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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

What Is Wrong In These Pictures? (13-15)

Not sure how good an idea it was to post five of these in a week but with some relief we’re on to the last set of three pictures from my dad’s 1927 edition of the wonderful Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopedia. Each contains an error to identify. My answers and the answers are below.

I’ve not posted so frequently before and wonder at the energy of bloggers who post every day. There are more picture puzzles in the ten-volume encyclopedia but I need at least six months rest before looking at any more, and maybe then only one set of three pictures a month. What do people think?

My overall score so far is 6/12. Got them all wrong last time. Hoping for better this time.


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MY ANSWERS AND THE ANSWERS

13. Easy. Everybody knows spiders have eight legs. 7/13.

14. The flower looks like a concoction of all kinds of things, but I don’t know exactly. Evidently it is a passion flower and should therefore have five petals and sepals rather than six. Did the gardeners get that one? I didn’t. 7/14.

15. Once a train spotter always a train spotter. Got it right. The flanges should be inside the tracks on the inside edges of the wheels, not the outside edges. As drawn it would only work after a complete redesign of the track and points. 8/15. (And incidentally, there may be a second error which is that by 1927 British Railways had no such three-headlamp code. Apart from the Royal Train they used a maximum of two headlamps to identify the type of train. They were placed in different arrangements on the funnel and across the buffer bar, but only two were used. Furthermore, what is called a railway carriage in the answers is actually a locomotive. Do I get a bonus point?) 

So, overall, with a little generosity, eight out of fifteen = 53%  Much better than with the room and the steamer puzzles linked to the first set of three. That would have been a 2:2 in my university days. Not acceptable. I’ll have to find another set and try harder.

Back to normal posts next time. 

Here is the whole page followed by the answers .



23 comments:

  1. I only got the spider correct. How's a girl supposed to know anything about steam trains??

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    1. Is that 8/15 overall then? It's a good score to get.

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  2. I even missed the easy one about the spider.

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    1. You were rushing them and not looking properly.

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  3. "What do people think?" People think that The Blonde Fuhrer will "Get Brexit Done". People think that "Love Island" is a great TV show. People think that Sooty and Sweep are real. As for the old picture puzzles - a fun idea - but being a cleverdick I worked them all out without peeping at the answers. I'm just sayin'.

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    1. Sooty and Sweep are real Mr. Corbett.

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    2. I bet you believe the other two as well Mr Gullible.

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    3. And Basil Brush - he has aged so well compared with the other Crackerjack presenters.

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  4. I got the spider and the train but not the flower. I enjoyed these and as I said before it's a fun way to learn something new. I could never post everyday but I do enjoy keeping up with so many nice people here on blogger. I think you should get a bonus point and if not for the train then for making all these posts! This could be a fun once a month feature. Thank you for doing this.

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    1. Thanks. I'll not forget about gnomons and ostrich toes!

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  5. I only got the spider. My knowledge of trains let me down here although I am just thinking that I have done several jigsaw puzzles of trains like this so if I had dug out one of those and looked I may have spotted the mistake. However, I didn't. The flower one was a complete mystery. That gives me 11/15 overall. You should have the bonus point for the extra train knowledge and, as Bonnie says, going to all the effort of making these posts. Thanks. Very enjoyable.

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    1. Thank you. I'll give it a rest for now and look for some more in a few months. It's a brilliant encyclopedia. 11/15 is 73% - first class and the best anyone will admit to. At one point it looked like you were going to get them all.

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    2. We had a family encyclopaedia and my brother and I knew it off by heart (and the TV Quiz books). He now cant remember a thing. The picture quiz was fun. Thanks again.

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  6. Posting once a month seems might fine, indeed. Even though I don't excel at spotting the problem with these images, I really enjoy trying!

    Spider was clear. The passion flower looked 'busy', but I couldn't figure out the answer. The train track looked 'off', but I didn't know how to articulate the issue. Kids in 1927 were brilliant, apparently. ;)

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    1. My dad was. He must have spent a lot of time reading these books - they didn't have so many distractions.

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  7. "Back to normal posts next time." Thank goodness!

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    1. Oh dear! Sorry, I've got one taking shape in my head - plus a "new month old post" to be selected. Hope they're not so painful.

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  8. I enjoy a good pub quiz and also liked these picture quizzes, even though I wasn't doing particularly well with them. Many things I simply didn't know because I am in a different country (and time).
    With this one, I had no clue about the train; I did think something didn't look right with the flower but couldn't put my finger on it. As for the spider - you will laugh when I tell you that it did not even occur to me to count its legs! Instead, I thought spiders usually sit in their webs head down...

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    1. You've just had me googling pictures of spiders in webs, and would you believe it, if you only consider those where spiders are waiting in the centre of their web and ignore where spiders are in other parts, then in almost every case the spider has its head down. Award yourself five hunndred bonus points for a scientific discovery of immense significance.

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  9. The spider was the easiest of them all and the train's wheels just 'looked' wrong, but I couldn't have told you why.
    It's a relief to know that we can all rest on our laurels ( think I got a total of four right! ) for a couple of weeks till the next onslaught.

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    1. A couple of weeks! No way. I don't think I could face that myself. It'll be at least 6 months. I think you should be allowed to count it if you knew the wheels looked wrong.

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  10. 0 out of 6 for the last 6 because I saw the answer before I counted the spider's legs. Big fail.

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    1. If you honestly knew you knew then you can probably count it. I won't tell anyone. I should have put the answers further down from the pictures.

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