December 30, 2005

Rorschach test

What is it?


At 12/30/2005 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 17th Legislative District, upside down.

At 12/30/2005 7:24 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I think it looks like some Hopi dancer or something...

I posted this at around 6:30 a.m. or so, and within 15 minutes or so, an anonymous commenter had written in and blown the mystery, thus pissing me off and putting me in a bad mood. (Is it too much to ask to expect a few wild guesses?)

The fact that it was guessed so quickly made me so grumpy that I'm not going to post their answer until more time has elapsed in order to give others a shot.

Of all the blogs in all the world, this know-it-all has to wander into mine at this un-Godly early hour and blast my little puzzle out of the water. I can't win for losing.

Maybe I should have made the picture about the size of a piece of confetti. Maybe then people would actually have to work at it?

At 12/30/2005 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A map of East Moline's proposed new TIF District?

At 12/30/2005 1:39 PM, Blogger Kankakee Voice said...

Upside down mirror image of Il. 17 CD. Or a long dead flattened and splattered crab. Or on one of those weird abstract "art" pieces.

At 12/30/2005 1:55 PM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

It's the 17th Congressional District rotated 180 degrees

At 12/30/2005 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a crab claw?

At 12/30/2005 3:01 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So far I'v gotten 3 correct answers. (which I've not published ... yet)

I'll give people until later tonight to offer their guesses, then publish the comments that got it right.

At 12/30/2005 3:23 PM, Blogger Tom Benson said...

It's the 17th Congressional District backwards.

I better get this one right!!

At 12/30/2005 3:57 PM, Anonymous Puzzler said...

It's an upside down map of the 17th Leg. District.

At 12/30/2005 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dope- just got home from work. I am sorry I guessed your picture first thing this AM. I hope you look at it as the fact that you have a lierate crowd, not someone trying to ruin your day. My profuse apologies.

At 12/30/2005 7:12 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon... no apologies needed!

I thought I had a clever idea and thought it might stump people, at least for a while, and when you nailed it succinctly within minutes of my putting it up... well, I guess I was a bit frustrated. Ha! Forgive ME for grumbling in jest.

And you're right. This shows that there are many astute and well informed readers here, a good thing.

So there you have it. The picture is of the map of the 17th Congressional District currently held by Lane Evans, turned upside down (though not mirrored, though I probably should have done that too.)

It's probably one of the most tortuously gerrymandered districts in the entire country.

So a tip of the Dope hat to Anonymous, who nailed it immediately, and to Puzzler, Highxlr8r, Tom Benson (you're right, you better know this), and the lovely and talented Kankakee Voice for all being spot on.


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