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    At the entrance to the courtyard is a granite slab upon which is engraved a compass rose. The needle of the compass points not to magnetic North, but rather to a nearby loadstone, a magnetic rock naturally producing a influential magnetic field.


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    This is part of the Kryptos sculpture group. To what extent it holds clues to the Kryptos riddle is unknown.

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    I don't have time to work on this right now but I wanted to get this out there before I forgot and see what you all thought about it..

    I read somewhere that the author said people were missing an obvious clue. In one of his other sculptures done after Kryptos (the one with russian) there is one english word - Medusa. I'm sure people have looked into this but given that Medusa could turn people to stone.. I'm thinking he may want to tell us that the petrified wood is important in some way. He's used it often. For one sculpture, he made it a point to say he had used petrified wood that had been burned before being petrified. I can't find anything that would indicate why burning first would make a difference or what kind of difference it would make. Perhaps none..but why "medusa"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kophykupp View Post
    ...but why "medusa"?
    OK, here is a juicy topic of discussion. The Cyrillic Projector is a later work by Sanborn, and sits on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. (Remeber, the secret lies with Charlotte!) The entire statue is coded in cyrillic characters, the word MEDUSA being the only word in English. People generally consider the word MEDUSA a clue word. I'm not sure what the real significance of the word is.

    It may be worth some digging.

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    M ED USA
    I am Ed USA

    Did Ed play a part in this one also?

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    Does this bear any resemblance to that compass on the stone?

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    99% sure I have a breakthrough on this portion of Krytpos. There is a spatial problem here that puts a special importance on certain points of the Morse Code. I came about this insight by checking the locations of each of the recognized palindrome fragments in relation to the compass and I found three points of interest that lead me to conclude Sanborn intended the compass needle to point to the loadstone BUT also point directly to one of those letters in Morse. A second line on the needle is turned 90 degrees, it also points to a specific Morse letter of interest. Lastly, the "S" on the compass points directly to where the Morse letter for T is located. The Morse is positioned so that it may be read in the proper orientation when facing the strata from a south position. That falls in line with the Morse phrase which says "T is your position". The strata has my attention now. I wonder if similar directional/spatial methods are applicable to other parts of the Kryptos sculpture?
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    So, its probably important to mention why the loadstone points to that particular letter T and letter P. Those letters both share a common feature in that they are in between two same letters. Its largely been discussed that the keyword letters for K1 relate to palindromic fragments in the morse K0. Given that the compass has two lines that may be found to point directly to two such fragments, it may finally be a satisfactory confirmation on how Sanborn intended the message to be decrypted.
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