|My poor windshield wipers...have mercy!|
- A Sizable Chunk of Amethyst, possibly from the Thunder Bay area, which boasts a significantly large deposit of this gemstone. The Sizable Chunk reminded me immediately of one of my favorite chronicles of the Great Detective's exploits, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
- A Romance Novel, set during the period of the American Civil War and written by a Minnesota writer named Donna Weber (her surname, of course, brought immediately to mind my former colleague, the Great Naturalist Larry Weber, whose work I so admire, but as far as I can tell there is no connection between this author and Mr Weber).
- A Rubber Ducky, sporting a Deerstalker cap and reading a generic "Mystery" book. Never mind that Holmes never actually wore a Deerstalker--it has long been associated with him in the popular imagination. This item, especially in combination with the Sizable Chunk, again made me think of
The Rubber Ducky
- A Volume of Sudoku. This Volume
The Volume of Sudoku
- A small Ceramic Figurine of an Iguana. It resembles the kind of figurine one might find in a box of tea bags. To my knowledge, there is no mention of an Iguana in Doyle's stories about Holmes. The Iguana Figurine had clearly once been glued to a piece of paper or cardboard, for its feet were still attached, by rather large blobs of adhesive, to cellulose fibers of a pinkish hue.
|The Sizable Chunk of Amethyst|
|The Romance Novel, which I do|
not have time to read...
|The Ceramic Figurine|
- Finally, the last item included in the Miscellany: A piece of quite ordinary paper on which was typed a strangely-punctuated Rhyming Quatrain. I say "strangely punctuated" because each line ends with a period, even though each line is not a complete sentence. It could also be argued, though there are some who disagree, that two of the sentence-fragments, which are clearly meant to be read together, exhibit a subject-verb disagreement. I am quite fond of Rhyming Quatrains, even if they are strangely-punctuated, so I must say I am delighted by this production. The Quatrain would also seem to be a clue, in the form of a Riddle, as to the identity of the Lady Slipper Stalker!
|The Strangely-Punctuated Rhyming Quatrain|
|Me, in my Cap|
"On the face of it," I said above, but of course I am not ever satisfied with simple face value. As far as I am concerned, this Miscellany bears the unmistakeable stamp of the kindly but ever-calculating Ms Ball, who by means of strange punctuation and subject-verb disagreements, and through the use of Mathematical and Scientific specimens, would seem to be working rather hard to deluge me with Red Herrings. This does not mean I am ruling out one or more Math teachers (Mr Pearson recently cast suspicion upon his colleague, Ms Wulff) or Mr Diener (who told me that Mr Chernov spent time in Alaska, where the Spotted Slipper grows). No one, it seems, can yet, with certainty, be eliminated from my inquiries.
Please continue, Dear Readers, to use the sidebar Poll to vote for your favorite suspect, and remember also to reserve your slice of Chocolate Pie by sending me a clue (however trivial it might be) or confession via the sidebar contact form. As of today, there are, I believe, sixteen pieces left!