Mondays are for nerdery. If your appetite for niche quizzes remains unsated by the magnificent Only Connect and its dowdier sisters, Mastermind and University Challenge, you need the Oily Smudges Silhouette Quiz in your life.
Tonight’s Twitter-based challenge will be the 178th – for yes, it started in the Before Times. But it’s one of the bright spots breaking up the petty pace of the lockdown week.
Readers, for the first 170 rounds I was baffled. One Universal Japanese Motorcycle looks much like another to me. Nuances of round vs square mirrors or tail tidies were for people with every back issue of Practical Sportsbike organised and indexed in their mancaves.
Then about 8 weeks ago I finally got my moment on the A-List. For Silhouette number 171 was an MZ.
But it wasn’t an ETZ250 because it didn’t have spoked wheels.
And it wasn’t an ETZ251 because although the tank was a match they don’t have the engine slung in a frame like that.
Clue by clue I wrestled it down and got my DM from Stuart admitting me to the winner’s circle.
Have a go, it’s brilliant fun.
(I still can’t do it for real bikes.)