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Sherlockian Wordplay & "Sh" Puzzle


Tomoyuki Tanaka


How much wordplay is in the "Sherlock Holmes" stories by Arthur Conan Doyle?
Karen Murdock has been studying the various figures of speech and rhetorical techniques in the 60 Holmesian tales, collectively called "the Canon". She notes a use of zeugma when Watson reports in The Hound of Baskervilles: "All afternoon and late into the evening he [Holmes] sat lost in tobacco and thought." ("Lost in Tobacco and Zeugma", Canadian Holmes, Summer 2004, p. 3).