Monday, May 12, 2008


1) Slang for an English florin, an imitative bird, and No 3 in Paris what is the cinematic connection?
The small photo next to Albert Einstein of the riverfront was a clue. I should have used a photo of the other river bank, the battleship North Carolina might have made it easier.
An English florin was known as "Two Bob"

An imitative bird or a mocking bird; in the film of Harper Lee's great novel To Kill a Mocking Bird, Gregory Peck starred as Atticus Finch.

No 3 in Paris was Thomas Jefferson America's Third President played in the film, Jefferson in Paris by Nick Nolte.

Gregory Peck and Nick Nolte both starred as Sam Bowden and Robert Mitchum and Robert De Niro [two bobs] starred as Max Cady in the 1962 and 1991 versions of the film Cape Fear [based on a John D.MacDonald book].
The photo is of the waterfront at Wilmington NC on the Cape Fear River.
Convoluted and cruel!

2) What is the link between a Maltese Jew, an African Queen and James T. Kirk?

The Jew of Malta was written by Christopher Marlowe, Humphrey Bogart played the definitive Marlowe in the 1946 film The Big Sleep and also starred in the film The African Queen.

Both the authors of The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler, and The African Queen, C.S. Forester were educated at Dulwich College.

C.S. Forester also wrote a series of naval stories featuring Horatio Hornblower, the inspiration for Gene Rodenberry's starship captain James T. Kirk.

3) Who works or worked with, Kollberg, Elinborg, Frank Frolich, Gunvald Larsson, and Jacob Skaare?

Some superb Nordic police partnerships:

Martin Beck worked with Kollberg.

Sigurdur Oli and Erlendur Sveinsson with Elinborg.

DCI Gunnarstranda with Frank Frolich.

Martin Beck and company again with Gunvald Larsson.

Konrad Sejer with Jacob Skaare.

4) By what names are the following better known:
Gordon Daviot, Mary Patricia Plangman, Grigory Chkhartishviti, Tobias Leo Pevsner, Edith Pargeter, Elizabeth MacKintosh, Frank Morrison, and J.I.M.Stewart?

Josephine Tey wrote plays as Gordon Daviot.

Plangman is Patricia Highsmith.

Chkhartishviti is Boris Akunin.

Pevsner is Toby Peters [the PI in Stuart Kaminsky's novels].

Edith Pargeter is Ellis Peters.

Elizabeth Mackintosh is the birth name of Josephine Tey.

Frank Morrison is Mickey Spillane

J.I.M. Stewart is Michael Innes.

5) What is the link between a German prize, a sinister Trinidadian, and ten priestly commandments?

Msgr. Ronald A. Knox an ordained Roman Catholic priest wrote in 1929 a set of ten commandments for the Detection Club.

No 5 was 'no Chinaman must be allowed to figure into the story.'

Germany’s most prestigious crime fiction award is called the Glauser prize. Friedrich Glauser wrote a novel entitled 'The Chinaman'.

Ellis Achong was a West Indian test cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago, sinister referred to his left handedness, and he was the first test cricketer of Chinese origin. Left-arm wrist spin is sometimes known as "slow left-arm chinamen" (SLC) in his honour.

There was a bonus prize for anyone who got that question correct, a bottle of Tsingtao beer.

The rest of the answers will be posted in a few days, and yes you do have to have listened on the radio to Round Britain Quiz, and Brain of Britain in order to set questions of this complexity; and it helps to be a bit crazy as well.


Blogger Philip Amos said...

Oh Mycroft! Oh Jorkins! Oh Norm, do you have any idea how many hours I spent trying to decipher 1 and 5 when I could have been canoodling with Sharon Small? Someone has to say it and it is I -- you are The Master. I take careful note that this is not the first time your fellow Old Alleynians have made appearances around here. I don't know how one would work Bob Monkhouse into a crime fiction quiz, but I'm sure you do.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating, Norm! I knew a few of these, eg J I M Steward and Gordon Daviot, but I've read and learned.
I'm so sorry I never got around to submitting an entry. What a failure.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Philip thank you for your comment. 'You are The Master' praise indeed from someone who knows their stuff, but I have a cold so you should not get me so excited by mentioning the delightful Sharon Small, the real star of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.;o)
By the way the headmaster at Dulwich was always just called the Master. Monkhouse, Ernest Shackelton ,P.G.Wodehouse i better get thinking hard.

Thanks Maxine, I think I got a bit carried away with some of the questions but I am pleased you found it fascinating.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Philip Amos said...

Norm, I cannot resist presenting you with what may be a poser, given that you have not yet mentioned this particular Alleynian. Apart from Chandler, there is among that distinguished company the author of five very enjoyable detective novels featuring an interesting Gallic detective. One of those novels has been filmed four times. The number four also features in the title of his most famous -- non-detective -- novel, which has been filmed seven times. (That should give it to you). He was also a sometime actor, a politician, and a counter-espionage agent.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks I had forgotten A E W Mason and The Four Feathers! If I had known all this when I was a pupil I might not have hated everything apart from the chess, cricket and rugby as much. I hasten to add I was no good at these sports just very enthusiastic.
I discovered there is another much more recent Old Alleynian crime fiction writer whose book features number 4?
Tom Rob Smith author of Child 44.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh you two! Honestly! What chance have the rest of us got? ;-)

1:12 PM  

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