I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 through December 9. While it's possible that the officials of that faraway nation simply have great interest in our local news, I find it much more likely that there's some shady spy stuff going on in the newspaper's office. Can you figure it out?
The headlines say:
Each headline ...
... has a common word or prefix that can be applied to all of its words to form other words:
unnatural, uncover, unwisely, unwashed
derailments, derby, derringers
standpoint, stand guard, standstill, stand out
Manchester, manservant, manhandles, mandates
age-old, age limits, age-appropriate
mention, mentor, mentally
delaying, definite, dead, designs
meantime, meanwhile, mean-spirited
orbiter, oral, ordeals
The result, "Understand Management Demeanor" can be treated in the same way:
Putting things together:
The mis goes with the siles to make missiles. Together with the shreds and pieces that Omega Krypton has catalogued, the message transmitted to the embassy of Warfaretania is:
Got missiles ready for delivery. Awaiting payment.
(But I wonder why the agent jumped through hoops to encode the rather irrelevant "got". Once a puzzler, always a puzzler, I guess ...)
This is a combination of all works. However, to prevent misunderstanding of me stealing other's effort and hard work, I will credit others work in the answer. Also, I will not provide elaboration. Instead, I will directly jump to the answer for simplicity. Please refer to their answer for explanation. Thank you. However, if you don't mind me including your answer, please tell me in the comments. I'll update it from time to time.
Part 1: Quotes of the Day
GOT is hidden, where in each of the quotes you get (the results from Dec 1 to 9 are GOT, GOT, GO, OT, GOAT, GOTH, GHOST, BIGOT, and Game Of Thrones) (Credits: @GarethMcCaughan)
Part 2a: Headlines
Each headline has a common word or prefix that can be applied to all of its words to form other word. The prefix can be combined into un+der+stand+man+age+ment+de+mean+or = "Understand Management Demeanor". The same algorithm is applied again, rendering "mis" (from "misunderstand, mismanagement, misdemeanor") (Credits: @MOehm)
Part 2b: Logo
Part 3: Missing letters in Latin Names
The differences in Latin names render:
r+ea+dy+fo+rd+el+i+ve+ry = "READY FOR DELIVERY" (Credits: @rhsquared + @GarethMcCaughan)
Part 4: Illustrations
Combining the letters obtained from each illustration, we get: Aw-a-it-in-g pay-m-en-t (Credits: 1-2 @DaurenYermenov, 3 by me, 6 by @ablerks, 8 partial by @GarethMcCaughan others by @Christoph)
Elaboration on Illustration 3:
The question mark on Dec 3 is it (country code for Italy), where the six pairs of alphabets are the country codes for France (fr), Switzerland (ch), Austria (at), Slovenia (si), Vatican (va), and San Marino (sm)
Part 5: ANSWER
Combining the results from all parts render:
Got missiles ready for delivery. Awaiting payment. (Credits: @MOehm, approved by OP)
Part 6: Miscellaneous Clues
Warfaretania, the name of the country mentioned in the introductory paragraph may give the hint that the whole thing is about a war
The last words of each title gives "Washed ringers out. Dates appropriate. Ally signs spirited deals." (Credits: @VictorStafusa)
Concatenating the last names of the different authors of the Quote of the day, we get:
Ceci n'est pas un indice, en fait c'est un hareng rouge, désolé
This is not a clue, it is a red herring, sorry
The double letters in the bold names in each article spell: one more dead end (Credits: @ablerks)
Very partial answer -- quotes of the day
Three letters in my name have I - A.Cecine
Not one's an A or E or Y - B.St.Pasun
My first two -- bested by AI - C.Indice
My last two work till they're bled dry - D.Enfait
Add A, still best though years go by - E.Cestun
GOAT (greatest of all time)
Or add an H, hair black I dye - F.Haren
GOTH (black clothes, too)
Add two, I go with ship, town, ly - G.Grou
Or maybe stare with prejudiced eye - H.Gedes
One who plays me will win or die. - I.Ole
Game of Thrones
the initials, which just go A-I and (I guess) don't have much extra content to them; and the names, which I'm sure are informative but I don't yet understand. (The initials may or may not want to be included.)
The picture in no. 5 is the seal of Paraguay. Paraguay minus RH2O (R[WATER/AGUA]) is PAY.
the double letters in the bold names in each article spell: ONE MORE DEAD END
, which probably does not help. ;)
Concatenating the last names of the different authors of the Quote of the day, we get
CecinePasunIndiceEnfaitCestunHarenGrouGedéSolé, which gives: Ceci n'est pas un indice, en fait c'est un hareng rouge, désolé and in english,
This is not a clue, it is a red herring, sorry
which is indeed not even a partial answer, but it's a dead end worth mentioning in order to prevent falling into it.
Another partial findings:
The fourth image
shows the country of Benin and Benin City, which is located in Benin's neighbour country Nigeria. The signs are hebrew for "ben", so the solution for this picture is in. (thanks to @ablerks)
The fifth picture
shows the SI prefixes. The missing one is G.
The seventh picture
could be a reference to the MI6 agents 001 to 007. Their boss is M. (thanks to @NudgeNudge)
The eigth picture
refers to presidents on the dollar bills and US states. The letters are the abbreviation of the state where the capital has the same name as the president on the bill. Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska (NE), and the red arrow indicates to read this backwards, which gives en. (thanks to @Gareth McCaughan)
The ninth picture
displays TRACK - RACK = T. (thanks to @Gareth McCaughan)
Putting together these with @DaurenYermenov's first two pictures' solutions, @OmegaKrypton's solutions for the third picture and @ablerks's sixth picture solution you get
Partial: (with some help from @GarethMcCaughan
It looks like all the latin names are misspelled. So far I discovered some of the differences which might contain hidden text. Starting with the top image here is what I found so far:
2. e a
3. d y
4. f o
5. r d
6. e l
8. v e
9. r y
which reads "Ready for delivery"
Also the first 3 pictures give us:
AW + A + IT = AWAIT
Nobody so far found any hidden messages on the actual semantic content of the text (just in syntathical features like doubled letters and typos). The text seems to be very strange and unusual for me, so maybe there is some sort of hidden message there.
Looking at the titles, I think that I may have found something:
Washed ringers out.
Ally signs spirited deals.