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Old 02-03-2013, 11:39 AM   #10756
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See post 10746 by Iznogood.

I have not the slightest idea.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:42 AM   #10757
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Thanks! I think we're still waiting for someone to identify the quotation and missing name.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:39 PM   #10758
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:48 AM   #10759
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It seems this one got a lot harder than I had expected - my apologies for that. This book was recently (2006) re-issued here in Norway, and from the Norwegian publisher I heard that the same book should be re-issued in several other countries as well. I had therefore thought that it would be easier.

I suggest we make this as easy as saying that the quiz is now first-come-first-served. Whoever has a good question may ask it here.

For those wanting a clue:
Spoiler:

The name I omitted was "Fell"


For those wanting the solution:
Spoiler:

The extract is from "The Mad Hatter Mystery" by John Dickson Carr. In this book we read about a hitherto unknown manuscript by Edgar Allan Poe, which is stolen. We hear about a person the newspapers call "The Mad Hatter" who steals hats all over London and puts them on display; e.g. when a barrister's wig is found on the head of a cab horse, things are set in motion.

Innocently enough, you say? When a body is found inside the Tower of London with a medieval crossbow bolt through the heart - and a stolen hat on its head - things turn serious.




About this book, which in many ways can be considered Carr's breakthrough, Dorothy L. Sayers wrote:
"Mr. Carr can lead us away from the small, artificial, brightly-lit stage of the ordinary detective plot into the menace of outer darkness. He can create atmosphere with an adjective, make a picture from a wet iron railing, a dusty table, a gas-lamp blurred by the fog. He can alarm with an illusion or delight with a rollicking absurdity. He can invent a passage from a lost work of Edgar Allan Poe which sounds like the real thing. In short he can write—not merely in the negative sense of observing the rules of syntax, but in the sense that every sentence gives a thrill of positive pleasure."
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:07 AM   #10760
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If no one else has a question, here's a fast musical one...

What country boasts the 'first' bagpipes!
When?



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Old 02-05-2013, 12:10 PM   #10761
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For those wanting a clue:
Spoiler:

The name I omitted was "Fell"


For those wanting the solution:
[SPOILER]

Ah, it's one I didn't read by this author.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:30 PM   #10762
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If no one else has a question, here's a fast musical one...

What country boasts the 'first' bagpipes!
When?



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Was it Ireland? The 1500's?
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:33 PM   #10763
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When?



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Umm.. Norway, 600s?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #10764
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Was it Ireland? The 1500's?
Not even close. For either part. Thanks for playing.

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Umm.. Norway, 600s?
Closer in year but not in location.

The correct location is truly strange!


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Old 02-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #10765
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Somewhere in Africa?
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:04 PM   #10766
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Closer that the other two guys, but still well off the mark!


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Old 02-05-2013, 08:06 PM   #10767
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Not even close. For either part. Thanks for playing.

Hmph! I'm taking my ball and going home.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #10768
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Wait! You get the Home Edition of our show as a consolation prize!



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Old 02-05-2013, 09:38 PM   #10769
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:48 PM   #10770
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