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Put on your thinking caps, have as many guesses as you want – and most of all, have fun. Your time starts …. NOW!

Spoiler alert: do not read any further unless you want the answer revealed.

Solved in about 90 minutes by Melbourne-based Red Bubbler JFPictures, who correctly identified it as a cut-away section of a guitar. This was shot while it was displayed on a wall in a New York store, with the permission of the staff.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/6 sec, ISO 800, focal length 88mm.

Featured in ALRIGHT, WHAT IS IT? August 2010.

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  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraabout 4 years ago

    Is it a toy/game David? it’s a difficult one!

  • Welcome aboard, Alixzandra. It’s not a toy or a game, no …. will give a clue as soon as you need one or ask for one.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyabout 4 years ago

    Is it a sideways table top?

  • Hi Betty, no a sideways table top. But I can see your reasoning ….

    – David McMahon

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraabout 4 years ago

    So then, does something go through the hole like planting etc?

  • No, you wouldn’t plant anything here. And in answer to the question, no, NOTHING goes in the hole. All will be revealed.

    – David McMahon

  • Virginia Kelser Jones
    Virginia Kelse...about 4 years ago

    WEll darn David, this is hard. OK I’m guessing some kind of wooden gears. BTW, I did this for a while on my Paris blog. I called it What Is It? Where Is It? I need to hunt around and see what I can dig up then you can play on my blog! :)

  • It’s certainly wooden, but not gears. Yes, please give me the link to your blog contest and I’ll check it out right away …

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyabout 4 years ago

    hmm, a hole in an old school desk top — for ink or something? I am not really good at puzzles!

  • Think they used to call them “inkwells”, right? No, this is not a shot of an old school desk, Betty. It’ may be (HINT, HINT) old school, but it’s not a desk.

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyabout 4 years ago

    Old school…. something to do with ties?

  • Sorry, I should have clarified that, Betty. I meant old fashioned, or something that has not changed over the years …. didn’t mean to mislead you. It has nothing to do with school.

    – David McMahon

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraabout 4 years ago

    So you slotted something in the hole like a paint paint pot etc?

  • Nope, you would NOT put anything in this hole. Trust me.

    – David McMahon

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture David.

    Debra

  • Thanks, Debra – it was a VERY difficult angle, as you’ll understand when the answer is revealed.

    – David McMahon

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraabout 4 years ago

    So it is something you throw something through then?

  • No, Alixzandra, you (hint) put something across the hole rather than throw something through it.

    – David McMahon

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 4 years ago

    Is it a daVinci machine?
    We have a display of them at the Museum of the Rockies right now.

  • Hi Kay, I’m heading to the Museum of the Rockies right away! No, it’s not a daVinci machine …. but I like the sound of what you’re saying.

    – David McMahon

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