July meeting and The Code of the Woosters Quiz

By Jennifer Petkus

Shawn Mollenhauer presented the quiz for the Bastille Day meeting of The Den(ver) of the Secret Nine. We discussed The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse’s 1938 masterpiece that began the whole Totleigh Towers tottology, and having won the quiz the previous meeting, Shawn had the honor of baffling us this time round. You can be baffled as well by taking the quiz below. Just put your mouse over the words MOUSE OVER FOR ANSWER and wait for one second and the answer will magically appear.

First, a quick sketch of the meeting. We had nine members attending our convivial lunch at Pints Pub in downton Denver; and it should be stated henceforth that all meetings will begin at 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated, and that meetings in general will be on the second Sunday in September, November, January, March, May and July. The next meeting, accordingly, will be at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Pints Pub.

As to be expected, everyone enjoyed reading or re-reading TCotW. Among the remarks: the many references to Sherlock Holmes and other detective fiction; the similarity of names to the silly names in Monty Python; and of course a selection of favorite quotes. These included:

“I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”

“Unfortunately, however, if there was one thing circumstances weren’t, it was different from what they were…”

And, “There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, “Do trousers matter?’”
“The mood will pass, sir.”

We also discussed news of the second Blandings series and the production of Perfect Nonsense in the West End.

We also decided that the next book to be discussed by our group will be Uncle Fred in the Springtime, our first foray into Blandings. (If I Were You was first suggested as the next read, but later investigation showed the book was out of print. A new, very affordable, hardcover edition is to be released Nov. 14 of this year, along with The Small Bachelor.)

And now the quiz:

1. To what does Bertie attribute Jeeves’s desire for a round-the-world cruise?
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2. Who is Gussie Fink-Nottle’s potential father-in-law?
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3. For what offence did Sir Watkin Basset once fine Bertie five pounds?
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4. What is the name of Aunt Dahlia’s weekly periodical?
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5. What “all powerful weapon” does Aunt Dahlia use to ensure Bertie’s compliance with her wishes?
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6. What does Bertie imagine Roderick Sopde’s eye as being capable of?
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7. What is Constable Oates’s first name?
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8. What is the name of the club for gentlemen’s personal gentlemen of which Jeeves is a member?
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9. What is the one word that, according to Jeeves, “would greatly lessen Mr. Spode’s potentiality for evil”?
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10. What story by Edgar Allen Poe does Aunt Dahlia draw inspiration when she suggests that the cow-creamer should be hidden somewhere conspicuous?
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11. What is the code of the Woosters?
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12. What Dickensian character does Jeeves compare Bertie to when asked by Stiffy?
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13. What is Eulaie?
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Harder Questions

14. What is the name of the article Bertie once contributed to Milady’s Boudoir?
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15. What real-life person is Roderick Spode, 7th Earl of Sidcup, based?
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16. What, according to Jeeves, do the Turkish put into sacks and drop into the Boshporus instead of aunts?
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17. Upon arrival at Totleigh-in-the-Wold, Jeeves says the line “Childe Roland to the dark tower came, sir.” To what does this statement allude?
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