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 Treasure Hunters! It is now August 1, 2018, in India; in honor of our returning competitors from The Sherlock Holmes Society of India, I am posting the 2018 Treasure Hunt now although it is not quite August 1 for many of us. … Continue reading
Prepare your thinking cap and get out your favorite Sherlockian reference books. Nine days from today, we will begin the Sixth Annual John H Watson Society Treasure Hunt. Our “Mopsy” has designed this year’s Hunt as a special edition of … Continue reading
Hello Watsonians– As Friday the 13th is upon us, the time for submitting responses to the TH6: Every Link Rings True warm-up game has passed. Correct answers for this quiz — brilliantly re-named by Paul Hartnett as ‘The Singular Warm … Continue reading
Hi Watsonians– I’ve received a couple of good responses to the warmup game. Our players are getting a little tripped up with question three–which makes perfect sense as question three is a bit tricky, and this quiz style is different … Continue reading
Hi Watsonians– I recently posted the first warm up game for the upcoming Treasure Hunt; however, today I realized I posted my first draft rather than the finished one. Egad! If you are interested in playing the first game, please … Continue reading
Hi Watsonians, We are now exactly four weeks away from the beginning of the 2018 Treasure Hunt. After four months of work, the document is finished. Many thanks to our ‘Daisy’, Sheila Holtgrieve, for serving as reader this year, spending … Continue reading
Hi Watsonians, The 17th deadline for submissions for the 1-question pop quiz has passed, and the result feels a bit like the scene from “Casablanca”: Time to round up the usual suspects. As before, Ron ‘Chips’ Lies and Sheila ‘Daisy’ … Continue reading
Hello Watsonians, I know I promised to be quiet for awhile, but while working on TH6 I came across an interesting serendipity. While my happy discovery ultimately proved unworkable as part of the actual treasure hunt, it is perfect for … Continue reading
Hello Watsonians, The 3rd TH6 warm-up game proved to be quite challenging. Two of our intrepid quiz masters managed to correctly answer all five questions after a few strategy discussions. Congratulations to Sheila ‘Daisy’ Holtgrieve and Ron ‘Chips’ Lies for … Continue reading
Hi Watsonians– I have heard the 3rd TH6 Warm-Up Game may be a bit too….ambiguous. To help correct the situation, I have added four words to the game. These four words should make solving the thing much easier. Since a … Continue reading