14th February, No Comments
By John Watson
I have come across another time when Sherlock Holmes was a specialist subject on the BBC Mastermind.
In 1996, Roger Grimshaw, from Manchester managed to answer 18 of the following questions correctly, passing on the first.
- 1. How was the dreadful business in the Abernetty case brought to Holmes’ attention?
- 2. The yew alley at Baskerville Hall is believed to have been based on a similar yew alley at which of Conan Doyle’s old schools?
- 3. Which case did Sherlock Holmes refer to as quite a three pipe problem?
- 4. Who illustrated the Sherlock Holmes stories which appeared in The Strand Magazine?
- 5. Who in real life, wrongly accused of the crime of cattle mutilation, did Conan Doyle help to clear?
- 6. Where did Conan Doyle set up his first medical practice?
- 7. Who, according to Sherlock Holmes, was ‘the woman’?
- 8. Who did Sherlock Holmes refer to as ‘the fourth smartest and third most daring man in London’?
- 9. In which case did Sherlock Holmes note the curious incident of the dog in the night-time?
- 10. In ‘The Yellow Face’ what word did Holmes ask Watson to say to him to remind him of his failure?
- 11. In ‘The Empty House’ who made the wax decoy bust of Holmes?
- 12. What was the paper written by Moriarty which was said to be so complex that there was no man in the scientific press capable of critiquing it?
- 13. Who In real life is Conan Doyle said to have based the methods of Sherlock Holmes on?
- 14. What was Arthur Conan Doyle’s original christian name for Sherlock Holmes?
- 15. In A Study in Scarlet who discovered the murder at Lauriston Gardens?
- 16. In the confrontation with Moriarty described in ‘The Final Problem’, what item was placed by Holmes on top of the letter he left for Watson?
- 17. In which battle was Watson wounded by a native bullet?
- 18. Which other writer was present at the literary lunch when Conan Doyle was commissioned to write The Sign of the Four
- 19. For which newspaper did Conan Doyle act briefly as a war correspondent during the Sudanese campaign?
Although Roger got 18 correct, he did not do so well in the round of General Knowledge questions but still came a creditable third place.
How well would you have done in that famous black chair?
Answers at a later date . . .
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