The Annual John H Watson Canonical Treasure Hunt
The Ultimate Sherlockian Quiz
The 6th Annual Treasure Hunt will begin August 1, 2018. Watch this page for notices and updates.
In keeping with the long-standing tradition of canonical quizzing among Sherlock Holmes society members around the world, The John H Watson Society invites all Sherlockians, Holmesians, and Watsonians to participate in the Annual John H Watson Society Canonical Treasure Hunt.
The goal of the Treasure Hunt is to bring together Watsonians, Sherlockians, and Holmesians on a global, collegial basis to further the scholarship and enjoyment of our mutual interest in all things 1895. The JHWS hopes participants will find the Treasure Hunt to be the definitive — and the most enjoyable — canonical quiz. The competition runs from August 1 through September 1 each year.
The Treasure Hunt involves encryption, obscure references, geographic and biologic inferences, people, objects, dates, unique terminology, and all manner of canonical knowledge. While most answers will be no more than two to ten words, the questions are not simple. See the Resources and Rules pages for guidelines on completing the Treasure Hunt. The Treasure Hunt is a difficult 100 question quiz designed to challenge participants’ knowledge of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson, and their world. The competition is open to individual participants and to teams of two to five. The JHWS welcomes and encourages participation from all over the world.
And there are awards! The first individual and first team to submit the most correct answers will each receive a unique and distinctive award from the JHWS. The JHWS hopes that over the years these singular awards will become Watsonian/Sherlockian treasures.
Questions about the annual treasure hunt, or the JHWS as a whole, are welcomed by the Treasure Hunt Master. The JHWS asks its members to tell other clubs, organizations, and individuals about the Annual John H Watson Society World Canonical Treasure Hunt — and to participate if at all possible. The game is afoot — come along for the adventure!
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Treasure Hunt News:
Hello Watsonians, The time has passed to submit answers for our second TH6:Every Link Rings True warm-up game. Responses to this game came quickly, with our ‘Calder’ /Brad Keefauver sending the answers almost before I posted the questions. He was … Continue reading
Hello Watsonians! Last month, we had a little fun with an introductory practice game in anticipation of the annual Treasure Hunt. This month we continue the practice for TH6:Every Link Rings True with a second warm up game. You will … Continue reading
Hi Watsonians– The first warm up game for TH6:EveryLinkRingsTrue is over and the results are in. The first Watsonian to correctly answer all five questions is none other than our amazing leader ‘Selena Buttons’ (Beth Gallego). Several other Watsonians gave … Continue reading
Hello Watsonians– Popping in to remind you that five days remain to play along with our TH6:EveryLinkRingsTrue warm up game. Responses to the quiz are welcomed through January 29th. Several very good, almost-100%-correct attempts have been submitted. Up to this … Continue reading
Hello Watsonians! With the New Year underway, it is time to begin thinking about that annual event our ‘Calder’ (Brad Keefauver) once dubbed “Treasure or Torture”–the annual John H Watson Society Treasure Hunt. With ‘Selena Buttons’ approval, I am pleased … Continue reading
“A lie, Watson – a great, big, thumping, obtrusive, uncompromising lie” (VALL, 800) Dear fellow Watsonians, I must confess to a heinous crime. In giving the answers to the Annual Treasure Hunt, I lied. Shamelessly. But I did it for a good … Continue reading
My dear Watsonians, it’s been very difficult to calculate the results of the Hunt. Not being “endowed by Nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty” I had to check and re-check my calculations before I could be sure of the verdict. … Continue reading
Dear All, the 2017 Hunt ends today. Here are the answers. I have received very few submissions. I’m afraid that maybe I’ve made the questions too hard and this has perhaps dampened the participants’ enthusiasm? I don’t know. I’ll be … Continue reading
Gooooood morning, Hunters! It is now 9 a.m., August 1st, (CET) here in Italy, corresponding to midnight, July 31st, PST. I have chosen the hour as an homage to our previous Hunt Master, Margie Deck a.k.a. “Mopsy”, who lives on the … Continue reading
“We are hunting together, Mr. Holmes.” (WIST) This post is now open for clarifications/questions/discussions concerning the 5th Annual JHWS Treasure Hunt. The Treasure Hunt will start on July 31st at midnight (PST) and will close on August 31st at midnight (PST). … Continue reading
Dear All, I have received many ingenious replies, but only one team gave the correct one. The SOB Team (Margie and Sheila) hit the mark perfectly and the best I can do is to quote their answer literally: –Place & … Continue reading
Dear All, as the deadline for the Hunt approaches, I have been busy in a revision process of the 100 questions. Using the feedback from the first test question, I had to come to a painful decision. One question was … Continue reading
Dear all, running a test question has been a useful and instructive experience. I hope I have learned something about how to put my questions correctly in order that they may be challenging but not impossible. The test question proved … Continue reading
Dear fellow members, as your Treasure Hunt Master for this year, it is my duty and pleasure to announce that the game is almost afoot. 100 Canonical questions are ready to be submitted to your (hopefully) eager brains. I hope … Continue reading
“…I can congratulate ourselves upon several most happy results…” The month of August is, as always, Treasure Hunt month for the John H Watson Society. Knowing the many hours required to finish the Treasure Hunt, we are always gratified to … Continue reading
It’s the end of August, and there are only a few days remaining before the close of the Fourth Annual JHWS Treasure Hunt. I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who participated, including my teammates in “An Experience of … Continue reading
Hello Treasure Hunters!
It is now 5 AM, August 1, 2016, in India; in honor of our new competitors from The Sherlock Holmes Society of India I am posting the 2016 Treasure Hunt now although it is not quite August 1 for many of us yet. This posting time seems an appropriate time considering the information about five in the morning contained in RESI.
As always, a forum has been opened on the Quiz page for questions, clarifications, complaints, etc. I will respond to any postings as quickly as possible. I’m thinking you will probably find some error or the other in the document, despite many hours of proofing/checking. If you do not, thank Sheila Holtgrieve (JHWS Daisy) for her fine proof-reading and consulting work on this year’s hunt; if you do find errors, it is my fault as I continued to tinker with the thing after Sheila’s good work was complete. Any needed corrections will be posted to the forum. Please check it from time to time.
Please don’t forget the hunt is scored on a point system. Therefore, if you know part of a question (Who?), but not the other part (What?), please add the part you do know to your document. You will receive credit for each individual part of the question that is answered correctly.
I have uploaded the Treasure Hunt in Microsoft Word (.docx) and in .pdf. Please see the rules page for instructions for submitting your finished hunt.
Ok, on you go…Happy Hunting!
2016 Treasure Hunt Master
2016 TH Questions
2016 TH Questions
Hello Watsonians! It is now June 1, warm weather is upon us, and it is only some sixty days until the 4th Annual John H Watson Society Treasure Hunt begins. I’ve been hearing inklings of previous competitors returning, and I’m hoping some new … Continue reading
Hello Watsonians: With less than 90 days until the August 1 kick-off, teams are gearing up for the 4th Annual John H. Watson Society Canonical Treasure Hunt. We invite you to join in the fun! As you know, last year teams … Continue reading
Hello! As noted yesterday on the news page, the treasure hunt answers are attached here today on the Quiz page. As you read through the document, you will realize that some alternative answers you submitted were accepted for the point count or your total points would not … Continue reading