Quiz – 28th July 2012

ROUND 1 – A Case Of Identity

From these canoninical descriptions, deduce the identities of the following people:

1. “A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules. His dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked upon as akin to bad taste. Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed across the sleeves and fronts of his double breasted coat, while the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined with flame-coloured silk, and secured at the neck with a brooch which consisted of a single flaming beryl. Boots which extended half way up his calves and which were trimmed at the tops with rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence.”                  (2 points if you can give full name)

2. “Do you feel a creeping, shrinking sensation, Watson, when you stand before the serpents in the Zoo, and see the slithery, gliding, venemous creatures, with their deadly eyes and wicked, flattened faces? Well, that’s how … impresses me. I’ve had to do with fifty murderers in my career, but the worst of them never gave me the repulsion which I have for this fellow.”

“…a man of fifty, with a large intellectual head, a round plump, hairless face, a perpetual frozen smile, and two keen grey eyes, which gleamed brightly from behind broad, gold rimmed glasses. There was something of Mr Pickwick’s benevolence in his appearance, marred only by the insincerity of the fixed smile and by the hard glitter of those restless and penetrating eyes. His voice was as smooth and suave as his countenance.”

3. “He was an elderly man, with a thin projecting nose, a high bald forehead, and a huge grizzled moustache. An opera hat was pushed to the back of his head, and an evening dress shirt front gleamed out through his open overcoat. His face was gaunt and swarthy, scoured with deep, savage lines. In his hand he carried what appeared to be a stick, but as he laid it down upon the floor it gave a metallic clang…”

“…with his savage eyes and bristling moustache, he was wonderfully like a tiger himself…”

4. “…extremely tall and thin, his forehead domes out in a white curve, and his two eyes are deeply sunken in his head. He is clean shaven, pale, and ascetic-looking, retaining something of the professor in his features. His shoulders are rounded from much study, and his face protrudes forward and is forever slowly oscillating from side to side in a curiously reptillian fashion.”

5. “Our door had been suddenly dashed open, and…a huge man framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a black top hat, a long frock coat, and a pair of high gaiters, with a hunting crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and marked with every passion, was turned from one to the other of us, while his deep set, bile shot eyes and the high thin fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey.

‘Which of you is Holmes?’ asked this apparition….’I know you, you scoundrel! I have heard of you before. You are Holmes the meddler…Holmes the busybody!’”

6. “He was a small, slim, clean shaven prim faced man, flaxen haired and lean jawed, between thirty and forty years of age, dressed in a grey suit and wearing a straw hat. A tin box for botanical speciment hung over his shoulder and he carried a green butterfly net in one of his hands.”

7. “…entered the room with a firm step and an outward composure of manner. She was a blonde young lady, small, dainty, well gloved and dressed in the most perfect taste. There was, however, a plainness and simplicity about her costume which bore with it a suggestion of limited means. The dress was sombre greyish beige, untrimmed and unbraided, and she wore a small turban of the same dull hue, relieved only by a suspicion of white feather in the side. Her face had neither regularity of feature nor beauty of complexion, but her expression was sweet and amiable, and her large blue eyes were singularly spiritual and sympathetic. In an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents, I have never looked upon a face which gave a clearer promise of a refined and sensitive nature.”

8. “His very person and appearance were such as to strike the attention of the most casual observer. In height he was rather over six feet, and so excessively lean that he seemed to be considerably taller. His eyes were sharp and piercing, save during those intervals or torpor…and his thin, hawk like nose gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision. His chin, too, had the prominence and squareness which mark the man of determination. His hands were invariably blotted with ink and stained with chemicals, yet he was possessed of extraordinary delicacy of touch…”


ROUND TWO – Sherlock Holmes and Music

9. What make of fiddle does Holmes play?

10. In the Jeremy Brett adaptations who composed & conducted the musical score? And who actually played Jeremy’s violin pieces? (2 points)

11. Which story ends by Watson and Holmes attending a violin concerto?

12. Name the composer on BBC Sherlock and another classic British franchise he has scored music for. (2 points)

13. From whose “spatulate finger-ends” and “spirituality about the face” does Holmes correctly deduce a profession in music? Name the client and the story. (2 points)


ROUND 4: The One With…

From the following brief and sometimes odd descriptions, can you name the related Sherlock Holmes story. (For example: The One With…the Big Dog would be Hound of the Baskervilles).

The One With…

24. The Dodgy Curry

25. The Lost Digit

26. The Big Drop

27. The Dodgy Mormons

28. The Southern Bloodsucker

29. The Three Empties

30. The Woman

31. The Spotty Snake


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