Recently I decided it would be nice to do another quiz on the blog, as it has been some time since I did my last one on Classic Crime reprints. As the title of my blog post suggests, today’s quiz is linked to the 1940s game of Cluedo. However, I must stress that the questions themselves, except one, are not to do with the boardgame itself; it is merely providing the structure for the quiz. If you want to test your knowledge on Cluedo, you can find a quiz on that here.
Instead my quiz is organised into 9 categories, with each one being named after a room in the original Tudor Mansion of Cluedo. These room names also provide the theme for the questions in each category. Each room also has a suspect* and murder weapon attached to it. Each question ranges from 1-4 points and in total there are 61 points to be gained. But there is an additional way to score lots of points…
Each category has 5 questions which pertain to the theme suggested by the room name. However, after these 5 questions, there is an additional question entitled: Follow the Clue. By answering this question correctly, you will know which category to answer next.
E.g. If the Follow the Clue question was: ‘Complete this Agatha Christie title: The Body in the _______’ you would know to go to the category entitled Library next.
At the end of the quiz to gain 10 bonus points you need to provide the correct order of room names. The name of the last room is where Dr Black has met his unfortunate end and the additional cards attached to that room also reveal who killed Dr Black and how they did it.
So to get the quiz started here is the room you will be starting in…
Cellar (Or if you are in the USA – Basement)
The theme of this category is concealment.
1. Which of these items is not used by Agatha Christie in her work, to conceal precious stones?
a) Film cannister
b) Ruck sack
c) Christmas Pudding
d) Tennis Ball
2. Which of the following novels does not feature a corpse in a cellar?
a) Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
b) Murder on the Blackboard by Stuart Palmer
c) The Black Paw by Conyth Little
d) Murder in the Basement by Anthony Berkeley
3. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. It is an American mystery from the 1950s which involves a body being found in a basement.
4. How does the killer conceal themselves in Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House?
5. Which of these novels does not feature a body concealed beneath the ground?
a) Crime Counter Crime by E. C. R. Lorac
b) The Case of the Flowery Corpse by Christopher Bush
c) The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts
d) Blood from a Stone by Ruth Sawtell Wallis
Follow the Clue: Where the killer of Murder Will Speak (J. J. Connington) accomplished their task, the killer in The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie) did not.
The theme for this category is sports.
1. Which sport links Cat Among by the Pigeons by Agatha Christie, The Problem of the Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr and The Judge is Reversed by Richard and Frances Lockridge?
2. For each of the novels below, identify the sporting equipment used to murder someone:
a) The Longer Bodies by Gladys Mitchell
b) The Skeleton in the Clock by Carter Dickson
c) Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
3. Name a 1930s mystery novel in which a football player collapses during a match and later dies.
4. Identify these two mysteries which centre around a sporting activity.
a) TCSM by JB
b) CS by CC
5. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. It is a 1950s rural-set mystery, which involves murder by the riverside and a memoir which could cause a scandal, if published.
Follow the Clue: Captain Denis Cathcart is found dead just outside the doors to this room, at Riddlesdale lodge in Dorothy L. Sayers’ Clouds of Witness.
The theme of this category is academic mysteries.
1. Which of these academic-set mysteries does not feature an academic (e.g. teacher, professor etc.), as an amateur sleuth?
a) The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
b) The Mummy Case Mystery by Dermot Morrah
c) Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
d) The Cambridge Murders by Glyn Daniel
2. What is the academic-set novel, Seven Suspects, better known as, and who was it written by?
3. Which of these academic mysteries takes place on a university campus?
a) The Case of the Seven of Calvary by Anthony Boucher
b) Death at Crane’s Court by Ellis Dillon
c) Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin
d) The Weight of the Evidence by Michael Innes
4. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. It is a comic crime novel from the 1940s.
5. Identify these two academic mysteries and their authors by their initials.
a) AQOP by NB
b) MPD by JT
Follow the Clue: A snowy rural mystery contains the surname of a pretender to the British throne, a name which will lead you to the right room to join next.
The theme for this category is books in mysteries.
1. Hercule Poirot leaves Captain Hastings a copy of which Shakespeare play, in his final case: Curtain?
2. Which title below does not include a body being found in a bookshop?
a) Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells
b) The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
c) Beginning with a Bash by Alice Tilton
d) ‘The Case of the Murder on D. Hill’ by Edogawa Rampo
3. Agatha Christie is known for creating the character Ariadne Oliver, who is a mystery novelist like her creator. Which title below is not one we are told Ariadne has written?
a) The Body in the Library
b) The Dying Goldfish
c) The Cat it Was Who Died
d) The Fountain-Pen Mystery
4. What is the name of Elizabeth Daly’s detective who is an expert on books?
5. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. In this mystery an employee of an antiquarian bookshop on Charing Cross Road is found murdered inside. It was published during the 1950s.
Follow the Clue: Georgette Heyer and J. C. Masterman, in their second mystery novels, both include this social event, which takes place in this room.
The theme for this category is fashion, connecting to the room via the phrase lounge wear.
1. Which of the following titles does have a murder which takes place at a clothes/dress shop?
a) The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham
b) Fatal in my Fashion by Patricia Mcgerr
c) Death in High Heels by Christianna Brand
d) Murder a la Mode by Patricia Moyes
2. Complete the titles below with the correct item of clothing from the list provided.
Pants Coat Hat Shawl
a) The Green Plaid ________ by Margaret Scherf
b) The Black ________ by Conyth Little
c) The Chinese _________ by Patricia Wentworth
d) The Roman ___________ Mystery by Ellery Queen
3. Name an item of clothing which is used as a red herring in Agatha Christie’s The Murder on the Orient Express.
4. Which of these Agatha Christie mysteries does not mention a bathing suit?
a) The Body in the Library
b) Sleeping Murder
c) Evil Under the Sun
d) And Then There Were None
5. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. A continental mystery published in the 1940s and involves a murderer striking during a fashion show.
Follow the Clue: Anthony Berkeley and Anna Katharine Green’s debut mysteries both include a locked room mystery in which their victims are shot in this room.
The theme for this category is parties in mysteries.
1. In The Sleeping Sphinx by John Dickson Carr there is a party to which guests are invited to attend, wearing masks of whom?
2. In which title is there not a victim found dressed in a Harlequin costume?
a) Exit Harlequin by Cecil Freeman Gregg
b) ‘The Affair at Victory Ball’ by Agatha Christie
c) ‘The Flying Stars’ by G. K. Chesterton
d) Death in Clairvoyance by Josephine Bell
3. Each of the stories below features a debutante, but in which one is a debutante killed?
a) ‘The Golden Slipper’ by Anna Katharine Green
b) Casa Madrone by Mignon G. Eberhart
c) Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh
d) Dance of Death by Helen McCloy
4. Which Agatha Christie title includes a party/social gathering which a killer has organised in order to murder someone?
a) Three Act Tragedy
b) Hallowe’en Party
c) The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
d) Cards on the Table
5. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. A 1930s mystery in which agents are tasked with unmasking a big blackmailing ring.
Follow the Clue: H. R. F. Keating has a murderer strike in this room, but Brian Flynn got there first.
The theme for this category is to do with names. All of the answers will involve the word Hall.
1. Match the correct hall to each Agatha Christie novel.
a) Dead Man’s Folly
b) The Body in the Library
c) 4:50 from Paddington
d) After the Funeral
i) Gossington Hall
ii) Rutherford Hall
iii) Nasse Hall
iv) Enderby Hall
2. Which of these mysteries does not include a Hall?
a) Murder at Liberty Hall by Alan Clutton-Brock
b) Laurels are Poison by Gladys Mitchell
c) Invisible Death by Brian Flynn
d) The Man in the Moonlight by Helen McCloy
3. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. A 1930s mystery in which a move to the countryside entails murder.
4. In Old Hall, New Hall, by Michael Innes, what is the Old Hall used as?
b) A University
5. Name the Christie novel in which someone is strangled in a hallway.
Follow the Clue: Normally a relaxing place to partake of refreshment but not for Ambrose Chitterwick, who finds murder. He should have gone to a teashop instead!
Since people often enjoy looking at their gardens from their conservatories, the theme for this category is plants/gardens.
1. All of these novels feature a home with a summerhouse, but in which story is there a body found inside one?
a) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
b) The Greenstone Griffins by Gladys Mitchell
c) The Case of the Chinese Gong by Christopher Bush
d) The Crystal Beads Murder by Annie Haynes
2. Complete the titles below with the correct item of clothing from the list provided.
Rose Iris Betony Orchids
a) Fear and Miss __________ by Dorothy Bowers
b) The _______ in Darkness by Christanna Brand
c) The Black ________ by Conyth Little (a.k.a. Constance and Gwenyth Little)
d) No ___________ for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase
3. How is a killer, in Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie, tripped up by a ‘horticultural clue’?
4. Match each Christie title to the correct plant-based poison they feature.
a) A Pocket Full of Rye
b) A Caribbean Mystery
c) Five Little Pigs
d) 4:50 from Paddington
5. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. This 1940s mystery involves a poisoning and is set in Ireland.
Follow the Clue: Mrs Peacock can enter this room on the original Cluedo board in the shortest number of moves.
The theme for this category is food.
1. What is Fanny Lynam’s culinary speciality in Enough to Kill a Horse by Elizabeth Ferrars?
2. Which of these authors polished off one of their characters with a dish of poisoned snails?
a) Agatha Christie
b) John Rhode
c) Sheila Pim
d) Michael Innes
3. Which of these characters was not killed via poisoned food?
a) Alfred Crackenthorpe in 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
b) Phillips Boyes in Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers
c) Lois Hargreaves in ‘The House of Lurking Death’ by Agatha Christie
d) Joan Bendix in The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
4. Which novel does not include a sleuth seeking a recipe, of some kind?
a) Cook Up a Crime by Charlotte Murray Russell
b) Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
c) Diabolic Candelabra by E. R. Punshon
d) ‘The Recipe’ by Isaac Asimov
5. Identify the mystery title below, based on the cover. It was written in the 1930s and you would be advised to stay clear of the chocolates!
Follow the Clue: In the 1930s Christie, in her novels, bumps off two military figures in this room.
I hope you enjoy this test of your little grey cells. I will post the answers up the next week.
*I could not find a series of card images for the original suspects, which came out well including Mr Green under his original name, Reverend Green, so for sake of ease I have gone with the American version.