Quirky Quiz: The Answers questions 1-5

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

The winner of the quiz from British Columbia got all the questions correct except for the photos, and he even got one of those right so this quiz was not impossibly indecipherable. 

1] By what names are the following better known?

[a] Salvatore Albert Lombino- Ed McBain

[b] Elizabeth Mackintosh- Josephime Tey

[c] Daniel Nathan- Frederic Dannay [half of Ellery Queen]

[d] Juliet Marion Hulme- Anne Perry

[e] Willard Huntington Wright- S.S.Van Dine

[f] Edith May Pargeter- Ellis Peters

[g] Janet Quin-Harkin- Rhys Bowen

2] Who was “the man who could see round corners”?

Lars Martin Johansson in Leif G.W.Persson’s trilogy about the murder of Olaf Palme, or John Dee in Philippa Gregory’s Elizabethan crime novels. 

3] Which detective found his perfect life partner in Enscombe? 

If you remembered that Reginald Hill was one of my favourite crime writers, and know your Jane Austen you would have had no trouble with this question. 😉

A “perfect” life partner in the village of Enscombe features in “Pictures of Perfection” Reginald Hill’s 1994 Austen pastiche in which Edgar Wield, the gay sergeant in the Dalziel and Pascoe novels met Edwin Digwood.


4] Who cinematically linked a Hungarian born member of the Detection Club, with an aircraft, and a city chronologically between Barcelona and Sydney?

I am going to explain this in detail so you can see how the straightforward answer can be worked out from the complex question.

Cinematically linked-so we are looking at a movie link. A Hungarian born member of the Detection Club, well the only one is Baroness Orczy, author of The Scarlet Pimpernel. The movie of that name starred  British actor Leslie Howerd as Sir Percy Blakeney. Does that link in with the rest of the question?

A plane, well Leslie Howerd played the part of R.J.Mitchell in the movie First of the Few [Spitfire in the USA] and was in real life shot down by the Nazis while flying to Portugal in 1943.

The city chronologically between Barcelona [1992] and Sydney [2000] was of course Atlanta, which hosted the Olympics in 1996 [easier with the relevant dates there to be seen]. Leslie Howerd starred as Ashley Wilkes in the Civil War epic Gone With The Wind set around the fall of Atlanta to the William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union Army in 1864. 

5] Who were married to: 

[a]Heloise Plisson-Tom Ripley

[b]Mary Marstan- Dr John Watson

[c]Thomas Samuelsson- Annika Bengtzon

[d] Dulcie Duveen?- Captain Arthur Hastings

[to be continued]

  1. tracybham says:

    I knew some of #1, but the rest were totally beyond me. But always interesting to learn these things.

  2. Kathy D. says:

    I knew a few answers, but mostly not. That number four is a total brain-twister.

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