Experiments in Detection (1968)
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All stories originally published in This Week, Argosy, Cavalier, Signature, MD, and EQMM between 1949 and 1966.
A historical story similar to "The President's Half Disme" (1946), is about another US President, "Abraham Lincoln's Clue" (1965). In this story Howard Haycraft is paid a charming tribute. The collectors who show up in these stories remind one of those in "The One Penny Black" and "The Glass-Domed Clock". Although W.W.II is not mentioned in the story, it reflects the atmosphere of wartime patriotism prevalent then. Arnold Schoenberg would pay a similar tribute to George Washington in his Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte. The tale is set in a lonely farmhouse in Pennsylvania. The solution of the puzzle involves mathematics, as did such earlier EQ tales as "The Glass-Domed Clock" (1933) ,"The Hollow Dragon" (1936) and "The Gamblers' Club" (1951). The use of mathematics seems related to EQ's deep commitment to logic and reasoning. (Michael E.Grost)
The concept of The Puzzle Club seems completely in tune with Queen's universe of strange individuals. Membership can only be earned by solving a puzzle the others prepared earlier. It seems totally unusual that someone would want to be part of a club that has a sole purpose of trying to baffle the other members, but perhaps not so unusual in the world of Queen. Nowadays analogous clubs are quiet common, although often they don't actually “meet” . . .since they do so only in the virtual sense. Several internet fora or sites (such as those catering to mathematical riddles) are based on the same concept. 'The Puzzle Club' has six members. Three other "Puzzle Club" stories were published in other magazines and later collected in "The Tragedy of Errors" (The Three Students & The Odd Man & The Honest Swindler).
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