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The Inquisition – The Stockbroker’s Clerk

The Inquisition – The Stockbroker’s Clerk

“Now we have the Sherlock Holmes test …”

–  A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN)

Sharpen your penicils! Let’s see how well you know your Canon and The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk.

1. From whom did Watson purchase his “formerly excellent” practice?
2. Why did that fellow have to give it up?
3. For how long had Watson been devoting himself to it, to the exclusion of interaction with Holmes?
4. In what month of the year does this case occur?
5. What is Watson reading when Holmes comes to call?
6. What indicates to Holmes that his friend has had a cold?
7. From what does Holmes draw a conclusion about Watson’s practice?
8. What Canonical case is mentioned by name in Holmes & Watson’s conversation?
9. From what class of people, evidently approved of by Watson, does Hall Pycroft hail?
10. Name one of the two legitimate firms that hired Pycroft.
11. How much was he offered to work for the Franco-Midland Hardware Co.?
12. In what countries did Arthur Pinner say his firm had branches?
13. What task does Pycroft do for harry Pinner during his first week in Birmingham?
14. What clue finally drives Pycroft to consult Holmes about his Franco-Midland gig?
15. What was Pinner’s real name?
16. What liquid restorative did Watson employ in his first aid to the hanged man?
17. What role do Harris and Price play in the events?
18. What role do Tuson and Pollack play in the events?
19. What was stolen from the safe?
20. To what does Holmes attribute the suicide attempt?

Answers will be provided in another post on this site, later this month. How do you think you fared with this?

Karen Wilson has the investiture of “A Faithful Scotchwoman” with us and the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes. She was the Tantalus (Quizmaster) of Watson’s Tin Box for 5 years and for the last three years she has helped develop the “killer quiz” on all 60 stories for that group’s annual Mycroft. Karen has been the organizer of the annual Scintillation of Scions conference and is looking forward to this year’s virtual event on June 12-13, 2020.

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