SOMETIMES it is best not to overthink things. Last week’s mystery item looks a lot like a ball weight from a prisoner’s ball and chain. Guess what? That is exactly what it was!
It crossed our minds that in the past anything convict-related has been far too easy for our readers. Surprisingly the list of those with the correct answer was fairly petite: Adrian Jack, Lynn Mather, Stewart Edwards and Judi Brettoner.
Some readers thought it was used for checking water depth and a few believed it to be part of a steam boiler.