Lily Rowan isn't just a pretty face in the Corpus. The heiress and socialite is a patron of the arts, a philanthropist, and a dancer extraordinaire. How much do you know about the woman who spends her time with Archie Goodwin and is respected by Mr. Wolfe? Test your knowledge by answering the questions below:
I. THE LILY ROWAN QUIZ
by Jean Quinn
- Lily inherited her wealth from her father. How did Mr. Rowan make his fortune?
“My father made that money building sewers with one hand and playing politics with the other.” (A Right To Die)
- What does Lily call Archie?
- Lily is a murder suspect, but Cramer is reluctant to question her. When and why?
Lily’s father was one of Cramer’s best friends and he’s known Lily since she was a baby. (“Not Quite Dead Enough”)
- One night, Archie got uncharacteristically annoyed with Lily and stood her up at the Flamingo. When and why?
Lily had invited some people she knows Archie doesn’t like.
- Archie compared what part of Lily's body to what animal?
Her legs; “you looked like an antelope in a herd of Guernseys.” (A Right To Die)
- Where is Lily's New York residence and what story is set there?
East 63rd Street; “The Rodeo Murder.”
- Where is Lily's out-of-town residence and what story is set there?
Montana; Death of a Dude.
- Mr. Wolfe and Archie find themselves stranded "two hundred and thirty-seven miles northeast of Times Square. Eighteen miles southwest of Crowfield, where the North Atlantic Exposition is held every year."
Some Buried Caesar
- Archie gives Wolfe his "personal check on the Metropolitan Trust Company, dated today, to your order, for sixteen hundred twenty-four dollars and thirty-seven cents."
- One of Archie's co-workers currently has thirty-seven elephants in stock (which really don't belong in the structural metals section).
Too Many Women
- One of the suspects "came to this country from France in nineteen thirty-seven, when [she] was twenty-five years old."
“Murder Is No Joke”
- Wolfe declares that the prospective client "couldn't hire me for any conceivable job on any imaginable terms," but the next day Archie visits him anyway at his office on East Thirty Seventh Street.
“Instead of Evidence”
- Wolfe reluctantly permits Archie to prospect for a client on the Upper West Side, because the June tax payment is due in thirty-seven days.
Too Many Clients
- Rex Stout wrote and published this Nero Wolfe mystery novel in 1937.
Too Many Cooks
- Rex Stout also wrote and published this non-Nero Wolfe mystery novel in 1937.
The Hand in the Glove (featuring Dol Bonner)
- EMBROIDERS A CAUSE— SOME BURIED CAESAR
- IRONY WALL—LILY ROWAN
- TYCOON SO AMOK—TOO MANY COOKS
- HEFT IS INESTIMABLE— IN THE BEST FAMILIES
- DRUNK FIRED—FRED DURKIN
- FAREWELL TUNIC OF TIN— LIEUTENANT ROWCLIFF
- HARKEN PLIANT EAR—NATHANIEL PARKER
- LONE OR FEW—NERO WOLFE
- THINKERS SEE PLATE—THE SILENT SPEAKER
- PET CRIMSON RACE—INSPECTOR CRAMER
- "HMQP QGD UIA, Q ECU IG EIJDPMNRZ? OIR'P FD ENKKU. OI UIA PMNRY UIA VIAKO EPIC PMQP FAKK HNPM PMQP PMNRZ?"
“WHAT ARE YOU, A SPY OR SOMETHING? DON’T BE SILLY. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD STOP THAT BULL WITH THAT THING?”
II. WOLFEAN THIRTY-SEVENS
by Ira Brad Matetsky
Since this is our thirty-seventh Black Orchid Banquet, we present some Wolfean thirty-sevens. Name the story in which:
III. WOLFEAN ANAGRAMS
by Ira Brad Matetsky
Name the story or character(anagrams are of the whole name or phrase, not word-by-word)
IV. A TOPICAL WOLFEAN CRYPTOGRAM
(letter substitution puzzle)
by Mark Gorsetman
Identify the quotation, the listener, and the story: (Lily Rowan to Archie Goodwin, Some Buried Caesar)