Wednesday, January 07, 2009


I am pleased that some people had a lot of fun with the Quirky Quiz. 
The winner and runners up managed to score from 12 out of 13 to 9 1/3 out of 13.   Well done! 
The winner came from British Columbia, and the runners up from Texas and Tasmania. 
Their very well earned prizes will be on their way just as soon as the big freeze that has hit Devon thaws and I can get to a Post Office. 

Now I will start to list the answers over the next week with explanations of how you were meant to work out the connections. 

1] Who is the man in the photo and what is the connection with an English hangman?

The photo is of course the author of The Thirty Nine Steps and many other books John Buchan, who in 1935 became 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, and Governor General of Canada. Buchan established the Governor General's Awards for literature.

'An English hangman' and Canada. Arthur B. English was Canada's hangman from 1912-1935 he is said to have used the pseudonym Arthur Ellis. The Crime Writers of Canada award for the best crime fiction novel is known as the Arthur Ellis Award.

2] Arthur Ward, and a medieval order of knights. How are they linked by an 1882 Act of Congress?

Arthur Ward is better known as Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward the crime fiction author Sax Rohmer, who created the menacing Chinese villain Fu Manchu.

In 1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act that suspended Chinese immigration a ban than lasted 60 years. 

But a medieval order of knights......the Knights Templars

Templars.....Templar.....crime fiction....Simon Templar, the Saint

And who was the creator of The Saint?
Leslie Charteris born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin and whose father was Chinese and mother English. 
Charteris relocated to the USA in 1932 but was excluded from permanent residency by the Chinese Exclusion Act and had to keep renewing a six month visitor's visa until congress personally granted him residency rights.

[To be continued] 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah ha, British Columbia, eh? Why am I not surprised? Anyway, nice John Buchan connection (your first answer).
Well done, Norman, it is fun reading about the answers ;-)
And well done, person from B.C.!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ye gods, I need to lie down and apply a poultice to my forehead when I read your answers.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

10:36 PM  

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