With unparalleled speed and prowess, Keith Brown again crossed the line well ahead of the peloton to be first to correctly identify last week’s mystery item as a braille slate, used to write text to be read by blind people.
Keith says a stylus is used with the slate to make the appropriate indentations in each square for different letters. Blind readers can then read by moving their fingertips over the bumps created by poking the stylus through the paper. Blind French scholar Louis Braille derived the system from an early form of military night writing in the 19th century.
Those who answered correctly include Arthur Sale, Bob Nichols, Peter Walker, Hugh Boughton, Anna-Christina Lees, Elke Walter and Sharon Kranz, Gail Oakes, Cathy Jenkins and Stewart Edwards.