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Jan 13, 2021

“His life as been academic” [CREE] 

 
Sherlock Holmes and academic affairs are, well, elementary. [Sorry] But have you considered those who hold the title "professor" when it comes to the stories?
 
Of course you know Professor Moriarty. But there are only two others, which is a tad surprising, given the stories...


Jan 6, 2021

 you could not celebrate him without being known yourself.” [HOUN]  

Every year, the Baker Street Irregulars meet in early January to celebrate Sherlock Holmes's birthday. Why January, or more specifically January 6? It's an interesting story.
 
We discuss what factors may support that supposition and highlight the...


Dec 30, 2020

“As I expected, his reply was typewritten” [IDEN] 

 
While handwriting was and is distinctive enough for a detective like Sherlock Holmes to draw some inferences, typography isn't quite so forgiving. 
 
Whether it was through fonts used in newspapers or flourishes of individual typewriters ("the fourteen other...


Dec 23, 2020

“Have you ever had occasion to study character in handwriting?” [SIGN] 

 
More than once, Sherlock Holmes used someone's handwriting to guide him toward a solution. Whether it was a hastily-scribbled legal document or a red herring of a note, he was able to discern certain facts by observing the...


Dec 16, 2020

“Holmes smiled and rubbed his hands” [WIST] 

 
Sherlock Holmes enjoyed breakfast. But it was often interrupted. He had a variable knowledge of botany but knew enough to feel chagrined for missing green peas at 7:30.

What can we tell about Sherlock Holmes's food habits from Earle Walbridge's essay from 1940 titled...