This week’s challenge to the reader has a decidedly numerical twist. Below labelled A-P, are a list of questions focusing on various mystery novels and writers. Each of the answers for these questions is a number between 0-15. Each number between 0-15 is only used once. As always answers will be put up next Friday and do share your answers in the comments section below.
A. How many P. D. James novels feature Adam Dalgliesh?
B. How many years did Clyde B. Clason write detective novels for?
C. How many times is the victim stabbed in Murder on the Orient Express?
D. How many mystery novels did A. A. Milne write?
E. Solve this sum: The number of novels featuring Gladys Mitchell’s Mrs Bradley – The number of Sherlock Holmes short stories = ?
F. Solve this sum: 4 x The Number of novels featuring Torrey Chanslor’s beagle sisters = ?
G. What number is shared by a J. Jefferson Farjeon novel and an alternative title for an Agatha Christie novel?
H. How many people are against the “Yard” in a collaborative work published in 1936?
I. This novel was published in 1965 by an author who shares the same surname as the author of the James Bond novels and whose first name is shared by the creator of the amateur sleuth Lady Lupin. But what number is included in the title of this novel?
J. How many pipes are needed in the title of Julian Symon’s Holmesian themed novel?
K. How many novels did Anthony Berkeley write under the name of Frances Iles?
L. Solve this: The number of novels featuring Miss Marple ÷ The number of Napoleons featuring in Sherlock Holmes short story = ?
M. Solve this: (The number of novels featuring Josephine Tey’s Inspector Grant x The number of completed Lord Peter Wimsey novels written by Dorothy L. Sayers + The total number of mystery novels Harriet Rutland wrote) ÷ The number of texts Christie wrote featuring Tommy and Tuppence = ?
N. What is the number of wrong answers in John Dickson Carr’s 1952 novel?
O. Solve this: The number of men found in the title of Gladys Mitchell novel published in 1957 – The number of people mentioned in Raymond Postgate’s famous novel published in 1940 = ?
P. Solve this: The number of paces required to reach Baker Street in the 1956 film featuring Van Johnson – The number of novels featuring Nicholas Blake’s Nigel Strangeways = ?
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