publication date: Friday, March 12, 2004 (part of Round XXII)

category: Literature

clue: Who gave this best-selling novelist her mysterious orientation? The butler did it!

explanation: Christie was famous for writing murder mysteries ("mysterious") such as her most famous book, Murder on the Orient Express ("orientation"). She was the best-selling novelist of all time, third in total sales only to the Bible and William Shakespeare. The phrase "the butler did it!" is a cliché of the genre, attributed to several writers; Christie never wrote those words, but the butler was the prime suspect in her The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. more…

solved by: Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, Dave Mitzman, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Lori Lancaster, Aaron Fischer, Jackie Mason, Todd Brotsch, Wendy Hampson, Christine Marie Doiron, Anna Gregoline, Nadine Russell, Anthony Lewis, Dave Stoppenhagen, Angela Lathem-Ballard, Scott Baumann, Elizabeth Chesher, C. K., and Allan Russell

trivia: When this goo went online, it was advertised on the main menu of the site with an image of a train passing through a snow field. This was a hint: This was a photograph of the real Orient Express, and the fictional version became trapped in the snow in the novel.

the Goo World Tour This goo represented Britain in the Goo World Tour.



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