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    I've been thinking of the anagram idea for DYAHR as HYDRA. The artist Rene Magritte painted a The Great War on Facades, which features a HYDRAngia flower, like a mask, painted over the face of a woman standing in front of a wall. This IS a wild speculation, and so I won't even try to justify it. That said, I'd like to use this opportunity to revisit the interconnectedness between K1, K2, and K3 and how they might be important in determining the right approach to K4.

    My latest inspiration is most directly related to the context of K3 as it applies to King Tut, which I believe is the hint for discovering the mask component that prevents K4 from being cracked by any form of statistical analysis. King Tut was laid to rest beneath a mask of pure gold. It's an iconic and illustrious discovery in the 20th century. I think something about it may help us understand the next step.



    The visual inspiration I get from this image is of two main concerns: 1) the ribbons on the nemes as they are horizontal are alternated blue-gold-blue-gold-blue-gold-etc., and 2) the two figures on the forehead are a vulture (NEKHBET) next to a cobra (WADJET). The only helpful indication (perhaps confirming proof) of this being relevant is the visual provided in the Nova segment on Kryptos where Sanborn pulls out the paper showing K3 in it's solved state and having the alternating letters P C P C P C P C written on the left margin.



    This gives us TWO alternating things in which to LAYER (XLAYERTWO from K2), and I think it would apply neatly to make use of the Vigenere Tableaux in regards to K3 (Note that there is a reference floating around somewhere where Sanborn says K4 doesn't USE the Vigenere Tableaux, though that isn't to say K3 doesn't use it). My question at this point is whether we actually use the Vigenere keyed to the word KRYPTOS or keyed to some other word, such as provided by the names of the Vulture or Cobra on Tut's mask or provided by some other deeper clues discoverable in the process of solving K1-3?

    In the email written by Sanborn to NY Times journalist John Schwartz in 2010 he says he uses a slightly different table than the one used on the sculpture,
    “The two words are key words for a section of the text, as you can see in the first letter of line No. 1 on the original chart there is a B above the P of palimpsest under that there is an E that was derived from using a Vigenere Tableaux like the one on the ‘Kryptos’ screen. The tableaux works like a mileage chart on a road atlas, you go down the left side and find a P row and across the top and find a B column where these intersect you find the E. I used a tableaux slightly different from the one on ‘Kryptos.’”
    Whichever keyword option used, I think it should be clear that the P and C would produce a string of 168 letters out of the 336 letters that is K3. I believe this is a mask of "random" letters needed to apply to the 97 letters of K4.
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    My view on the interconnectedness of K1-3:

    K1: the last word corresponds to the date 11/26 at the position of the Q.
    K2: the last telegraph segment gives us an instruction relating to the horizontal components of K3, XLAYERTWO.
    K3: the last sentence is bounded by two superfluous characters, X and Q, which I believe are the keyword hint for a new Vigenere tableaux, since Sanborn mentions in an email to NYTimes journalist John Schwartz that he uses a table that is slightly different than the one on the Kryptos sculpture.

    At the end of the day, Sanborn is an artist, not a mathematician and not a cryptologist, which is why I'm shifting things up now and doing my best to keep out of complicated things such as the straddling checkerboard. I took a moment to rewatch the 12 minute Nova segment and noticed something that might be a hint about the Tut mask. On 1:32 Sanborn says "so you're the CIA? That means you have nothing pulled over you're eyes...," this made me think of mask over a face. This is the same video where you'll notice the PCPCPCPC note in the margin of the solved K3.
    I think Sanborn uses the words of K1 as a way for us to make the connection to the use of a calendar containing major lunar phases. The moon when full is something which reflects the light of the sun and when it's in the new moon phase it actually interrupts a small portion of the light of the sun in it's transmission to the surface of the Earth. K2 has 9 interesting characters: 1) the second U of UNDERGRUUND fits the date location for 9/24, 2) there are 3 ?'s and 5 X's that are superfluous to the text. K2 having exactly 365 characters when removing the 8 superfluous characters is ideal for a calendar system. I think those 8 additional characters are the hidden hint that the keyword for the new Vigenere tableaux will have 8-letters between the X and Q hinted at by K3. This 10-letter word X********Q is Ceasar shifted from YTIVITALER. This is a guess based on finding the only year for a new moon occuring on 9/24 in the 20th century prior to the installation of the sculpture and then asking what was one of the greatest discoveries of that year and what does it have to do with light and shadow?

    So I think we take the word RELATIVITY and we create a new Vigenere tableaux. We then use this tableaux to create the mask. The first 42 letter row of K3-solved correspond to the "P" or plaintext letters found along the first row of the table and the second 42-letter row of K3-solved corresponds to the first left-side column's "C" or ciphertext of the table. Find each interior letter for each P and C and that will be you're mask of 168-letters.

    Next, take the K4 letters and apply each to the interior of the table as the correspond to the mask-letters as they apply to the first left-side column. I believe this system will reveal our plaintext solution. The challenge fo r me at this point is figuring out where the starting point is in lining up the 97-letters of K4 with the 168-letters of the K3-mask.

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    I wonder if the only point of the King Tut tomb reference is to convey the alternating lines pattern on the nemes as it applies to the LAYERing of TWO to get the output needed to engage K4. I see the Vigenere table as being the primary tool for this puzzle and it works with using a pair of letters to find a third. I'm unsure where the new Vigenere is applied, and I'm even unsure if there's one or several Vigenere's to be put to use, here's why:

    K1 uses the Vigenere keyed to KRYPTOS and the secondary key of PALIMPSEST. Palimpsest is itself a hint to write over the top of a calendar. (bottom-up and left to right)
    K2 uses the Vigenere keyed to KRYPTOS and the secondary key of ABSCISSA. Abscissa is itself a hint to isolate the horizontal elements. (applies to K3 post-solve, 8 lines of 42 length)
    K3 hints at PALIMPSEST with D--H-, reversed to the initials of Palimpsest author: H.D., Hilda Doolittle.
    K3 hints at ABSCISSA with -YA-R, reversed to the math term RAY.
    K2 hints at 8-letters with X?X?XX?X, the surplus characters.
    K3 hints at 2-letters with X and Q, reversed to Q and X?

    The Vigenere table is basically a composition of three points: 1st row = Plaintext, contents of table = Cipher text, and 1st column = Key. So,

    --------------Plaintext------------------
    K----------------------------------------
    E----------------------------------------
    Y---------------------------------------
    T---------------------------------------
    E-------------Ciphertext-----------------
    X----------------------------------------
    T----------------------------------------
    -----------------------------------------

    The composition of horizontal lines of K3 as P and C should return the Keytext, not in the form of a Keyword as in the Quag 3, but as a long string of 168-letters. What I wonder is if that's not just a first step, because we may continue to use that idea and take a second pass where that Keytext1 is then split up into four horizontal rows of P and C which are combined to return 2 rows, 84 letters, for what I'll call Keytext2. Why stop there? We could take those last two rows and get a final single row of 42 letters, Keytext3.

    An important preliminary step to processing K3 to get theses Keytexts is to recognize what keyword is being used. It could be the same or different keyword each time a table is used.

    For example, using 1 or more passes gives us some options for combining the P and C's:

    Method 1: 1st pass K3-336 through Vigenere-KRYPTOS keyed, 2nd pass Vigenere-KRYPTOS, and 3rd pass Vigenere-KRYPTOS, then use the 42-letter result as a long repeating key to solving K4 with Vigenere-RELATIVITY keyed, thus keeping true to Sanborn's statement that K4 doesn't use the Vigenere on the sculpture.

    Method 2: 1st only or include 2nd and 3rd pass of K3 through Vigenere-RELATIVITY, then combine final result with K4 for final output.

    Method 3: 1st pass Vigenere-NEKHBET, 2nd pass Vigenere-WADJET, 3rd pass Vigenere-RELATIVITY, then combine with K4 for final output.

    Basically the whole process maintains the same simple "mileage chart" method and it's more difficult with needing to determine one or more keywords and when to employ them.
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    I enjoy filling the "mental shelf" with odds and ends as it might someday provide a useful insight. Here are some odds and ends to add to my Magritte idea about HYDRAngea flowers,

    The date of discovery of King Tut's Tomb is in the same year the US Army adopted the use of a cipher wheel which was coincidentally the same invention discovered among papers in the Library of Congress in 1922. Perhaps the Jefferson Cipher Wheel has more of a role in this.

    I came across a popular poison used by spies in the 30's and 40's called "pyramidon", which looked close to the word "pyramidion", the capstone for an Egyptian pyramid.

    Another name for the cobra symbol is the "uraeus", which is an interesting if mispelled it might represent the planet "Uranus".
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    More odds and ends...

    There is a constructed language similar and silly like Pig Latin known as King Tut which inserts a -u- on consonants and "square" on douboe letters: fork becomes fuf-o-rur-kuk and spoon becomes sus-pup-o-square-nun.

    I think Caesar shift is involved in the K4 process, but where? There are so many opportunities or entry points to use it. I wonder if theres something to that anagram for the word PALIMPSEST as A SIMPLE PAST. Could that be an indication to use a simple Caesar shift back or -1? Where are the entry points for this option? The mask for K3?, The keyword for the new Vigenere-RELATIVITY? QDKZSHUX (note the repeated I and T are dropped when assembling a keyed alphabet). K4 is shifted -1 already, so the BERLIN-NYPVTT is really OZQWUU? Is the shift used in just one part or all parts? Is the shift more than 1? Could the one of the date numbers be shift reference? 9/24 could be a -2 shift. 5/29 could be a +3 shift (29 is 26+3). Ahh...it should be simple...just harder.
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    Palimpsest, a reused writing surface...its really like what we have today, a computer screen and backspace or delete keys. I wonder if the whole Kryptos installation is suppose to include an analogy to a computer screen?
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