Agrestic abstruseness 11

Matthew Chatfield
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Once more Find the Fault rides forth, and this one is a proper one from the box, don’t worry. Answers to FTF10 are now online. The rules are simple; examine the card, find what’s wrong, leave a comment below to spell it out. Points for all correct answers, and Nicholas Parsons-style bonus marks for entertaining or clever ones.

Find the fault 11

I’m not expecting the main answer to tax you too much here. But some good bonuses lurk, I think! Answers below

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

7 thoughts on “Agrestic abstruseness 11

  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    The official answer reads:

    The man is using a pickaxe to fell a tree

    So full marks to pascal, and bonus to Simes for chiming in.

    Any other bonuses? Oh yes. One to pascal for the chimney. So obvious when you know. One more to Simes for some wise arboricultural advice; one each to Cat and Ruth for absurdism. It’s easy, ladies, I know, but I’m a sucker for it.

    Tim gets a bonus for the very good observation about the height of the cut. Nobody who wanted the timber would ever waste so much wood. And finally, one for Richard for gate-related impudence.

    Well done all! Next one coming up.

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    I know it is called a pick ax, but not all axes are used to cut down trees. It also might be easier to just demolish the shed than to destroy by having the tree land on it.

    It does look like a golf swing, Simes, are your hips supposed to be that far ahead of your swing? I can never remember.

    Oh, and there is no gate for us to point out the errors in.

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    Apart from the increadibly obvious – there is no satellite dish on the shed, the so called woodman is putting the felling cuts halfway up the trunk, thus wasting much wood, and neither coppicing or pollarding. Ok, so for my proper answer – The tree is not actually being felled. It’s quite clearly trick photography. So how do I deduce this? The figure shown is as tall, if not taller than the hut, therefore he is a giant at 5 metres tall (see HM the Cats post), and as we all know giants do not exist and hence the tree can not be about to be felled with a pick axe.

    If I am wrong however, here is suggestion number two. It has to be the wrong time of year for felling as the sky is blue and the fluffy clouds are on the horizon so it must be bird nesting season or there abouts! Oh and I bet you he does not have a felling licence. Unless it’s not in set in the UK and then nobody cares about the rules.

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    He is oblivious to the herd of spiky pale green creatures creeping up on him from behind the shed.

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    He needs to ensure the tree will not fall onto any wild giraffes. Something seems to have been nibbling the bottom five metres of foliage off those spindly-looking trees.

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    Why would anyone be practicing their golf swing with a pickaxe so close to a dangerous tree?

    I assume that the ‘correct answer’ is that you would not use a pick to fell a tree, one could also comment that the cuts are too high, wasting several feet of timber, and the mouth cut is higher than the felling cut when it should be lower. Also he is felling directly into the low sun so would not be bale to tell if there was a danger of causing injury by the tree falling. And finally – even all those years ago I would have expected some form of minimal PPE!

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    According to the chimney, you’re probably bumping into the stove as your enter the hut.

    The woodcutter seems to be a little on the side. The falling tree is probably not going to miss the hut by much.

    OK, it’s either not the right position to uproot the tree with a pickaxe, or not the right tool to cut the tree…

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