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3rd Annual 12th Night Giveaway: Day 1

221B as seen during the Festival of Britain in 1951. That is indeed Sidney Paget's "basket chair."

221B as seen during the Festival of Britain in 1951. That is indeed Sidney Paget’s “basket chair.”

A great deal of Sherlockian time and money has been spent on 221B–either trying to locate it (in London), or to replicate it (typically in one’s basement). Although we cannot now know for sure where Holmes and Watson spent their London years, the Canon does give us a fair picture of what it looked like. When the two friends-to-be first moved in, Watson wrote, their new flat was “large” and “airy,” “cheerfully furnished with, and illuminated by two broad windows.” By the time Holmes feels comfortable enough with the doctor to haul out his own tin box (and the memories that go with it) however, their rooms had become rather more…lived in:

[Sherlock Holmes] was…one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction. Not that I am in the least conventional in that respect myself. The rough-and-tumble work in Afghistan, coming on the top of a natural Bohemianism of disposition, has made me rather more lax than befits a medical man. But with me there is a limit, and when I find a man who keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece, then I begin to give myself virtuous airs. (MUSG)

Over time, then, they put their own stamp on the place, and that once-anonymous sitting room with two bedrooms became a reflection of the “two men of note” who called it home…which bring us to tonight’s question:

One of the easiest ways to make your house your home is to put something on the walls. What might one find on the walls of 221B–and who put it there? (Extra admiration if you tell us what it reveals about that particular flatmate!)

And your prize for doing so? Why, something to make your own décor a little more Holmes-y. We cannot afford to redecorate your basement, but we can send you this lovely pillow….

(It's a pillow)

Suitable for settee, bedroom, or throwing at recalcitrant clients!

Just send us  your answer, via FB PM, Twitter DM, or blog comments to be included in the drawing on 12/25 (on which date the winner will be announced. Please do not just put your answer in the FB comments, and for other rules, see the blogpost for 20 December. Happy reading!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

From Granada's "The Blue Carbuncle."

From Granada’s “The Blue Carbuncle.”

Some day in August or September, it hits me: There are only X number of days (and X number of paychecks) before the 12th Night Giveaway. I always plan to start the prize-gathering process well in advance, but you know how well that typically works out.

I always plan to tackle this, too.  The results of which plan are also...predictable.

I always plan to tackle this, too.

Still, I truly love scouring the internet, conferences, second-hand shops and everywhere else, looking for awesome Sherlockian gifts.  Because, let’s face it. Even when people know you’re passionate about Sherlock Holmes, they may not know how to go about shopping for you.  There may be questionable DVDs, or bobbleheads, or headwear in your stocking next week. This year and every year, as long as health and “wealth” permit, I hope to be your Sherlockian Elf–bringing just a little bit of Baker Street into your home for the holidays. *

But you gotta earn it.

The theme for this year’s trivia contest is “Straight Outta Canon,” meaning that every question is derived from the short stories and novels penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  No movies. No television shows. No pastiches, no biography and no history. They won’t be ridiculously obscure, but they will hopefully make you do a little reading. Speaking of which, here are this years’ rules.  There are a couple of modifications, so do give them a once-over.

12th Night Give-Away Rules

  • The quiz and giveaway will be conducted via this blog and FaceBook only, although I will also refer people to the question once per day via Twitter.
  • The questions will (obviously) have to do with Sherlock Holmes, and can be found in the Canon. I may or may not provide the story title, but you can find free copies of the novels and short stories online. I will put up a separate post with links.
  • The contest will begin on December 24th, 2014 and continue until January 6th, 2015, when the last winner will be announced. And yes, this is more than twelve nights. Because Christmas Eve is my favorite.
  • In order to encourage people to answer more questions, this year people will be allowed to win TWICE during the regular phase of the give-away, and all will be eligible to try for the grand prize, no matter how many times he or she has won previously.
  • If I receive only one answer for a question and it’s wrong…ok, that person wins. But next time, do your research. If I am wrong, well, I will be very happy to have it pointed out!
  • I will post the questions by 1 am EST every morning. Sometime during the day, as life permits, I will gather the names of those who answered the previous day’s question and place them in a box. One of my children will then draw from the correct answers to determine the day’s winner, and I will announce it on the blog and FaceBook sometime during that day.
  • To answer a question, please leave a comment here on the blog, PM me on FaceBook, or DM me on Twitter. Blog comment answers will be kept private. In this way, I hope to avoid concerns some might have with others simply “copying” answers. :)
  • For questions with two winners, you must specify which prize you want when you submit your answer. This keeps me from having two winners who want the same prize. If you do not specify a prize on your entry, I cannot place you in the drawing. I know that might be harsh, but hunting everyone down to see which prize they want before the drawing would be time-consuming, and allow for a greater chance of error.
  • If you win, I will ask you to message me privately  with your mailing address. After I mail your prize, I will delete the address. Please let me know if you do not receive your prize.
  • The daily prize will be announced, so that you can decide if it’s something that appeals to you.
  • If a prize has no takers, I will use it for a future giveaway.
  • I will do my best to contact winners. If, however, I do not hear from a winner, that prize will be used for a future giveaway if unclaimed by February 12, 2015 (Mycroft’s birthday). I cannot tag some of you on Facebook, so PLEASE check back to see if you have won. I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS!!!
  • At this point, I can’t see that geography will be a factor in anyone’s ability to participate. However, unless otherwise specified, videos are all Region 1 only, so please make sure your DVD player is either Region 1, or an All Region model.
  • I will ship prizes starting the week of December 29th. Be patient, because shipping can take time, depending on where you live.
  • We’re not talking blue carbuncles, here, just small tokens. All decisions are final. If your prize is damaged in shipping, contact me privately.
  • If you’ve already won twice, you can, of course, continue to answer questions. You can also answer questions and specify that you don’t want the prize on offer, or that you never want a prize. This happened a lot last year, and it was fun!
  • Brett and Mom–sorry, immediately family are not eligible. Also, as always, no Napoleons of Crime.
From BBC's "Sherlock." S2E1, "A Scandal in Belgravia"

From BBC’s “Sherlock.” S2E1, “A Scandal in     Belgravia”

*”Wealth” being my husband.  Who is really the greatest sport ever.

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12th Night Giveaway: Finale

Well, it’s been an eventful few days. First, there was a lot of this:

So exciting.

So exciting.

And, coincidentally, a lot of this:

Ok, the sick ones were on the couch watching endless Harry Potter, but still....

Ok, the sick ones were on the couch watching endless Harry Potter, but still….

And, not so coincidentally, a whole lot of this:

Mrs. Hudson!!!!!!!!!!!

Mrs. Hudson!!!!!!!!!!!

Add to that only intermittent internet, and, well, this final drawing is a bit later than planned….

However, I am happy to announce that the winners of the year’s subscription to the Baker Street Journal are:

Magdalena Poplonska

Paul Hayes

Kristin Franseen

Everyone who entered knew that Stamford called Holmes a “walking calendar of crime,” and then told him, “You might start a paper on those lines. Call it the ‘Police News of the Past.'”

Thanks so much to all of you–for reading, commenting, and playing. Your enthusiasm made this year’s Giveaway a great deal of fun!

new years card

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