Continuing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
first Headline Puzzle in November 1964, we now present the
third of four different variations through which the puzzle
has evolved. This style of puzzle was used from April
1966 - November 1969, and this month's puzzle was
constructed similarly to how Paul Derthick created those
With the April 1966 puzzle, the concept of
a hat was first introduced (although it wasn't officially
called a "hat" at the time). In the usual fashion, a
keyword-mixed sequence was inscribed into a matrix that was
five columns wide, and the columns were then extracted
according to the numeric key corresponding to the "hat,"
forming the 26-long sequence used for the plain and cipher
alphabets. The only thing was, the same five-letter word
used for the setting was also used as the "hat."
following are all headlines from recent daily newspapers.
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. Please
send solutions (the setting and keyword), questions and
comments to the e-mail address shown above.
UZHMPYZY: SUDVVDE SZNI NWDUY NUB PI INPUNZU
WMEHV ZPYMVWMW RF U.T., VCWVAXVPV
3. J.N. GVQRIO ESZJNGVC
YQVIWJOOC ICIEST YJXQ GLJVENH
4. SFOABC CUV-JQP OUBCEQXX,
UHFGF NFEBX US IQYUQX
5. L. NEBHG HUSHBMHLRHO OHXHBH