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Oct 25, 2023

“bag of tigers” [EMPT] 

We continue to clean up and cover a few more animals that we missed in previous seasons. The tiger was another foreign curiosity for Victorians, being native to Asia – from the Russian Far East through parts of North Korea, China, India, and Southeast Asia to Sumatra (yes, that...

Oct 19, 2023

“I’m a free-born American” [STUD] 

It's the final quarter of our Masters Class series, and this is the first of three essays we're going to bring you from the pen of Christopher Morley. Morely is important not only because he founded the Baker Street Irregulars, but because of his stature as a writer and...

Oct 12, 2023

“By George, it’s marvellous!” [GOLD] 

"By George!" It's an expression you've heard and read thousands of times, most likely. And it comes up in the Sherlock Holmes stories, naturally.
We found "by George" in 10 stories. Which ones were they? Who utters it? And what does it mean? Take the quiz along with us....

Oct 5, 2023

“a set of excellent teeth” [RESI]  

Around these parts, we've surveyed the implications of teeth, teeth marks and other clues for the purpose of investigation and detection (listen to Episode 206), but we never looked comprehensively at teeth.
In this episode, our discussion ranges from Oscar...