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  • The Gregsonian Quiz

    Robert Perret (JHWS “Sampson”) returns with another…

    Inspector Gregson
    (Olivier Maguire) in “The Greek Interpreter” (Granada, 1985)

    Gregsonian Quiz

    For those who, while brave, are usually out of their depths

    Please note that this is a different sort of challenge from the Annual Treasure Hunt – you won’t be searching wide range of reference materials to add up to a mysterious treasure. For this challenge, try to be like Holmes: sitting in your chair working out the answers from the information in your lumber-room. Give Google a rest and see what you can answer from your own specialized knowledge!

    Send your answers by email to the JHWS Quizmaster by 31st October. Answers will be posted in two weeks, on the 1st of November.

    1. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly aren’t the only comedians to take on the roles of Holmes and Watson. What is the name of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, played by Gene Wilder?
    2. 221B Baker Street was NOT Sherlock Holmes’ actual address. How can we be sure of this?
    3. Holmes is a master of baritsu, likely the real-world bartitsu, an eccentric martial art form invented by Londoner E.W. Barton-Wright. In what story do we first hear of baritsu?
    4. The shortest Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle is a mere 503 words long. What is the title?
    5. One of the inspectors Holmes worked with had a rather eccentric appearance, with a peaked cap, “frogged” (braided) coat and a large bushy beard. Who was that inspector?
    6. Black Peter’s cabin had one of these devices named after a figure from Greek mythology. Contrary to popular belief, this is never specifically mentioned as existing at Baker Street.
    7. Marshall Stoddart, editor of Lippencott’s magazine, commissioned two famous novels at the same dinner. Sign of Four was one. What was the other?
    8. Watson’s eyes sparkle when he thinks of this American war, and Holmes waxes poetic about the gallantry shown on both sides. Which American war holds a romantic fascination for them?
    9. The 2010 Asylum film Sherlock Holmes is notorious for its dinosaurs. However, the true villain is just as improbable. What is his moniker and relationship to Sherlock Holmes?
    10. Sherlock Holmes is associated with the Meerschaum pipe (or perhaps vice versa) but that style of pipe is never mentioned in the original stories. Three other pipes are. Name at least one of them.
  • Gregsonian Quiz Results
    Inspector Gregson
    (Olivier Maguire) in “The Greek Interpreter” (Granada, 1985)

    Congratulations to those who endured the inaugural Gregsonian Quiz!  In all six responses were received, from Elinor Gray (JHWS “Misty”), Bill Mason (JHWS “Billy”), Michael Ellis (JHWS “Lobo”), Ron Lies (JHWS “Chips”), Paul Hartnett (JHWS “Scout”), and Sheila Holtgrieve (JHWS “Daisy”).   There were three perfect scores, two 9 out of 10s, and one valiant effort.  There was only one minor item of controversy (a couple of people correctly noted that Lord Saltire ultimately rode away on a horse, not a bicycle.  The quiz apprentice had intended the answer to be Dunlop.  Either Dunlop or horse were marked as correct.).  Expect another quiz in honor of our man Gregson soon.

    1. Sherlock Holmes is not the only great detective to reside at 221 Baker Street at the end of the 19th Century. Another simultaneously called 221 ½ Baker Street home. What was his name?  Basil, the Great Mouse Detective
    2. In “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League”, Mr. Merryweather complains that he misses his rubber. What is it that he misses?  Whist, a card game, an early version of bridge
    3. Irene Adler had been prima donna of the Imperial Opera of Warsaw, where she became involved with the King of Bohemia, but from where did this adventuress originate?  New Jersey
    4. What are two good reasons to believe that there was never a blue carbuncle in the crop of Mr. Henry Baker’s goose?  “A goose does not have a crop” and carbuncles aka garnets are not blue, at least no blue garnet has yet been found.
    5. In “The Adventure of the Priory School”, Holmes claims to be familiar with the impressions of forty-two types of bicycle tyres, and even to be able to tell the direction in which the bicycle was travelling. What brand of tyre did Lord Saltire ride away upon?  Heidegger’s tyres were Palmers, James Wilder had a Dunlop tyre with a patch, but Lord Saltire did not ride away upon a tyre, he rode a led pony with special shoes to look like a cow’s hoof.
    6. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Elementary, my dear Data” a rogue hologram of Moriarty is accidentally created after Data frustrates his crewmates by instantly solving a Canonical story. Which story did Data recognize?  A Scandal in Bohemia
    7. What is the improbable first name of Professor Moriarty’s brother?  James
    8. In the original Canon, who is the only character to refer to Holmes as “Sherlock”?  Mycroft Holmes
    9. The UCLA Film Archive restored many of the Rathbone/Bruce films, but much of this work was funded by a private individual. In particular, the majority of the funding for The Scarlet Claw came from this one person. What was their name? Hugh Hefner
    10. Only three detectives have chapters named after them in the Canon: Sherlock Holmes, Birdy Edwards, and this Scotland Yard Inspector. Who? Tobias Gregson

    -Robert Perret (JHWS “Sampson”)

  • Introducing: The Gregsonian Quiz

    Ready for a new Canonical Challenge? Robert Perret (JHWS “Sampson”) gives us:

    Inspector Gregson
    (Olivier Maguire) in “The Greek Interpreter” (Granada, 1985)

    The Gregsonian Quiz

    For those who, while brave, are usually out of their depths

    Please note that this is a different sort of challenge from the Annual Treasure Hunt – you won’t be searching wide range of reference materials to add up to a mysterious treasure. For this challenge, try to be like Holmes: sitting in your chair working out the answers from the information in your lumber-room. Give Google a rest and see what you can answer from your own specialized knowledge!

    Send your answers by email to the JHWS Quizmaster by 30th September. Answers will be posted in two weeks, on the 1st of October.

    1. Sherlock Holmes is not the only great detective to reside at 221 Baker Street at the end of the 19th Century. Another simultaneously called 221 ½ Baker Street home. What was his name?
    2. In “The Adventure of the Red-Headed League”, Mr. Merryweather complains that he misses his rubber. What is it that he misses?
    3. Irene Adler had been prima donna of the Imperial Opera of Warsaw, where she became involved with the King of Bohemia, but from where did this adventuress originate?
    4. What are two good reasons to believe that there was never a blue carbuncle in the crop of Mr. Henry Baker’s goose?
    5. In “The Adventure of the Priory School”, Holmes claims to be familiar with the impressions of forty-two types of bicycle tires, and even to be able to tell the direction in which the bicycle was travelling. What brand of tire did Lord Saltire ride away upon?
    6. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Elementary, my dear Data” a rogue hologram of Moriarty is accidentally created after Data frustrates his crewmates by instantly solving a Canonical story. Which story did Data recognize?
    7. What is the improbable first name of Professor Moriarty’s brother?
    8. In the original Canon, who is the only character to refer to Holmes as “Sherlock”?
    9. The UCLA Film Archive restored many of the Rathbone/Bruce films, but much of this work was funded by a private individual. In particular, the majority of the funding for The Scarlet Claw came from this one person. What was their name?
    10. Only three detectives have chapters named after them in the Canon: Sherlock Holmes, Birdy Edwards, and this Scotland Yard Inspector. Who?
  • 2018 Treasure Hunt Question Forum

    Hello 2018 Treasure Hunters!

    This post is now open for clarifications/questions/discussion concerning the 6th Annual JHWS Treasure Hunt. This forum will remain open through August 31. Please feel free to discuss anything related to the hunt with the exception of posting specific answers to any of the questions. Any questions posted here for the Treasure Hunt Master will be answered as quickly as possible.

    Happy Hunting!

    Margie

  • 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

  • TH6: Every Link Rings True warm up game results

    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 Up of the Three Canonical Percys’– were submitted by two individuals, and one team practicing for the real thing.

    Congratulations to:

    Paul Hartnett/ JHWS ‘Scout’

    Michele Lopez/ JHWS ‘Reggie’

    Sound of the Baskervilles 2018 Treasure Hunt Team– Lauren Messenger, David Haugen, Sondra Even

    The answers are found below.

    Many thanks for your time and attention,

    Margie/ JHWS ‘Mopsy’

    1–Find the exciting professional expert who generated considerable interest in his work. Who?

    Answer: Percy Trevelyan

    After I had graduated I continued to devote myself to research, occupying a minor position in King’s College Hospital, and I was fortunate enough to excite considerable interest by my research into the pathology of catalepsy, and finally to win the Bruce Pinkerton prize and medal by the monograph on nervous lesions to which your friend has just alluded… ‘You are the same Percy Trevelyan who has had so distinguished a career and won a great prize lately?’ said he.  (RESI)

    2–With Holmes’s questioning description of [ the answer to number one] in mind, find the ahead-of-Watson smart boy who went to college. Who?

    Answer: Percy Phelps

    During my school-days I had been intimately associated with a lad named Percy Phelps, who was of much the same age as myself, though he was two classes ahead of me. He was a very brilliant boy, and carried away every prize which the school had to offer, finishing his exploits by winning a scholarship, which sent him on to continue his triumphant career at Cambridge.  He was, I remember, extremely well connected and even when we were all little boys together, we knew that his mother’s brother was Lord Holdhurst, the great Conservative politician.  This gaudy relationship did him little good at school; on the contrary, it seemed rather a piquant thing to us to chevy him about the playground and hit him over the shins with a wicket.  (NAVA)

    3–Consider [the answers to numbers one and two], and then find the friend who fails to make eye contact, and, therefore, fails his fiancee. Who?

    Answer: Percy Armitage

    The very horror of my situation lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it as the fancies of a nervous woman.  He does not say so, but I can read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes… A month ago, however, a dear friend, whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage – Percy Armitage – the second son of Mr. Armitage, of Crane Water, near Reading.  My stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to be married in the course of the spring. (SPEC)

  • A little extra help for the TH6 warmup game

    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 than our norm.

    When working on the actual hunt, you would have a question number 4 that would link back to number 3–giving you more information to help you with number 3 should you need it.  Here is a sample of a possible ‘Question 4’ for this game:

    4. The fiancee of [the answer to number three] lives with a man who is crushed by a huge debt. Who is the man?

    The game is open through the 13th.

    Good luck!

    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 7/9/2018:

    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