There is the sort of solver that prefers building things with the words and letters of Kryptos.

I will try to emulate the spirit and methodology of their proposals.

Take the Copperplate plaintext and K4.

Kryptos

K3 is obviously a literal “roadmap” or “building plan” to uncovering the hidden truth of Kryptos.  Just as the archaeologists unearthed the ancient pyramids so too shall we explore the secret treasure “buried” within Kryptos itself.  By following the directions and the clues hidden in Kryptos, you will soon see that this is the de facto solution to the mystery of the Kryptos.

Slowly?  Alright…

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Remove the DEBRIS…

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I made a tiny breach in the upper left hand corner

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Widened the hole a little…

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I inserted the candle…

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and “peered in”…

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We’ve got some air escaping from “the chamber”…

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The flame flickered, see the how the chamber helps build the candle and the hot air escaping is now the smoke of the candle?  I think of the pink as symbolizing the draft that blew the candle out.  The other yellow “slowly” is where Howard Carter peed himself a little because he was so excited.

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Details emerge…

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…from “themist”…

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I took “Can you see anything?” to be a rhetorical question that implied there was much work to be done still.  I mean, look at this awesome pictogram I built, it’s gotta mean something.  Well it’s gotta mean something else because so far we’ve accomplished a whole lot of nothing.

I reused some of the solution methods of the previous sections, i.e. Morse code, palindromes, anagrams, 2 Vigenere ciphers, a route transposition, a keyed columnar transposition, a scytale and two rotational transpositions but I won’t include those here because we’ll run out of time/attention span.

You can read it all here though: Pharaoh/Sphinx/Voynich/Chaocipher/Titannic/Seabass Cipher System.  It’s very straightforward and I’m sure you’ll agree it follows very obvious keywords and clues left for us by William Webster.

Here’s what I found:

Kryptos

One of the things I noticed was that there appears to be a message hidden in Kryptos’ plaintext.  I indicated the nulls to make the reading easier and on an interesting note I found quite a few conjunctional nodalities between the hidden message and the original plaintext that generated it (these are highlighted in red).  I guess “palimpsest” wasn’t just a keyword after all.

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It is indeed philosophical.  It evokes love and loss, pain and frustration and in fact sums up the human experience in only a few short lines.  Truly this is the message Sanborn wanted us to see and I for one am glad to have finally solved the challenge.  I know we will all ponder this wisdom for years to come and it will continue to inspire fresh insight and direction especially in an increasingly troubled world.

Kryptosfan

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