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On October 4, 2012, having made 0 progress over the past week, Dr Horn/watcher dropped in on irc with a further message:

* Watcher_ (webchat@host-84-9-123-177.dslgb.com) has joined #BMS-ARG
<Watcher_> W
<Watcher_> Tk9yVGggdGhpcnR5IGVpZ2h0IGRlZ3JlZXMgZmlmdHkgc2V2ZW4gbWludXRlcyBFaWdodCBwb2ludCB6ZXJvIGZpdmUgc2Vjb25kcyBXRXN0IHNldmVudHkgc2V2ZW4 gZGVncmVlcyBlaWdodCBtaW51dGVzIGZvdXJ0eSBmb3VyIHBvaW50IGVpZ2h0IHR3byBzZWNvbmRzLiBzb0x1dGlvbiB0d28gaWdub3JlIGxvYyBkYXRhIG5vcnRoIH RoaXJ0eSB0d28gZGVncmVlcyBmaWZ0eSB0d28gbWludXRlUyBmaWZ0eSBwb2ludCBzZXZlbiBzZXZlbiBzZWNvbmRzIHdlc3Qgb25lIG8gc2l4IGRlZ3JlZXMgdHdlb nR5IG1pbnV0ZXMgZm91cnR5IG5pbmUgcG9pbnQgZm91ciB6ZXJvIG5vdCBidXJ
<Watcher_> Tk9yVGggdGhpcnR5IGVpZ2h0IGRlZ3JlZXMgZmlmdHkgc2V2ZW4gbWludXRlcyBFaWdodCBwb2ludCB6ZXJvIGZpdmUgc2Vjb25kcyBXRXN0IHNldmVudHkgc2V2ZW4 gZGVncmVlcyBlaWdodCBtaW51dGVzIGZvdXJ0eSBmb3VyIHBvaW50IGVpZ2h0IHR3byBzZWNvbmRzLiBzb0x1dGlvbiB0d28gaWdub3JlIGxvYyBkYXRhIG5vcnRoIH RoaXJ0eSB0d28gZGVncmVlcyBmaWZ0eSB0d28gbWludXRlUyBmaWZ0eSBwb2ludCBzZXZlbiBzZXZlbiBzZWNvbmRzIHdlc3Qgb25lIG8gc2l4IGRlZ3JlZXMgdHdlb nR5IG1pbnV0ZXMgZm91cnR5IG5pbmUgcG9pbnQgZm91ciB6ZXJvIG5vdCBidXJ
<Watcher_> Tk9yVGggdGhpcnR5IGVpZ2h0IGRlZ3JlZXMgZmlmdHkgc2V2ZW4gbWludXRlcyBFaWdodCBwb2ludCB6ZXJvIGZpdmUgc2Vjb25kcyBXRXN0IHNldmVudHkgc2V2ZW4 gZGVncmVlcyBlaWdodCBtaW51dGVzIGZvdXJ0eSBmb3VyIHBvaW50IGVpZ2h0IHR3byBzZWNvbmRzLiBzb0x1dGlvbiB0d28gaWdub3JlIGxvYyBkYXRhIG5vcnRoIH RoaXJ0eSB0d28gZGVncmVlcyBmaWZ0eSB0d28gbWludXRlUyBmaWZ0eSBwb2ludCBzZXZlbiBzZXZlbiBzZWNvbmRzIHdlc3Qgb25lIG8gc2l4IGRlZ3JlZXMgdHdlb nR5IG1pbnV0ZXMgZm91cnR5IG5pbmUgcG9pbnQgZm91ciB6ZXJvIG5vdCBidXJ
<Watcher_> ignore irc error
<Watcher_> incoming message
<Watcher_> Tk9yVGggdGhpcnR5IGVpZ2h0IGRlZ3JlZXMgZmlmdHkgc2V2ZW4gbWludXRlcyBFaWdodCBwb2ludCB6ZXJvIGZpdmUgc2Vjb25kcyBXRXN0IHNldmVudHkgc2V2ZW4 gZGVncmVlcyBlaWdodCBtaW51dGVzIGZvdXJ0eSBmb3VyIHBvaW50IGVpZ2h0IHR3byBzZWNvbmRzLiBzb0x1dGlvbiB0d28gaWdub3JlIGxvYyBkYXRhIG5vcnRoIH
<expertmac2> that's nice
<Watcher_> RoaXJ0eSB0d28gZGVncmVlcyBmaWZ0eSB0d28gbWludXRlUyBmaWZ0eSBwb2ludCBzZXZlbiBzZXZlbiBzZWNvbmRzIHdlc3Qgb25lIG8gc2l4IGRlZ3JlZXMgdHdlb nR5IG1pbnV0ZXMgZm91cnR5IG5pbmUgcG9pbnQgZm91ciB6ZXJvIG5vdCBidXJpZWQgYXQgaW5pdGlhbCBsb2MsIGZseSBIZXJlLiBUcmF2ZWwgZm91cnRlZW4gcG9p
<Watcher_> bnQgb25lIHNpeCBtaWxlcyBlYXN0IHdlIHRyYW5zZmVycmVkIHRoZSBuaW9iaXVtIHRoZXJlLiBBd2FpdCBmdXJ0aGVyIGluc3RydWN0aW9ucy4=
<Watcher_> add
<Watcher_> end message
* Watcher_ (webchat@host-84-9-123-177.dslgb.com) Quit (Quit: Page closed


The ip origin matches the same person as the original IRC clue so it's believed to be genuine.

Once again it's simply run through a base-64 encoder, when decoded it reads:

NOrTh thirty eight degrees fifty seven minutes Eight point zero five seconds WEst seventy seven degrees eight minutes fourty four point eight two seconds. soLution two ignore loc data north thirty two degrees fifty two minuteS fifty point seven seven seconds west one o six degrees twenty minutes fourty nine point four zero not buried at initial loc, fly Here. Travel fourteen point one six miles east we transferred the niobium there. Await further instructions.

SOLUTIONSEdit

The Capital letters spell NOTEWELSH, the message rewritten for easier reading followed by links to the coordinates can be found below.


N38°57'8.05" W77°8'44.82".
Solution two ignore loc data N32°52'50.77" W106°20'49.40" not buried at initial loc, fly here.
Travel 14.16 miles east we transferred the niobium there.
Await further instructions.


38° 57' 8.05 N 77° 8' 44.82" W The Kryptos Statue in CIA Headquarters, Washington

32° 52' 50.77 N 106° 20' 49.40" W White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

-15' 49.35" W 14.16 miles East of the first location leads to a Domino's Pizza in Washington

-14' 39.84" W 14.16 miles East of the second locationleads to a fairly deserted looking area close to Hollomans Air Force Base mentioned in IRC clue 3.


Niobium (symbol Nb) was officially known in USA as Columbium (symbol Cb) for a long time (offically changed to Niobium 1948), but Columbium is still used in some industries in America.

The message text bears some similarity to the second cipher text from the Kryptos Statue in that it refers to buried material and specifies a location in longitude/latitude

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