TQHYRQWIH OBJQ XIOQT YRQBH GXT BCBMXW’H FSQQWH OQBRFSBTIQTH


The Headline Puzzle below was created by Paul Derthick and published in June 1982 (the headlines are from the 25 April 1982 edition of the New York Times). My paper ‘A Beginner’s Guide to the Headline Puzzle’ (May 2017) uses this puzzle to demonstrate a method for solving the Headline Puzzle, and also includes the solution.

June 1982 Headline Puzzle by Paul Derthick

The following are all headlines from a recent daily paper.  Each of the five is a different letter-for-letter substitution.  All five are derived from the same mixed alphabet at different settings against itself.

1. QYRCEBV TYPOCF FRBEA GOBS KV KYLFLAG WRKLCOF NC QRBEBRCS WYLALA

2. EPKPHTPK HBECBDG HLYPKH YBDL JPS WBD JNQFTEFS WTKPKELH EPDL

3. QLCRB RWWNYS AOOC TCBLEOBV RF KTSPOF FRBEA FNSRV

4. SBDJDE PBBP FEWBSBPW SDWBP UDQQFEJ PKKE

5. GVHHDZE MDDH NDOKC MSN GSEZSA’E GDEZ