Treasure Hunt

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:

The 2016 Treasure Hunt Is Posted

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




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