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Nov 30, 2023

“bear in mind” [MUSG] 

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Can you think of the instances when bears are mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories? We'll give you a minute.
No? There are four specific mentions, but blink and you'll miss them. We cover them in this episode, along with exploring just why...

Nov 22, 2023

“By Jove, Watson; I’ve got it!” [CHAS] 

Last month, we contemplated the significance of the exclamation "By George!" So this month, we give ourselves over the gods as we explore "By Jove!"
What's the significance of a Jovian exclamation, what's the connection to being jovial, and who is described as such...

Nov 16, 2023

“This terrible secret” [FIVE] 

Dr. Watson was a master of inconsistencies. Or perhaps sloppiness. Or, according to Christopher Morley, intentional obfuscation. With a little chronological detective work, he may have figured it out.
Just what was Watson's secret, and why was he keeping it? He did it so well...

Nov 9, 2023

“Now, then, give him the pencil.” [GREE] 

Writing implements are a part of daily life. They are today and they were when Watson was writing the stories.
And from the very first story, Watson picks up a pencil to jot some notes. Where else do we find pencils, and how do they play into the importance of some...

Nov 2, 2023