Presumably the OP realised that the Roman numeral equivalent would go down
like a lead balloon with typical news server spam filters.
ObPuzzleMetalworkWoodwork: devise a machine in wood and metal that, given
N, can calculate the proportion of numbers in the range 1 to N whose Roman
numeral representations would tickle a typical news server's filters. Make
sure your solution is well-oiled, sanded down, and easily representable in
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1289- high current ammeter. The meter is a voltmeter/millivoltmeter,
and measures the voltage drop across the short section of metal bar.
A force guage- the metal prongs go into 2 pieces that get pulled apart
or pushed together, the meter is a mechanical movement that amplifies
the tiny amount of strech or compression in the bar.
I think a hammer like the one shown has been on here before, but I'm
not going to 'cheat' and go look it up...
1289. Finally something I have actually seen! Used in olden days to put a
high current load on a 2 volt cell in a car battery and measure the voltage
under load conditions.
I'm glad to see you have given up on the Roman numbers, ... again. I hope
it lasts this time.
Still having problems with the images showing up on opera
depending on the size. I wonder what blogspot changed in the wrappers
of the web page to bring up this sensitivity?
1289) A charge meter for a single cell in an old style automotive
battery. The points stick through the tar covering the bars
connecting one cell to its neighbor, a *lot* of current flows
through the square bar (I suspect nickel plated copper), and
either the resulting magnetic field deflects a needle connected
to a permanent magnet, or there is a real meter movement in
there which is measuring the voltage between the two pins or
screws which secure the meter movement to the bar.
1290) A device to bind a group of rods or sticks together in the loop
of rope coming out of holes in the cast iron part.
1291) An interesting hammer -- but no clue why the deep slots at
right angles in one face.
It looks as though it is held in contact with something while
another hammer strikes the un-slotted face.
1292) AT a guess -- a tool for moving leather belts and holding them
while they are decoratively tooled.
Or maybe for holding machine driving leather belts while they
are being joined.
1293) It looks like an incomplete still -- probably for purifying
water in small quantities.
1294) A stereoscopic viewer, or an optical rangefinder.
Now to see what others have guessed.
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1289 - I'd really like to see the opposite side of the round box in the
middle, but maybe that would give too much away. At first glance, this
appears to be a spanner or gear puller, but the overall design doesn't
seem quite right for that in the general cases: if a spanner, the
handles aren't spaced to provide too much leverage, especially given how
strongly the rest of the unit appears to be constructed; and if a
puller, it seems to be missing the rather essential pulling apparatus.
Maybe this is some office tool used to bind papers into impromptu books,
rather like a ring binder but using some other technology.
1290 - Clamping device for round stuff; maybe to bind shocks of grain or
broom heads together, or maybe a tourniquet for extreme first aid of man
or beast. Rotating the axle winds or unwinds the rope, which seems to
pass through the middle of the crescent-shaped part. Constructing one
would be an interesting project in drilling and shaping wood.
1291 - A hammer of some sort. Assuming the head alone is 4.5" long (and
not the handle), it's for...ummm...maybe fencing? If the entire thing
is petite, it may be a punch for patterning wood carvings.
1292 - Stropping machine for straight razors or other keen knives,
missing a leather belt?
1293 - Some specialized distillation apparatus; it appears the
condensate is intended to be collected in the upper glass jar with a
spout, and overflow into the lower jar. Perhaps this was for
determining the potency of alcoholic beverages for taxation purposes.
1294 - Optical rangefinder or angle finder--probably angle finder, as a
rangefinder should have two relatively widely separated lenses that are
optically superimposed, rather than a single centralized one.
Rather a tricky set this time for me.
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