Thursday, February 03, 2011


6] What is the link between:

a) Max Mallowan and 10 Rillington Place

The name Christie is the link. Sir Max Mallowan was Agatha Christie's second husband, and 10 Rillington Place was the scene of a probable miscarriage of justice involving serial killer John Reginald Christie.

b) Betty Joan Perske's first husband, and a dealer in ship's supplies.

Chandler is the link. A dealer in ship's supplies is a chandler; Betty Joan Perske's screen name was Lauren Bacall, and her husband Humphrey Bogart famously played Raymond Chandler's private detective Philip Marlowe in the 1946 movie The Big Sleep.

c) A place of worship and a Celtic people.

Think of places of worship; church, synagogue, mosque? Temple!
South African born Aussie author Peter Temple's private detective is called Jack Irish.

7] How are transport to a music festival, biblical daughters, a lengthy conundrum and a path through trees, all linked to a Maltese Jew?

This question had people stumped. It was even suggested that the Maltese Jew was Peter Lorre, who was in fact born in Austria -Hungary [in present day Slovakia].

It was much more straightforward than that.
Transport to a music festival? Glastonbury, no Woodstock. Transport. Last Bus to Woodstock.
A path through trees, or The Way Through the Woods?
A lengthy conundrum? A conundrum perhaps a riddle. Lengthy? The Riddle of the Third Mile.
Biblical daughters? The Daughters of Cain.

They are all titles of Colin Dexter's books.
The connection with a Maltese Jew is Marlowe's play The Jew of Malta from which comes the quote The Wench is Dead, used as the title of another of Dexter's superb Morse books.
[to be continued, two more answers to come, one elementary, and one a creation of a mind with too many useless facts spinning round in it.]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman - Thanks for posting these. I'm very annoyed with myself for not getting the Colin Dexter one...

3:40 PM  
Blogger Dorte H said...

Oh, why didnĀ“t I send you my answers? I would have got one point ;D

But now that I see the answers, I must admit that I like question very much. Well done!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Margot-thanks. It is hard to believe there were only 13 Morse novels.

Dorte-thanks, I was rather pleased with that question.

1:49 AM  

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