Kryptos Possible Easter Eggs
I think the whole Kryptos structure may deal with the Moon Landings.
Meanwhile, I was collecting possible Easter Eggs to confirm or deny this theory. The first section in particular reminded me of the gate riddle in "Lord of the Rings", where a magical door had the words SPEAK "FRIEND" AND ENTER. Without the proper punctuation, however, the characters lost a lot of time trying to force the door, when all they had to do was say the magic word "Friend".
The K1 Solve looks a lot like that. MY logic is as follows:
BETWEEN "SUBTLE SHADING" (AND) THE ABSENCE OF "LIGHT": "LIES"--THE NUANCE OF IQLUSION
So, taking out all the letters in 'light' from 'subtle shading', the letters for the anagram "SUN BASED" are left over. This wouldn't be much of a find, except taking the 3rd letter of the raw K1 answer gives "EAGLE BASED T".
Going back to the first method, to the 2nd part of the phrase and removing "LIES" from "THE NUANCE OF IQLUSION", the anagram "ANNOUNCE OF EQUS" is possible. (Did we have any trial rocket landings near Imbrium on the Moon?)
(Anagramming the 3rd letter of each word method was something I learned a while back (shamelessly) from the junior codebreaker KryptoKids corner at the NSA site. And, as stated above in the "LotR" Friend reference, the other style of puzzle is something I have seen a lot of in fantasy literature.)
There seem to be other teasers in Part 2, but until I have more time, I can't prove that the entire conversation may reference a trial rocket engine launch where one of the booster stages falls into the sea.
Yin Yang curve?
When looking at Kryptos from the top down, is twists in the gentle curve for the Yin Yang symbol (minus the outer bounding circle). I was wondering, if it was built with the duck pond so convieniently there, if the answer has to do with the missing dot on the other side. Assuming the duck pond represents "water", and we have metal and air (the cut out letters) making up the wall itself, that leaves . . . earth and fire? Its been a while since I pulled out the five classical elements.
Just wondering if anyone had noticed anything similar.