In which street is the Diogenes Club?
A Study in Pink is a problem deserving how many nicotine patches?
Who is found dead in a locked chamber, with a poison dart above his ear?
Which company employed a secretary to answer Sherlock-related mail?
What kind of creature swallowed the Blue Carbuncle?
And in which TV episode can we find a cross-dressing Jude Law?
From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal stories to Sherlock and Elementary, through a century of Sherlock on the silver screen and on television, The Sherlock Holmes Quiz Book is packed with 1000 questions to test the wits of every armchair detective. Whether your favourite Holmes is Rathbone or Brett, Cumberbatch or Miller, whether you search with magnifying glass or mobile phone, here are clues, codes and conundrums to challenge the sharpest of sleuths. A must for every true Sherlock fan.
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- How many hobbits joined the Fellowship of the Ring?
- What colour is the Orcs’ skin?
- Why did Gandalf have difficulty in opening the west door of Khazad-dûm?
- Who betrayed Beren and Lúthien to Thingol?
- What was Farmer Giles’ full name?
A quiz book split into 100 categories, testing all areas of Tolkien’s writing. Each section includes an introductory question, ten main questions and a tie-breaker. The categories range from questions about individual characters to the more unusual “Odd Man Out” and “Missing Words”.
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At which motel is it advisable not to take a shower?
Why did Rick say he had come to Casablanca?
Which film was conceived with characters called Anakin Starkiller and Leia Aguilae?
Who had to rescue Pepperland from the Blue Meanies?
Zither music. A ferris wheel. Harry Lime. The film?
Expanding on the most well known and immensely succesful film brand,Halliwell’s, the Halliwell’s Film Quiz Book is packed full with 1,500 questions- and answers – on every aspect of the film world. From the best and the worst films, and everything in between, to the actors and actresses which grace the silver screen, it is a comprehensive teaser, guaranteed to stretch even the most knowledgeable film buff. The third book in the Halliwell’s range, the Film Quiz Book is a must for all film fans.
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It’s a great time to be a Sherlock Holmes fan, with Guy Ritchie’s steampunk juggernauts thundering across our cinema screens, Elementary giving us a transatlantic rehab Holmes and a female Watson, and of course, of course, Sherlock – as I write in early autumn 2013, we await the whys and wherefores of Sherlock’s resurrection from that fall…
The process of writing this quiz book has refreshed so many memories. Poring over the Conan Doyle canon and turning again to Sherlock has filled me with admiration anew for all of Gatiss and Moffat’s sly nods to the originals, affectionate while entirely modern. But above all, to cast an eagle’s eye over a century and more of Sherlock interpretations, from William Gillette’s Edwardian stage performances to Basil Rathbone’s wartime derring-do, from Jeremy Brett’s definitive television depiction to the zeitgeisty shows of today, is to see how every generation can successfully recast Sherlock in their own image. Rathbone’s Holmes is incisively straightforward, a suitably no-nonsense hero for a world at war; Brett’s Holmes is a twitchy, neurotic performance for an age familiar with the idea of the psychoanalyst’s couch and wanting darkness in all its heroes; and today’s Sherlock is either an autistic savant or a drying out drug-addict. Conan Doyle has given us a Sherlock-shaped mould into which we can cast our molten fears and obsessions, over and over again, and the mould shows no sign of breaking just yet.
Who’s the greatest Sherlock? For myself it depends on my thirst of the moment: if I’m craving a swig of Holmes Classic then I’ll unscrew a bottle of Brett; if I’m in the mood for an illicit brew, full of all sorts of perilous wartime additives, then I’ll dust down a vintage Rathbone ’42; but if I want a Holmes that fizzes on my tongue and froths in my nostrils and makes me feel alive, right now, then I’ll order a triple-shot Cumberbatchaccino from Speedy’s Cafe.
But what do you care what I think? Every Sherlock is a true child of the original, headstrong and rebellious, but carrying his father’s DNA. It’s all good. So why are you wasting time reading this? Have fun with the quizzes!