Answers for RACING BASICS

I. If you bet on a horse to Place or to Show, what must the horse do in order for you to collect on your bet?
For a Place bet, your horse must come in first or second. For Show, it must come in first, second, or third ("In the money").

II. What are a horse's parents called?
Sire and Dam

III. What is a "maiden race"?
A race for horses that have never yet won a race

IV. Put these odds in ascending order: 2:1, 11:7, 100:8, 5:1.
         11:7, 2:1, 5:1, 100:8

V. List the three races that make up American racing's "Triple Crown" in the order they are run, giving for each race: its name, racetrack, location, and length. 

  1. Kentucky Derby, run over the 11⁄4-mile (2.0 km) dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY
  2. Preakness Stakes, run over the 13⁄16-mile (1.9 km) dirt track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD
  3. Belmont Stakes, run over the 11⁄2-mile (2.4 km) dirt track, the longest in thoroughbred racing, at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY

VI. Name as many of the eleven triple crown winners as you can. 
Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978)

VII. Who is the only jockey to have ridden two horses to victory in the Triple Crown?
Eddie Arcaro (Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948)


Answers for MATCH THE ODDS

VIII. When asked for his opinion on the likelihood of something happening, Archie prefers to give it in terms of odds, possibly suggesting a habit of betting on sporting events. Match these occurrences and odds:

1. In The Father Hunt, the odds that Cyrus M. Jarrett is Amy Denovo's father.
C. 50:1 against (p. 82)

2. In Please Pass The Guilt, the likelihood that Amory Browning arranged for James T. Farquhar to lie to Archie.
A. 100:1 against (p. 52)

3. In Death Of A Doxy, the chances, according to Saul Panzer, that Orrie Cather killed Isabel Kerr.
E. 20:1 (then boosted to 50:1) against (p. 24)

4. In "Poison À La Carte," the odds that Helen Iacono served the arsenic to Vincent Pyle.
B. Even money (p. 39)

5. In "Method Three For Murder," the odds that Mira Holt killed the woman found in her cab (later learned to be Phoebe Arden).
D. 10:1 (quickly revised to 20:1 and then 30:1) against (p. 91)

6. In Kill Now—Pay Later the odds that some unknown person had fed the cops a line to the effect that Dennis Ashby had seduced Elma Vassos.
F. 30:1 (quickly changed to 20:1) in favor (p.15)

Answers for CORN

IX. We are in the midst of the fresh corn season. How does Nero Wolfe say it should be prepared? How much of  it does he eat at a sitting? What about Archie?
"…roasted in the husk in the hottest possible oven for 40 minutes, shucked at the table, and buttered and salted…". Wolfe eats eight ears; Archie eats four.

X. In what case does the delivery of corn to West 35th Street provide Wolfe with an important clue? (The nature of the clue will be accepted if you don't remember the name of the case.)
Murder Is Corny in Trio For Blunt Instruments. The clue was the condition of the corn.

XI. In that case we learn that the residents of the brownstone on West 35th Street eat freshly picked corn once a week during the season. How does Wolfe define the corn season? What day of the week is Corn Day chez Wolfe?
July 20 through October 5; Tuesday.


Answers for A SHERLOCKIAN DIGRESSION

XII. In the Sherlock Holmes case chronicled by Dr. John H. Watson as Silver Blaze

A. Who owned the horse Silver Blaze? 
Colonel Ross.

B. What race was the case centered on?
The Wessex Cup.

C. Who killed Silver Blaze's trainer, John Straker?
Silver Blaze.

D. What was the motive?
Fear. Straker was about to injure the horse.

E. What did the dog do in the night-time?
Nothing.


Answers for MISCELLANY

XIII. How many shirts does Nero Wolfe wear in a day?
Two

XIV. What color are they?
Canary yellow.

XV. At what time does Nero Wolfe eat lunch?
1:15 p.m.

XVI. Which hours of the day does Wolfe spend up in the plant rooms?
9 – 11 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

XVII. Name the residents of the brownstone.
Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin, Fritz Brenner, Theodore Horstmann.

XVIII. What car marques has Wolfe owned over the years?
Wethersill, Heron, Cadillac.

XIX. What is Inspector Cramer's first name?
Probably "Fergus" (mentioned only once—in Where There's A Will). However, later, in The Silent Speaker, his initials are given as L.T.C. The question remains open.


Answers for ESSAY QUESTION

XX. If you want to contact Nero Wolfe, what should you do?
Watch out! He deprecates the use of contact as a verb so strongly that he may trace circles on his desk with his finger—or even glare at you.

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