Fail Again, Fail Better!

Okay, since the fat lady hasn’t sung, the Stroke theory (as outlined here for your elucidation) isn’t dead yet, and these days I had what I thought was a relevation.

As you probably recall (because I’ve been harping on about it endlessly) is that of course for the Stroke theory it is essential to discern the set of “syllables” which compose the words of the ciphertext, since each of these “syllables”, or fragments, represents one of the plaintext letters. It’s a bit akin to the knapsack problem, where you are given a number of blocks of a given size and have to find out how to optimally fill certain shaped space. In the case of the VM, you have scores of differrently shaped spaces and must find the minimum set of building blocks.

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