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Song of the Quarkbeast cover

The cover of the all-new Jennifer Stranger adventure

To win the magnificent First Signed hardback copy of this book, we have a Sleuthing Competition, which is horribly difficult and almost impossible for anyone to google the answers. If you want to see what one looks like, you can go to The Great TN6 Sleuthing Competition or to here: Shades of Grey Sleuthing Competition

All the questions can be answered, but require a modicum of logical thought and (sometimes) a bit of research.

The rules are at the bottom of the page.

And Now..

The Questions

1: Why do you suppose the clock in the Trollvania border town of Kippen is stuck at ten to four, and when you find that out, what else in the village's description can be attributed to the same logic?

2: Where can the Quarkbeast monument actually be found, and (most importantly to foil random guesses) how did you confirm that this was indeed the Quarkbeast?

3: The idea of the transient moose originated from a thriller where an Oscar-winning actor opens a cabin door to find a moose staring at him. He closes the door, opens it again, and the moose has gone. Name that film.

4: "Reader, I punched him." Give me the actual quote, and the book it came from.

5: Where did Miss D'Argento get Boo's ring from, the one they used to find the missing ring?

6: How many of Sister Yolanda's visions have not yet come true?

7: How many different varieties of Floon Beetle are there?

8: How High is the High North Tower?

9: Given that Zambini Towers was once a hotel and has twelve floors, what is the upper limit for the number of (guest) rooms it contains?

10: What was Sister Yolanda's accolade?

These Are The Rules

Applicants must be from Hodder territories only.

On offer as a glittering prize is the UK First Edition First Copy EVER of DS2 signed by me. It is marked as such.

Such a stonkingly worthless gift cannot be simply given away. You're going to have to work for it, and that is why I have devised some insanely fiendish questions to test all you budding Sherlocks out there.

The rules are dazzlingly simple. All you have to do is answer the questions above (or as many as you can) and submit them to me at jasper(at) jasperfforde.com. with 'Sleuth' as the subject line. (It helps keep my inbox tidy as it will auto file)

All the correct answers received by the1st Feb 2012 (or if no-one gets them all, then the most complete answers) will be put into my largest hat and pulled out at random. Answers will be published on this page around the 15th Feb 2012, and anyone can enter whether you have bought a book or not. You can borrow a copy from a library or a friend, if you have one.

Four runners-up will be given signed hardbacks of DS2, and there are no extra points for entertaining yet incorrect answers. Judges decision is final, and note that this is all for a bit of fun. Prizes have no value, and no cost is required to enter or find out who won, or receive the books.

No emails are harvested, and no entrants will be added to any databases or be subjected to endless news about new publications. If you want that, then join my twitter feed.

If no-one gets Question 2, I may NOT reveal the answer and carry it over to the US sleuthing competition in 2012. Or I may not.

Note: These questions are all GENUINE questions and can be worked out by thought, a bit of logic, research and observation. Take your time. Team up if necessary. No hints. If you can't figure them all out, send in what you can. It's possible no-one else did either.

I often clarify issues over questions once they have been posted, so if you are confused, then either email me or look back here to see if anything has been added. All entries as JPEGs, please, and not too large.

No emails will be harvested by me or my publishers.

It is a condition of entry that this is all for fun and not at all serious, and that I, as almighty arbiter of all that happens on this website, may change the rules on a whim, but only to make it more fun, or to level the playing field if someone has attempted to gain an unfair advantage.

This is a promotion by Jasper Fforde and is not connected to my publishers.

Judges (me) decision is final.

Page updated November 17th 2011