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“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: December 2013

Now that we’re back to our regular twice-weekly schedule of posts, it’s time to bring back our crocodile mystery series! 1 As a refresher, the series posts a mystery item at the (approximate) beginning of each month, inviting speculations in the comments about what it is and what its significance might be. The following week one of our regular authors shares the reveal and explanation.

Here, then, is your mystery for the last month of the year 2013:

What's this?
What’s this?

Please share your thoughts and observations and questions below in the comments and come back next week for the reveal!

  1. Can’t remember why we refer to these things as crocodiles? It’s a reference to a line from Antony and Cleopatra—check out Sarah’s explanation back in the series debut.


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