# How Mr. Sanborn might encode K4

• 12-19-2007
dawnplayer8
How Mr. Sanborn might encode K4
If I was encoding K4, this is one way to do it.

James Sanborn Kryptos-First citizen to unlock
UTTAZQGFBGKQBDFFJGBLEGU
swam across a point usually unknown by man.

2. Break the solution into word groups of no more
than 7 letters.

JAMES
SANBORN
KRYPTOS
FIRST TO (combine these two words into one word group)
CITIZEN
UNLOCK
SWAM
ACROSS
A POINT
USUALLY
UNKNOWN
BY MAN
UTTAZQGFBGKQBDFFJGBLEGU (I will leave this portion complete
and call it K5)

3. Make a blank 97 letter upside down pyramid.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ _ _
*_ _
*_

S A N B O R N_ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ _ _
*_ _
*_

5. Make it more difficult by writing Sanborn backwards
and switchin the O and R.

N O R B N A S _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ _ _
*_ _
*_

5. Add FIRST TO, CITIZEN, and UNLOCK.

N O R B N A S F I R S T T O
C I T I Z E N U N L O C K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ _ _
*_ _
*_

6. Add KRYPTOS to line 7.

N O R B N A S F I R S T T O
C I T I Z E N U N L O C K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
*K R Y P T O S
*_ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ _ _
*_ _
*_

7. Skip line 3 and add the other word groups
except JAMES, UNKNOWN, and BY MAN.

N O R B N A S F I R S T T O
C I T I Z E N U N L O C K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S W A M A C R O S S _
A P O I N T U S U A
L L Y _ _ _ _ _ _
*K R Y P T O S
*_ _ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ _ _
*_ _
*_

8. Write UNKNOWN in line 8 and 9.

N O R B N A S F I R S T T O
C I T I Z E N U N L O C K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S W A M A C R O S S _
A P O I N T U S U A
L L Y _ _ _ _ _ _
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ _ _
*_ _
*_

9. Fill in the last 5 spaces with by man.

N O R B N A S F I R S T T O
C I T I Z E N U N L O C K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S W A M A C R O S S _
A P O I N T U S U A
L L Y _ _ _ _ _ _
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

10. Add JAMES by placing the AJS (from the word JAMES)
to Row 5 spaces 5-7.

N O R B N A S F I R S T T O
C I T I Z E N U N L O C K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S W A M A C R O S S _
A P O I A J S N T U S U A
L L Y _ _ _ _ _ _
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

11. We will move N T U S U A to line 6 spaces 4-9.

N O R B N A S F I R S T T O
C I T I Z E N U N L O C K
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S W A M A C R O S S _
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

12. Add the letter M (from JAMES) to Row 1 space 1,
move the letters N and C (first letters of Row 2 and 3)
down one row.

M O R B N A S F I R S T T O
N I T I Z E N U N L O C K
C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
S W A M A C R O S S _
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

13. Add the E (from JAMES) to Row 2 space 1, move
the N and C down one more place, move S W A M A C R O S S
over one space.

M O R B N A S F I R S T T O
E I T I Z E N U N L O C K
N _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
C S W A M A C R O S S
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

14. Scramble the words FIRST TO and UNLOCK by doing
a three way swap. Move the C from Row 2 space 12 to
Row 1 space 13. Move the T from Row 1 space 13 to Row
2 space 8. Move the U from Row 2 space 8 to Row 2
space 12.

M O R B N A S F I R S T C O
E I T I Z E N T N L O U K
N _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
C S W A M A C R O S S
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

15. Do another three way swap. Move I from Row 1 space 9
to Row 1 space 11. Move the S from Row 1 space 11 to Row
1 space 12. Move the T form Row 1 space 12 to Row 1
space 9.

M O R B N A S F T R I S C O
E I T I Z E N T N L O U K
N _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
C S W A M A C R O S S
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

16. Move the R from Row 1 space 10 to Row 3 space 8.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T N L O U K
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ _
C S W A M A C R O S S
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

17. Swap the K and N in UNLOCK.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T K L O U N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ _
C S W A M A C R O S S
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

18. Scramble the word SWAM by moving the S from
Row 4 space 2 to Row 4 space 6. Move the A from
Row 4 space 6 to Row 4 space 5. Move the M from
Row 4 space 5 to Row 4 space 3. Move the W from
Row 4 space 3 to Row 4 space 2.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T K L O U N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ _
C W M A A S C R O S S
A P O I A J S _ _ _
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N O W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

19. Scramble the word across and unknown. Move
the C Row 4 space 7 to Row 4 space 9. Move the O
Row 4 space9 to Row 3 space 12. Move the S Row
4 space 11 toRow 8 space 5. Move the O from Row
8 space 5 to Row 5 space 10.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T K L O U N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ O
C W M A A S _ R C S _
A P O I A J S _ _ O
L L Y N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N S W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*_ B Y
*M A
*N

20. Scramble the word usually. Move the L from Row
6 space 1 to Row 4 space 11. Move the L from Row 6
space 2 to Row 11 space 1. Move the Y from Row 6
space 3 to Row 10 space 3.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T K L O U N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ O
C W M A A S _ R C S L
A P O I A J S _ _ O
_ _ _ N T U S U A
*K R Y P T O S
*U N K N S W
*N _ _ _ _
*_ _ Y _
*L B Y
*M A
*N

21. Scramble KRYPTOS. Move the R from Row 7 space
2 to Row 6 space 1. Move the Y from Row 7 space 3 to
Row 7 space 2. Move the P from Row 7 space 4 to Row 7
space 7. Move the T Row 7 space 5 to Row 8 space 5.
Move the S from Row 7 space 7 to Row 7 space 9. Move
the W from Row 8 space 6 to Row 9 space 2.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T K L O U N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ O
C W M A A S _ R C S L
A P O I A J S _ _ O
_ _ _ N T U S U A
*K Y _ _ S O P
*U N K N S T
*N W _ _ _
*_ _ Y _
*L B Y
*M A
*N

22. Scramble UNKNOWN more. Move the U from Row 8
space 1 to Row 9 space 2. Move the K Row 8 space 3
to Row 9 space 1. Move the N Row 9 space 1 to Row 9
space 3.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T K L O U N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ O
C W M A A S _ R C S L
A P O I A J S _ _ O
_ _ _ N T U S U A
*K Y _ _ S O P
*_ N _ N S T
*K W N _ _
*U _ Y _
*L B Y
*M A
*N

23. Scramble MAN by swapping the A and N.

M O R B N A S F T _ I S C O
E I T I Z E N T K L O U N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ O
C W M A A S _ R C S L
A P O I A J S _ _ O
_ _ _ N T U S U A
*K Y _ _ S O P
*_ N _ N S T
*K W N _ _
*U _ Y _
*L B Y
*M N
*A

24. Next encode half of the letters that we have so far
in our solution. These are the letters we will encode.

M O R B N A S _ T _ I S C _
_ I _ _ _ E _ T K _ _ _ N
N _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ W _ A A _ _ R C _ L
_ P O _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ U _ U A
*K Y _ _ _ _ _
*_ N _ N _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*L B Y
*M N
*_

Use the following substitution code:

A B CDE FGH I JKLM NOP QRS TUV WXYZ
WA BAT ONL X FIHU KZC YVR GQE JSPM

U Z V D K W R _ L _ X R B _
_ X _ _ _ T _ L I _ _ _ K
K _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ J _ W W _ _ V B _ H
_ C Z _ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ Q _ Q W
*I P _ _ _ _ _
*_ K _ K _ _
*_ _ _ _ _
*_ _ _ _
*H D P
*U K
*_

25. Add the other letter that were left plain.

U Z V D K W R F L _ X R B O
E X T I Z T N L I L O U K
K _ _ _ _ _ _ R _ _ _ O
C J M W W S _ V B S H
A C Z I A J S _ _ O
R _ _ N T Q S Q W
*I P _ _ S O P
*_ K _ K S T
*K W N _ _
*U _ Y _
*H D P
*U K
*A

U Z V D K W R F L U X R B O
E X T I Z T N L I L O U K
K T T A Z Q G R F B G O
C J M W W S K V B S H
A C Z I A J S Q B O
R D F N T Q S Q W
* I P F J S O P
* G K B K S T
* K W N L E
* U G Y U
* H D P
* U K
* A

27. Next turn the pyramid sideways with the O at the top.

O
B K
R U O
X O G H
U L B S O
L I F B B W
F L R V Q Q P
R N G K S S O T
W T Q S J Q S S E
K Z Z W A T J K L U
D I A W I N F B N Y P
V T T M Z F P K W G D K
Z X T J C D I G K U H U A
U E K C A R

28. Or you can put these letters in this format:

O B K R
U O X O G H U L B S O L I F B B W F L R V Q Q P R N G K S S O
T W T Q S J Q S S E K Z Z W A T J K L U D I A W I N F B N Y P
V T T M Z F P K W G D K Z X T J C D I G K U H U A U E K C A R

• 12-19-2007
TreeFinder
11:49 Am
My crazy response, whether the order of UTTAZQGFBGKQDFFJGBLEGU is correct or not is that
UTTAZQGFBGKQDFFJGBLEGU
is
UT TA ZQGF BG KQDFFJ GBLEGU
which is
A M X I TIME IMI
which is
11 AM TIME 110001 (32+16+0+0+0+1)
very close to
11:49 AM almost noon
• 12-20-2007
dawnplayer8
Is K5 11:49AM?
Hi TreeFinder,

Could you show how you came up with your answer? I believe I
have the right order.

My first thought was that K5 would be a time and a date. I was
thinking that UT could be Universal Time. Perhaps you need to
dig at a certain time and a certain date when the light is shining
through KRYPTOS. We have already been told that T is your position.
• 12-20-2007
TreeFinder
UT TA ZQGF BG K QDFF JGBLE GU
which is
A M X I T IM 3 I
which is
AM 11 T IM 3 I
maybe said as Dr. Seus would say ... in a child's way - imagine three voices T,month,and day
am 11
T I am
3 I

This is the T as 11-3 November 3? where does this date come from 1990 or 1922?

The key is in the text of my other kryptos posts. The key is deterministic, the reading of the text is interpretative - welcome to the palimpsest.
• 12-22-2007
dawnplayer8
Different way to solve K5
Hi,

I came up with a different solution to K5.

1. Get the K5 letters off of Kryptos starting from the end of the bottom row
and go up. This yields:

GDTGFTBFAULJZEQKGQBFBUG

2. Use the keywords PALIMPSECT, ABSCISSA, and BATON

3. Decode through a Vigenere tableau.

P A L I M P S E C T A B S C I S S A B A T O N
G D T G F T B F A U L J Z E Q K G Q B F B U G
R D I Y T E J B I B L I H C I S O Q A F I G T

4. This gives us:

RID YET JOQ IS BIBLICA(L) FIGHT

I added the extra L, but I think this takes us to the next layer, K6.
• 12-22-2007
rdshackleford
• 12-22-2007
dawnplayer8
Hi Rusty,

I thought I was on the right track to solve Kryptos,
however, if the administrators of this website wish
to delete any or all of my posts- Please do so.
• 12-22-2007
rdshackleford
Just ignore me. I was just feeling silly when I posted that pic. I don't know why this thread reminded me of that scene.

I do think it is kindof out there talking about K5 and K6. However, I don't wish to quell any original ideas here. Just looking for a laugh.

-Rusty
• 01-19-2008
dawnplayer8
message in the morse code
I don't know if this has been revealed before since I am just working on my own. The morse code messages can be aligned like this:

-----D
----WIV
----HGI
----AER
----TTT
----IAU
----SLA
----YILS
---LONLH
---UUTYA
---CREID
---IPRNO
---DOPVW
---MSRIF
---EIESO
---MTTIR
S_OIABC
ORROTLE
SQYNUES

Please note that the T's line up, and the bottom says:

S___ABC
ORROT__
__YN____

or SORRY NOT ABC. Perhaps this is Mr. Sanborns humourous comment on using morse code instead of alphabet letters.