ROUND 1: THE PHYLUM PROBLEM
The canonical cases contain a veritable menagerie of fauna from the horses drawing the hansom cabs through London’s streets, to hounds in the night – both spectral and corporeal, giant rats and even killer jellyfish.
Q1 Match the following animals with their given names and their owners:
1 Carlo A mongoose a Robert Ferguson
2 Shoscombe Prince B mongrel b Jephro Rucastle
3 Sahara King C thoroughbred c Professor Presbury
4 Carlo D wolfhound d Henry Wood
5 Teddy E lion e Colonel Ross
6 Toby F mastiff f Sir Robert Norberton
7 SilverBlaze G spaniel g Eugenia Ronder
8 Roy H thoroughbred h Mr Sherman
Q2 Identify the context each of the following animals are mentioned in and their canonical cases.
Bonus point: Which of these is the first animal to be mentioned in canon (by date of publication)?
5 Carriage horse
6 Pack horse
8 Skipper butterfly (Cyclopides)
Q3 Which of the following racehorses is mentioned in the Silver Blaze case but wasn’t a final runner in The 1892 Wessex Cup?
Bonus point: What were Silver Blaze’s racing colours?
1 Desborough - owned by Lord Backwater
2 Rasper – owned by Lord Singleford
3 Iris – owned by the Duke of Balmoral
4 Bayard – owned by Colonel Ross
5 Isinglass – The most successful two-year old in 1892, the year Silver Blaze was published. In 3 year career ran 12 times and won 11. Owned by Harry MacCalmont.
6 The Negro – owned by Mr Heath Newton
7 Pugilist – owned by Colonel Wardlaw
Q4 Wild Goose Chase: Before it ended up on the dinner table at 221B the infamous goose had passed through many hands. Place these names in the chronological order as to who would have come into contact with it:
1 Mr Breckinridge
2 Mr Petersen
3 Mrs Oakshott
4 Mr Jack Ryder
5 Mr Henry Baker
6 Mr Windigate
ROUND 2: A CASE OF INDENTITY
‘The stage lost a fine actor even a science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.’
From the detailed descriptions of the disguises, name the case each of the following passages is taken from.
Bonus point: Which is the odd one out and why?
A ‘It was close upon four before the door opened and a drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room.’
B ‘He hurried to his chamber and was down again in a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat and his worn boots, he was a perfect sample of the class.’
C ‘The aged ecclesiastic had turned his face towards me. For an instant the wrinkles were smoothed away, the nose drew away from the chin, the lower lip ceased to protrude and the mouth to mumble, the dull eyes regained their fire, the drooping figure expanded. The next the whole frame collapsed again and Holmes had gone as quickly as he had come.’
D ‘I struck against an elderly, deformed man, who had been behind me and I knocked down several books which he was carrying… with a snarl of contempt he turned upon his heel and I saw his curved back and white side-whiskers disappear among the throng.’
E ‘He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in the character in the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white tie, his sympathetic smile and general look of peering and benevolent curiosity were such as Mr John Hare alone could have equaled.’
F ‘He was a middle-sized, strongly-built man – square jaw, thick neck , moustache, a mask over his eyes.’
G ‘”He’s following someone. Yesterday he was out as a workman looking for a job. Today he was an old woman. Fairly took me in he did and I ought to know his ways by now.” Billy pointed with a grin to a very baggy parasol which leaned against the sofa.’
H ‘Then, with the gesture of a man who has taken his decision, he sprang to his feet and passed into his bedroom. A little later a rakish young workman, with a goatee beard and a swagger, lit his clay pipe at the lamp before descending into the street.’
ROUND 3: SILVER SCREEN
Can you identify the following Holmes and Watson pairings, from both film and TV, by the other well-known roles the actors have portrayed.
1) Freddie Eynsford-Hill and Joseph Stalin
2) Vincent Van Gogh and Bilbo Baggins
3) Charlie Chaplin and ‘Bosie’ Lord Douglas
4) Lord Byron and Charlie’s Angel
5) James Bond and John Steed
6) Georg Ludwig Von Trapp and Humbert Humbert
7) Merlin and Boo Radley
8) Doctor Who and PC Snow
9) Christopher Marlow and John Lennon
10) Victor Frankenstein and Professor Quatermass
ROUND 4: THE DANCING MEN
‘I am fairly familiar with all forms of secret writings and am myself the author of a trifling monograph upon the subject, in which I analyse one hundred and sixty separate ciphers, but I confess that this is entirely new to me.’
There are eight canon adventure titles hidden in dancing men code. Half the alphabet has already been deciphered. Use the chart provided to help crack the rest of the code and reveal the cases.
(Not including ‘ The Adventure of The…’ part of the case title)