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ANNOUNCING A NEW ADDITION TO THE PAPERS PAGE


A puzzle solver from New Zealand has contributed a paper, Algebraic and Statistical Methods for Solving the Headline Puzzle, which should be of interest to mathematically minded puzzle fans.  Enjoy!



OCTOBER 2020 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. EYUMJQPE MFH ZQP MHB VQUYB LMPPYJJ QU LYUVK LB YIYVJFQU WMB

2. JUCLG-19 VNLZSG KNAASV IUV JUZSE LKBWZG YUWVGDWBH YNKLZSKKSK

3. HE KUVEZD, IDEEHG ZBEIHEYDG, CHIP GBRD KVEG VMMBCDJ HE IPD GIVEJG

4. HBFTZGBV GPH WPRMG GP MRQN PV LRMENM PJ YZD MNHPMGNM EBVTNQ HNBMQ

5. XZCF RT XLRVFYCSF ZWYDVYXZS TARB EQOSTQAZF QC DYOQTRACQY


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