Solve This Puzzle: What Is This Mystery Object?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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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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