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This wooden gadget had us stumped but our read­ers de­liv­ered a huge range of po­ten­tial an­swers. Some likened the con­i­cal shape to a rat guard at­tached to the ropes of moored ships, while oth­ers thought it was used in­side socks while darn­ing. Oth­ers in­clud­ing Mary Tomkin­son, John Wil­son, Judi Bret­toner, Pe­ter Hul­combe, Sarah Thomas, Anna-Christina Lees and Ste­wart Ross all thought it was a spin­ning top.

A more likely sug­ges­tion was the weighted end of a plumb bob, an in­stru­ment used to gain a ver­ti­cal ref­er­ence line. Well done to Keith Brown, Jan­ice Burn, Diana Brownell, Kerry Turfrey, John Kingston and Julie Kapeller.

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