- I think the idea about a quiz is splendid!
For those of You who want to warm up (before Christian start to
pester us), there is a monthly quiz at Ellery Queen's Mystery
Magazine, take a lóok at:
(it can usually be solved by a quick search on the internet, which
proved useful two months ago when yours truly won!)
Maybe we can make this a regular thing, where the responsible for the
quiz rotates among us?
(In Scandinavia we've had a similar Quiz about Comic strips (called
Comiquiz) since 1985, where one team creates a booklet with various
things to solve and send it out by mail. The other teams have 90
minutes and then have to phone the answers in.)
Since we are scattered around the globe, it would probably work best
with the kind of web/email-solution that Christian has devised.
Who want to win the third prize!
I suppose you could have a quiz like this:
- Write on as much of Mr. Campion's character as you can remember.
- Should Nigel Strangeways have committed adultery? Does absence make the heart grow fonder?
- Discuss why Carolus Deene is the most original and memorable detective in all fiction.
- Is coffin up blood all over the butler a good idea? (Sorry, deplorable pun, but couldn't help myself--neither could her half-baked murderers (get back in the oven, Gretel!).)
- Why is a ginch a good thing? Ooo eee ooo eee.
- When in doubt, always have a man with a gun enter or a dead body--or both. Discuss.
- Discuss why Postern of Fate is Agatha Christie's masterpiece in terms of constructing a surprising solution.
- How exciting is Freeman Wills Crofts? Had Julian Symons read any of the authors he attacked in Bloody Murder?
- Write about the significance of Masonic ritual in Die Zauberflote with reference to the television series based on Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse mysteries.
- "They were the footprints of a gigantic penguin." Does this line change the atmosphere of the book? Write an excerpt from the book in which Sherlock Holmes deals with the Penguin of the Bodleyheads as it is about to murder Sir Allen Bodleyhead.
- Write a microscopic analysis of why reading R. Austin Freeman is like chewing on dry straw?
- My God, Gethryn! Write a paragraph on the text size of the Philip Macdonald novels, and the amount of plotting in ratio to that of padding.
- How should Macbeth be produced? Should it overbalance the plot? Or should the play be responsible for causing harmless people to go haywire and decapitate others?
- Find a sane and sober plot in Gladys Mitchell's work, analyse it. Reward of $5,000. shall be paid for successful discovery.
- Gaudy Night. Busman's Honeymoon. Say no more, say no more. Know what I mean? Nudge nudge wink wink. Oh, My Lord! "Busy old fool, unruly sunne..." Anyway, I'm nearly Donne.
- Write a dissertation upon the pronounciation of "pfui".
- Romance should be kept out of detective stories. Write a response to Van Dine's Garden Murder Case, keeping in mind his "Twenty Rules".
Nick Fuller (who fully expects to be shot down in flames for perpetrating this outrage upon morals, and who, in fact, thinks that a quiz would be an excellent idea)
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- --- In GAdetection@y..., Nicholas Fuller <stoke_moran@y...> wrote:
> Dear Christian,
> I suppose you could have a quiz like this:
I could, but I won't. Anyway, that's not a quiz, that's a bloody
Christian Henriksson (who is busy fine-tuning the _real_ quiz)
- -----Original Message-----
From: Nicholas Fuller [mailto:stoke_moran@...]
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2001 8:05 PM
Subject: Re: [GAdetection] Quiz
>Dear Christian,And to bring it up to twenty...
>I suppose you could have a quiz like this:
18. What WAS the Giant Rat of Sumatra? Give your reasons for thinking so.
19. In what memorable book by John Dickson Carr is Dr. Fell allowed to
finish a sentence without being interrupted by a ghastly scream, a chilling
chuckle, or a slamming door?
20. Bearing in mind the number of murders that take place when Poirot is a
guest, would you invite him to your rich Aunt Mabel's 90th?
Well done! More please!