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.

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:


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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?

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.

Sanborn’s Sculpture Kryptos in David Stein’s CIA Report

CIA Agent David Stein’s Internal Report details the methods used to decrypt the first three of several encryptions on James Sanborn’s Kryptos Sculpture.  The original document released internally to the CIA has been reproduced on the network, and an exclusive reconstruction has been been made available for download as a pdf.

Original details of this document can be found at Elonka Dunin’s Mirror Archive.

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