RESULTS: No one successfully plumbed the depths of the quiz question this week.
ANSWER: Peregrine Phillips was from Bristol. He invented the process to distill H2SO4 (sulfuric acid) commercially at low cost. He was, therefore, considered the 19th century “Father of H2SO4” which was called commonly “vitriol.” From there, you can quickly get to Kitty Winter, the pain of Baron Gruner, and ILLUS. Vitriol is also mentioned in BLUE. The real Baron Gruner died in 1860, well before the story, but he apparently was borrowed by Watson for authenticity.
Okay. You don’t care for genealogy. Here is a deductive mystery for this week:
This Bristol Peregrine was indirectly the cause of pain to a European nobleman who died in 1860. Identify the nobleman, the Peregrine, the link, and the story or book in which the reference occurs.
Please submit solutions to this very difficult quiz question to Buttons by noon Wednesday, March 4.