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

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Put on your thinking caps, enjoy the series of follow-up questions, have as many guesses as you want – but most of all, have fun. Your time starts … NOW!

Solved on the first guess by Pat Yager, who identified it as an iron, shot from directly above.

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION: See if you can solve this without Googing the answer …. Who once said (tongue-in-cheek, we hope) “I buried a lot of my ironing in the back yard”? Solved by Kay Kempton Raade, who answered Phyllis Diller.

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION No. 2: Which 1988 comedy film gave us this memorable repartee:

``Under a table, on a chair or an ironing board.’’

“On an ironing board?’’

``I’m not doing anything on an ironing board.’’

Solved by Linda Bianic, who answered “Biloxi Blues”.


Who played the title role in the Oscar-nominated (2008) action-adventure film “Iron Man”?

Solved (again!!) by Kay Kempton Raade, who answered it was Robert Downey Jr.

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, 1/20, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.

Featured in ALRIGHT, WHAT IS IT? April 2011.


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  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 4 years ago

    Hi, David! How ’bout an iron, taken from the top?

  • Nailed it in one, Pat! It’s a steam iron!

    – David McMahon

  • Rachel Stickney
    Rachel Stickneyalmost 4 years ago

    Shoot, Pat beat me! I knew it was an iron from the thumbnail.

  • Don’t go anywhere, Rachel – there are (fun) follow-up questions coming. Just about to post one!

    – David McMahon

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 4 years ago

    Shoot, every woman knows this look! Nice color.

  • Isn’t it a great colour, Kay. The soft light was natural afternoon tones – taken about a fortnight ago. See if you can solve the follow-up question!

    – David McMahon

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 4 years ago

    Sounds like Phyllis Diller or Rosanne Barr. Domestic goddesses, both.

  • Bingo – Phyllis Diller is right! On more follow-up question coming … stay tuned for a bit of fun.

    – David McMahon

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 4 years ago

    Wasn’t that Robert Downy Jr. Maybe he’d do my ironing.

  • It certainly was Robert Downey Jr, Kay. He’s on his way now to do your ironing, I am reliably informed! Updating this with a link to you now.

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 4 years ago

    follow up #2.. was it Who Framed Roger Rabbit???

  • No rabbits, just brothers … ahem. Hint ….

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 4 years ago

    Biloxi Blues! wow, havent seen that for ages!!!!

  • That’s the one!! Well solved, Linda. I must go back to posting these “mystery images” every weekend once more. Just updating this with a link to you ….

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    I saw the thumbnail said “it looks like an iron”… out loud but to no-one in particular…. but see that it was solved already, heh… Congratulatiosn Pat for guessing it and to Kay for answering BOTH follow up questions! :-D I would not have known the answer to either :-)

  • Next time, I’ll let you know in advance before I post one!

    – David McMahon

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...almost 4 years ago

    Bugger too late David !!

  • Never too late, Colin. I used to do these regularly, every weekend, but will resume the practice!

    – David McMahon

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 4 years ago

    If I hadn’t of been doing the ironing I’d of seen this much earlier.!!!LOL
    Cheers Neil

  • Chuckling, Neil! I hope you weren’t ironing “bored”!

    – David McMahon

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