Guess What? May 2013
In a circle, in a row – which end is up?
by Bob Cahn – “The Primitive Man”
It’s confusion time again – and can we pile it on with a trowel.
A series of thin rectangular slabs of flat hardwood – flexibly connected to form various figural profiles; to what purpose?
A carved lizard head at one end with the completed tail at the other – lending an artistic touch.
Motion is involved – similar to the ripple of a “domino effect” – a little like the undulation during a Chinese New Year’s Day Dragon Dance.
It’s your job to sift through these subtle clues and zero in on the answer from among the following.
1) Native baker’s graham cracker mold
2) Superstitious “outside the hut” evil talisman warning
3) Primitive mechanical hand-held playing card apparatus
4) Training gate racing blocks for flea circus Olympic hopefuls
5) Form for ice cream sandwich cookie slices
6) Native dance festival clacking rhythm noise maker
7) Thailand intelligence agency window slat signal device prototype
8) Jungle hotel front desk guest check-in message center slots
9) Native one hut school room science model demonstrating the theory of “The Domino Principle” of motion and effect
10) Asian arts and crafts tourist bazaar abstract carved lizard souvenir.
That’s the gamut. Pick one. ’Til next time!
Answer to April’s Guess What?
The Victorians made gracious dining an art form – creating a utensil for every conceivable occasion, as witnessed by last month’s Guess What highlight.
Featured was a pair of sterling silver (slightly different designs) horizontal cucumber slice serving forks – with slight depression bowl bottoms and tiny tine teeth to enable one to slither it under or spear as you choose, one slice at a time.
This pattern was made by Rogers and Hamilton.*
*Many thanx to Anne Slater of Pacific Palisades, CA for her expertise (showing at Mike Grimes Del Mar Antiques Fair).
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