13th August, No Comments
By John Watson
In 2004, there was a celebrity edition of Mastermind.
Stephen Fry was faced with 14 questions in the available time on his chosen specialist subject – Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
Here are the 14 questions. How well would you have done?
- In which publication did the first Holmes story “A Study in Scarlet” first appear in 1887?
- In “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, by what name did Jack Stapleton head a school in Yorkshire and establish a reputation in entomology?
- What name did Holmes adopt in his guise as an Irish-American spy?
- Mycroft Holmes was a founding member of which club of the most unsociable and unclubable men in town?
- Irene Adler, always known as “the woman” by Holmes, was the prima donna of which opera company when she met the King of Bohemia?
- In “A Study in Scarlet”, what 5-letter word is scrawled in blood on the wall in a dark corner of the room?
- In “The Valley of Fear”, what was the local name for the members of Lodge 341 of the Ancient Order of Freemen in the Vermissa Valley?
- In “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax”, with which London banking firm did Lady Frances have her account?
- On which theorem did Professor Moriarty write a treatise that won him the mathematical chair at a small English university?
- When relating his very first case, “Gloria Scott”, whom does Holmes describe as “the only friend I made during the two years that I was at college”?
- In “The Solitary Cyclist”, what was the nickname of “the greatest brute and bully in South Africa” who conspired with Bob Carruthers to get Violet Smith’s fortune?
- In “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, how did Dr Roylott get the poisonous snake into the room of his step-daughters, killing Julia?
- In which story did Holmes make his celebrated reference to “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time” – the curious incident being that the dog didn’t bark?
- What did the red-headed London pawnbroker Jabez Wilson have to copy out when he was duped by John Clay into accepting a position with the spurious “Red-Headed League”?
Stephen managed to get eight right. I will post the answers at a later date.