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

  1. 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)
  2. What does Lily call Archie?
    “Escamillo.”
  3. 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”)
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. Where is Lily's New York residence and what story is set there?
    East 63rd Street; “The Rodeo Murder.”
  7. Where is Lily's out-of-town residence and what story is set there?
    Montana; Death of a Dude.
  8. 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:

  9. 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
  10. 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."
    Prisoner’s Base
  11. 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
  12. 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”
  13. 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”
  14. 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
  15. Rex Stout wrote and published this Nero Wolfe mystery novel in 1937.
    Too Many Cooks
  16. Rex Stout also wrote and published this non-Nero Wolfe mystery novel in 1937.
    The Hand in the Glove (featuring Dol Bonner)
  17. III. WOLFEAN ANAGRAMS
    by Ira Brad Matetsky

    Name the story or character(anagrams are of the whole name or phrase, not word-by-word)

  18. EMBROIDERS A CAUSE— SOME BURIED CAESAR
  19. IRONY WALL—LILY ROWAN
  20. TYCOON SO AMOK—TOO MANY COOKS
  21. HEFT IS INESTIMABLE— IN THE BEST FAMILIES
  22. DRUNK FIRED—FRED DURKIN
  23. FAREWELL TUNIC OF TIN— LIEUTENANT ROWCLIFF
  24. HARKEN PLIANT EAR—NATHANIEL PARKER
  25. LONE OR FEW—NERO WOLFE
  26. THINKERS SEE PLATE—THE SILENT SPEAKER
  27. PET CRIMSON RACE—INSPECTOR CRAMER
  28. 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)

  29. "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?”

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