By the way this is post number 900 since September 2006!
The photo is very old but the weather out there is similar today.
Congratulations to those visitors, who were brave and intelligent enough to enter the quiz.
In third place came England, in second place but not by much was Texas, and in first place was British Columbia. Your prizes will be in the post when this old age pensioner can dig his way out of the snow and ice.
Here are the answers to questions 1 -5.
1] Who said 'Send him to gaol, and you make him a gaol bird for life. Besides it is the season of forgiveness.'
Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.
2] Which crime writer, and which actor in a crime series, are never odd or even?
I admit this was a nasty one. The key phrase was 'never odd or even' which is a palindrome [ a word or phrase that reads the same backward or forward].
The answer was the crime writer Sophie Hannah, and the actor in Rebus, John Hannah.
3] How would a minister of religion, a word puzzle, a type of code and an aperture be useful in a murder investigation?
Charlie PRIEST, John REBUS, Endeavour MORSE, and Harry HOLE are all detectives.
4] A famous crime novel begins with the following sentence fill in the gaps and name the novel.
'Some women give birth to MURDERERS, some go to bed with them and some MARRY them.'
From Before the Fact by Francis Iles.
5] Grace Kelly starred in the film Rear Window, and Catherine Deneuve starred in the film Mississippi Mermaid [la Sirene du Mississippi].
What is the connection between these two films, apart from having two very beautiful women as stars?
Both films were based on stories by Cornell Woolrich. [It Had To Be Murder and Waltz into Darkness]
[to be continued]