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First appearing in 1887, which fictional detective was created by a Scottish author and physician who was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School?
b. Hercule Poirot
d. Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes - Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes was featured in 4 novels and 56 short stories.
Created by William Link and Richard Levinson, which TV homicide detective series starred Peter Falk?
a. Barnaby Jones
c. Magnum, P.I.
d. The Rockford Files
Columbo - TV Guide ranked Lt. Columbo number seven on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list in 1999.
First published in 1927 and still selling over a million copies a year, which book series features two teenage amateur detectives named Frank and Joe?
a. The Borrowers
b. Encyclopedia Brown
c. The Boxcar Children
d. The Hardy Boys
The Hardy Boys - All the Hardy Boys novels have been written by ghostwriters under the pseudo name of Franklin W. Dixon.
Fond of Tootsie Roll Pops, which TV police detective often used the catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?"?
a. Tony Baretta
b. Frank Cannon
d. Sam McCloud
Kojak - Kojak ran for five seasons from 1973 to 1978.
Which fictional private detective is the main protagonist of Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, The Maltese Falcon?
a. Amelia Peabody
b. Nick Charles
c. Ellery Queen
d. Sam Spade
Sam Spade - The Maltese Falcon first appeared in segments in the magazine Black Mask in 1929.
Starring Jim Carrey, which 1994 comedy detective film features a goofy detective who searches for a football team's missing dolphin mascot?
a. No Clue
c. Ace Ventura - Pet Detective
d. The Cheap Detective
Ace Ventura - Pet Detective - The film was co-written by Jim Carrey.
First, seen in the novel "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," which fictional Belgian detective appeared in thirty-three novels by author Agatha Christie?
a. Nancy Drew
b. Ellery Queen
c. Hercule Poirot
d. Philip Marlowe
Hercule Poirot - The first actor to portray Hercule Poirot on stage was Charles Laughton.
First released in 1963, which comedy film series features the inept French police detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau?
a. Second Sight
b. Ace Ventura
d. The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther - As of 2014, eleven movies featuring Inspector Jacques Clouseau have been released.
Which no-holds-barred private investigator was created by Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book "I, the Jury"?
a. Philip Marlowe
c. Nero Wolfe
d. Mike Hammer
Mike Hammer - Hammer was loosely based on Frank Hamer, who is most famous for tracking down and killing Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in 1934.
Which animated television series revolves around the adventures of a clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective and his companions Penny and Brain?
a. Inspector Gadget
b. Sherlock Hound
c. The Great Mouse Detective
d. The Adventures of Tintin
Inspector Gadget - Don Adams who played Agent 86 on the Get Smart TV series voiced Inspector Gadget.
Which comic book police detective's most popular villain was Flattop Jones, a freelance hitman hired by black marketeers to murder him.
a. Dick Tracy
b. Detective Conan
c. Sir Edward Grey
d. Wesley Dodds
Dick Tracy - Still running today, Tracy first appeared in 1931.
Directed by Brett Ratner, which comedy film series stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as a pair of police detectives who go on a series of misadventures?
a. Shanghai Noon
b. 48 Hrs.
c. Lethal Weapon
d. Rush Hour
Rush Hour - As of 2014, three Rush Hour films have been released.
With the object of naming the killer, weapon and the room where the murder took place, in which board game do you play the detective?
a. Scotland Yard
c. Mystery Express
Cluedo - A movie based on the game was released in 1995.
Which TV detective's obsessive-compulsive disorder gives him incredible powers of deduction, allowing him to notice things that no one else does?
a. Michael Westen
b. Seeley Booth
c. Richard Castle
d. Adrian Monk
Adrian Monk - Monk ran for eight seasons from 2002 to 2009.
First appearing in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939, which DC comic character is known as "The World's Greatest Detective"?
c. Green Lantern
d. The Flash
Batman - Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger.
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