# Thread: Cipher

1. Originally Posted by carbon rod
There was a clue re: rail fence ciphers given at one of the readings...."the best defense is a good rail fence" or something along those lines?
Yes, that's where the marquee out front read a bunch of random looking letters that when decoded as a railfence cipher spelled "FRITZ IS JUST A BOY".

The point of that was never 100 percent verified. If I recall, one person said it was just an inside joke, since Fritz is the name of Scott Teplin's little boy. A serious moment of attention might be deserved here. What could it really mean to us? Obviously it had no bearing whatsoever on the buried number locations 1-12. AFAIK no railfence ciphers where discovered anywhere in the book. What would we populate a string of random looking letters from? Bert D'GRNP's name seems to indicate something random looking, and perhaps some of the unnecessarily capitalized words might contribute their first or last letter... Then the question is what is the logical method for assembling those letters in a string? Should we go from front to back, or should we adjust their placement based on some indicator such as where pink donuts are found or the order in which the investigation took place, top floor to lobby, or is it to do with which found numbers were derived from which floor and in order of 1, 2, 3,... Anyways, we can continue playing with things to look for a railfence, or some other type of cipher. I think that's deserved given some of the remaining cryptic elements.

I've been cluing in on an idea related to the Enigma Code machine. The history of that concerns a facility in Britain called "The Doughnut", a donut shaped structure in Bletchley Park. A clue I think worth considering is from 13th floors' floor, 6th floor's laundry hamper, and the No.6 embossing which all seem to have a "Parque" pattern. I've wondered if that meant "Park A" or "A Park". Perhaps the "Park" we need to relate to is Bletchley.

So, some things to think about. I feel like this discussion is still in the stone ages...people need to get over their fruitless mindsets and really get into the possibilities if we are to have a hope of ever solving this.

2. I've concluded that there is a non-cryptography meaning behind the VIC reference since I can't find a suitable means to extract a good set of numerical data without it having been derived from a very unlikely source. I really enjoyed researching the obscurities, but I can't see it holds up to good old fashioned Occamization.

I'm very much in favor of the Enigma machine reference. I don't think there's a typographical code at play. I think it's all pictographical. This is a rebus form Enigma puzzle. As an example, and possibly the correct meaning behind this reference, I noticed the cast of Who's the Boss? owned the Khroniker. From that I was focused on Tony Danza's character who was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball player turned housekeeper. It's clear there are "Cardinal" references about, especially with the "NESW", weathervane, and No.4 compass references. It's also clear there is great need of housekeeping in Ternky Towers. Even the canvas painting on 3rd floor emulates the 5-members and cast photo of Who's the Boss?. Well, I think the Enigma coding of this reasonably deduced reference becomes a wild tangent if not seen as a whisper of something else. I think we're to answer the question and deduce the real subject as Bruce Springsteen, whoms "moniker" (rhymes with kroniker) is "The Boss". Who's the boss? Bruce Springsteen. In this pictographical context, we have taken steps to derive one idea as the cast of a TV show only to translate it into a pop icon.

Does anyone else have ideas concerning another set of elements that might work with this model?

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