# Kryptos : K1. What is the origin of the “palimpsest” keyword?

I'm studying the Kryptos sculpture with its cryptographic puzzles K1 to K4.

I understand that the keyword "palimpsest" was reverse-engineered using the tableau (and brute-force computer processing), but Sanborn always said that all sections could be solved using pencil and paper.

There are theories about the Morse, but I haven't come across a good explanation of how to tease "palimpsest" out of it.

I've been frustrated trying to find this in the Kryptos Yahoo group.

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I'm not concerned that it has any "meaning" just whether or not there is any other way to derive the keyword other than brute-force, from e.g. the Morse code. –  Dave Jan 21 at 20:05

Part of the challenge is that we have seen mixed alignments of the morse code images. It would be helpful to see a single image, taken from about 20 feet up, so that we can see the relation of the letters together. As an alternative, a sketch with the alignment would work. If you've going to make (or direct us to) a diagram, then please also include the location of the compass. I haven't seen any image of that other than the close up.

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One theory that I came across recently on the Yahoo! group is that it's possible to derive PALIMPSEST from the Morse by "padding" with the extra "e"s (and a tiny bit of hand-waving):  EEEEEPOSITION VIRTUALLY EEEEELUCID INVISIBLE EEEEEMEMORY INTERPRETATI EEEEESHADOW EEDIGETAL FORCES EEEEETISYOUR –  Dave Jan 21 at 20:07
I can't seem to get linebreaks to work. Look at the 6th character in each group: EEEEEPOSITION VIRTUALLY EEEEELUCID INVISIBLE EEEEEMEMORY INTERPRETATI EEEEESHADOW EEDIGETAL FORCES EEEEETISYOUR –  Dave Jan 21 at 20:14