There were some very good entries to the Diamond Jubilee Quiz, with some contestants doing a lot of research. It was very difficult to pick a winner as no one got every question completely correct. Sometimes the answer was a bit simpler than it seemed at first glance sometimes a bit more complex.
Here are the answers:
1] What is the “Royal” connection with an Old Brownstone House at West Thirty-Fifth Street ?
Detective Nero Wolfe lived in that Old Brownstone House, and the royal connections I wanted were that:
The books were written by Rex Stout, “Rex” is Latin for King, Nero was an Emperor, and one of Rex Stout’s well known novels is Some Buried Caesar. But I also learned that there are omnibus editions of the books entitled Royal Flush and Kings Full Aces.
2] Where is the “Queen of Watering Places”?
This question refers to opening sentences of The Majestic Hotel, Chapter 1 of Peril at End House by Agatha Christie.
“No seaside town in the south of England is, as attractive as St Loo. It is well named the Queen of Watering Places and reminds one forcibly of the Riviera.”
3] How Royal are Daniel Nathan and Emanuel Lepofsky?
Quite royal. Daniel Nathan was the real name of Frederic Dannay and Emanuel Lepofsky of Manfred B. Lee. Dannay and Lee in their writing used the pseudonym Ellery Queen.
4] Who did Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein employ, and what is the Royal connection?
This comes from Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia. Wilhelm von Ormstein, aka Count von Kramm, employed Sherlock Holmes to retrieve a photograph of himself with Irene Adler. Wilhelm von Ormstein was in fact the hereditary King of Bohemia and his marriage plans would be ruined if that photograph was circulated.
5] How are a Cornish Duchess and a Frozen Princess linked?
The name Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall is the former Camilla Parker-Bowles, and the frozen princess comes from The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg.
6] Which novel features an assassination attempt on a Crown Prince, and a criminal known as the Prince?
The novel is The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo.
The winner came from British Columbia, but thanks to those who took part and better luck next time. [photo of Royal Crescent , Bath]