BETWEEN SUBTLE SHADING AND THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT LIES THE NUANCE OF IQLUSION

Is it possible that K1 holds the keyword for K2?  Yeah, it’s possible.  K1 is the shortest segment of Kryptos (63 letters) but it still possible to spell “Abscissa” from those letters.  Now just because it’s possible doesn’t guarantee anything.  You could say I’m grasping at straws and I wouldn’t disagree with you.  It’s tempting to think the Morse Code is some list of keys and clues to the Copperplate.  It’s just as tempting and perhaps a little more practical to think that each section that is solved gives some help towards solving the next.  I’m not usually a proponent of exhaustive measures but in the idle moments between efforts on K4, it is not a waste of time to try different ways of retrieving the keywords.

The following method considers the idea that there are null characters disguising the keyword or message.  It would take someone of extraordinary capabilities to weave several complete messages together in a rigid way that would allow retrieval.  It’s much easier to take one short, simple message and surround it with other letters.  Sooo, we’ll try pulling out letters in an orderly fashion and see if we get anything interesting…

Every 2nd letter:
ewesblsaigntebecolgtishnacoilso

Every 3rd letter:
teulhiataeelhitnnoqsn

Every 4th letter:
wslagtbcltsncis

This doesn’t appear to be working.  Another reason I find K1 so appealing for finding abscissa is that “absence” has half the letters we need and they are roughly in order.  If we look at that last C, the next I is the 5th letter out and another one 10 letters out.  So let’s count back from the C and see if we can get an S… 3rd letter back, 18th, 24th.   That doesn’t seem to be it either.