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Posted: February 6, 2011 in Uncategorized


8] Who was going to “stop at Marcini’s for a little dinner on the way”, and what was the connection to Yaakov Liebmann Beer?

I thought this might stump people, but you are a well read intelligent group.

At the end of The Hound of the Baskervilles Holmes asks Watson to go to the opera, and “stop at Marcini’s for a little dinner on the way”. The opera they are going to see is Les Hugenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer, whose real name was Yaakov Liebmann Beer.

9] A colourful British regiment should give you firstly a few clues that will lead you to cinema versions of a 1944 crime novel, and a fictional scourge of the French Revolution, on to a 1942 war movie and a Pulitzer Prize winning novel?
If you have found all the links you should have four matching pairs.

I admit this question developed a mind of its own and from a simple germ of an idea grew and grew into an ever more complex riddle. But one of the best efforts worked out that the 1944 crime novel was Green for Danger by Christianna Brand, and that obviously the fictional scourge of the French Revolution was The Scarlet Pimpernel.
But then went a bit off the track.

The important words were ‘cinema versions’ and the clue ‘firstly a few’.

Let us start with the cinema version of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which starred Leslie Howard as Sir Percy Blakeney.
Leslie Howard also starred in a 1942 war movie called ‘First of the Few’ when he played the part of R.J.Mitchell, designer of the Spitfire.
I am sure you see where we are going now.
One of Leslie Howard’s most famous roles was as Ashley Wilkes, in Gone With the Wind, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Margaret Mitchell.

The 1946 cinema version of Green for Danger starred another British actor Trevor Howard.
There is a very famous British regiment called the Green Howards.

So we have, the Green Howards and Green for Danger, Leslie Howard and Trevor Howard, R.J.Mitchell and Margaret Mitchell, and the Scarlet Pimpernel and Scarlett O’Hara.