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Quiz about A Mid Summer Murder
Quiz about A Mid Summer Murder

A Mid Summer Murder Trivia Quiz


Lord Humpty Harley lived in a large manor house on the edge of the small village of St Molly's Mead. He was going to change his will but someone was dead against that from happening. Can you help Miss Jane Marble solve his murder?

A multiple-choice quiz by Plodd. Estimated time: 10 mins.
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Author
Plodd
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10 mins
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352,371
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Jan 09 24
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Question 1 of 10
1. Miss Jane Marble was sitting in her favourite armchair, enjoying her afternoon cup of tea and cucumber sandwich. The windows were wide open on that warm July afternoon. Her mind drifted slightly as she was very saddened to hear the news just given by her nephew, Inspector Spercy Spox. Lord Humpty Harley of St Molly's Mead Manor was dead! Murdered! "How did he die?" asked Miss Marble, still shocked that the most respected person in the small hamlet was dead. "He was poisoned, m'dear", replied Inspector Spox with a splutter, his false teeth rattling as they were rather loose and wobbly. "So, will you help me investigate this dastardly deed to help bring the culprit to justice?" "Good grief, of course I will my dear man" replied Miss Marble. "We will start interviewing the suspects at 6 o'clock sharp this evening."

At 6pm Doctor Horace Haddock (the old family friend):

"When did I last see Lord Humpty Harley? Well, I saw him briefly yesterday morning when I delivered the daily newspapers to the Manor and he seemed quite fine then. Spoke to that young scoundrel Jack Daniels while I was there. He seemed very interested in my work all of a sudden, harrumph. Lord Harley phoned me a little later, early afternoon I think, and he sounded very distressed, very distressed indeed. Said he had a personal problem he wanted to discuss with me, harrumph. I told him I couldn't meet up for the rest of that day as I had to attend the university campus and lecture a group of my second year biology students on the scientific study of Coprinopsis atramentaria. That is the common ink cap mushroom to you, my dear lady. Fascinating subject, harrumph!"

What is the study of mushrooms called?
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Question 2 of 10
2. 6.20pm Lady Clementine Clancy-Harley (the young wife)

"Where was I last night? Can you keep my very naughty secret? Well, I was with a Jack Daniels. I have always had a soft spot for him and he is such a fun guy, my darlings! Ever since my dear husband had his stroke two years ago, I have had to find male company elsewhere, if you catch my drift. We had a spiffing evening at the nightclub in the neighbouring town of Nether St Molly's, danced the night away to our favourite songs, "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". We, um, stayed at Jack's flat for the rest of the night. I arrived back home at 10am this morning only to hear the terrible news about dear Humpty."

Which group had a 1987 hit with the songs which Lady Clementine danced to?
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Question 3 of 10
3. 6.40pm Jack Daniels (the local businessman)

"I wish I had thought about killing him, har, har, har! Yes, yes, I know this is a very serious business. Sadly the friendship between the two of us went downhill after he turned down my offer to purchase some of his land. I had a small enterprise I wanted to set up but he put a kibosh on that idea. I last saw old Harley at around 5pm last night and we shared a quick drink. They said he drank two bottles of whisky a day, but it wasn't true. He had to scotch those rumours right away, har, har, har! His doctor told him not to drink any alcohol, but I was the only person he would have a secret tipple with. He was going through a few, er, personal problems, har, har, har! After I left the Manor, I spent the evening and night with a lady friend, har, har, har!"

Which area in Scotland is famous for its whisky?
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Question 4 of 10
4. 7.05pm Lottie Lace (the niece)

"Poor Uncle Humpty! I am completely gobsmacked about his death as he took me in when I was orphaned at nine years old along with my twin brother, Monty. He is out of the country right now visiting friends, Monty that is and not Uncle Humpty. Poor Uncle Humpty is dead! He was such a teddy bear and wouldn't hurt a fly, Uncle Humpty that is and not my brother Monty. Oh, dear! I do so easily get confused! The last time I saw him, Uncle Humpty that is, was last weekend for Sunday lunch. It is the only time I can get away from my dearies as they take up so much of my time. Dearies? Oh, sorry, I meant to say the old ladies I visit with their meals on wheels. I run the Fairy Circle, a women's voluntary group set up by Dr Haddock. We come to the aid of old people in St Molly's Mead, delivering meals, library books, and so on. I call them my dearies, my sweet little old ladies they are. I stayed with one of them last night as she was having dreadful problems with her inflamed liver."

What is the medical name for inflammation of the liver?
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Question 5 of 10
5. 7.20pm Monty Morel (the nephew)

Ring ring! Ring ring! "You have reached Monty Morel on St Molly's Mead 6528. I am out of the country until the end of November, visiting friends in Saudi Arabia. If you would like to leave an answer phone message then please do so after the tone." Beep!

Which of these cities is Monty Morel likely to visit?
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Question 6 of 10
6. 7.30pm Reverend Brent Bundle (the local vicar)

"It was such a shame to hear this sad news. Known him for over 30 years, you know. He was a remarkable chap, always willing to help an old friend in need. What time did I find the body? Well, let me think. Ah, yes I remember now. It was between 8am and 8.30am this morning. His skin was still slightly warm when I checked his pulse so I knew he had only been dead a short while, an hour at most. He asked me to pop in to visit as he wanted to discuss a very sensitive subject. He was changing his will after he found his wife 'in flagrante delicto' with that bounder, Jack Daniels. Where was I last night? Well I spent a quiet evening with my wife celebrating our wedding anniversary. We had some delicious home made tapenade, crusty French bread and then shared a box of chocolate truffles. My dear lady wife gave me a lift here this morning and she is in the kitchen now trying to console poor Mavis and Tuppence."

Which of the following is the main ingredient in tapenade?
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Question 7 of 10
7. 7.55pm Mavis Dinglebat (the cook)

"Poisoned? I hope you don't think my cooking poisoned his lordship? Tuppence helped me cook his favourite bubble and squeak with toast for breakfast yesterday morning. I also gave him a small portion of grilled ink cap mushrooms which young Jack found in the woods that morning. I even ate a portion of mushrooms myself and they haven't poisoned me, have they? Have they, sob! His lordship went out after that and I never saw him again, sob! I retired to my private rooms at about 7.30pm to read my favourite book and I remember Tuppence returning home just before 10pm. We both had a nice cup of tea and admired her new engagement ring before we settled down for the night. I never drink alcohol because it gives me chronic wind, lordy no! I dreamt all night of dirty grimy workhouses and poor young pickpockets. I was glad to wake up when I heard the Reverend start banging on the front door at 8am this morning."

Which of these books did Mavis Dinglebat read?
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Question 8 of 10
8. 8.15pm Rafe Raffles (the inn keeper)

"I was always so jealous of Lord Humpty Harley because I have loved Lady Clementine since I was 18 years old and she was just sweet 16. Neither of them knew of my feelings. I even went as far as making her a unique pearl necklace from several oysters I caught in the South Seas during a fishing trip in the 1970s. I last saw Lord Harley at lunchtime yesterday when he came to the inn to discuss an offer he had received for his land. Dreadful business that was, I can promise you. He walked in the front door and the first person he saw was dear Lady Clementine talking very animatedly with Jack Daniels. They were not discussing anything platonic by the look of their body language. Harley stumbled back outside the door and then I heard the screeching of car wheels as he sped out of the drive. That was the last I saw of him."

By which of these measurements is a pearl weighed?
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Question 9 of 10
9. 8.30pm Tuppence Trimbledore (the maid)

"I helped Mrs Dinglebat with the breakfast and dishes yesterday morning and then I went to London as it was my afternoon and evening off work. I met my boyfriend at Portobello Road and we had lunch in a small café by the old antique shop. I was so excited as I knew he was going to propose to me! He even got down on one knee and I don't know which of us was crying the most. He then took me to the cinema and we watched that thriller with Angelina Jolie, the one where she played a spy on the run from the CIA. I must have got back to the Manor at around 10pm. I couldn't sleep all night as I was that excited and even Mrs Dinglebat snoring couldn't spoil my fun. I heard nothing all night."

Which film did Tuppence Trimbledore watch at the cinema?
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Question 10 of 10
10. 9pm Who killed Lord Humpty Harley?

"Well", said Inspector Spox, looking rather perplexed. "We have interviewed as many people as we can and I still don't know who our culprit is and how they poisoned Lord Humpty Harley."

"Just look at the clues by reading through all the statements again", replied Miss Marble excitedly, "and you will see exactly who killed his Lordship."

Have you come to the same conclusion as Jane Marble? Was it Horace Haddock, Jack Daniels, Clementine Clancy-Harley, Brent Bundle, Lottie Lace, Monty Morel, Mavis Dinglebat, Rafe Raffles or Tuppence Trimbledore?

Just answer by putting their first name into the box below (Horace, Jack, Clementine, Brent, Lottie, Monty, Mavis, Rafe or Tuppence).

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1. Miss Jane Marble was sitting in her favourite armchair, enjoying her afternoon cup of tea and cucumber sandwich. The windows were wide open on that warm July afternoon. Her mind drifted slightly as she was very saddened to hear the news just given by her nephew, Inspector Spercy Spox. Lord Humpty Harley of St Molly's Mead Manor was dead! Murdered! "How did he die?" asked Miss Marble, still shocked that the most respected person in the small hamlet was dead. "He was poisoned, m'dear", replied Inspector Spox with a splutter, his false teeth rattling as they were rather loose and wobbly. "So, will you help me investigate this dastardly deed to help bring the culprit to justice?" "Good grief, of course I will my dear man" replied Miss Marble. "We will start interviewing the suspects at 6 o'clock sharp this evening." At 6pm Doctor Horace Haddock (the old family friend): "When did I last see Lord Humpty Harley? Well, I saw him briefly yesterday morning when I delivered the daily newspapers to the Manor and he seemed quite fine then. Spoke to that young scoundrel Jack Daniels while I was there. He seemed very interested in my work all of a sudden, harrumph. Lord Harley phoned me a little later, early afternoon I think, and he sounded very distressed, very distressed indeed. Said he had a personal problem he wanted to discuss with me, harrumph. I told him I couldn't meet up for the rest of that day as I had to attend the university campus and lecture a group of my second year biology students on the scientific study of Coprinopsis atramentaria. That is the common ink cap mushroom to you, my dear lady. Fascinating subject, harrumph!" What is the study of mushrooms called?

Answer: Mycology

Mycology is the scientific study of mushrooms, including fungi and yeasts. A mycologist will look at different types of fungus, how they can aid medicine and the harmful types which can cause disease or fatality. Over 200,000 species of fungus have been discovered and it is not just the garden or wild variety of mushroom.

A mycologist will also look into fungal infections in the skin, mouth, bloodstream or heart of human and animal.
2. 6.20pm Lady Clementine Clancy-Harley (the young wife) "Where was I last night? Can you keep my very naughty secret? Well, I was with a Jack Daniels. I have always had a soft spot for him and he is such a fun guy, my darlings! Ever since my dear husband had his stroke two years ago, I have had to find male company elsewhere, if you catch my drift. We had a spiffing evening at the nightclub in the neighbouring town of Nether St Molly's, danced the night away to our favourite songs, "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". We, um, stayed at Jack's flat for the rest of the night. I arrived back home at 10am this morning only to hear the terrible news about dear Humpty." Which group had a 1987 hit with the songs which Lady Clementine danced to?

Answer: U2

Irish band U2 had several hit songs including "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", both of which peaked the singles charts in Ireland and the United States. Lead singer Bono joined Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton and David Evans in 1976 to create U2, and since then they have sold over 150 million records and won 22 Grammy awards worldwide.
3. 6.40pm Jack Daniels (the local businessman) "I wish I had thought about killing him, har, har, har! Yes, yes, I know this is a very serious business. Sadly the friendship between the two of us went downhill after he turned down my offer to purchase some of his land. I had a small enterprise I wanted to set up but he put a kibosh on that idea. I last saw old Harley at around 5pm last night and we shared a quick drink. They said he drank two bottles of whisky a day, but it wasn't true. He had to scotch those rumours right away, har, har, har! His doctor told him not to drink any alcohol, but I was the only person he would have a secret tipple with. He was going through a few, er, personal problems, har, har, har! After I left the Manor, I spent the evening and night with a lady friend, har, har, har!" Which area in Scotland is famous for its whisky?

Answer: Speyside

Speyside is an area towards the north east of Scotland which has a large amount of whiskey distilleries in the area. The most famous single malt whiskey produced in the area includes Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. Glenfiddich is Gaelic for "valley of the deer"' and Glenlivet is named after the valley where the distillery is located. The area of Speyside has a natural beauty with its sandy beaches, forests, golf courses, historic castles and organised whiskey tours including tasting sessions.
4. 7.05pm Lottie Lace (the niece) "Poor Uncle Humpty! I am completely gobsmacked about his death as he took me in when I was orphaned at nine years old along with my twin brother, Monty. He is out of the country right now visiting friends, Monty that is and not Uncle Humpty. Poor Uncle Humpty is dead! He was such a teddy bear and wouldn't hurt a fly, Uncle Humpty that is and not my brother Monty. Oh, dear! I do so easily get confused! The last time I saw him, Uncle Humpty that is, was last weekend for Sunday lunch. It is the only time I can get away from my dearies as they take up so much of my time. Dearies? Oh, sorry, I meant to say the old ladies I visit with their meals on wheels. I run the Fairy Circle, a women's voluntary group set up by Dr Haddock. We come to the aid of old people in St Molly's Mead, delivering meals, library books, and so on. I call them my dearies, my sweet little old ladies they are. I stayed with one of them last night as she was having dreadful problems with her inflamed liver." What is the medical name for inflammation of the liver?

Answer: Hepatitis

The liver can swell up due to a viral infection or long term alcohol abuse. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, alcoholic hepatitis and autoimmune hepatitis. Hepatica is the name of a plant, Hepatic Tanager the name of a bird and Heptarchy the name of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Great Britain.
5. 7.20pm Monty Morel (the nephew) Ring ring! Ring ring! "You have reached Monty Morel on St Molly's Mead 6528. I am out of the country until the end of November, visiting friends in Saudi Arabia. If you would like to leave an answer phone message then please do so after the tone." Beep! Which of these cities is Monty Morel likely to visit?

Answer: Riyadh

Riyadh is the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Built around an oasis in the centre of the country, it features a mixture of classic Arab style buildings and high rise office blocks in the financial district which reflects the success of the oil business.
6. 7.30pm Reverend Brent Bundle (the local vicar) "It was such a shame to hear this sad news. Known him for over 30 years, you know. He was a remarkable chap, always willing to help an old friend in need. What time did I find the body? Well, let me think. Ah, yes I remember now. It was between 8am and 8.30am this morning. His skin was still slightly warm when I checked his pulse so I knew he had only been dead a short while, an hour at most. He asked me to pop in to visit as he wanted to discuss a very sensitive subject. He was changing his will after he found his wife 'in flagrante delicto' with that bounder, Jack Daniels. Where was I last night? Well I spent a quiet evening with my wife celebrating our wedding anniversary. We had some delicious home made tapenade, crusty French bread and then shared a box of chocolate truffles. My dear lady wife gave me a lift here this morning and she is in the kitchen now trying to console poor Mavis and Tuppence." Which of the following is the main ingredient in tapenade?

Answer: Olive

Tapenade is a rustic French recipe very simply made in a food processor by blending fresh black olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil together until it resembles a paste. It is normally served with crusty French bread or crackers as a light snack or hors d'oeuvre just before the main evening meal.
7. 7.55pm Mavis Dinglebat (the cook) "Poisoned? I hope you don't think my cooking poisoned his lordship? Tuppence helped me cook his favourite bubble and squeak with toast for breakfast yesterday morning. I also gave him a small portion of grilled ink cap mushrooms which young Jack found in the woods that morning. I even ate a portion of mushrooms myself and they haven't poisoned me, have they? Have they, sob! His lordship went out after that and I never saw him again, sob! I retired to my private rooms at about 7.30pm to read my favourite book and I remember Tuppence returning home just before 10pm. We both had a nice cup of tea and admired her new engagement ring before we settled down for the night. I never drink alcohol because it gives me chronic wind, lordy no! I dreamt all night of dirty grimy workhouses and poor young pickpockets. I was glad to wake up when I heard the Reverend start banging on the front door at 8am this morning." Which of these books did Mavis Dinglebat read?

Answer: Oliver Twist

"Oliver Twist" was written and first published by Charles Dickens in 1838. It told of a young orphaned boy sent to a workhouse which is where he upset the caretakers by asking for more gruel. After leaving the workhouse, he was sent to work for a short time at an undertakers before getting mixed up with Fagin and his team of street urchin pickpockets.
8. 8.15pm Rafe Raffles (the inn keeper) "I was always so jealous of Lord Humpty Harley because I have loved Lady Clementine since I was 18 years old and she was just sweet 16. Neither of them knew of my feelings. I even went as far as making her a unique pearl necklace from several oysters I caught in the South Seas during a fishing trip in the 1970s. I last saw Lord Harley at lunchtime yesterday when he came to the inn to discuss an offer he had received for his land. Dreadful business that was, I can promise you. He walked in the front door and the first person he saw was dear Lady Clementine talking very animatedly with Jack Daniels. They were not discussing anything platonic by the look of their body language. Harley stumbled back outside the door and then I heard the screeching of car wheels as he sped out of the drive. That was the last I saw of him." By which of these measurements is a pearl weighed?

Answer: Momme

The momme is a traditional Japanese measurement of weight for pearls sold in large quantities. One momme is equal to 3.75 grams. Pearl necklaces are sold depending on length and these range from choker, princess, matinee, opera and rope. A mutchkin is a Scottish liquid measurement, a minim is a half note in music and a middy is a medium sized glass of beer.
9. 8.30pm Tuppence Trimbledore (the maid) "I helped Mrs Dinglebat with the breakfast and dishes yesterday morning and then I went to London as it was my afternoon and evening off work. I met my boyfriend at Portobello Road and we had lunch in a small café by the old antique shop. I was so excited as I knew he was going to propose to me! He even got down on one knee and I don't know which of us was crying the most. He then took me to the cinema and we watched that thriller with Angelina Jolie, the one where she played a spy on the run from the CIA. I must have got back to the Manor at around 10pm. I couldn't sleep all night as I was that excited and even Mrs Dinglebat snoring couldn't spoil my fun. I heard nothing all night." Which film did Tuppence Trimbledore watch at the cinema?

Answer: Salt

"Salt" was a 2010 film which starred Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber. The fast paced action thriller started in North Korea where Jolie's character, Evelyn Salt, was being held on charges of espionage. Once freed, she rejoined her team at the CIA but was set up as a double agent. Watch the film to find out what happens next!
10. 9pm Who killed Lord Humpty Harley? "Well", said Inspector Spox, looking rather perplexed. "We have interviewed as many people as we can and I still don't know who our culprit is and how they poisoned Lord Humpty Harley." "Just look at the clues by reading through all the statements again", replied Miss Marble excitedly, "and you will see exactly who killed his Lordship." Have you come to the same conclusion as Jane Marble? Was it Horace Haddock, Jack Daniels, Clementine Clancy-Harley, Brent Bundle, Lottie Lace, Monty Morel, Mavis Dinglebat, Rafe Raffles or Tuppence Trimbledore? Just answer by putting their first name into the box below (Horace, Jack, Clementine, Brent, Lottie, Monty, Mavis, Rafe or Tuppence).

Answer: Jack

Jack Daniels murdered Lord Humpty Harley!

"Well, just look at all the clues", said Miss Marble excitedly. "First of all, if you spell out the first letter of each answer from 1-9, you will get the word "MUSHROOMS".

Mycology
U2
Speyside
Hepatitis
Riyadh
Olive
Oliver Twist
Momme
Salt

"Secondly", said Miss Marble, "there was a clue in each of our interviews from 1-9 which related in some small way to mushrooms, apart from our culprit that is, Jack Daniels."

Q1. Dr Horace Haddock spoke of the ink cap "MUSHROOM". The Latin name is Coprinopsis atramentaria.

Q3. Lady Clementine Clancy-Harley talked of Jack being a "fun guy" ("FUNGI"). Please don't groan!

Q4. Reverend Brent Bundle mentioned chocolate "TRUFFLES". Truffles are an expensive culinary addition, normally found underground and sniffed out by pigs or dogs.

Q5. Lottie Lace runs the charity "FAIRY CIRCLE". The fairy circle is the name given to a ring of toadstools.

Q6. The nephew is called Monty "MOREL". Morel is a type of mushroom.

Q7. Mavis Dinglebat also talked about ink cap "MUSHROOMS".

Q8. Rafe Raffles discussed "OYSTERS". Oyster is a type of mushroom.

Q9. Tuppence Trimbledore met her boyfriend at "PORTOBELLO" Road. Portobello is a type of mushroom.

"But Miss Marble", spluttered Inspector Spercy Spox, "why was Jack Daniels found guilty of murder?"

"Simple my dear Spercy", replied Miss Marble. "Jack Daniels showed an interest in the work carried out by Dr Horace Haddock in relation to mushrooms. He found out all about the common ink cap mushroom. This particular mushroom is suitable for human consumption, but if you drink alcohol before, during, or sometimes after, the results can be fatal. If you remember when we interviewed the cook, she had eaten some of the same type of mushroom as Lord Harley but never drank any alcohol as she is teetotal. Lord Harley ate some of the same mushrooms in the morning, had an alcoholic drink with Jack Daniels later that day. His body finally reacted to the mixture a few hours later and not long before being discovered by the good Reverend.

There were plenty of clues when we interviewed Jack Daniels. He is named after an alcoholic drink. He joked about Lord Harley, mentioning the words whisky, scotch and tipple.

He wanted Lord Harley dead so he could marry Lady Clementine to get hold of her inheritance. He wanted a large sum of money to pay for an enterprise he intended to set up which involved growing magic mushrooms on a plot of land owned by his lordship, and then selling the drug at twice their street value. That man will be behind bars for a very, very long time!"
Source: Author Plodd

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