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The Inquisition – The Norwood Builder

The Inquisition – The Norwood Builder

“Now we have the Sherlock Holmes test …”

–  A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN)

Sharpen your pencils! How well do you know your Canon and The Adventure of the Norwood Builder.

 

1. Whose death does Holmes appear to lament in the story’s opening paragraphs?

2. Watson is living with Holmes again. Who bought his Kensington practice?

3. What does Watson divulge about the case of “the shocking affair of the Dutch steamship Friesland”?

4. How does their new case’s client introduce himself?

5. Holmes makes four immediate deductions about the client, and Watson tells us the basis for each. What was deduced from the untidiness of the man’s attire?

6. And what was deduced from the charm on his watch-chain?

7. What Scotland Yarder is on the case?

8. After examining the draft of Oldacre’s will, what does Holmes immediately deduce about it?

9. Why did Mrs. MacFarlane break her long-ago engagement to Jonas Oldacre?

10. Besides organic remains, what clue did the police find in the burnt woodpile?

11. What additional clue are the police presented with the day after their investigation?

12. How did Holmes know where Oldacre was hiding?

13. What is Oldacre’s defense for his actions?

14. What alter-ego had Oldacre created as part of his scheme?

15. What does Holmes tell Watson to record as the source of the organic remains in the woodpile?

BONUS: Jonas Oldacre is described as “a little, wizened man” whose career spanned “many years” and who has been retired for “some years.” But how old is he?

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 already planning for the 2021 event to be held on August 6-7.

The Inquition – A Case of Identity

The Inquition – A Case of Identity

“Now we have the Sherlock Holmes test …” –  A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) Editor’s Note: We are pleased to announce the return of The Inquisition to be a feature with each story of the month that we highlight. Please join be in welcoming your new Inquisitor, Karen A. Wilson, ASH, who is also the 100th… Continue Reading

The Inquisition: The Golden Pince-Nez

The Inquisition: The Golden Pince-Nez

“There can be no question…“ – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez (GOLD) Hopefully, by now, you have read our September story – The Adventure of The Golden Pince-Nez. Inquisitor Denny Dobry informs us there are 11 answers to 10 questions this month. Send your answers to Denny by September 25th for an opportunity to win a fabulous… Continue Reading

Answers to The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

Answers to The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

“… she wrote an answer under one of them.” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) We are at the end of August and it is time for our Inquisitor, Denny Dobry, to provide us the answers to this month’s quiz – each monthly quiz is on the featured story of the month and this month was… Continue Reading

The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

The Inquisition: The Dancing Men

” … answer no questions of any sort …” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) Once again, it is time for the Inquisition to begin for this month’s story – The Adventure of The Dancing Men. 1.  Where did the first three messages appear? 2.  What two things caused Holmes to be too late… Continue Reading