The Red Circle is Sherlock's home in Washington DC. Now in our seventh decade, we continue to celebrate his immortality and enjoy each other's company.
All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.

Next Meeting

Friday, September 22, 2017
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
Drinks at 6:00 -- Dinner at 7:00
To Be Announced



Scandalous Goings-on!   The Red Circle's June 23 dinner meeting featured a presentation by Alan Rettig entitled "A Scandal in Manhattan," which explored the big money TV quiz show scandal of the 1950s and how Sherlock Holmes became an unwitting victim of the deception on The $64,000 Question. For those who could not attend (and for those who did!) Alan has provided a text version of the presentation which you can read here. The paper includes a link to the kinescope film used in Alan's presentation. The document is also available via our "Writings" section.

Big Money Quiz Questions Now a Red Circle Challenge   As a follow-up to Alan Rettig's quiz show presentation, we're issuing our latest online quiz challenge here, based on Bobbye and Tom O'Rourke's (rigged) Sherlockian march to the big money on The $64,000 Question in 1956. We're providing all the questions asked of each O'Rourke here, from $64 to $16,000. Note that the document is two pages long. Take the test yourself, and submit your completed answers to Peter Blau for your chance at a trivial but heartfelt prize. We can't make the $32,000 questions part of the challenge, because the answers were revealed during Alan's talk. But for those interested in those questions, you can find them along with the answers here. Again, the document is two pages long.


Books on Sale   Just in time to fill that gap on the second shelf, the BSI is offering a 50% discount on four of its titles during July. You must order from their website and pay with PayPal. Click on the titles for full information:

To Keep the Memory Green

A Remarkable Mixture

The Grand Game: Volume Two

The Remarkable Characters of Arthur Conan Doyle


Treasures Beneath the Surface   Your webmaster has been doing some housekeeping on our site lately, archiving older items and generally cleaning things up. The effort inspires a reminder that there's a lot here behind this front page. The best of what we've done since we "went live" almost seven years ago is available in our Writings and Archives sections, and our Sherlockian Links button takes you to an even wider world of Sherlockian doings. So here's your invitation to spend some time exploring beneath the surface. Happy clicking!


Baskerville's Back. . .and Back. . .and Back.  It was in early 2015 that Ken Ludwig's play Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery had its world premiere here at Washington's Arena Stage. Since then the madcap romp has had a North American vogue, boasting many productions at fine regional theatres coast to coast. Multi-Tony winner Ludwig has written hilarious comic hits for Broadway and the West End, but he's also a Shakespearian scholar and yes, a devoted Sherlockian and friend of The Red Circle. Those who didn't see Baskerville at Arena should note that there are several productions coming soon within driving distance of Washington. Click the dates on the list below for details of each:

July 22-29 Ruth Caplin Theatre at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville

September 1-16 CAT Theatre, Richmond

February 11 Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas (production of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre)

March 3 George Mason University, Fairfax (production of Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre)


A Rare Poster for a Good Film  If you've ever used an Internet search engine to look for our Sherlock Holmes society here in Washington, it's likely that you've discovered the film Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) as well as The Red Circle of Washington. The film stars Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, and is well worth watching. If you don't want to wait for it to turn up on television, you can find it easily at YouTube, in English and dubbed into Italian, Spanish, and German. For the best look at it, the 2003 digitally remastered DVD version done at UCLA, available for purchase or via Netflix, is absolutely superb. To see some very amusing continuity errors pay special attention to the sequence showing Holmes and Watson traveling by car from National Airport to their hotel. Much more important to see all the landmarks than to drive a sensible route! If you would like a decorative souvenir from the film, this poster will be offered at Heritage Auctions on July 29, estimated at $1.500-$3,000.  Its attractive graphics are quite different from the much more common version, and the auction house explains that it's one of only two copies known to exist. Details are here.

X Marks the Puzzle  Our own Verna Suit, who pens crossword puzzles for Mystery Scene Magazine (see below), presented her latest stumper at this year's Scintillation of Scions. Verna calls the puzzle "X", and she invites all of us to give it a try. You'll find the puzzle here, and the first correct solutions sent to Peter Blau will be rewarded with the customary trivial but heartfelt prizes. The solution will be provided here in due course.
Remember me in Leicester Square  London's Leicester Square, known to many of us as ground zero for discount theatre tickets, is now a Sherlockian hot spot as well. The Red Circle's Mary Burke spotted Sherlock in familiar plastic bricks at the Lego store in Swiss Court. Mary reports that this version of Mr. Holmes stands about four feet tall.
A Sherlockian Puzzle  One of the nice features of Mystery Scene Magazine is the crossword puzzle in each issue. The Red Circle's own Verna Suit has contributed a nicely crafted Sherlockian puzzle called "A Case of Identity." You can find it--and complete it--here.
Dana Cameron Goes Page to Screen  Mystery author and Red Circle member Dana Cameron has written a six-book series about archaeologist Emma Fielding, and there's a television film based on the first book in the series coming up on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries cable channel on June 4.  You can find her website here, where you'll learn much more about the Emma Fielding series and Dana's other books and short stories.

  Harrison "Terry" Hunt was the guest of The Red Circle on March 10. He spoke on the "Long Island Cave Mystery" a case that was mentioned but not described in The Red Circle's namesake story. Carla Coupe has summarized Terry's talk, and you can find it here.
  • Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age  Our own Peter Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for some 45 years, and has a permanent home right here on our website. It's the most remarkable collection of Sherlockian news and notes anywhere, and your webmaster recommends a monthly visit. The very latest edition is available now, as are past numbers. It's just a click away--use the "Scuttlebutt" button at the top of the page.
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