Morse code is meant to be read of as a line of dits and dashes.  Without this linear sequence it is possible to lose or distort the message.  This is why it’s curious that Sanborn paired rows of Morse code.  Further complicating matters is that Morse Code is meant to be read from left to right but taken off the page or out of order, it is possible to read either way and one can only hope that the meaningful message will show up in translation which will indicate which orientation to take the orphaned bit of message.  In Kryptos, from what I understand, the 81-lettered set of 7 phrases we have is read from left to right facing south.

Now if we’re looking for keywords, we’re in a bit of a pickle.

We have several different possible ways of looking at the Morse code which would affect analysis.

Do we read from the north side perspective (traditional) or from the south?

Do we keep the e’s or not?

Do we read it as one line of plaintext or two rows (as it’s carved)?

Do we use the letters we know but reversed (uses the idea of palindromes as a clue to how the letters are arranged)?

I don’t know but I hope by the time we’ve recovered the keyword message, we’ll be able to state definitively which one is important.

Kryptos Fan

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