Ah ok, interesting, I have read the book, but my memory sucks .
I think I've discovered how Drew obfuscated the text to be resistant to brute forcing and also related in design to the Salome route puzzle. Its a puzzle in a puzzle, I just have to iterate over the permutations to find the correct one.
I'll keep my theories until they bare fruit.
Try what was done in the first puzzle, read columns and break out every other line (48/2)
Wow, that just caused a big light bulb to go on. It always good to look at it new ways!
Oh Drew, you rascal... if this is what I think it is... very cool! Two thumbs up!
I got the method for decoding, how it was all done.. every part fits... just choosing my starting point and direction to run it through. What would be your starting point?
You simply have to give proof. If there is no proof, it didnt happen. I was eagerly trying to show all my ideas and way of thinking, and I went thru a lot of probably interesting but totally wrong conclusions. In fact, the 48/2-idea of Mach10 gave me the belief, to look for a columnar decipher-solution. Well, than, another colleague found the "arkd wheel" and "gateway"-columnar method.I don't think Mach10 was really on the right track. If I read the remaining posts I don't see anything that really relates to the way the text was really encrypted. It is not a puzzle in a puzzle, it has nothing to do with "...Remember" and there isn't really a "direction" to run through it. If 48/2 is meant to be a hint it would rather be 48/4 as there are 4 columns, not 2.
Just my 0.02$.
Glad to see this is finally over. Congratulations CMDR.Thanks to all the previous posts about transposition cyphers, I have the solution.
Beautiful as always.
If i remember right... it was a reference to the first game (Elite) made as a partnership of David Braben and Ian Bell (db+ib) .. And later elite games were db-ib....DB&IB were a group = US, DB-IB is only one person = I.
River EridianUS was changed to system EridianI.