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Layer by layer, we continue our journey to the center.

Excavation area (in order)

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Excavation plans

Expect plenty of overlap!

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Answer is a thematic phrase.


Text transcript of the excavation area (for copy/paste purposes)

F   S   P   Z   Z   K   H   D   H   K   H   V   R   M   J
S   K   G   P   U   O   W   S   Q   O   D   I   E   B   T
M   A   D   H   K   H   V   R   M   J   J   O   O   R   A
M   T   S   E   X   D   M   T   B   T   E   U   M   E   A
J   A   E   R   I   J   K   Y   R   A   T   E   R   R   U
L   J   L   I   T   H   O   S   P   H   E   R   E   E   V
J   B   C   Y   E   R   X   U   A   U   M   Z   K   H   H
C   Q   X   P   Y   G   K   B   Y   V   B   U   X   T   H
T   F   N   U   M   V   R   O   Q   H   W   A   A   H   Z
H   G   O   W   B   V   J   G   S   P   D   P   H   J   E
P   W   Q   D   U   L   O   X   S   Z   G   E   N   N   Z
M   V   C   D   H   C   U   F   W   K   H   I   O   X   G
B   V   T   G   E   P   N   J   B   Z   M   E   A   J   Z
U   L   C   O   D   I   K   C   K   A   Y   N   R   N   J
H   C   U   F   W   K   M   I   O   L   M   A   F   E   G

U   Z   G   B   P   W   J   V   B   R   O   S   K   K   G
Q   E   S   Y   K   D   K   J   T   V   I   Y   O   I   F
V   L   C   J   X   T   A   F   E   X   B   Y   N   F   M
P   V   Y   R   M   A   N   N   J   L   L   G   J   Q   T
C   B   F   T   E   Q   T   V   W   X   I   C   W   Y   B
E   L   V   V   H   F   N   U   V   E   O   M   P   B   N
Z   A   J   B   H   E   O   W   N   L   S   R   U   F   I
P   O   O   U   P   W   N   D   X   E   M   P   G   O   C
O   O   F   U   H   H   C   O   C   H   S   R   Z   G   Z
G   H   F   S   H   G   T   J   P   F   U   V   J   C   Y
Q   T   Y   J   A   W   C   I   C   P   V   Q   D   N   E
K   S   M   S   L   G   O   V   U   B   O   G   E   R   R
R   Z   L   A   L   U   L   Z   Q   Y   R   S   I   F   M
U   M   F   P   W   R   Q   J   T   V   R   W   I   U   H
N   Y   W   N   V   F   J   Z   A   W   J   T   U   N   D

E   E   C   D   A   F   V   B   O   A   S   C   L   J   A
D   U   V   O   F   H   M   D   O   U   Z   Z   I   N   R
O   Y   V   B   L   T   H   C   W   F   W   G   W   O   S
H   Q   B   F   P   P   M   E   A   H   R   I   P   F   V
Z   B   O   S   O   A   B   S   Q   W   G   Z   Y   J   P
M   N   H   L   S   I   L   P   D   S   P   L   U   I   A
Q   K   Y   U   O   J   C   O   P   C   D   G   S   Q   Q
O   O   R   W   S   V   X   I   K   X   D   S   E   Z   K
J   A   M   B   P   W   G   D   J   Z   Y   Z   F   S   J
B   J   G   D   H   R   T   Y   T   T   Z   E   N   C   M
Q   Z   R   C   E   B   A   R   A   Z   V   X   E   W   S
C   G   M   Q   R   Z   E   L   J   G   R   I   D   Q   U
G   D   F   L   F   Q   H   U   G   U   H   J   O   Q   H
W   H   I   A   H   E   S   W   S   A   S   T   S   I   B
J   B   A   Z   V   L   Y   R   P   D   R   K   F   A   I

H   M   V   Z   Z   F   Z   C   W   N   G   L   S   B   R
O   D   G   J   G   H   B   S   W   C   W   W   D   T   K
W   P   H   H   C   T   K   E   F   O   K   C   V   N   M
J   Q   S   E   D   D   M   P   E   E   Z   Q   D   O   K
N   V   A   J   U   H   Q   T   H   Q   C   I   V   L   V
H   H   O   L   J   Q   J   Q   A   C   S   V   U   I   Q
H   S   A   M   P   G   O   F   R   P   Z   J   K   Q   C
Y   H   A   C   C   I   C   C   W   G   P   L   U   G   G
B   T   O   Y   X   F   O   M   K   Z   D   P   J   H   D
J   E   T   S   T   G   N   M   C   K   H   Z   F   W   A
N   E   A   C   O   H   I   J   F   N   J   Y   F   Q   G
U   V   A   E   Y   R   F   K   L   N   P   I   B   K   A
L   Y   P   F   M   N   A   N   J   V   I   V   O   E   F
P   H   L   D   V   T   Z   I   T   L   S   D   O   O   H
I   B   E   I   M   W   L   Y   W   O   E   B   O   M   P

E   H   G   J   D   M   Q   T   M   C   T   I   J   O   S
O   O   J   Q   C   K   W   F   B   B   D   K   Z   R   P
G   G   B   I   M   C   G   U   A   F   O   Y   I   R   B
V   A   E   S   B   F   I   F   I   Q   K   V   F   H   Z
G   E   Q   Y   K   K   T   P   C   L   P   I   T   G   L
W   L   W   J   A   C   T   I   P   J   E   F   U   W   W
R   L   C   F   Y   Z   N   H   Z   M   B   A   R   G   F
K   Q   D   H   U   Q   I   E   C   E   X   O   J   J   C
D   W   D   Y   L   P   Y   R   L   M   C   Y   I   G   K
Q   O   P   F   T   J   K   V   D   R   M   L   V   V   F
F   O   V   N   S   Z   Z   O   E   Y   N   K   E   Y   J
C   V   T   W   Y   Z   J   N   X   R   D   D   Y   L   R
V   B   N   P   J   K   J   I   R   J   F   A   O   C   G
F   Y   C   R   C   O   T   U   Y   G   U   E   G   O   J
S   S   J   W   P   I   G   Q   P   Y   Q   K   P   Q   B

H   M   P   N   N   Q   U   Z   Z   D   W   Z   M   Y   G
Z   M   A   Y   P   I   L   Q   Z   C   D   I   B   Q   J
W   P   L   D   G   B   J   K   M   V   P   C   N   O   E
T   J   Q   B   Q   V   Q   N   Y   Z   B   S   V   Q   E
D   D   Y   I   A   O   Z   B   G   Q   W   C   M   D   Z
E   V   G   F   I   A   P   A   V   U   S   I   J   K   D
V   C   T   Z   P   Z   D   J   J   V   R   T   T   Q   P
R   C   R   F   I   E   L   Y   S   X   A   W   J   V   F
Z   P   F   C   O   I   O   E   M   X   L   A   E   K   I
S   E   P   Y   I   O   I   B   M   Q   E   N   B   H   W
C   E   E   Z   O   Q   F   R   H   Z   V   A   Z   B   P
G   Z   S   E   R   W   R   M   K   O   Q   E   U   H   Z
G   W   F   U   B   T   I   G   K   H   C   T   I   P   U
A   Q   D   F   Z   I   J   I   Q   I   Z   E   O   P   I
V   Q   B   Q   T   U   U   H   M   W   W   Q   J   H   N

Hint 1

All good excavations require manipulation of the excavation site. Perhaps you should print out the blueprints and work from there?

Hint 2 (updated)

What should you do with the layers? There may be some hints in the letters scattered about.

Hint 3

If you've found a word in the first layer, try finding another one using the second!

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  • $\begingroup$ So, I see what your first hint suggests, but doing so makes no use of your "Expect plenty of overlap!" remark, as far as I can see (so I'm not sure what that's about). Its size is then perfect for rot13(bireynlvat) but I'm not finding anything especially useful when doing so (other than 5 letter correspondences in the first one and 2 in the second, if you know what I mean)... Just wanted to say that I am trying to solve this but just not getting far at the moment! :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 28 '19 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ We need a hint! $\endgroup$ – Ver Nick Nov 29 '19 at 10:00
  • $\begingroup$ What do I do with layers? I make onions and ogres. $\endgroup$ – Avi Dec 1 '19 at 2:46
  • $\begingroup$ / and donkeys too. $\endgroup$ – Ver Nick Dec 1 '19 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ Of course it's obvious we put the areas of excavation on the letter matrixes, but what to do next O_O $\endgroup$ – Ver Nick Dec 2 '19 at 9:35

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