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Jul 20, 2008, 4:41 pm

I would like to recommend the above blog, which is a labour of love by confirmed Luciaphile Deryck Solomon. Test your knowledge! What did Georgie used to say to his chauffeur when he took a wrong turning? And what did Georgie's sisters call his chauffeur?

The link is

Jul 22, 2008, 1:19 pm

Thanks guyfs, the link is terrific. It's now bookmarked for future reference.

Ago 5, 2010, 11:33 am

Over the summer have enjoyed re-reading all six Mapp & Lucia novels yet again and expanding the Mapp and Lucia Glossary to address even more Riseholme and Tilling minutiae. This year there are over two hundred new entries, most of which seek to explain the references Fred makes - biblical, poetic, political, classical etc. I was surprised - and ashamed - as to how many of the matters he mentioned that I needed to look up! Here are Twenty Questions on references Fred makes in the six novels - if you have the time and inclination, see how many you know. Some explanation to all is in the Glossary or I will post answers in a few days time:
1. Who was Miss Wethered?
2. What does "lobgesang" mean?
3. Who was Sir Sidney Lee?
4. What are the Vanderbilt Conventions?
5. What is a "schwarm"?
6. Who was Mr Montagu Norman?
7. Who said "Wait and see"?
8. What is a Commination Service?
9. Who allegedly said "My lips are sealed"
10. What is Culbertson?
11. What does "Sursum corda" mean?
12. What is "shikarri"?
13. What was "Pretty Fanny's way"?
14. What does "Wigs on the Green" mean?
15. What was the Chantrey Bequest?
16. Who was Quintus Curtius?
17. Who was Coue?
18. What is samite?
19. Who said "I shall not pass this way again"?
20. What was the Carlisle Holbein?
If hope the little quiz may be a pleasant diversion over a pot of tea and sardine tartlet. Au reservoir

Ago 8, 2010, 5:44 am

I'm not sure if there's anyone out there, let alone anyone interested in answers to Mapp & Lucia Tea-time Trivia Quizzes, but in case there is, here are some brief answers. A fuller version is on

1. Who was Miss Wethered: Joyce Wethered (1901-1997), arguably the greatest female golfer of all time
2. What does "lobgesang" mean: hymn of praise
3. Who was Sir Sidney Lee: editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and expert on Elizabethan art and politics and much else
4. What are the Vanderbilt Conventions: opening bids in bridge devised by Harold S Vanderbilt
5. What is a "schwarm": a sentimental enthusiasm or crush
6. Who was Mr Montagu Norman: Governor of the Bank of England 1920-1944
7. Who said "Wait and see": the Prime Minister Hebert Asquith, repeatedly in about 1910
8. What is a Commination Service: a service marking the beginning of Lent including a general self accusation of transgressions.
9. Who allegedly said "My lips are sealed": PM Stanley Baldwin on 10 December 1935. He actually said “my lips are not yet unsealed”
10. What is Culbertson: a bidding system in contract bridge devised by Ely Culbertson (1891-1955)
11. What does "Sursum corda" mean: Lift up your hearts
12. What is "shikarri": big game hunter or his guide
13. What was "Pretty Fanny's way": whatever goes with the territory and must be accepted from some kinds of exceptional person - from “An Elegy to an Old Beauty” by Thomas Parnell.
14. What does "Wigs on the Green" mean: a warning that an altercation will ensue
15. What was the Chantrey Bequest: a large bequest of funds to the Trustees of the Royal Academy to buy British art of the highest merit for the nation
16. Who was Quintus Curtius: actually the biographer of Alexander the Great. Uncharacteristically Fred seems to have confused him with Mettus or Marcus Curtius who according to legend jumped into the abyss and saved Rome
17. Who was Coue: a French psychologist and pharmacist (1857 – 1926) who introduced a method of psychotherapy and self-help based on an optimistic autosuggestion.
18. What is samite: heavy fabric of silk often woven with gold or silver thread, used in the Middle Ages for expensive clothing
19. Who said "I shall not pass this way again: Stephen Grellett (1773-1853)
20. What was the Carlisle Holbein: possibly the gift to the National Gallery in 1909 of Hans Holbein’s portrait of Christine of Denmark by Rosalind Frances Stanley, Countess of Carlisle – unless you know better!
Au reservoir

Ago 8, 2010, 5:59 am

The Glossary is a tremendous resource, you deserve the thanks of all fans.

As to the quiz - Pathetic! - my performance, that is ;-). 3/20 + one other pure guess that was right.

Ago 8, 2010, 6:02 pm

Some comments:

2. One of Felix Mendelssohn's symphonies (#2) is subtitled lobgesang.

8. My mother used to take us kids to the American Episcopal Church version of the Commination service on Ash Wednesday, which is a lengthy service due to the Great Litany.

11. The Sursum Corda starts off the sacramental section of the Holy Communion service in the Book of Common Prayer. The BCP regularly uses Latin titles for psalms and canticles as well as other sections. The Sursum Corda is a versicle said by the celebrant, with a "response" expected from the congregation. ('We lift them up to the Lord').

Ago 10, 2010, 5:34 am

Thank you, Busy, for a very enjoyable quiz. I managed to get 11 of them, but I'm ashamed to confess that I can't remember where a single one of these words or phrases crops up in the novels. It's obviously time for me to revisit Tilling.

Jan 12, 2012, 7:19 am

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I thought it might be fun to prepare another quiz, so here is the Mapp and Lucia New Year Reference Quiz 2012 (which I have also shared with the Yahoo group). The twenty questions are based on the first two and a half novels in the Mapp and Lucia canon. Suggested answers to all are in the Glossary and, for convenience, are also briefly shown as Appendix 2 at the end of the Epilogue: to go there just click on "EPILOGUE" in the Archive or on the following link, which I hope works

I also hope that the questions are not too facile for learned librarythingers (or is the plural "librarythingi"?), but might help while away a cold January day whilst busy indoors or at tea, toying with a jam puff and sardine tartlet:

* What is an Elzevir?
* What does "Desipere in loco" mean?
* What does "scalloped" mean?
* What was unusual about the inhabitants of the dovecote at "The Hurst"?
* What is a "burning ghaut"?
* Who or what is a "Contadina"?
* What is "stertorous"?
* Who was Hermes?
* Who was Gemaliel?
* Who wrote "Sally in our Alley"?
* Who was Madame Blavatski?
* Where does the phrase "All the perfumes of Arabia" come from?
* Who wrote "Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song"?
* Who wrote "The very pulse of the machine"?
* What links Miss Mapp and Clement Scott?
* What have Miss Mapp and King John in common?
* What does Pepino's late Aunt Amy Lucas have in common with singer and writer Sandy Denny, actors Kenneth More and Daniel Massey, comedian Arthur Askey and J Bruce Ismay, MD of the White Star Line?
* What does Fred have in common with Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones?
* Who was the "Infidel poet"?
* When or where is "The voice that breath'd over Eden" usually sung?

Au reservoir

Fev 13, 2012, 11:01 am

Oh my! now it really is time to re-read the series. Many thanks for the brain-teasers.

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