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Are You Smarter Than Nero Wolfe?

written by: Chocolatl
 
Rex Stout's fictional detective knew about more than food, orchids and crime. Have fun with these obscure general knowledge questions taken from the books.

Question 1:


In "The Black Mountain," Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin are traveling in Europe and are almost arrested and taken to Titograd. By what name do we know Titograd?
Bucharest, Romania
Podgorica, Montenegro
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Belgrade, Serbia

Question 2:


In "Where There's a Will," Nero Wolfe solves the case with the aid of a centaurea cyanis. What kind of flower is a centaurea cyanis?
rose
pink
orchid
cornflower

Question 3:


In the novelette "Poison a la Carte" (from "Three at Wolfe's Door"), Nero Wolfe attends a dinner given by the Ten for Aristology. What is Aristology?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
The Science of Brewing
The Science of Dining
None of these
The Science of Art

Question 4:


In "The League of Frightened Men," Archie Goodwin uses the term "viva voce" incorrectly. What does viva voce mean?
secret
out loud
by word of mouth
cheerful

Question 5:


In "Death of a Doxy," Nero Wolfe recognizes that the name Milton Thales is a play on Thales of Miletus. Who was Thales of Miletus?
A Roman philosopher
A Greek philosopher
A Roman senator
A Greek playwright

Question 6:


In "Poison a la Carte", Nero Wolfe quotes and then gainsays Rochefoucauld. Who was Rochefoucauld?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
a French priest
a French nobleman
all of these
a French composer

Question 7:


Nero Wolfe isn't the only character in Rex Stout's books who knows a thing or two. In "Some Buried Caesar," when Archie first meets his soon-to-be girlfriend Lily Rowan, she gives him the nickname Escamillo. Where did she get that name?
From a play
From a book
From an opera
Nowhere; she made it up.

Question 8:


In "The Silent Speaker," Archie Goodwin mentions that the Mound Builders left more traces in his home state of Ohio than anywhere else. Which of these do we know for certain about the Mound Builders?
They were all killed by neighboring tribes.
None of these
They were all destroyed by glacial activity.
They discovered both writing and mathematics.

Question 9:


In "If Death Ever Slept," Archie Goodwin mentions that he has a Kirman in his room. What's a Kirman?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
An antique desk
A Persian rug
A Persian cat
A painting

Question 10:


In "Poison a la Carte," Archie Goodwin compares the color of a woman's hair to cornsilk before it begins to turn. What color is cornsilk before it begins to turn?
Black
Light brown
Pinkish white
Yellowish green

 


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