Parasystole, Standing Waves

Known as ponderingman on YouTube, this Kryptos new-comer suggests that the raised letters YA and R are markers referring to the plaintext characters in those same positions.

Those letters would be WL and D from the following:


Furthermore, he suggests a reason for the misspelling of DESPERATELY.  By removing the W, L, and D (raised letters) from the plaintext, we get a possible new keyword, if somewhat out of order:



Jim’s talks about standing waves and layers gives this idea some credence.

He’s Watching You

WWII Poster

WWII Poster

The following description can be found at a web site about vintage WWII posters.

In this image, a sinister looking soldier wearing a German Stahlhelm M16 steel helmet surreptitiously peers over a wall at the viewer. Under the Nazi regime, the unique German Stahlhelm M16 steel helmet became an icon of military prowess and national pride, while for the Allies it became a symbol of menacing evil.

“He’s Watching You.”

This striking poster was designed in 1942 by artist Glenn Ernest Grohe (1912 – 1956) for the Office of Emergency Management. It shows the menacing, shadowy figure of a German soldier peering directly at the viewer over a dark wall with contrasting large text: He’s Watching You. This cool caution poster was intended to motivate adherence to the laws and prudence to the wartime rules about secrecy in the industrial sector and the close proximity of enemy eyes and ears.

There were two schools of thought about wartime poster design, “realistic images” and “stylized art”. One school of art and artists believed the posters should be realistic and direct like the print advertisements of the time; this was understandable as many of the war poster artists were of course selected from the advertisement illustration field. This poster is obviously from the “stylized war art” school of thought. The stylized sinister Nazi character closely resembles the creepy Star Wars character Darth Vader. Neither the Nazis nor Darth Vader had yet taken their place in infamy so this early war poster was as it turned out ineffective.

A 1942 government survey conducted by the Office of Facts and Figures of the American public revealed that the poster was often misunderstood. Many people perceived the stylized German Stahlhelm M16 steel helmet as the Liberty Bell, while some factory workers mistakenly believed “he” to be the “boss.” Because of this type of issue, the U.S. Office of War Information (OWI) was created in June 1942 to review and approve the design, content and distribution of government war posters, coordinate the release of war news and information for domestic use and other wartime responsibilities.

Ultimately, two contending groups within OWI clashed over poster design. Those who saw posters as “war art” favored stylized images and symbolism, while recruits from the world of advertising wanted posters to be more like ads. When admen eventually gained the upper hand at OWI, the look of government posters changed decidedly.

Espionage has been with us since early time but the immigrant/melting pot based nature of the United States and our relatively late involvement in World War 2 made 1940s America a lucrative environment for spies and potential saboteurs. Naturally the dangers and concerns of national security intensified when the United States entered the war and America’s overseas military and homeland patriots urgently needed additional protection. The U.S. Government had a great need to alert its’ military and private citizens to the presence of enemy spies and saboteurs lurking in American society.

A major advertising blitz involving all media eventually produced thousands of remarkable “careless talk” type posters to warn people that small snippets of information regarding troop movements or other logistical details would be useful to the enemy and could easily compromise national security and U.S. military personnel’ safety. These vintage 1940s public domain poster images like this one of the Stylized “He’s Watching You” displayed on this page from the Safety and National Security World War 2 Gallery of this website allow you to own a copyright free piece of WWII history, a historic patriotic artwork poster.

Twilight Eyes, a video exploring the idea that this same face exists in the layout of CIA’s New Headquarters Building (and surrounding elements), can be seen here:

For other posters, visit these links:

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Phantom Key in the Water?

A significant clue to solving K3 may be discovered by looking into the whirlpool at the base of the Kryptos Tableau.  Sanborn mentioned in his 1989 letter to CIA Agency employees that he “also uses another symbol; water.  In a small pool on the plaza, partly surrounded by the copper plate, water will be turbulent and provocative…”  He later describes this movement of water as representative of the dissemination of information.  Water is central to the composition of his work.  “…between two massive outcroppings, water will be calm, reflective, contemplative.”

What would one see when peering into the swirling water?  If the surface is reflective, a phantom image would appear inside the well.  Depending on the viewer’s angle, either the Vigenere Tableau or the Kryptos ciphertext would appear as though it were inside this basin.  It would also have the appearance of some force attempting to twist or turn the text.

We now know that k3 is a rotational transposition.  Does this mean an agent in the field would be trained to discover a key or method by peering into water?  Looking into the whirlpool, a tableau appears to start turning.  What is reflected in the calm “reflection pool?”  Is there a key in that coy pond?  Consistent with the theme of Kryptos, the images appearing in the mirror-like surface of water gives the illusion that an alternate space exists below that surface — a space that doesn’t exist except through the antipodes of that which exists above it.  Could the water be drained from these containment areas, no phantom would exist.



Pad to 24 x 14 and rotate clockwise 90 degrees:


Pad into 8 columns, then rotate 90 degrees clockwise again:


Published in: on July 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm  Comments (4)  
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Details of the Room Within

Details of the room within emerged from the mist x can you see anything Q?


Details of the room within emerged from the missed X?  The missed X, when put back in, reveals “Layer Two.”  Can you see anything Q?

A mask layer with holes at the X’s reveals an answer to this question when placed over the breached Q in the upper left-hand corner.  The underlying characters are YES QQQ.

Can you see anything Q? Yes QQQ.

This masking technique may explain why K2 is worded so strangely — the official explanation being that it was designed to sound like a Morse Code transmission.  Could it be that k2 was forced after a mask was used to position characters at certain locations in the ciphertext?

CNN B-Roll Transcript (June 2005)

A previously concealed B-Roll transcript from CNN Interviews in June 2005 has been made available at  The transcript was compiled and edited by CNN’s Justine Redman (producer) and Elonka Dunin.

Sanborn discusses details of his CIA Sculpture “Kryptos,” and reveals new information about clues leading up to K4.  He also discloses actual techniques and concepts about k4, noting how it might fit in to the rest of the puzzle.

Read the original transcript here.

Kryptos Employs a Fibonacci Sequence?

Does that CIA Sculpture, Kryptos, employ a Fibonacci Cipher?  Vorlath, a.k.a. “Krazy Kryptos,” has been spinning his Kryptos wheels for some time now.  He proposes at his blog that the misspellings in Kryptos are a clue to be used in conjunction with the misaligned letters of K3.  The position of those misspellings form a Fibonacci Sequence as observed by other sleuths years ago.

What Vorlath suggests is that endYAhR (capital letters depicted here are actually raised letters in the sculpture) is a reversed Fibonacci sequence.  Matter-of-factly, he is correct, and I think the correlation between this and the misspellings is noteworthy if nothing more than one of the hundred thousand insignificant coincidences we could fine in the sculpture.  However, there are other anomalies that suggest “a reverse” of something.  We have the backward ciphertext or tableau.  We have “Antipodes (look up the meaning),” the CIA sculpture’s sister sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum, and we’re aware of other oddities that may tie a Reverse Fibonacci Sequence into Kryptos.

When Sanborn asked, “Has anyone figured out what those are?  They’re important,” he implied that the misaligned letters could be interpreted with some finality (not to imply certainty) that leads us into the entire algorithm that unlocks the cipher known the world over as K4.  Is, “Yes, Mr. Sanborn, we know what those are.  Now what?” get us any closer to the answers?  I certainly think it’s worth the effort to pursue at this point in time.

Go check out Krazy Kryptos’ recent article: “K3 DYAHR Curiosity

and then peruse the rest of his blog to see the untamed inner-workings of a person who loves puzzles.

K5: Twilight Eyes

Watch in full screen (HQ) at a reasonable volume. Note: first minute of video is silent. Your comments are welcome. Don’t forget to rate the video!

Actual Satellite View (Google Earth File)

No Final Conclusions; K4 Remains Unsolved!

I’m going to skip ahead here, and answer some questions, because this original announcement has been hyped up to a point that has unwittingly sparked some serious frustration within many people.  This has taken the joy right out of what I have been planning to do, and I realize my blunder in timing.  My announcement came too soon before the video was released, and failing to specify how long the wait would be was the only real crime here.  The announcement was originally meant to be made within several days (not hours or minutes), and so my deepest apologies for not reiterating that detail in my announcement about an announcement.  Nothing has changed from what I’ve said – there is a new Kryptos discovery that will be detailed within a few days (presently in production).  It will be released in the form of an animated video and a corresponding article.  Again, this announcement pertains to a layer of Kryptos that is not presently considered to be a part of K4.  There certainly has been no claim of final resolution from this author, so by all means keep going!!

I have been working on a video (I referred to it as skilled manipulation in a previous post; perhaps a poor, yet typical choice of words from this author) that depicts what I believe to be the ultimate palimpsest.  Be careful not to jump to conclusions about this.  The very nature of what I am talking about is extremely difficult to imagine.  As it stands right now, we have a limited definition of “palimpsest” and I’ll state openly that if you’re visualizing Archimede’s version, you’ve played into the illusion as planned.

The story that lead to this belief (that’s all it is at this point) was originally not connected to Kryptos.  A Moroccan tile artist emailed me several months ago about something she saw in Kryptos, and so as a faithful co-enthusiast, I looked.  I was stunned when I immediately saw something.  However, low and behold, she was not referring to Kryptos — but an entirely different work of art by a different artist from a different era.  I couldn’t confirm her findings, and I subsequently dismissed my own impression about Kryptos as coincidence.

During my normal Kryptos persuits, I discovered a work by a prominent fiction writer from the 1920’s.  His name is Howard – no relation to the Howard Carter of 1922 we are all familiar with.  This is Howard Phillips Lovecraft.  He wrote a story called “Memory” that seems to speak of a sense of time when advanced intelligences could not in hindsight distinguish the difference between man and monkey.

…The Genie that haunts the moonbeams spake to the Demon of the Valley, saying, “I am old, and forget much. Tell me the deeds and aspect and name of them who built these things of Stone.” And the Demon replied, “I am Memory, and am wise in lore of the past, but I too am old. These beings were like the waters of the river Than, not to be understood. Their deeds I recall not, for they were but of the moment. Their aspect I recall dimly, it was like to that of the little apes in the trees. Their name I recall clearly, for it rhymed with that of the river. These beings of yesterday were called Man.”

So the Genie flew back to the thin horned moon, and the Demon looked intently at a little ape in a tree that grew in a crumbling courtyard.

H P Lovecraft also wrote “The Shadow Out of Time,” which seems to speak of Kryptos.  The story is about pseudo-memory as a possible antithesis to lucid-memory.  And then there is “The Dunwich Horror” which makes reference to a Savant named Wilbur Whateley who developed a puzzle using Vigenere and Matrices.  Dunwich was terrorized by invisible forces (see wikipedia article).  There is reference to an inner city between the two magnetic poles and something called the “DHO-HNA” formula, coincidentally reminding me of “antipodes” and DHO and HNA in the first line of the ciphertext of k3.  I digress with DHO being the letters surrounding that infamous YAR.

This ultimately is a rabbit trail that brings me to the reason for my recent dramatic announcement.  One of those stories inspired me to take a second look at what I thought I had seen several months ago as a tip-off from that Moroccan tile artist.  I say this now with complete confidence, that H P Lovecraft is in no way connected to Kryptos.  I have no reason to think that Jim Sanborn would have used this prominent fiction writer.  It is coincidence, and to suggest anything else without any tangible information is delusional.  Merely interesting parallels of which there are countless as we all know.

Regarding my announcement and the sudden betrayal several people found themselves feeling, no authority has genuinely given me the “go ahead” and no one has endorsed my ideas.  The claim about being chosen was going to be revealed in the video as part of my own slant and point in illusion on this legitimate discovery I made (not yet specifically referenced anywhere).  I’m clearing this up, because of the numerous reactions before I could tell the story.  In light of the seriousness of the claim and my credibility being somewhat at stake in the face of a few frightening emails from my own peers, I am going to recant this, and I may incorporate the purpose of it at a more appropriate time.  It is important to me that what I show you is simple, factual, and free from my own interpretation.  This isn’t completely possible, but I will treat the presentation professionally, which you have come to expect from this blog and my related materials.

Obviously, it is my job to hype up anything that is a decent possibility as it pertains to Kryptos.  This is what I do.  This is what I have been doing for years.  The facts and theories (have you seen my “did Sanborn sign Kryptos?“) are at the heart of my web site.  Let’s clear that intention up first.  My discovery is not K4.  I have not solved K4. I have not claimed that I have solved K4, and I kindly ask that if anyone thinks otherwise or has mispoken about this that they help me clear up the issue.  It has instigated widespread panic in people who are trying to solve it.  I like suspense.  I like to have fun with illusions, exaggerations, and dangerous implications… but I also respect genuine resolution.  Being the author of “k4 syndrome,” I am careful about what I say, and live for delivering genuine, fresh content.  I want to go above and beyond with my skills because it’s beneficial to the Kryptos community and I enjoy doing it.

1) What I believe to be buried out there is a palimpsest.  This may not be an original idea.  Again, this has not been confirmed or endorsed by anyone.  I believe Langley should know about this but that they don’t.

2) In light of what I will be showing via my new animated video next week is an interpretation of the deciphered plain text as it relates to this new discovery.  Again, I am not sure whether the interpretation is original or whether it originated in someone else’s fascinating studies (such as Dr. Randy Thompson’s).  I will show you what is buried.  I will specifically show you the item I’m calling the new palimpsest.

3) I will show you what the coordinates point to, exactly.  The steganography, as many people have suggested, in this part of the solution is the wording of the plain text itself.  In fact, I can not count the number of people who have suggested this very thing and thought it to be their original work.  I certainly won’t pretend to have been the first to have come up with it.  What I will propose is what that plain text means in this particular new layer of Kryptos.  What do the coordinates mean?  I will show you.

4) “It was totally invisible.  How’s that possible?  They used the earth’s magnetic field…”  I want to explain what this means in light of the palimpsest discovery.  Like my Leonardo discovery from several years back, once you see the chalice, you always see the chalice.  That chalice is a steganographic message.  I’m trying to be specific without ruining the potential surprise.  However, this discovery is questionable and subject to as much doubt as the disparate chalice discovery.  There will be believers and there will be doubters.  I think that with the story of Kryptos thus far, we are intelligent enough to accept what Jim Sanborn did out there on the CIA grounds behind everyone’s backs.  I’m also prepared to hear, “no, that’s not it,” in which case I will promptly abandon the idea.

5) I will explain the meaning of what information was gathered and transmitted underground.  The exact place is unknown, and so this is a discrepancy from my previous post.  However, I will explain what it means.  I will tell you where, exactly I have been told this place is.

6) The ultimate lesson for the CIA that will likely not change personalities as Sanborn hoped but will cause them to think a little about how Jim Sanborn carried out this act and got away with it for twenty years.  That’s what this discovery is about.  The story doesn’t begin at the dedication ceremony.  It began long before, and part of the Kryptos puzzle includes the history and drama involved in its planning and installation.

The chance event will have to wait for further explanation.  To those waiting, please be patient.  I will do my best to not disappoint you with these things and to give the best showmanship you deserve.  This is not a hoax, but please do not make this out to be “the finale” in the sense that it’s over and done with.  Hardly!  I believe this to be a minor step of progress.

It is big, though.  Very big.  In what way, you’ll soon find out.

Hope this helps, and please don’t bury me over my enthusiasm.  This is supposed to be fun… for everyone…

and it is!


Unexplained Metaphor & Other Kryptos Oddities

A new topic at explores “Unexplained Metaphor,” which can be found within the pages of “In-Depth Analysis.”  Discover some of the stranger anomalies in Kryptos.  In his Exhibition catalog for the Covert Obsolescence Installation, James Sanborn said, “Metaphor has always been important to me.  Petrified trees and fossils were once moving, growing, and living, but have been somehow transfixed — turned to stone.”

The Internet is flooded with old, rehashed information about Kryptos, and this section of the web site is intended to look at the more obscure elements of the CIA sculpture.  For example, did Jim Sanborn sign his artwork?  Find out here.

CNN Article: Sanborn, Too, was Obsessed with Kryptos

A CNN article from June of 2005 has been referenced at  Sanborn discusses with journalist James Ensor details about how the Kryptos solution was first shown to members of Historical Intelligence before handing a sealed envelope over to William Webster at the CIA’s New Headquarters Building dedication ceremony.  Sanborn talks about k4, that last unsolved passage of Kryptos, metaphorically suggesting it is like “sand in an hourglass.”  Discover why Kryptos has its grip on everyone — even it’s creator.

Sanborn: ‘Kryptos’ sculpture was ‘an obsession’

Articles reproduce at are for research purposes only, and serve to preserve the timeline of Kryptos news.  This article is not authored by or affiliated with Kryptos Revisited in any way.  Sources properly cited.

Sanborn’s Kryptos Sculpture Transcripts

The Kryptos Copperplate Transcript is available at  The ciphertext as it appears on the copper scroll and the plain text discovered using Vigenère (first two parts) and Transposition (third part) are now available with easy copy and paste capabilities.  Spacing has been omitted in the plain text transcripts to minimize the introduction of interpretation error.  The layout of the plain text as it coincides withs its corresponding ciphertext is properly represented and is difficult to find elsewhere online.  The tableau is also depicted backward, as is in the sculpture.

Kryptos Copperplate Ciphertext (left panel)

Kryptos Copperplate Tableau (right panel)

Kryptos Copperplate Plain Text (decrypted using Vigenere and Matrix Rotational Transposition)


In persuing what I deem to be a rather good theory this afternoon, I came across a new idea regarding one of the K2 keywords — abscissa.  My theory is that abscissa, meaning “cut off” in its Latin etymology, is more widely understood to mean the X coordinate on a Carteasean graph.  Specifically, if a point is (x,y), the abscissa is x.

Abscissa is X.

Now I haven’t completely tested my new theory yet, and I assure you another post will ensue in the near future.  For now, let’s think of abscissa as both “removing” and “X.”  Removing the X’s. I think this is further suggested by the typo announced in 2006 — an anomaly I’m not entirely convinced was an accident.  What Sanborn claimed resulted in an error introduced when he cut out an X from the plain text for aestethic reasons, was perhaps a more significant clue to the process of decrypting k4, a detailed palimpsest theory I proposed in 2004.  The last few lines of k2 plain text is, after re-inserting that lone X near the end (spaces added for readability):


The X’s have gone relatively unnoticed, perhaps the elusive clue teased by Sanborn, and I certainly don’t think the X’s have been given nearly the thought they demand.  I might be on to something here.  I might not be.

Gary Phillips is the author of and journals Kryptos-related news at his network blog.

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