1. ## Dates Theory

I've come to the conclusion that the sculpture is designed to represent an actual scroll and an actual palimpsest. The text of K1 may be patterned over a calendar such that the month of December represents the first line and the days from left to right are represented by each successive character. The second line is the month of Novemeber and so on.

The one mistaken letter in K1 represents November 26th, which fits K3 based on the date of Howard Carter's journal entry. The single mistaken letter in K2 represents September 23rd.

My current theory is that September 23rd relates to K4. 9/23 is the 266th day of the year (267th day on leap years). I believe K4 is 98, not 97 letters, since the "?" preceding the OBRK.. may be included. This being only an observation in numbers, I noticed that 266 + 98 = 364, and 267 + 98 = 365. I suppose I should also wonder if the position of the "?" is also a date of relevance. "?" might correspond to the date position of February 27th if belonging to the position based on K3, or April 27th if assuming K4's final line is January.

In palimpsest terms, K1 seems to be beneath K2. It seems unclear whether K3 is beneath or on top of K4. Does it matter?

I'm unsure what to do next. I'm not even clear on what the options are. Anyone with ideas, please jump in.

2. I interpreted the palimpsest wrong. K2 suggests the date of 9/24 and not 9/23.

I think K1 establishes that the upper-left quadrant is in fact a palimpsest of a calendar with format rows = December(top row) and columns = 1 up to 31. K2 is "LAYER TWO", an instruction or hint to put two things on top of one another. I believe K1 contains two important points: 1) that which is between subtle shading and the absence of light, and 2) the coordinate date of 11/26 at the position of the Q of IQLUSION. Point 1, I believe is describing the Sun and a condition where it's light becomes absent: a solar eclipse. This becomes important when we think of the meaning of "layer two," which may be interpreted as layer the Sun and the Moon, thus describing a solar eclipse. Point 2, I think that's pretty clear as it relates to the journal entry date of Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb, which we recognize as K3 after the double rotational transposition.

K2, the date I'm now most comfortable investigating as relating to the U of UNDERGUUND, is 9/24. Clearly there was no year information to be extracted out of K1 when it came to finding the 1922 date of Carter's journal as applied to K3. There is also no year date to be found in K2. So, what could be the point of K2, and what year, if any, does it apply?

I have an idea. If K1 may be interpreted as describing the event of a solar eclipse, then perhaps K2's 9/24 date cooresponds to either an important date of a solar eclipse or the date of a new moon, which is a condition necessary to effect a solar eclipse.

On September 24th in the years between 1900 and 1990: no total solar eclipses occured. In the case of Lunar events, the only new moon to occure on a Sept. 24th was in the year 1919.

In 1919, one major occurence of a total solar eclipse occurred and resulted in the widespread fame of Albert Einstein as it allowed the test of his theory of General Relativity which involved the physics of light bending a specific degree as a result of a gravitational field and which was different than what was predicted by the classical Newtonian model. A flurry of telegraphs and reports propagated around the world's news sources of this confirmation of Einstein's theory.

I don't have any strong evidence that this particular investigative path is what Kryptos is about, but I've got nothing else to consider at the moment. At least Einstein did have strong ties to Berlin. This is purely speculative at this point. I wonder if the point could be made that Sanborn was trying to imprat some sort of wisdom in his creation. He could be saying that a secret message is only as good as the truth it contains and truth is something relative to the observer.

3. I like the idea of using the title to one of Einsteins papers as a keyword since the title of HD's writing was used as a keyword. Theres a nice contrast shifting from discovering the secrets of Mans past (King Tut) to discovering the secrets of the Cosmos (Space-Time ornE=mc^2).

4. Kryptos

Bunch of code in copper on the upper and bottom left

Bunch of Vigenere keyed to KRYTPOS in copper on the right

Off in the distance are a collection of morse strings in copper on a strata

K0/Morse:

6 strings are grouped such that one string is above and one is below

Many of the strings have one or more E's before or after a word

13 E's unrelated to the words exist on the upper strings

13 E's unrelated to the words exist on the lower strings

Equal number of E's above and below?

The one line that has a misspelled word places an E where an I is expected: DIGETAL|INTERPRETATIT. Because of the added E's, the number of morse characters above is the same as the number below, that being 30 dits&dahs each.

Two strings have no E's: RQ (upper but not directly) and SOS (lower)

Each upper and lower string seems to pair well enough. LUCID|MEMORY, DIGETAL|INTERPRETATIT, SHADOW|FORCES, etc.

Removal of all E's reveals the following palindromic derivations: PALIMSOT

The keyword to K1 is PALIMSEST (PALIMSET).

Adjacent to the word PALIMPSEST in the Oxford Dictionary are the words PALIMONY (before) and PALINDROME (after).

K1/lines 1-2:

BETWEEN SUBTLE SHADING AND THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT LIES THE NUANCE OF IQLUSION

The misspelled word IQLUSION may be telling us something. The first word is a clue: BETWEEN. Between what, exactly? Look back at K0 and understand that the palindrome idea was about recognizing what is between, but more subtlety there is a balance of E's above and below. The instruction may be: what is between the E's?

Take notice of all E's and see what is between 5x E's on the left and 5x E's on the right in K1?

BETWEEN SUBTLE SHADING AND THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT LIES THE NUANCE OF IQLUSION

The letters ABS.

The keyword for K2 is ABSCISSA (ABSCI).

ABSCI = BASIC

Adjacent to the word BASIC in the Oxford Dictionary are BASHFUL (before) and BASIL (after).

Basil is a type of edible plant. The word has a mythical connection to poisonous creatures, one source says it attracts scorpions, another says it can cure the poisonous effects of the Basilisk.

K2/lines 3-14:

373 characters, after decryption we have 365 letters making words, 5 X's making telegraph breaks, and 3 ?'s. Utlizing the quantity of letters as a clue to make use of a calendar and ignoring the eight non-contributing characters, we then have a nice 1:1 mapping of letters to days. Depending on how you organize your calendar system, you may discover it also works with K1 separately, you'll see that the location of the misspelled letter in UNDERGRUUND fits precisely to the date of Sept. 22nd. I've jumped to the conclusion that this has something to do with the statue of Nathan Hale, also on the CIA grounds. He was the first man on American soil to be executed for Intelligence Gathering on Sept. 22nd, 1776.

K3/next panel:

A significant anomaly in the ciphertext are the 3rd-8th characters positioned in a superscripted manner: DYAHR. Does DYAHR = HYDRA? Double transposition of a journal entry from Howard Carter on Nov. 26th, 1922. It's not an exact quote. Several alterations from the original have been noted, including the tenses of words and the snipping or break in lines to support the suspiscion that the text block was tailored to have a specific size or arrangement of key elements in precise locations. The date itself of this first look into King Tut's tomb is the same date being represented by position of the Q in K1 when applying the same method used in K2, again Nov. 26th.

Not sure where to go next. I’ve taken a step back from my associations with the Einstein/Relativity theory.

5. I don't believe the resulting date of Sept. 22nd is the intent of K2, which means the execution of Hale isn't important to the puzzle. My reason is that the mapping of the code block to a calendar in the same way as done with K1 is the first logical step. Extracting the ?'s and X's seems secondary to the Calendar step. It's not necessary to have an exact 365 day mapping as long as you have enough characters to take you to the date of importance. K1 uses an occurrence of misspelling to connect 11/26 to Tut's tomb. K2 does the same and connects 9/24 with K4's Berlin Clock.

It's length of code and the occurrence of an "error" method that JS relies on to connect us to the next step. With the Morse code, he demonstrates use of palindrome, or bidirectional, convergent, and visually balanced elements. I think he's lain these few bricks of the foundation of Kryptos as this prepares us for K4/5.

When I take the length of K4 and append it to the date 9/24, depending on which direction you extend, one resulting date is 6/18, the other is 12/31. In other words, thinking in terms of beginning-center-end, we might say the misspelled location in K2 is the center of a length of time between a date of significance and the end of the year.

I thought it might be a good logical step to look into when the Berlin Clock was built or installed. Wikipedia says it was installed on 6/17, but according to this Geschichte at Die Berlin-Uhr - Die Stunde schlgt nicht, sondern leuchtet! the date is 6/18.
Ungefähr zur gleichen Zeit wurde ein großes Standmodell der Berlin-Uhr auf dem Kurfürstendamm aufgestellt. Aufgestellt wurde sie von ihrem Erfinder D. Binninger am 18. Juni 1975 und sie war bis dato eine der Attraktionen auf dem Kurfürstendamm.
Translation: About the same time a large floor model of the Berlin clock was placed on the Kurfürstendamm. It has been established by its inventor D. Binningerstrasse on 18 June 1975, she was so far one of the attractions on the Kurfürstendamm.

6. I'm beginning to see some cracks in my own work. Sometime soon I'd like to present some of my recent improvements. Here's one of the latest,

After removing all the E's from the Morse, we get 8-letters from pandromes: A I L M O P S T. Could this be "Almost Pi", the 22/7 approximation? If so, do we take the Calendar idea a step further and look at July 22nd?

22/7 = 3.142857142857142857...

7. Im going in a new direction with this.

After wondering for the longest time on whether it matters that the Howard Carter discovery of King Tuts tomb chamber journal date, November 26th is important to the process, I think Sanborn has given us a clear clue that it in fact does matter. In a video interview, Sanborn is shown providing some snippets of his working solutions for K1-K3. Below is a sample of his K3 chart that shows a very interesting choice of formatting where K3 has K4 attached in a 31x14 grid. This is NOT exactly how it is presented on the sculpture itself and it shows that the very last character of K3 lands on the 26,11 coordinate. That seems precisely in connection with the date of Nov. 26 (11/26) for which the entirety of K3 is found dated in Carter's journal.

This key confirmation might in some way help us recognize a coordinate lookup system that ties each (X,Y) coordinate to a K4-character. The first letter following the ?-mark is the O at 28,11. I dont know if this might continue to involve a calendar layer, but that is something I am considering.

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