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    Default Dissecting K1

    BETWEENSUBTLESHADINGANDTHEABSENC
    EOFLIGHTLIESTHENUANCEOFIQLUSION


    Between subtle shading and the absence of light lies the nuance of iqlusion

    If our Hardy/palimpsest thoughts are correct, the initial clue was literary in nature. The K1 solution sounds very artsy to me. Let's break it down to the definitions of some of the words and phrases:

    SHADING - Fine Arts.
    a. to introduce degrees of darkness into (a drawing or painting) in order
    to render light and shadow or give the effect of color.
    b. to render the values of light and dark in (a drawn figure, object, etc.),
    esp. in order to create the illusion of three-dimensionality.

    ABSENCE OF LIGHT - darkness

    NUANCE
    1. a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
    2. a very slight difference or variation in color or tone.

    IQLUSION - ILLUSION n.
    - An erroneous perception of reality.
    - An erroneous concept or belief.
    - The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.
    - Something, such as a fantastic plan or desire, that causes an erroneous belief or perception.
    - Illusionism in art.
    - A fine transparent cloth, used for dresses or trimmings.

    The word that stands out is IQLUSION. I think Sanborn is pointing us to that word as our clue, just as he pointed us to the DYAHR with the use of spacing and raised letters.

    I have more on this, but just wanted to get the ball rolling.
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    I want to ponder this more, but I just wanted to add this. If the K1 key clue was literary in nature, and the K1 solution also sounds literary, perhaps the K1 solution is to be used as a clue for other layers of Kryptos.

    One interpretation of the K1 solution is that he is talking about twilight. Twilight, the time between waning light and darkness, is the time of illusion.

    This interpretation is very similar to the theme of D.H. Lawrence's poem "The Palimpsest of Twilight". I could never connect the dots between the Lawrence poem and the K1 solution because I was trying to find the connection from the poem to K1. But what if it goes in the other direction? What if the K1 solution is supposed to lead you to the Lawrence poem?

    Hmm....

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    Good thought. The phrase "between subtle shading and the absence of light" sounds very much like dusk or twilight.

    dusk
    1. the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark
    part of twilight.
    2. partial darkness; shade; gloom

    twilight
    1. the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight";
    "they finished before the fall of night"
    2. the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but
    its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth
    3. a condition of decline following successes; "in the twilight of the
    empire"

    Notice the word RAYS in one of the definitions - the raised letters in DYAHR spell RAY backwards.
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    Sue, can you post a link to the Hardy reference that uses "cryptographic page" in place of 'palimpsest' in his Madding Crowd novel? I'm having trouble locating it.

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    This is frustrating. I feel like I would have better luck holing up in a big city library searching through their old book collection. This was the best I could do on Google Books.



    These scans don't come with a lot of info about the editions or the publishers. Sometimes it says "palimpsest" and sometimes it says "cryptographic page".

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    The link that I posted above is for the 1874 edition. Below is a copy of the page from the 1895 edition (also found on Google books - and I agree that Google books can be rather frustrating and searches are finicky - if you search the 1874 edition for "cryptographic" it does not find the word in the book, though I was looking right at it on page 287 when I tried the search!)
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