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Apr 24, 2019

“old coins, apparently” [MUSG]  

 

This is National Coin Week, according to the American Numismatic Association. What better week to consider old money in the Sherlock Holmes stories?

 

The terminology and math can be confusing to us today. Quid? Sovereign? Shilling? How do these relate to each other and how...


Apr 17, 2019

“distinctly Australian” [BOSC]  

 

To readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories in the late Victorian era, Australia was an exotic and dangerous place. It was not all that far removed from the days of transportation, when some criminals and the destitute were put on ships bound for the land Down Under.

 

Australia...


Apr 10, 2019

“two on the lawn” [CROO] 

Sherlock Holmes and tennis — they go together like...like... Well, we're here to tell you that while combining the great detective with a lawn sport is actually elementary.

 

There are a handful of passing references to this sport in the Canon, and pointing them out is merely a...


Apr 3, 2019

“we can't have tomfoolery of this kind” [FIVE]  

 

The beginning of April dependably brings April Fools' Day. And while there weren't outright hi-jinks in the Sherlock Holmes stories, there were a fair share of instances where individuals were fooled.

 

You might think that it's Watson who's fooled frequently,...


Mar 27, 2019

“It is Porlock's writing” [VALL]  

The opening of The Valley of Fear introduced us to a mysterious individual: Porlock, who sent a cryptic note to Sherlock Holmes to warn him of doings afoot at Birlstone.

Sherlock Holmes didn't look into Porlock's identity too closely, but we do have a number of clues and inferences...