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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