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UPDATE (MAY 9 2021) — I have not written a single post about KRYPTOS in almost six months.
I promise you that I will come back soon to this fantastic puzzle which has been one of the most popular topics on this blog!
Kryptos is a sculpture by the American artist Jim Sanborn located on the grounds of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia.
Of the four parts of the message, the first three have been solved. The last part of the message remains as one of the most famous unsolved code in the world.
Since its dedication on November 3 1990, there has been much speculation about the meaning of the four encrypted messages it bears.
The sculpture continues to be of interest to crypto-analysts, both amateur and professional, who are attempting to decipher the fourth passage.
The artist has so far given four clues to this passage.
As no progress has been made in decoding the last part of this enigma, it is time to look outside the box. Literally…
END of UPDATE
So, I wrote a short poem. Of course, I encrypted my message for her before I sent it.
A man is never too careful!
Can you read this poem?
OK. I will give you some help… I encoded the message with a Vigenère table.
For the KEY, I used PALINDROME, and I chose ZEUGMA as the passphrase.
Building the Vigenère Table
Decoding the Poem
This is very easy. First you write the encrypted text as I did below. (Here I just wrote the first 12 characters.)
On the second line, you write the passphrase (ZEUGMA) and you repeat it until you reach the end of the cipher.
Now, look in the Vigenère table which letter encoded with a Z gives a P? That is A! (in RED)
Which letter encoded with a E gives a J? That is R! (in BLUE)
Which letter encoded with a U gives a I? That is E! (in GREEN)
And you just keep going till all the cipher is decoded.
And the poem is…
A R E W E N O T A N N A D R A W N O N W A R D W E F E W D R A W N O N W A R D A N N A T O N E W E R A
Are we not Anna
Drawn onward Anna
To new era?
So, yes, the poem is a palindrome. You can read it forward and backward just the same.
It is also a rather cute zeugma…
And time will tell us the answer!
Vigenère cipher — Wikipedia
Crypto Games — A Poem to Anna [Vigenère Cipher]
One Year Ago — Crypto Games — A Poem to Anna [UPDATE : Back to KRYPTOS]