Harder than one would expect if this was how Kryptos was enciphered…

I’m not saying I didn’t find any but only could if you ignore the general rules for using a keyed alphabet, i.e. not repeating letters:

If you remember, my two possible orientations were the Foursquare after subtraction (L to R) and Foursquare after subtraction (R to L).

The Left to Right needs a 12+ letter word with Q (2nd) and Z (12th) in the bottom quadrant and a 16+ letter word with Z (16th) and V (5th) in the top right quadrant.

Non-specializing (too bad it’s a hypenated word) for a 12th Z
Colloquialize has the z in the right spot but q is wrong
Colloquializer is the same
Retranquilize
Sequentialize
Sequentialized
Sequentializes
Sequentializing
Untranquilize
Untranquilized
Untranquilizing
Untranquillize
Untranquillized
Ventriloquize
Ventriloquized
Ventriloquizes
Ventriloquizing

Aquotization has a 2nd Q but the Z is 7th
Aquotize is the same
Equalization
Equalizations
Equalize
Equalized
Equalizer
Equalizers
Equalizes
Equalizing
Equestrianize works, wait, WTF!  How did I miss that one!
Equilibrize
Equisized
Squamosozygomatic
Squamozygomatic
Squeezabilities
Squeezability
Squeezable
Squeezableness
Squeezably
Squeeze
Squeezebox
Squeezeboxes
Squeezed
Squeezeman
Squeezer
Squeezers
Squeezes
Squeezier
Squeeziest
Squeezing
Squeezingly
Squeezings
Squeezy
Squiz
Squizzes
Squoze

The Right to Left needs a 16+ letter word with Q (5th) and Z (16th) in the bottom and a 12+ letter word with Z (12th) and V (2nd) in the top.

Tranquillization for a 5th Q but the Z is 11th
Antiquarianize has a 5th Q but the Z is 13th
Beziques is out
Cazique also
Caziques as well
Disequalization
Disequalize
Disequalizer
Nonequalization
Nonequalized
Nonequalizing
Preequalizing
Tranquilization
Tranquilizations
Tranquilize
Tranquilized
Tranquilizer
Tranquilizers
Tranquilizes
Tranquilizing
Tranquilizingly
Tranquilization
Tranquilizations
Tranquillize
Tranquillized
Tranquillizer

Quintessentializing has a 16th Z, but alas, the q came first

Non-specializing (too bad it’s a hypenated word) for a 12th Z
Colloquialize has the z in the right spot but no v
Colloquializer is in the same boat
Retranquilize
Sequentialize
Sequentialized
Sequentializes
Sequentializing
Untranquilize
Untranquilized
Untranquilizing
Untranquillize
Untranquillized
Ventriloquize
Ventriloquized
Ventriloquizes
Ventriloquizing

 

So it looks like Equestrianize was the only clear winner.  I’ll be honest though, with the Q, two Z’s and V where they are – it was an ugly proposition from the start.  If you take into mind how you normally fill these alphabets by putting the letter in the first time and omitting it any following times as you fill then none of these will work.

Oh well.  I’m 100% sure there is an additive and 95% sure there is no transposition but I think I need to reconsider things a little since this looks like a dead-end.

Kryptosfan

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