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Carl Webb. Football. Gordon Cramer. The Swinburne W and the Tamam Shud Code.

The Swinburne Technical College under-16 football team photo from 1921 lists a “C. Webb” — but doesn’t identify which one is him.

This is old news as everybody from Nick Pelling to Derek Abbott and back has had a shot at guessing which one of these blokes is Webb  … so we might as well join the party – but being a renegade outfit we’ll do it a little differently and identify which one of the team isn’t Webb. How hard could that be? You call them, I’ll discard them, see who’s left.

The team excluding the coach is 20 strong  .. numbered from top left

1 2 3 4 {coach} 5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 {placard} 19 20


Then, just to while away the time between eliminations a man might wonder why the W in Swinburne is very similar to the W in the first and third lines of the code. And that arrow by the way is Gordon C, bless him, showing us where the code writer hid a telephone number.

Then   … just for the sake of it, if we ignore the first letter in every line of over seven letters and likewise ignore the letter A in the seventh position and everything after it on those lines  —  we end up having twenty letters left.

20 players. 20 letters. 20 names.

Now my head hurts, which could be ok because we know Carl had a problem with his.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. thedude747 #

    Nick P nominated number 9 which surprises me because Nicks a smart guy and that’s a bad guess. His features and dark brown coloring are not even close to a semi ginger nut more angular type so lets exclude him as well as numbers 5 and 7 who are of a background which rules them out IMHO.

    October 27, 2022
  2. The Sly Dog #

    I don’t know why no one is buying in, must be all punted out from the Melbourne Cup… so I’d rule out:
    1, 2, 3, 4, obviously the coach, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 14, 16, 17, 18, the placard, 19, 20. Only man standing looks to have steel grey blue eyes, big ears but check out hud mouth… a stone-cold daft expression just like post mortem SM.

    November 5, 2022

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