Food

1. What does Wolfe think of starlings, grilled with lots of fresh tarragon and just a touch of saffron, served on hot polenta?
2. About how many orchids are there in Wolfe's roof-top plant rooms?
3. How did Wolfe acquire the only black orchids on the planet?
4. Wolfe considers the famous bouillabaisse of Marseilles to be “mere belly-fodder, ballast for a stevedore” in comparison with what?
5. Wolfe is fond of wild thyme honey; where does his come from?
6. Near the beginning of the Cheney Boone murder case, related by Archie in The Silent Speaker, Wolfe and Archie have a luncheon in which a particular item—call it X—is served in three successive courses: X with breaded fresh pork tenderloin, X with a hot sauce of tomatoes and cheese, and X with honey. What is X?
7. At the conclusion of that same case, someone gave Wolfe a gift. a) Who gave it?  b) What was it?
8. As a rule, Archie eats about half as much as Wolfe—four ears of corn vs. eight, for example. But there are a few dishes with which he stays “neck and neck with Wolfe clear to the tape.” He names one. What is it?
9. One of Wolfe's most honored rules is never to allow anything to interfere with his orchid schedule. Nevertheless on one memorable occasion in 1961, acting on a food-related clue, he cut his plant session short by half an hour. Why?
10. Name as many dishes as you can that are rarely or never served in the famous brownstone.

Vocabulary
Define the following words from the corpus

11. abditory
12. apodictical
13. boniface
14. concupiscence
15. flatigious
16. obreptitious
17. pother
18. sennight
19. subdolous
20. usufruct

Miscellaneous

21. What is, or who are, Denovo, Dondero, & Iacono?
22. Archie stopped dating a beautiful woman named Sue so that another man—call him X—could pursue her. Who was X? And what was Sue's last name?
23. Archie's account of the Philip Holt murder case, which he relates as “Fourth Of July Picnic” in And Four To Go, begins with him driving Wolfe and Flora Korby out to Culp's Meadows on Long Island. During the ride, what does Archie do with his right arm, and why?
24. What languages does Wolfe speak?
25. There is something—call it X—that Wolfe describes as “a vestige of barbarism.” What is X?
26. By what time does Fritz usually have Archie's breakfast ready?
27. Who is Sol Feder and why should we care about him?
28. According to Archie, writing in 1973, what is “the best spot in the metropolitan area at four o'clock on a Saturday afternoon in June”?
29. What do these ten numbers have in common: 506, 618, 902, 909, 914, 918, 919, 922, 924, 938?
30. Two of the numbers in the previous question really shouldn't be on the list. Which ones, and why not?

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