back to article CIA crypto-king offers new 'clock' clue to crack Kryptos code

The man who built a cryptographic sculpture for the CIA has provided a second clue to help crack its infamously difficult code. Standing in a courtyard inside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the last part of the Kryptos sculpture has remained unsolved for almost 25 years. Now Jim Sanborn, its creator, has given a …

  1. Psyx


    "who will check their solution for $50, although he will not provide any more clues."

    Nice gig if you can get it.

    1. Francis Boyle

      Re: $$$$$!

      I suspect it's more like compensation for having to deal with cranks.

    2. crackerjacks12345

      Re: $$$$$!

      He has to require the $50 because otherwise he would get massive amounts of submissions from everyone. I think he returns the money to you if your correct.

      That is how some criminal tip lines with massive rewards are handled. They charge you a decent fee and only return it if the tip turns out to be a decent tip. That way they help weed out crazy people and liars but not normal people.

      1. Psyx

        Re: $$$$$!

        "That way they help weed out crazy people and liars but not normal people."

        There's a good way of solving the social problems of crazy people: Don't fix them; fine them!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The final piece of the code is:


  3. Cliff

    No meaning

    The final puzzle really should be meaningless and insoluble - just figure on your deathbed that people will be begging you for an answer - doubly so if you suggest there's a prize buried etc...

    Some days you just wanna see the world burn...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Considering the CIAs activities of the past 20 yrs...

    ...i'm surprised nobody has 'waterboarded' Jim to get the answer...wipe the smug grin of his face.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Considering the CIAs activities of the past 20 yrs...

      <Insert XKCD $5 wrench cartoon here>

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    units, tens, hundreds, thousands..........hmm

  7. mix

    Solved this years ago, it simply reads...

    "All your base are belong to us."

  8. chris lively

    1. Make contacts with the CIA.

    2. Create a fun "sculpture" for them.

    3. ????

    4. Profit.

    Clearly, Jim figured out step 3.

  9. Starek

    3rd clue - BERLIN CLOCK AUDIO

    searching internet i came up with 'apparently' next clue (next following word) - BERLIN CLOCK AUDIO

  10. Blatantly Obvious


    The Berlin clock uses 4 lights below seconds for 5 hours each, and below that, 4 bars for 1 hour each (Uneven interval blocks).

    On a not completely unrelated note, take a look at the coordinate projected on the other side of the plaza. Now look at the Kryptos. Something should be abundantly clear. If not, shine a light on it. Something I vaguely recall being used in ancient Greece and China.


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