** John's [Covert Operations Fragment - Zola] Page **

Jim Sanborn has several pulped paper style sculptures with enciphered text as well as his metal enciphered sculptures.  One of these encoded sculptures is the Covert Ops Fragment - Zola...
It is located in two separate sections in the Zola Spy Restaurant in Washington D.C.  Keith Edkins solved this one in Dec. 2003.

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John's Secret Code-Systems page has the COF-Zola for analysis and decoding
Please let me know if you notice any mistakes below.

COF - Zola - left side COF - Zola - right side


  Covert Operations Fragment
Left side
Zola (original)
Right side
  123456789012345678 123456789012345678
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DINEHYODTTSATEOSL
EGTTPECLEEHTFESOAT
NHOWSOUNPBDEHRSLD
PHSRADDSEICADSEDE
ELBAEAEALGSTOHASR
EAEPEECEFAVEWTCED
IIOIAPSSHDMHYNEAN
ITLDJYOANIMLEUTECL
OEASSNEACANDEBEYU
LIEPCNTAREHOERELD
SSAEETAIETDCODAWE
ERDARIWODNREEHNY
OEHTDLATRBIRULOTT
HTNOADESNEEETWPEI
NEIADIEISCWOLRSMGC
XAEAEELGAITETAADX
NSSEBDBHRTSODULL
PSAYOAUMEWTBAWW
ESESNLKPLEHEIWYY
OIEGWRPRNIDOTWEE
ELPWSACEHIHRATPP
LFLHMHATNEWAEHR
TUEDTHFASOOWCDTT
GAUAWRDMEERMHLL
ISATDDSODTORERSSS
NSRLOHNNAARMEMOO
ENCAFTRRIALVTILLLL
NTTUELHNAYRADESIII
DEICETEKRVBNOFSSS
HWNNLVTEADFIEAEEE
DGLKRNSHIRAPSEEE
NNITTARNNHULRGTT
     





  Covert Operations Fragment - Zola (together)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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DINEHYODTTSATEOSLNSSEBDBHRTSODULL
EGTTPECLEEHTFESOATPSAYOAUMEWTBAWW
NHOWSOUNPBDEHRSLDESESNLKPLEHEIWYY
PHSRADDSEICADSEDEOIEGWRPRNIDOTWEE
ELBAEAEALGSTOHASRELPWSACEHIHRATPP
EAEPEECEFAVEWTCEDLFLHMHATNEWAEHR
IIOIAPSSHDMHYNEANTUEDTHFASOOWCDTT
ITLDJYOANIMLEUTECLGAUAWRDMEERMHLL
OEASSNEACANDEBEYUISATDDSODTORERSSS
LIEPCNTAREHOERELDNSRLOHNNAARMEMOO
SSAEETAIETDCODAWEENCAFTRRIALVTILLLL
ERDARIWODNREEHNYNTTUELHNAYRADESIII
OEHTDLATRBIRULOTTDEICETEKRVBNOFSSS
HTNOADESNEEETWPEIHWNNLVTEADFIEAEEE
NEIADIEISCWOLRSMGCDGLKRNSHIRAPSEEE
XAEAEELGAITETAADXNNITTARNNHULRGTT
 



  Covert Operations Fragment - Zola (trimmed)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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DINEHYODTTSATEOSLNSSEBDBHRTSODUL
EGTTPECLEEHTFESOATPSAYOAUMEWTBAW
NHOWSOUNPBDEHRSLDESESNLKPLEHEIWY
PHSRADDSEICADSEDEOIEGWRPRNIDOTWE
ELBAEAEALGSTOHASRELPWSACEHIHRATP
EAEPEECEFAVEWTCEDLFLHMHATNEWAEHR
IIOIAPSSHDMHYNEANTUEDTHFASOOWCDT
ITLDJYOANIMLEUTECLGAUAWRDMEERMHL
OEASSNEACANDEBEYUISATDDSODTORERS
LIEPCNTAREHOERELDNSRLOHNNAARMEMO
SSAEETAIETDCODAWEENCAFTRRIALVTIL
ERDARIWODNREEHNYNTTUELHNAYRADESI
OEHTDLATRBIRULOTTDEICETEKRVBNOFS
HTNOADESNEEETWPEIHWNNLVTEADFIEAE
NEIADIEISCWOLRSMGCDGLKRNSHIRAPSE
XAEAEELGAITETAADXNNITTARNNHULRGT
 



After removing the extraneous/repeated end characters, the Zola fragments decode to *another* version of Howard Carter's account in his discovery to King Tut's tomb:

  Covert Operations Fragment - Zola (decoded)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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SLOWLYDESPERATELYSLOWLYITSEEMEDT
OUSASWEWATCHEDTHEREMAINSOFPASSAG
EDEBRISTHATENCUMBEREDTHELOWERPAR
TOFTHEDOORWAYWEREREMOVEDUNTILATL
ASTWEHADTHEWHOLEDOORCLEARBEFOREU
STHEDECISIVEMOMENTHADARRIVEDWITH
TREMBLINGHANDSIMADEATINYBREACHIN
THEUPPERLEFTHANDCORNERDARKNESSAN
DBLANKSPACEASFARASANIRONTESTINGR
ODCOULDREACHSHOWEDTHATWHATEVERLA
YBEYONDWASEMPTYANDNOTFILLEDLIKET
HEPASSAGEWEHADJUSTCLEAREDCANDLET
ESTSWEREAPPLIEDASAPRECAUTIONAGAI
NSTPOSSIBLEFOULGASESANDTHENWIDEN
INGTHEHOLEALITTLEIINSERTEDTHECAN
DLEANDPEEREDINICOULDSEENOTHINGXX
  Encipher Method: Modulus Transposition
[decrypted=(16*encrypted+15) mod 513]




  Covert Operations Fragment - Zola (easy to read)
   
  SLOWLY DESPERATELY SLOWLY IT SEEMED TO
US AS WE WATCHED THE REMAINS OF PASSAGE
DEBRIS THAT ENCUMBERED THE LOWER PART
OF THE DOORWAY WERE REMOVED UNTIL AT
LAST WE HAD THE WHOLE DOOR CLEAR BEFORE
US THE DECISIVE MOMENT HAD ARRIVED WITH
TREMBLING HANDS I MADE A TINY BREACH IN
THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER DARKNESS AND BLANK SPACE AS FAR AS AN IRON TESTING
ROD COULD REACH SHOWED THAT WHATEVER LAY 
BEYOND WAS EMPTY AND NOT FILLED LIKE
THE PASSAGE WE HAD JUST CLEARED CANDLE
TESTS WERE APPLIED AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST
POSSIBLE FOUL GASES AND THEN WIDENING
THE HOLE A LITTLE I INSERTED THE CANDLE
AND PEERED IN I COULD SEE NOTHING X_X
  Encipher Method: Modulus Transposition
[decrypted=(16*encrypted+15) mod 513]




Personally, I think is very interesting that the words "DINE" and "SATE" appear in the CT on the 1st line, since the piece is hanging in and was designed to be in a restaurant about spies and codes.
Also, the repeated characters on the right side are Sanborn's signature "minutia", which may or may not be some kind of clues.  "I SEE"  Perhaps SOLA = ZOLA?

 
  Covert Operations Fragment - Zola (together)
  123456789012345678901234567890123456
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DINEHYODTTSATEOSLNSSEBDBHRTSODULL
EGTTPECLEEHTFESOATPSAYOAUMEWTBAWW
NHOWSOUNPBDEHRSLDESESNLKPLEHEIWYY
PHSRADDSEICADSEDEOIEGWRPRNIDOTWEE
ELBAEAEALGSTOHASRELPWSACEHIHRATPP
EAEPEECEFAVEWTCEDLFLHMHATNEWAEHR
IIOIAPSSHDMHYNEANTUEDTHFASOOWCDTT
ITLDJYOANIMLEUTECLGAUAWRDMEERMHLL
OEASSNEACANDEBEYUISATDDSODTORERSSS
LIEPCNTAREHOERELDNSRLOHNNAARMEMOO
SSAEETAIETDCODAWEENCAFTRRIALVTILLLL
ERDARIWODNREEHNYNTTUELHNAYRADESIII
OEHTDLATRBIRULOTTDEICETEKRVBNOFSSS
HTNOADESNEEETWPEIHWNNLVTEADFIEAEEE
NEIADIEISCWOLRSMGCDGLKRNSHIRAPSEEE
XAEAEELGAITETAADXNNITTARNNHULRGTT
 


Modular Transpose decryption   [decrypted=(16*encrypted+15) mod 513]
Zola Covert Operations Fragment was solved by Keith Edkins in Dec 2003.
It is very similar in encoding method (only different parameters) and plaintext (minor differences)  to Sec.3 of Kryptos.
Note: the "I could see nothing" is interesting here since there is nothing following this text. In the Kryptos Sec. 3, it says "Can you see anything?", implying that there IS something there (in Kryptos Sec.4)  to be seen.
Note also: the fact that the first 4 encoded letters are "DINE" and the on the same line is the word "SATE", along with the fact that this sculpture is in a restaurant, strongly imply that the encoding method, parameters, and exact wording were chosen to give this result. Likewise, you can find the "scrambled" words "SPY" and "SPIES" in several locations, and possilbly "SOLA ~ for ZOLA" and "CODE".

[ SLOWLY DESPERATELY SLOWLY IT SEEMED TO US AS WE WATCHED THE REMAINS OF PASSAGE DEBRIS THAT ENCUMBERED THE LOWER PART OF THE DOORWAY WERE REMOVED UNTIL AT LAST WE HAD THE WHOLE DOOR CLEAR BEFORE US THE DECISIVE MOMENT HAD ARRIVED WITH TREMBLING HANDS I MADE A TINY BREACH IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER DARKNESS AND BLANK SPACE AS FAR AS AN IRON TESTING ROD COULD REACH SHOWED THAT WHATEVER LAY BEYOND WAS EMPTY AND NOT FILLED LIKE THE PASSAGE WE HAD JUST CLEARED CANDLE TESTS WERE APPLIED AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST POSSIBLE FOUL GASES AND THEN WIDENING THE HOLE A LITTLE I INSERTED THE CANDLE AND PEERED IN I COULD SEE NOTHING X X ]

from Carter's quote in The Tomb of Tut*Ankh*Amen:
Only the extra X's have been appended to the end...
Slowly, desperately slowly it seemed to us as we watched, the remains of passage debris that encumbered the lower part of the doorway were removed, until at last we had the whole door clear before us. The decisive moment had arrived. With trembling hands I made a tiny breach in the upper left hand corner. Darkness and blank space, as far as an iron testing-rod could reach, showed that whatever lay beyond was empty, and not filled like the passage we had just cleared. Candle tests were applied as a precaution against possible foul gases, and then, widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in, Lord Carnarvon, Lady Evelyn and Callender standing anxiously beside me to hear the verdict. At first I could see nothing (*X X*), the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnavon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes. Wonderful things.' Then widening the hole a little further, so that we both could see, we inserted an electric torch.

see also, for another modified version
Howard Carter's diary: discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb - see Nov 26 entry





There are at least 4 large Covert Operations Fragments by James Sanborn, all having similar styles but differing languages:
Arabic - currently UNDECODED
Cyrillic - currently UNDECODED
English - Decoded by John Wilson - Sept 2005 - Double Key Vigenere (keywords Kryptos & Deceit)
Zola Spy Restaurant - Decoded by Keith Edkins - Dec 2003 - Modular Transposition ([decrypted=(16*encrypted+15) mod 513]





*John's Kryptos Pages*
====================
John's Main KRYPTOS Page
John's KRYPTOS Simulator + John's Collected KRYPTOS Hints + John's KRYPTOS Details
John's KRYPTOS Solutions & Analysis + John's KRYPTOS Part-4 Solution
John's KRYPTOS Cipher-Wheel
John's Antipodes page | John's Cyrillic Projector page
John's Covert Ops Fragment - English page | John's Covert Ops Fragment - Cyrillic page | John's Covert Ops Fragment - Zola page
John's Secret Code-Systems page
John's RuneQuest Cipher Challenge! Win $$$
===============================
*Elonka Dunin's Excellent Kryptos Pages* + Elonka's Kryptos Aerial Page + Elonka's Kryptos FAQ
groups.yahoo.com/group/kryptos
kryptos.yak.net + kryptos.prestemon.com -user: kryptos -pass: iqlusion
Xenon's Kryptos Wiki -user:(blank) -pass: KryptosSecret
Jim Gillogly's Kryptos Pictures + Elonka's Kryptos Pics
Gary Warzin's Kryptos Pages
NPR - ATC: Kryptos
Kryptos Info at CIA Headquarters


Kryptos in the Turkish News

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Quantum Mechanics is derivable from Special Relativity
See QM from SR-Simple RoadMap