Once a keyword is found, we are one step closer to figuring out K4. It's method of encryption is still a mystery to me. Here are my thoughts,
Big Techday 6 - TNG Technology Consulting - ?Kryptos - on the fusion of art and science
At about 9:00 minutes, Sanborn begins speaking about Kryptos. I have to concede thqt he doesnt say the name Verrier like I thought. He does say Vignere's name in a stange way, but thats French...and I have zero linguistic background in that language. There is one very interesting moment where Jim Sanborn uses the phrase "a quantum leap," which could be a hint drop for Einstein, though other scientists' names come to mind when it comes to the topic of QM.
Please, someone tell me (PM even) if you have insights on how to proceed from here:
I've gleaned every bit of information out of this puzzle that I can, now I just hope to figure out how to run 97 characters of code through a mask and straddling checkerboard.
I was thinking another way to use the word KRYPTOS in the process is as a keyword to a fractionated transposition.
K3 (as originally presented on Krytpos)
Method: transposition, set to 14x24 matrix, rotate 90 degrees, set to 42x8, rotate 90 degrees.
ITHINEMERGEDFROMTHEMISTXCANYOUSEEANYTHINGQ (the X and Q are superfluous...I believe they are hinting at a keyword for K4)
(using the Vigenere tableau, just as used for solving K1 and K2, but done so in reverse order, without the second keyword process; just a look up of P-coordinate across the first KRYPTOSABC... row, then C-coordinate going down that P-column, yielding a letter on the left side of the table's first column, reduces the 336 letters of K3 to 168 letters)
Ceasar Shift +1 produces Y---R from the X---Q, going along with my idea to eventually use the keyword RELATIVITY
(repeating the process of reducing to 168 and then further to 84 letters, just in case the Caesar shift step is a necessary step)
Now, to be honest, I have very little idea how to use this with the 97 letters in K4. Since the reductions are what result after a bunch of plaintext, it's clear that they can only be combined, as a mask, with someother primary text; I believe that result may be K4. Working the two together somehow is what I'd like to attempt next.
I recall JS once replied that you dont need to solve K1 to K3 to solve K4.
I'm thinking that means we can do it the hard way or the easy way. I think the easy way involves looking at the middle of the sculpture. Thats where you see DYAHR and the extra L.
Solving K1 and K2 tells us Quag 3 is useful. K3 tells us Double Transposition. If the agent knew this to begin with he wouldnt need to solve K1-K3. I'm refuting the RELATIVITY idea. It took work and guessing to cone to that. I think the keyword to K4 is hiding in plain sight...in the middle of the whole mess of letters.
As interesting as this approach has been, I'm not inclined any longer to think this Calendar idea is a significant part of the puzzle. The keyword RELATIVITY is also no better than a guess. Its a weakish fit.
My latest view of the puzzle involves a grille type concept. It helps to consider that 98 letters of K4 are half of 196, which would be the quanty of characters needed to make a 14x14 grid. This means a rotation of a square of letters can cause interesting alignments when letters are spaced accordingly. I plan on working with this visual idea in combination with the mask I've developed from the Morse code notion.