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Louis Phillips

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« on: May 20, 2020, 08:16:11 am »
by Louis Phillips


Many mystery writers fantasize about going on a quiz show and winning thousands of dollars demonstrating their knowledge of writings about crime. Well, here is
Your chance to prove your mettle.  We offer you so many points per question . See how you fare.

______6,500  points or more and you can you open
          your own Detective Agency

______5,000  points and you are a Prince or Princess among Mystery Scene  readers

______ 3,500 points and you are an honorary gumshoe or shamus  in Mystery Scene’s kingdom

______2,500 points or less and you have one more reason to subscribe or to renew your subscription to this Magazine:

(Sorry. We offer few clues.)

l. Dick Francis, as most mystery readers know, was a jockey for the Queen Mother and, for the 1953-54 season, he was named England’s Top Jockey. During
His lifetime, Dick Francis rode in 2,305 races. Can you
Guess how many of those races he won?  (1,000 points)


___A. 345

____B. 402

____C.  475

____D. 503

____E. 545

2. Fans of Walt Disney’s feature length animated film –BAMBI – are  certainly familiar with  a rabbit named Thumper, but in what James Bond film are two SPECTRE martial arts experts named Bambi and Thumper? (300 points)

3.  The Garden of Earthly Delights and The Concert in the Egg should bring to mind what popular novelist?
(200 points)

4.   In 1956, the St. Louis Globe Democrat dropped this comic strip for showing too many “muggings, switchblade knives, and language that we think does not fit into this type of Newspaper.” What comic strip?
(better know decades later in its film and musical versions) was being described?  (500 points)

5.   In what l976 comedy/murder film (written by Neil Simon) does  the American author Truman Capote
play a character named Lionel Twain (is that word play on the phrase Lionel Train?)  (700 points)

6.  The American Detective Travis McGee, created by John D. MacDonald, lives on a houseboat moored   at Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. What is the name of the houseboat?  (300 points)

7. Who is the only mystery writer to win the very prestigious Agatha Christie Award  four years in a row?
     (1,200 points)

8. Characters with strange names certainly populate  many novels. In what novel does a character named
Orfamay Quest appear? (800 points)

9. On what street in Manhattan does Nero Wolfe reside?  (200 points)

10.  Who was the first mystery writer to receive  the Grand Master  Award from  the Mystery Writers of America? (400 points)

11.   Peter James  once wrote“I was hooked by the first line, surely one of the most attention-grabbing opening sentences ever, ‘Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him.’ I defy anyone, having read that, to put the book down! It made me realize just how important the first sentence of a book is.”

    What novel was he discussing? Who is the author?
(400 points)

12.  This mystery novel, dedicated to the great 20th century poet Philip Larkin, has a table of contents
consisting of 14 episodes. Among the episodes are:

   l. The episode of the Prowling Poet
   2. The episode of the Dubious Don
   3.  The episode of the Candid Solicitor

Can you identify the novel and its author? (800 points)

13. This noted mystery created the detective Piet Van des Valk  and published an autobiography titled The Kitchen: A Delicious Account of the Author’s Year as a Grand Hotel Cook? Can you identify him? (400 points)

A.   Nicolas Freeling
B.   Edmund Crispin
C.   Dorothy Sayers
D.    S.S. Van Dine

14.  Gina MacDonald of New Orleans’ Loyola University, writing about this spy novelist, said “In fact, Assignment in Brittany so brilliantly evokes the difficulties of undercover work that the military used it to train allied personnel to help the French Resistance. Who wrote  Assignment in Brittany? (350 points)

15.  Every true mystery fan knows the name P.D. James.
But the initials P.D. do not stand for Police Department.
What do they stand for?  (300 points)

16. What contemporary mystery writer (and a CWA
Silver Dagger Award Winner) sets her mysteries in Italy
But does not allow her books to be translated into Italian?  (400 points)

17.  If you are trying to solve the mystey –Who murdered Mr. Boddy (sometimes known as Dr. Black)
what most likely are you doing? (150 points)?

18.   There have been a number of writing teams that
have made their mark upon the mystery field (the creators of Ellery Queen instantly spring to mind), but
mothers and sons who collaborate on books might be
a bit more rare. Charles and Caroline Todd are son and mother who write mysteries under the name Charles Todd. What is the name of their well-known Inspector?  (800 points)

19. Charles Higham and Roy Moseley, in a
biography about a movie star, discuss a noted Hollywood film,. They write: “ In one scene, Roger
Thornnhill produces a matchbox bearing the initials
R.O.T.” Asked by Miss Saint’s Eve Kendall what the “O”
Stands for, Thornhill replies, “Nothing.” This was a dig
At David O. Selznick.” What is the film?  (300 points)

20. Craig Sisterton, in the pages of Mystery Scene,  started his article with his very own pop quiz:
“Who wrote the bestselling novel of the l9th century?”
The author was Fergus Hume.  O.K. but without going
back to the Mr. Sisterton’s article – What was the name
of that bestselling novel? (600 points)

extra credit: (400 bonus points)

What well-known British-American actor
  who starred as Robin Hood  The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952 for the Disney Corporation was Ian Fleming’s first
choice to play James Bond in Dr. No?


1. A (345 races)

2. Diamonds Are Forever

3. Michael Connolly

4.   Little Orphan Annie

5. Murder by Death

6.  The Busted Flush

7. Louise Penny

8.  The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler

9. West 35th Street

10. Agatha Christie

11. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

12. The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin

13. Nicolas Freelin

14. Helen MacInnes

15. Phyllis Dorothy

16. Donna Leon

17. You are most likely playing the board game CLUE. In
l985, Jonathan Lynn directed a film version of CLUE. The
film starred Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd.

18.  Inspector Rutledge

19. North by Northwest. The biography in which the anecdote is recorded is “ Cary Grant: The Lonely Heart.”
In fact, the O in David O. Selznick’s name did not stand
for any middle name at all. Mr. Selznick thought the added initial added a touch of class.

20. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (l886).  The horse-drawn carriage  was named for Joseph Hansom who  designed and patented he cab in 1834. 

21. Richard Todd, who appeared in a number of mystery
    films and was also  true World War II hero.
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Becke Davis

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 09:45:33 pm »
Fun quiz! I knew some of these answers but had to Google several others. For instance, as a native Chicagoan, I thought "our" Loyola University was the only one, and was therefore surprised to find a New Orleans version of Loyola, too.

I recognized Helen MacInnes as the author of ASSIGNMENT IN BRITTANY and other mystery classics. She was one of the first mystery authors I discovered as a teenager. Luckily my mom liked her, too, so all her books were readily at hand.

I read Edmund Crispin's THE MOVING TOYSHOP years ago and treasure my old copy of it.

I recognized the name "Roger Thornhill" from one of my favorite movies, but I didn't remember the R.O.T. bit. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2020, 11:49:04 pm »
I'm not enough of an expert to attempt this quiz. I read a lot of mysteries but I wouldn't stand a chance playing Trivial Pursuit: Mystery Novel Edition.

Thanks for including the answers. You've given me some ideas for more books to read.

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2020, 09:21:13 am »
Thanks for your quiz, Louis! It's great to see some of the fun "Miscellany"-style trivia that you contribute to the magazine here on the Mystery Scene Forum. Who would have thought 30 years ago (when we both were at The Armchair Detective) that we'd still be working together today?