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Results of Games Online Contest #15

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This contest closed on December 31, 2007. A new contest will appear soon.
Here was the challenge:

Just Twelve Words

This list of a dozen closely related words (none of which are proper nouns) has been encrypted using a simple letter substitution cipher. Letter substitutions remain constant throughout the list—thus, Z represents the same letter of the alphabet in each of the first seven words on the list. Letters cannot stand for themselves.

Can you decrypt the list? Hint: If you solve correctly, the list will be in alphabetical order.

ZNEBPZXHNM
ZLGA
ZLZNGN
ZLMRA
ZLORA
ZLRA
ZOLZAGNH
YPHPFN
UPUXNMLNXMP
UPUXMANXM
MLTE
MCPPTV

The title was a hint. Read as "Just 'Twelve' Words," it could have suggested that the cryptogram answers were all foreign words meaning TWELVE. The answer words:

DIVPADSMIT
DOCE
DODICI
DOTZE
DOUZE
DOZE
DUODECIM
HAMABI
KAKSITOISTA
KAKSTEIST
TOLV
TWAALF

The languages used, in order, were: Latvian, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, French, Portuguese, Latin, Basque, Finnish, Estonian, Swedish, and Dutch. (Note: Some other languages use some of the same words.)

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