These are an incredibly valuable resource, as they help show the process that Sanborn used to create Kryptos, and clues as to what his mindset was at the time.
It should be noted, of course, that there is a chance that these could have been created many years later (either as props, or to deceive), although that does not appear to be the case.
You can click (or right-click) on an image to download it.
|Source||New York Times, 20 Nov 2010|
|Explanation||The top line shows the key ("PALIMPCEST"). Each set of 3 lines has the plaintext on top, the key in the middle row, and the ciphertext on the bottom row (generated using the Vigenere tableau).|
|Notes||The original PDF file was 8"x10" at 110dpi. It also appears in the Big Tech presentation (at a lower resolution). This is the same PDF file as the K2 sheet. It was created 20 Nov 2010 around 11:30AM.|
|Source||New York Times, 20 Nov 2010.|
|Explanation||The top line shows the key ("ABSCISSA"). Each set of 3 lines has the plaintext on top, the key in the middle row, and the ciphertext on the bottom row (generated using the Vigenere tableau).|
|Notes||The original PDF file was 8"x10" at 110dpi. It also appears in the Big Tech presentation (at a lower resolution). This is the same PDF file as the K1 sheet. It was created 20 Nov 2010 around 11:30AM.|
|Source||Nova Video, 01 Jul 2007. It appears at 4:17.|
|Explanation||It is a grid 42 wide by 8 high (336 characters). The plaintext is written out from normally (from left-to-right, top-to-bottom), starting at the top left. You see the first characters of the plaintext ("SLOWLY") starting on the top left side. The second line starts with the 43rd character of the plaintext ("EBRI" from "DEBRIS").|
Or, in text:
SLOWLYDESPARATLYSLOWLYTHEREMAINSOFPASSAGED EBRISTHATENCUMBEREDTHELOWERPARTOFTHEDOORWA YWASREMOVEDWITHTREMBLINGHANDSIMADEATINYBRE ACHINTHEUPPERLEFTHANDCORNERANDTHENWIDENING THEHOLEALITTLEIINSERTEDTHECANDLEANDPEEREDI NTHEHOTAIRESCAPINGFROMTHECHAMBERCAUSEDTHEF LAMETOFLICKERBUTPRESENTLYDETAILSOFTHEROOMW ITHINEMERGEDFROMTHEMISTXCANYOUSEEANYTHINGQ
|Source||Big Tech presentation|
|Explanation||It is a 14 by 24 grid (336 characters). It is formed by starting with the lower-left character of Step 1 ("I", covered by Sanborn's hand in the picture above) and placing it in the top-left square of this grid. Then, on the sheet from Step 1, you move up one space and on the Step 2 sheet you move right one space, taking the "L" from Step 1 and placing it in Step 2. You keep this up (moving right columns as needed in Step 1, and down rows in Step 2), until the grid is full.|
|Notes||The image is blown up here to 200% of its original size. The download is the original size.|
|Source||New York Times, 20 Nov 2010 ("BERLIN" clue)|
|Explanation||This is not really a worksheet for Kryptos, but is a PDF file that Sanborn released regarding K4. It shows how his BERLIN clue fits into K4.|
|Notes||The PDF file was created on November 17, 2010 at about 11:00AM.|
|Source||Nova Video, 01 Jul 2007, at 4:35.|
|Explanation||Shows the entire encoded K3 and K4, with 14 lines of 31 characters each ("ENDYA" in the upper left, not visible; see "...KCAR" at bottom right of sheet and sculpture).|