I saw this on Grandpa's desk today.

"Is this some kind of clock?", I asked him

His usual non-answer reply

"May be. At my age this is all I need- timewise-son"

What is it? How can we explain the time--if that is what it is.

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This 'clock' is actually:


Here each number on a normal clock face:

has been replaced by the A1Z26 numeric value representing the initial letter of that numbered month (i.e. 1 becomes 10 - 'J' for January, etc.)

The arrow shows Grandpa:

The current month - 15 is 'O' for October! (The year in sequence is J-F-M-A-M-J-J-A-S-O-N-D - or 10-6-13-1-13-10-10-1-19-15-14-4 as depicted here...)

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    $\begingroup$ Could you not wait until I finish writing the question???? Amazing $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 13:16
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    $\begingroup$ Ha! Sorry @DrD :) I was testing out my time machine ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ Jeez that was fast, by the time I saw this puzzle it was solved, by the way I created a puzzle with you in mind today, want to have a stab? I think you are probably the only person that can solve it here. $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 13:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Deepthinker101 Aha, I think I know it - just need some time! Don't rule out the rest of the community so quickly though - I wouldn't be surprised if someone else gets it in the meantime! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 13:34

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