What's the Time? is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.


US Version

This analog clock fell off the wall and hit the floor so hard that all of the numbers popped off! What a mess...

The clock also stopped working when it hit the ground, but even without the numbers you can still tell exactly what time it fell.

What time is the clock showing? Don't worry about a.m. and p.m.

UK Version

When this wall clock fell to the floor, all the numbers were knocked off and the clock stopped.

Even without the numbers, though, you can tell the time at which the clock stopped.

What time, in hours and minutes, is the clock displaying?

Don't worry about am and pm.


Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

Pay close attention to where the hour and minute hands are pointing. If you have an analog clock handy, you could figure out the answer by playing around with it. But if you just think about how the hands move as the time changes, you should be able to figure it out.

Have you noticed exactly where the hour and minute hands are pointing? What time is it on an analog clock when the hour and minute hands are in a straight line?

The hour and minute hands are each pointing straight at one of the hour marks around the clock, so the time must be right on an hour.

The hour and minute hands are also in a straight line, so what time must it be?

Even if you don't own an analog clock, you can get the answer right away if you visualize the clock hands moving around as the hours go by.

First, picture the hour and minute hands pointing straight up and overlapping at 12:00. Now, as the hands move hour by hour, when is the one time when they end up pointing in a straight line?



Too bad!

Visualize an analog clock, and try again.


US Version


Once you notice exactly where the hour hand is pointing, the rest is pretty easy.

UK Version

That's right!

It's easy once you notice that the hour hand is pointing straight at one of the clock's gradations.


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