McMurdo’s Camp

-Project: Masonite Titles

We in the camp office have observed some similarities between Arthur Conan Doyle and Erle Stanley Gardner, and the characters, Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason, whose lives and work they chronicled.   This activity is related primarily to Holmes, but before proceeding, you should best go  to “POSTS”  (box upper right) and read the entry for June 9, 2008.

You are now asked to dream up new names for the all the Sherlock Holmes stories (56 short stories and 4 novels).  The names should take the classic form of “The Adventure of (the) Xxxxx Yyyyyyy”.  The new names should use the alliterative style of Erle Stanley Gardner’s names for Perry Mason novels, such as The Case of the Singing Skirt and The Case of the Daring Divoricee. (More were listed in the June post.)

You will recall there are three Sherlock Holmes stories named in this manner, The Adventure of of the Solitary Cyclist, The Adventure of the Dying Detective, and The Adventure of the Second Stain.  Our readers’ assignment is to dream up new names for the other fifty-seven Sherlock Holmes stories using the same alliterative style as used by Gardner for the Perry Mason stories.  A couple of examples to get you going:

The Adventure of the Demonic Dog,  for Hound of the Baskervilles

The Adventure of the Sulfuric Slut, for The Adventure of the Illustrious Client

The Adventure of the Rescued Racehorse, for Silver Blaze.

Special accolades and eternal fame will be granted to whomever submits the finest entry, in the judgment of Matilda and the office staff.   Entries will be judged on alliterative quality, alacrity, tie to the story plot or character, perspicacity(!), and any other high-level property that is demonstrated.  If you feel the need to violate the rules a little to achieve the best result, so be it.  Make your entry in the  format demonstrated above, and submit it using the “Comments” box below.  If your entry requires special insights to be understand properly, please explain it.

Your e-mail address will not be published.  Submissions will be listed in the subordinate page, “Entries”.  You may make one or more entry for each story.  This is an open-ended activity, so there is an infinite number of possible entries.  Good Luck!


  1. The Adventure of the Parcelled Pollex for The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb.

    Comment by Zealous Historian — April 13, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  2. The Adventure of the Gosling’s Gulleted Gimcrack for The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) [rewriting history perhaps, but avoiding the controversy over the absence of a crop in geese]

    Comment by Zealous Historian — April 21, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  3. A Noble Nuisance – A Scandal in Bohemia

    Comment by MEW — January 6, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  4. Sorry for the typos- should be:
    The Adventure of the Cunning Coffin for Lady Frances Carfax

    Comment by David McCallister — July 21, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  5. Here’s a Dreadful Dozen of the Adventures of Awful Alliteration………

    The Adventure of the Masked Mulatto for YELL.
    The Adventure of the Tunnel Treasure for REDH.
    The Adventure of the Double Daddy for IDEN.
    The Adventure of the Pinned Pirate for BLAC.
    The Adventure of the Tawny Twins for SIGN.
    The Adventure of the Sinister Snake for SPEC.
    The Adventure of the Precious Pawn for BERY.
    The Adventure of the Buried Butler for MUSG.
    The Adventure of the Specious Spy for LAST.
    The Adventure of the Christmas Crystal for BLUE.
    The Adventure of the Choking Cheaters for RETI.
    and if Solitary Cyclist counts, why not: The Adventure of the Circus Scars for VEIL.

    I know they’re not in the running, but I can’t help but suggest:
    The Adventure of the Waxed Brazilian for THOR
    And last and indeed least: The Adventure of the Bad Heir Day for PRIO.
    Hey, they can’t all be gems.

    Comment by David McCallister — May 8, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  6. Nice sharing.. The Adventure of the Parcelled Pollex for The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb

    Comment by — November 18, 2012 @ 7:02 am

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