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Solve This Puzzle: What Is This Mystery Object? by David McMahon
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Put on your thinking caps ….. you can have as many guesses as you want.

Spoiler alert: do not look any further unless you want to see the answer.

Solved on the first guess by Evelina Kremsdorf, the US-based Red Bubbler who has taken out both challenges this weekend and has a total of three correct solutions in this series.

Yes, it’s a car hood and trunk. I was walking across Princes Bridge here in Melbourne in November last year when I noticed a black convertible not far away. It was stopped in traffic and I noticed the driver was looking at the dashboard. A few seconds later the lights changed and the traffic began to move slowly – and I realised that as the convertible inched away, the driver had triggered the control to close the hood. Up came the trunk, out came the hood and in a few seconds she had a roof over her head again.

But it all happened while the car was moving, and I had to weave through pedestrians to fire off just one frame before the hood and trunk closed. It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone do this in traffic, while moving – albeit slowly!

The white object beside the convertible is a tram, or a streetcar, as some of you might know it.

Follow-up question: If a two-door convertible is referred to as a cabrio, or cabriolet, what is a four-door convertible called?

Solved on the first guess by UK-based Red Bubbler Sazfab who correctly said a four-door convertible is a phaeton, a French word that derives from the era of the open, four-wheeled carriage that was usually pulled by two horses. This is Sazfab’s sixth correct answer in the series.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.

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Comments

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfover 4 years ago

    Car hood!

  • That’s one part of it …

    – David McMahon

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfover 4 years ago

    … or trunk?..

  • That’s the other! The title (again) is yours!

    – David McMahon

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfover 4 years ago

    Bring out the trophy already!

  • It should be winging its way to your front door now! Let me just update this, with a link to you ….

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    Darn that I am at work, I saw that and said “boot of a car” :-P

  • Spot-on – and to think you and Evelina were joint winners yesterday!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    (do I get credit for using english english rather than american english? hehe)

  • Yes, absolutely – I grew up in India, where the (excellent) education system was predicated along the English system, so I say ``boot’’ and ``roof’’ as well … and engine, rather than motor!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    (btw congratulations Evelina!) sorry this is over 3 messages… I now wish I knew what kind of car it was… that should be a follow up question :-P

  • No worries at all – didn’t have time to notice the car’s badge. OK, will come up with a follow-up question. Gimme five minutes ….

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    lol, ok, shall miss it though probably as going home (back before the crack o’ dawn tomorrow) but i shall certainly look for it when i can…. watching is as much fun as trying to participate :-)

    as for the joint winners thing, you could just think it is sad that there is little better to do on a friday and saturday night hehe…

  • Follow-up question has been added, thanks to you!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    hehe, ok i saw the comment and i have no idea :-P

  • Thanks for the suggestion, though.

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    and awesome, thanks :-)

  • Glad you liked it.

    – David McMahon

  • Sazfab
    Sazfabover 4 years ago

    bugger l’m late again…..shucks…

  • No, there’s a follow-up question. And I know you’d be familiar with the answer.

    – David McMahon

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