What’s the time?

A REASONABLY ATTRACTIVE retro-style clock in a Newmarket café. But can you figure out the time?

With the hands exactly the same colour, shape and size as the structural bars you could be excused for missing them altogether. Then you spot the hour hand just before the 12, and shortly afterwards you make out the minute hand. It’s 10 to 12. 

Except it isn’t. That bar the minute hand is hiding behind isn’t marking the 50 minutes position. It’s marking the 47 minutes 30 seconds position. 

It’s the same all the way round the clock: those seemingly helpful lines are set between the numbers, not on them, so they’re all 2 1/2 minutes away from where they should be. 

An attractive decoration, maybe, but as a clock it’s useless. 

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