Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Secret of the Old Clock
Delivering telegrams. Nancy delivers telegrams for Tubby Telegrams, earning 25 cents for each delivery. There are literary allusions in the names of the characters at several locations throughout Titusville. For example, at Sunnybrook Farm, Rebecca picks up the telegrams, and the names of the teachers at the Lowood Academy are taken from "Jane Eyre."
Banker. Archer is the owner of Titusville's Main Street Bank, and he reveals to Nancy that his bank is on the brink of ruin. Magazines in the parlor of the Lilac Inn are dated April 1930, so it's been barely six months since the stock market crash of October 1929.
Gloria Lois Dowd. According to a photograph Nancy finds in one of Josiah Crowley's safe deposit boxes, Gloria's maiden name was Dowd. Emily tells Nancy that her mother's middle name was Lois.
Sam Spade. In the game, "Secret of the Old Clock" is supposedly the first mystery that Nancy solves. When Nancy comments that she'd like to figure out the weird things that have been going on, Emily laughs and asks, "What are you, some kind of Sam Spade?" Nancy replies, "Just because I've never solved a mystery before doesn't mean that I can't. Who knows? I might turn out to be good at it."
Richard Topham. Jim Archer knew him as Clara Pickford, not realizing that Josiah Crowley and Clara Pickford were one and the same. Josiah was "Puck" to those who knew him via his ham radio, and Emily tells Nancy that once he came to her birthday party dressed as her great-aunt Harriet. "I didn't know it was really him until two days later!" she says with a laugh.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream". According to Richard Topham, the play "closed after two nights, but he didn't care. He loved that play." Josiah was Puck in the production, and used that name when conversing with people on his ham radio.
Uri. Uri doesn't figure prominently in the game - he just sits by the fireplace and meows. Twice during the game Nancy has to find his toy mouse and give it to him so he will stop meowing.
Keen. This is one of four four-letter words needed to open the shed near Josiah's house. The others are the name of Josiah's favorite poet, Gloria Crandall's middle name, and the object that Nancy receives when she gets par on Josiah's miniature golf course.
Get her bridge cards from Miss Jakowski. Mrs. Sheldon borrowed a trivet belonging to Josiah shortly before his death, and Nancy asks Mrs. Sheldon if she can have it. Before Mrs. Sheldon will give it to her, she asks her to get her bridge cards. It's not quite that easy, though. Miss Jakowski asks Nancy to pick up raffle tickets from the orphanage. The head of the orphanage asks her to find toys for the children, then sends her to the printer to pick up the tickets. Then the printer asks Nancy to go fishing for him while he prints the tickets. Finally, Nancy brings the tickets to Miss Jakowski, who gives her the bridge cards to take to Mrs. Sheldon.
A mirror. Josiah Crowley gave clocks to the Crandalls and Jim Archer, and Nancy finds two others on his property. Nancy has to solve a puzzle inside each clock to get each mirror.
|Hobo symbols figure prominently throughout the mystery. Which hobo symbol is carved into the wall of the Inn?||Secret of the Old Clock
A cat. This symbol is carved under the telephone on the porch of the Lilac Inn. According to a newspaper in the parlor, a cat means "A kind woman lives here." The kind woman was Emily's recently deceased mother, Gloria Crandall.
Herbert Hoover. The year is 1930, according to the introduction. Jim Archer mentions to Nancy that Hoover is president. It's the beginning of the Great Depression, and both Archer and Emily Crandall have fallen on hard times.
Lilac. The Lilac Inn, established in 1908, is owned and operated by Emily and her guardian, Jane Willoughby. The Inn's specialty is pies, and Nancy sorts pies for the delivery truck near the end of the game.
Titusville. Nancy is visiting Emily Crandall, a 17-year-old girl whose mother has just died. Nancy knows Emily only through the girls' mutual friend, Helen Corning, but Nancy wrote Emily a note after the death of her mother, and Emily has asked her to come for a visit.