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    Very good. I suppose the sign helped. ;)

    Your turn again. I'm off to bed soon, so I hope someone else jumps in.
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    I could tell it was a grinder of some kind.The sign told me what went into the grinder.
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    Ok,here's the next challenge.
    What,exactly,is it?Who made it?
    It's an optical device.

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    Here's another photo.

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    Here are more photos.

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    The rules are brief enough and clear,Scifan. Let's hope participants are trustworthy. The thread appears to have been well received. I will take part,hopefully.

    At least the thread is in my threads visited folder, and I don't need to activate your link :)
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    Here's another clue.

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    I already figured out they were small, based on the eyepieces being wider than the lenses; but still not having any luck. Even tried opera glasses with no luck (the wide eyepieces are more common there).

    Out of curiosity, can you find a web image of them with no more info than provided in the pictures (deduced or not)? Just want to know I've got a chance. ;)
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    I just tried a search based on what can be seen and deduced and found an auction for the same model of binoculars on the second page of the search results.
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    Here's another photo.

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    Knew you were hiding the front for some reason. :)

    These are the Folding Minim binoculars (or opera glasses) by British company Negretti & Zambra. Designed in all likely hood by John Henry Barton.
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    You have weathered the storms of frustration to emerge victorious.
    Your turn,twerppoet.

    Here are photos of the engraving I hid in the pictures.

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    Yay! Be a delay. I had something in mind, but I couldn't find an image on the internet, even knowing what it is; so off to get an alternative.
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    Ok, time for a little something different.

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    What is this?

    Would you eat it, and if you would, where are you likely to find it served?
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    Let's take a step back for another view.

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    Definitely there's corn on the cob there,but I have no idea what the other stuff is.
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    Some people like to eat that stuff. Entrepreneurs have had little luck marketing it in the U.S., but some southern neighbors consider it a delicacy.
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    Well I never thought I would live to see the day that "smut" made it on the iPF site. :)

    That would be corn smut. Having grown up in rural southwestern Ontario, I've seen the growth up close. It's caused by a plant fungus.

    It is eaten in Mexico but I had no idea there were attempts to market it as food in the U.S. or Canada.

    If the answer is satisfactory, please open the challenge to the next available player.

    Good night.

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    That's right Admiral.

    I found in in our garden a few years back. Took me a while to find out what it was. Somehow I resisted the urge to give it a taste test. ;)

    As per AdmiralAdama's request, the next challenge post is open to anyone.
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    Here's one.Identify the camera in this photo.In what year was it introduced?When was it discontinued?

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