I’ve already described a method of solving K3 that uses a sort of counting of the letters in a transposition to get the plaintext.  In this case it involves counting every 192nd letter of K3 to get the message.

I’ve been debating why this worked at all, especially when there are two other transposition methods that follow more traditional means of unraveling a transposition.

It may be a mistake (foreshadowing) but I’m thinking that it involves the “distance” between plaintext letters in the so-called ciphertext of a transposition.  I use the word distance because it’ll help in the following analogy.  Let’s say you’ve got a piece of cloth with the letters of K3 painted/woven on it.  The “distance” between plaintext letters is 192 but the idea is like pulling those two points on the cloth together.  Now if you could imagine these “pinchings” in the cloth between every sequential letter you could imagine how the plaintext is pulled back out of the transposition matrix.  If you have a hard time imagining that, go read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

Since I’m convinced there’s a message in the Morse code and there must be a reason for those 25 E’s, I’ll try it on the Morse Code phrases and see what shows up.

Here are some that showed “words” reading the Morse left to right each phrase in order


Skip 9

Skip 69

Skip 81

May be evidence that we need to read across the pairs instead of each phrase in order.

So if we read by rows from left to right:


Skip 97

Yeah, it doesn’t seem to do much for getting an answer from the Morse Code.

Perhaps I misunderstand what it can be used for.  I realized at this point that I should have tested it on some simple example transpositions to see if the concept was valid before going searching for meaning when I could not be guaranteed of the result.  Better late than never, I set about trying to test the idea.

I tested it with the simplest of transpositions, reversing the text.  It works but I don’t really know that it proves anything.  If you take every 25th letter of the phrase “Let the force be with you” that has been written backwards then you can retrieve the plaintext.


I tried it on a simple columnar transposition example from Wikipedia and a double rotational transposition of my own and it didn’t resolve the plaintext.

Oh well.

It was a splendid failure.