Weekly Quiz 45: Random Questions

RESULTS: Denny Dobry “Kirby,” and Sheils Holtgrieve “Daisy” and Margie Deck “Gwen” were 9/10 this week. Latin in the Canon is pesky, although all came up with plausible, if slightly wide of the mark, alternatives. Answers below.

This week’s quiz returns to those pesky random questions. Please submit solutions by noon, November 14, 2014 to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com

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Weekly Quiz 44

RESULTS:  Denny Dobry “Kirby” was first in for Individual Honors and Margie Deck “Gwen” and Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy” took Team Honors.  They were the only three with the correct solution to “Lord George” Sanger of Sanger’s Circus. He was given the name His Lordship by his father because of his love of fine clothing. His brother, John Sanger, was known as Gentleman John and not Lord John as erroneously reported in Tracy’s Encyclopaedia. Sanger’s was the largest circus in England, and George Sanger greatly admired P.T. Barnum.  Referenced in VEIL.  Well Done to our three Invincibles!

Buttons is feeling a bit otherworldly given that it is Samhain. So, a single question quiz:

This gentleman, his Lordship George, was prominent in this circle. Please name who, what and the book or story in which he is referenced.

Please submit solutions to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com by noon Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Weekly Quiz 42

RESULTS:  Margie Deck “Gwen” and Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy” give us 11/10 with the most creative answer as an extra.  Denny Dobry “Kirby” was a close second.

The Team SOB answer to question #1 was a rich pun:

1. A toast of the British Navy.

Answer: Phelp’s missing Naval Treaty.  Holmes states that Mrs. Hudson has  “…a good idea of breakfast as a Scotchwoman.”; toast is part of a full Scottish Breakfast. The Naval Treaty was placed under the dome of the breakfast plate. NAVA, W., p. 465-466.

Pawky!

The original answer is in the answers below.

NOTE: A correction has been made to Question #9.

This week’s quiz is random. Please submit solutions by noon, October 22, 2014 to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com

 

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Weekly Quiz 41

Last week was Interiors; this week is Exteriors.  Please identify the exterior described and cite the book or story and page number in Doubleday’s one-volume edition of 1930.  Solutions by 12 noon, Wednesday, October 15th please.

This quiz reveals how much Doctor Watson tended to use the same details over again; sort of an exterior recycling.

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Weekly Quiz: 40

RESULTS:  Denny Dobry “Kirby” was first in with 10/10 and alternative answers. Margie Deck “Gwen” and Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy” took the Team honors with 10/10 and also alternative answers.  Great Job, All!

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This week’s quiz is all about interiors.  Where are the interiors described found?  Story, book and page number, please.  Solutions to Buttons by noon Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

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Weekly Quiz: 39

Numbers! Amazing Numbers! (REVISED BELOW)

RESULT:  We DO have a few mathematicians!

Denny Dobry “Kirby” was in first with the correct answer. Sheila Holtgrieve was just slightly later with a more expansive correct answer and we will publish her solution as the answer:

111 Baker Street is the actual address of 221b according to Dr. Gary Chandler Biggs.  111 is a palindrome (reads the same forwards as backwards).  111,111,111 squared is 12,345,678,987,654,321.  This is also a palindrome.  Written out it is:  Twelve quadrillion, three hundred forty-five trillion, six hundred seventy-eight billion, nine hundred eighty-seven million, six hundred fifty-four thousand, three hundred twenty-one.  Add a two to the last number and you get 221.

Pascal’s Triangle is also a form of palindrome.  The triangle can be used to work with the binomial theorem.  Professor Moriarty wrote a treatise on the binomial theorem “At the age of 21 he wrote a treatise upon the binomial theorem, which has had a European vogue.” FINA, W., p. 470.

Note that the last two numbers of 111,111,111 squared are 21, the age that Moriarty wrote the treatise.

Congratulations to Denny and Sheila!  You can’t make this stuff up!

Question:

This week’s quiz concerns numbers, specifically 221B Baker Street and the history of the numbers of that address.

Our favourite house in London with its seventeen steps that our good Dr Watson called “221B Baker Street” was actually “30 York Place,” but York Place was a very short street joining Baker Street and Upper Baker Street, and was renamed at a later date.  The number of the house written of by Dr Watson is known today as 111 Baker Street.

Mrs Hudson’s house was definitively identified by Dr Gray Chandler Briggs, from his discovery in 1930 of a building with the plaque “Camden House” affixed to its outside.  As we know from “The Adventure of the Empty House,” it is directly across from our beloved 221B.

The literary agent, Doyle, chalked it all up to coincidence. However, these coincidences (or realities) support an almost mystical numeric fact.

If we accept 111 as the original Holmesian/Watsonian address, this leads us to a very interesting numeric quiz:

111 is a palindromic number.  Now, multiply this by itself. Look at that number.  It is also a palindromic number.  Now, square the number 111,111,111 and what do you get? Notice that number backwards. Isn’t that astounding?

You CAN do this. It’s just multiplication!  Buttons figured it out on a piece of foolscap with a pencil.

Express the answer as a number and in words.  Solutions by Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  Do we have mathematically-inclined Quiz Masters? Who will be first?

Weekly Quiz: 38

RESULTS:  Beth Gallego “Selena” was first in with 10/10.  Denny Dobry “Kirby” was next with 10/10. Team SOB with Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy” and Margie Deck “Gwen” were 10/10 in the team category. Congratulations to all.  Answers below.

This week’s quiz concerns real and fictional places mentioned in the Canon.  Please choose either “Real” or “Fictional” for each answer, name the place referred to, and cite the book or story where it appears.

Solutions to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com by Noon Wednesday, September 24th.  Enjoy!

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Weekly Quiz: 37

RESULTS:  Three Members found the solution to this incredibly difficult bit of arcane Canonical trivia:Michael Ellis “Lobo” was first-in, followed by Denny Dobry “Kirby” and Beth Gallego “Selena” who provided the most complete answer:

Yule is (was) Sir Henry Yule, co-author of Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India. The other half of the writing team was Arthur Coke Burnell. The glossary contains, among other terms, “Penang lawyer”, the type of walking stick that appears at the beginning of HOUN.

The reference is found as the last entry of the Bibliography of Jack Tracy’s The Encyclopedia Sherlockiana.
Congratulations to the three people in the world who knew this answer!

Question:
Buttons is a bit squishy this week with work on the journal.  Have an easy week and see if you can solve this single question:

Half the team was Yule who understood Colonial Indian culture referred to in the Canon.  Who and what? Who was the other half of the team?

Submissions may be sent up to 12 Noon on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Email to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com

Weekly Quiz: 36

RESULTS:  You DO like simple and fun!  So many more players this week!  Buttons was overwhelmed.

Michele Lopez “Reggie” from Italy’s Uno Studio in Holmes was first in with 100%.
He was followed in just minutes by Melissa Anderson “Faith” with 100%.  Denny Dobry “Kirby” was next with 100%.  Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy” was next with 100%. Michael Ellis “Lobo” came next with 100%. Beth Gallego “Selena” finished with another 100%.  Everybody got Honours!  And nobody picked up on the reference in the set-up to “jeopardy.”  This quiz was modeled after Ken Jennings’ weekly quiz in Parade magazine where he has five things that are all the same. Answers below.

After the grueling and exhausting Treasure Hunt, we return to our Weekly Quiz with a fun and simple one this week having to do with similarities.  Please submit solutions by 7 PM EST, Wednesday, 10 September 2014. You’ll get these fast without any jeopardy.

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Weekly Quiz 2014: 30

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Results:  Elinor Gray “Misty” was first in and takes the honours for the week.  The SOB team of Ariana Maher “Carla,” Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy,” and Margie Deck “Gwen,” triumphed again, adding more to the knowledge of the topic.

Buttons had selected the one reference in the Canon to ‘shotgun’ that is NOT listed in any of the usual references, concordances, encyclopedias, or other word compendiums usually consulted. It was “truncated flowling piece” (a sawed-off shotgun) found in VALL.  This shows once again that Goodrich, Tracy, Baring-Gould and Klinger missed a few now and then.  Answers are above.

This week’s quiz is short, but somewhat difficult.  Have fun!

ONLY TWO DAYS TO THE TREASURE HUNT!

Weekly Quiz 2014: 30

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Results:  Elinor Gray “Misty” was first in and takes the honours for the week.  The SOB team of Ariana Maher “Carla,” Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy,” and Margie Deck “Gwen,” triumphed again, adding more to the knowledge of the topic.

Buttons had selected the one reference in the Canon to ‘shotgun’ that is NOT listed in any of the usual references, concordances, encyclopedias, or other word compendiums usually consulted. It was “truncated flowling piece” (a sawed-off shotgun) found in VALL.  This shows once again that Goodrich, Tracy, Baring-Gould and Klinger missed a few now and then.  Answers are above.

This week’s quiz is short, but somewhat difficult.  Have fun!

ONLY TWO DAYS TO THE TREASURE HUNT!

A Doctor Watson With a Twist, Please

Weekly Quiz 2014: 29
Results:  Our Seattle SOB Team of Margie Deck “Gwen,” Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy,” Ariana Maher “Carla,” and Melissa Anderson “Faith” were the sole honor-takers this week. Congratulations! Answers are below.Seven days to the Treasure Hunt!

This week’s quiz is random but with a few twists. Please submit your solution to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com by 4 pm 23 July 2014.

And, remember:  The Treasure Hunt begins in 13 days!

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Weekly Quiz 2014: 28   Minor Characters of the Canon

RESULTS: The results this week have honours going to Ron Lies, “Chips” for being first in with 10/10 correct answers. Congratulations “Chips”!

Beth Gallego “Selena” also hounoured with a 10/10, as did James O’Leary “Pippin.” Congratulations to these Quiz Masters!

The team entry, as always, was ably mastered by Airiana Maher “Carla,” Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy,” and Margie Deck, “Gwen” of the Seattle SOBs. Congratulations to this trio also!

The answers are posted below. A number of alternative answers were provided by the Masters and, as it always does, this enriched the quiz experience.

This week’s quiz is about the minor characters of the Canon. Please submit solutions to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com by 7 pm Wednesday, 16 July 2014.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Quiz Resumes Today at 4 pm Eastern and the Annual Treasure Hunt Begins in 20 Days

The Weekly Quiz returns today at 4 pm Eastern. Try your powers of deduction and have an hour of Canonical fun.

The Treasure Hunt is 20 days away! This is the World Invitational Treasure Hunt with 150 of the most difficult questions ever assembled.  We welcome all Members, non-members, individuals, teams and Club Teams from across the world.  See the Treasure Hunt page for full information and be ready 1 August 2014!

After this week, a Brief Hiatus

Weekly Quiz 2014: 26

Results:  Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy” and Margie Deck “Gwen” are the only Members to get this one correct. It was obscure, having been written about nearly 40 years ago.  “Daisy” even came up with an earlier usage of the “Divine Miss A” in the literature. Astounding work!  Answer is below.  See you in another week!

This week’s quiz is another small taste of the Treasure Hunt coming up 1 August.  Please submit the solution to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com by 4 pm Wednesday, 2 July 2014.

With the upcoming holiday and the general summer slow down, we will skip a week and resume the quiz on 11 July 2014.

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The Summer Solstice Quiz!

Weekly Quiz 2014: 25

Results:  You all got this quiz in one!  Submissions were received within hours. Congratulations to Elinor Gray “Misty,” Beth Gallego “Selena,” Melissa Anderson “Faith,” and our team of Sheila Holtgrieve “Daisy” and Margie Deck “Gwen” for their successes.  Must have been the Solstice!  Answers are below.

In celebration of the Summer Solstice tomorrow, we have this week’s quiz to delight you. Illuminations and solutions may be sent to Arthur Uther Pendragon via the usual mail: buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com

Come to think of it . . . I fail to recall the mention of the Summer Solstice–or any solstice–in the Canon. We have equinoctial gales, but no solstice. No Druids either.

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