Parasystole, Standing Waves

Known as ponderingman on YouTube, this Kryptos new-comer suggests that the raised letters YA and R are markers referring to the plaintext characters in those same positions.

Those letters would be WL and D from the following:

SLOWLYDESPARATLYSLOWLY

Furthermore, he suggests a reason for the misspelling of DESPERATELY.  By removing the W, L, and D (raised letters) from the plaintext, we get a possible new keyword, if somewhat out of order:

SLOYESPARAT…

…PARASYSTOLE

Jim’s talks about standing waves and layers gives this idea some credence.

Phantom Key in the Water?

A significant clue to solving K3 may be discovered by looking into the whirlpool at the base of the Kryptos Tableau.  Sanborn mentioned in his 1989 letter to CIA Agency employees that he “also uses another symbol; water.  In a small pool on the plaza, partly surrounded by the copper plate, water will be turbulent and provocative…”  He later describes this movement of water as representative of the dissemination of information.  Water is central to the composition of his work.  “…between two massive outcroppings, water will be calm, reflective, contemplative.”

What would one see when peering into the swirling water?  If the surface is reflective, a phantom image would appear inside the well.  Depending on the viewer’s angle, either the Vigenere Tableau or the Kryptos ciphertext would appear as though it were inside this basin.  It would also have the appearance of some force attempting to twist or turn the text.

We now know that k3 is a rotational transposition.  Does this mean an agent in the field would be trained to discover a key or method by peering into water?  Looking into the whirlpool, a tableau appears to start turning.  What is reflected in the calm “reflection pool?”  Is there a key in that coy pond?  Consistent with the theme of Kryptos, the images appearing in the mirror-like surface of water gives the illusion that an alternate space exists below that surface — a space that doesn’t exist except through the antipodes of that which exists above it.  Could the water be drained from these containment areas, no phantom would exist.

K3:

ENDyaHrOHNLSRHEOCPTEOIBIDYSHNAIA
CHTNREYULDSLLSLLNOHSNOSMRWXMNE
TPRNGATIHNRARPESLNNELEBLPIIACAE
WMTWNDITEENRAHCTENEUDRETNHAEOE
TFOLSEDTIWENHAEIOYTEYQHEENCTAYCR
EIFTBRSPAMHNEWENATAMATEGYEERLB
TEEFOASFIOTUETUAEOTOARMAEERTNRTI
BSEDDNIAAHTTMSTEWPIEROAGRIEWFEB
AECTDDHILCEIHSITEGOEAOSDDRYDLORIT
RKLMLEHAGTDHARDPNEOHMGFMFEUHE
ECDMRIPFEIMEHNLSSTTRTVDOHW

Pad to 24 x 14 and rotate clockwise 90 degrees:

DAEGIFWQEWRNDEMGGRBIEHONAOYNRTOI
SONEEDRHSDIDEEETAETIPSHyPHAWDU
TNFTENNaFAOFDEACOESOAHERSENTMTL
ELSIrIDDBIUAASNNMAOMPDAAATYERN
RCHENREAEECDAEWHNHEYCHOGRTHLXTLN
ODTTTYEICEMNSLHLDTOEIWTBNRRSMO
DMAEFEELEEHSGRHSRRTNNPTYETFIITML
BHEIPUOTMTLEABRAUIRLCRFRCWETSED
ANDPTEKEPEEPIRCGSTVULIIREAOEAALED
HMHETFMYTETLOOELSRNOHTNWISIHE
EIORANEHMHLBWCHTATSEYATNLI

Pad into 8 columns, then rotate 90 degrees clockwise again:

SLOWLYDESPARATLYSLOWLYTHEREMAINS
OFPASSAGEDEBRISTHATENCUMBEREDT
HELOWERPArTOFTHEDOORWAYWASREMOV
EDWITHTREMBLINGHANDSIMADEATINY
BREACNINTHEUPPERLEFTHANDCORNERAN
DTHENWIDENINGTHEHOLEALITTLEIIN
SERTEDTHECANDLEANDPEEREDINTHEHOT
AIRESCAPINGFROMTHECHAMBERCaUSED
THEFLAMETOFLICKERBUTPRESENTLYDETA
ILSOFTHEROOMWITHINEMERGEDFROM
THEMISTXCANYOUSEEANyTHINGQ

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Totally Invisible? Tally I*N*V*I*S*I*B*L*E

Wondering if some of our word spacing could be altered for more clues.  Remember the plain text doesn’t have spaces.

HOWS THAT POSSIBLE?  IT WAS TOTALLY INVISIBLE.

HOW’S THAT POSSIBLE? IT WAS TO TALLY IN VISIBLE.

Tally invisible?  The Morse Code?  Just a thought, nothing more.  My point is that maybe we haven’t selected the right word spacing throughout the known plain text.  Who was responsible for it?  It may have been overlooked in the excitement of someone having discovered the plain text in the first place.  I’m checking on other possibilities…

Should also mention that if X’s are periods as Sanborn claims, why are there so many places where X’s don’t terminate a sentence?!  Pay attention to those X’s!  You heard it here.

Abscissa

In persuing what I deem to be a rather good theory this afternoon, I came across a new idea regarding one of the K2 keywords — abscissa.  My theory is that abscissa, meaning “cut off” in its Latin etymology, is more widely understood to mean the X coordinate on a Carteasean graph.  Specifically, if a point is (x,y), the abscissa is x.

Abscissa is X.

Now I haven’t completely tested my new theory yet, and I assure you another post will ensue in the near future.  For now, let’s think of abscissa as both “removing” and “X.”  Removing the X’s. I think this is further suggested by the typo announced in 2006 — an anomaly I’m not entirely convinced was an accident.  What Sanborn claimed resulted in an error introduced when he cut out an X from the plain text for aestethic reasons, was perhaps a more significant clue to the process of decrypting k4, a detailed palimpsest theory I proposed in 2004.  The last few lines of k2 plain text is, after re-inserting that lone X near the end (spaces added for readability):

THIS WAS HIS LAST MESSAGE X THIRTY EIGHT DEGREES FIFTY SEVEN MINUTES SIX POINT FIVE SECONDS NORTH SEVENTY SEVEN DEGREES EIGHT MINUTES FORTY FOUR SECONDS WEST X LAYER TWO

The X’s have gone relatively unnoticed, perhaps the elusive clue teased by Sanborn, and I certainly don’t think the X’s have been given nearly the thought they demand.  I might be on to something here.  I might not be.

Gary Phillips is the author of KryptosRevisited.com and journals Kryptos-related news at his kryptos.info network blog.

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