Wednesday, February 02, 2011


I will start back by giving you the first few answers to the Winter Quirky Quiz.

You can see the full list of questions here.

1] The photos are of course two time winner of the Best Swedish Crime Novel Inger Frimansson, and the wonderful Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo.

2] What is the cinematic link between Patricia Highsmith, and the British band Coldplay?

I did not want the first result of googling this [Jamie Thraves and the Cry of the Owl] but the much better known star from the movie of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley, Gwyneth Paltrow, who is married to Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, who comes from Exeter.

3] Who was "inquisitive, impetuous, alert, skeptical, pertinacious and resourceful"?

Archie Goodwin, according to supersleuth, gourmet and orchid collector Nero Wolfe.

4] Which crime fiction books end with the words:
a) X as in Marx.
This could only be from those well known Marxists Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, and comes from The Terrorists, the tenth and last Martin Beck book.

b) "...never retired from work and came to grow vegetable marrows."

The murderer's lament at the end of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.

5] Which crime fiction writer lost a name, the art of working together and a burial place when he crossed the Atlantic?

This was the first slightly tricky question. Here is how to tackle it.
The art of working together is collaboration= collaborator?
A burial place is a grave.
Who wrote books with 'collaborator' and 'grave' in the titles and those titles were changed?
The answer is:
Matt Beynon Rees in the USA became Matt Rees in the UK. The Collaborator of Bethlehem in the USA became The Bethlehem Murders in the UK, and A Grave in Gaza in the USA became The Saladin Murders in the UK.

[to be continued]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman - Thanks for this. I only got a few correct *sigh*. You certainly created a fiendish quiz...

9:58 AM  
Blogger Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Thanks Norman. I did not even sent you my answers. I got stuck in the second one.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Ann Summerville said...

Stopped by your blog today.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Matt Beynon Rees said...

That's a cryptic question about me. I don't know that even I'd have realised it referred to me and my books! You're tough! Great quiz.

10:23 PM  

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