Solve This Puzzle: What Is This Mystery Object? by David McMahon

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Any ideas?

Solved by Spencer Copping and CapturedbyKylie, who worked out a) that it was a bench and b) the reflection show the armrests/ dividers on the bench.

This was shot on a hot, humid morning in Singapore’s Orchard Road three years ago.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.


Featured in VISUAL PUZZLES, December 2010.


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  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    Handles/Steps of some description!! Out of doors.
    Cheers neil

  • Not steps, Neil. They are not exactly handles in the conventional sense, though.

    – David McMahon

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    Or indoors at a swimming pool?

  • Not at a swimming pool, Neil.

    – David McMahon

  • SpencerCopping
    SpencerCoppingabout 4 years ago

    This looks like it could be a bench?

  • Yes, Spencer, it is indeed a bench – shot in Singapore. The reflection caught my attention!

    – David McMahon

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieabout 4 years ago

    from the thumbnail i thought it was the gates at the entrance to a supermarket, but i know that’s definately incorrect.

    is it armrests on a park bench? i know they put those arm rests on Sydney’s ones now as it supposedly stops the homeless from sleeping on them (so i was told).

  • Yup, side or armrests on a bench in Singapore, Kylie. Interesting info about Sydney – I didn’t know that.

    – David McMahon

  • LBrammer
    LBrammerabout 4 years ago

    Could it be a seat at a train station?

  • It is a seat, Linda – see the answers above.

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldabout 4 years ago

    bugger, Linda got there first!

  • But I’m nonetheless delighted that you chose to visit, Sir Solver of Visual Riddles.

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    wonderful capture, I would never have guessed a bench, LOL!

  • If I’d shot it from a foot further back, you would have picked it immediately, Sandra!

    – David McMahon

  • mando13
    mando13about 4 years ago


  • Tomb it may concern, hey, Mando!

    – David McMahon

  • Janis Read-Walters
    Janis Read-Wal...about 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS you have been featured in All about finding the Unusual in the usual – love this David :o)

  • Thank you So much, Janis. Delighted at being honoured in your great group.

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 4 years ago

    I thought it looked like a bench I had seen before in my life… looked at the answers and indeed I have most probably SAT on that bench needing some water :-)

    Great capture and congratulations on your feature! :-D

  • I knew you have spent time in Singapore before and because this was shot on Orchard Rd, I wondered whether you would solve it triumphantly and say you have a similar image of the same bench!

    – David McMahon

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