Chips’s Tid Bits

Here you will find a delightful collection of postings by one of the great devotees of Dr Watson: Ron Lies of Denver. “Chips” is one of our most active contributors of important miscellanea and a lifelong Sherlockian and Watsonian.

  • Looking at ‘The Lost World’ of the Literary Agent

    Hello Watsonians–

    Our ‘Chips’, Ron Lies, is working at organizing an on-line discussion group; he writes:

    Is there any one interested in joining Rafael and I in a discussion of
    the Great underrated classic THE LOST WORLD by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
    We would be discussing the story just between us, off the John H Watson
    Society site. If so, please contact me and I will fill in the details.
    Thank You,
    Ron in Denver
    ‘Chips’ can be reached via email: relies1 at  msn.com.
    Yours faithfully,
    Margie/ JHWS ‘Mopsy’
  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/ JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick quote quiz 7/30/2018: ‘Say, rather, into the region where we balance probabilities and choose the most likely.’

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    Answer: Sherlock Holmes, HOUN

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/23/2018:

    ‘”At least,” said I, “it gives us another mystery, and one which is even more interesting than the first.'”

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    Answer: Sherlock Holmes, MUSG

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/16/2018:

    “I soon found out which was the window of his bed-room, and early next morning I took advantage of some ladders which were lying in the lane behind the hotel, and so made my way into his room in the grey of the dawn.”

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    Answer: Jefferson Hope, STUD

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/9/2018:

    As to his relations with women, they appeared to have been promiscuous but superficial.’

    Who is Watson talking about? Which story?

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    Answer: Eduardo Lucas, SECO

  • On July 3rd…

    (Source: A Day by Day Chronology of Mr. Sherlock Holmes according to Zeisler and Christ, compiled by William S Dorn.)

    Illustration by Sidney Paget for The Strand Magazine (1904)

    July 3, 1895: At 2 a.m., Patrick Cairns killed Peter Carey with a harpoon. [BLAC]

    And there in the middle of it was the man himself, his face twisted like a lost soul in torment, and his great brindled beard stuck upwards in his agony. Right through his broad breast a steel harpoon had been driven, and it had sunk deep into the wood of the wall behind him. He was pinned like a beetle on a card. Of course, he was quite dead, and had been so from the instant that he uttered that last yell of agony.

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 7/3/2018:

    ‘What do you make of that?’ he asked. The paper was covered with tracings of the footmarks of some small animal. It had five well-marked footpads, an indication of long nails, and the whole print might be nearly as large as a dessert spoon.

    Who is speaking? What is he speaking about? Which story?

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    Answer: Sherlock Holmes, Teddy the Mongoose, CROO

     

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello!

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz. As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 6/19/2018:  Today, we have a quote from Holmes.  What is it that he and Watson are going to pull off after all?  Which case?

    ‘I’m afraid…that all the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men cannot avail in this matter.’ He had spread out his big map of London, and leaned eagerly over it.’Well, well,’ said he presently, with an exclamation of satisfaction, ‘things are turning a little in our direction at last. Why, Watson, I do honestly believe that we are going to pull it off after all.’

     

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    Answer: Sherlock Holmes, the recovery of the Bruce Partington Plans, BRUC

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians—

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz.  As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Note how long it took you to arrive at the answer.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 6/5/2018:  “Be at the third pillar from the left outside the Lyceum Theatre to-night at seven o’clock.”

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    Answer: Thaddeus Sholto (writing to Mary Morstan), SIGN

  • Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz

    ‘It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubbable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one.’

    Hello Watsonians—

    We invite you to participate in this edition of The Diogenes Club Quick Quote Quiz.  As always, this little game requires no submission of answers to anyone—you are playing against yourself and the clock; it is not necessary for anyone else to take the least notice of what you do.

    To play along:

    –Read the quote from the Canon provided below.

    –As quickly as you can, identify the speaker and the adventure featuring the quote.

    –Note how long it took you to arrive at the answer.

    –Scroll down a few inches to see if you have the correct answer.

    –Leave a note in the comments, if you wish, about your answer and your time.

    Ron Lies/ JHWS ‘Chips’

    Margie Deck/JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    Quick Quote Quiz 5/29/2018:  “That’s Prescott’s machine, and those bundles on the table are two thousand of Prescott’s notes worth a hundred each and fit to pass anywhere. Help yourselves, gentlemen. Call it a deal and let me beat it.”

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    Answer: ‘Killer’ Evans, 3GAR

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