1. ## Layer two

What can LAYER TWO mean?

Layer could be a noun or a verb. As a noun it could be a thing of some thickness, in which case TWO follows as a description of something which is either 2 units thick or 2 different things put together such as a layer of chocolate stacked on a layer of caramel. The verb form could apply to something or someone that performs laying, such as an egg laying creature or a brick layer, etc, but I doubt Kryptos is talking about two chickens.

I expect it to mean simply "put two things together". The questions then being what two things and what by what process are they intended to intereact with eachother?

Two letters? Double letters? Two strings of letters? Two blocks of letters?
Remember the Morse code, in most cases it's formatted as one string of dits and dahs adjacent to a second string, the SOS and RQ being the exceptions.

It seems evident that the process of encrypting/decrypting K1 or K2 involves taking each letter of PT or CT in reference to a keyed alphabet letter on the Vigenere table, which is essentially a process of layering two things to generate a desired result. We already know this process if we have solved K2, so I doubt the decrypted instruction is one of redundance.

Layering two may be about connecting two disparate things, such as the abstraction of each letter as a number, such as T = 20 or E = 5, but I don't think this is the intention of the message.

It seems most applicable for LAYERTWO to apply to the solution process needed for K3, which we know is double transposition. Double = TWO. The layers then might be thought of as steps in a process. Process one is to constrain the text to length 24 and rotate. Process two is to use length 8 and rotate. Performing two repeat actions could be the intention of LAYERTWO.

It could be an implication that each previous process K0, K1, and K2, utilized one main method in their process and be a hint that K3 will be more than a singular process in it's application to K4.

K0 involved finding evidence of palindromes and then interacting with a dictionary.
K1 involved following it's instructional elements and looking BETWEEN subtle shading (letter E's) and again interacting with a dictionary.
K2 involves finding the misspelling, which is also evident in K1, and interacting with a calendar.
K3 involves discovering an archaeologist's journal entry, and then what? Do we turn our attention to the small differences between K3's paraphrasing and the official record of the journal? Do we apply some topical approach such as looking for some centralized motif or finding some meaning in the locations of the any of the anomalies, like a misspelling or the tenses of a couple words or the positions of an X and a Q?

Jim Sanborn seems to have fun with adding/removing superfluous characters and making some "mistakes"/misspellings. He's challenged us to find our way to a historic event in Egypt through studying a large copper screen containing 869 characters of mysterious code. I don't know if this applicable in any way, but I was just thinking of it as 500 + 365 + 4 question marks...but who's counting?

2. Adding the two lat/long numbers together gives 5 minutes, 50.5 seconds. I think that's an interesting looking time number. Its made of just 5's and a zero. Condensed it's 350.5 seconds.

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