zeph’s pop culture quiz #59
A gentleman in striped pants, black jacket, white shirt, and black leather gloves investigates a sign laid out on a forest floor. The sign is composed of twigs and stones—but the question is: what is the profession of the person who laid out the sign?
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UPDATE and solution (18 December 2013):
Apologies for this update coming so late, especially as ↵Alhambra posted the right answer—Congratulations!—already on 23 October 2013: The original profession of the man who laid out the sign was: sailor. That way the victory in the 59th installment of zeph’s pop culture quiz was snatched away from Alexander Rabitsch who already was close when ↵he wrote in the comments: ‘Mr. Jonas Oldrace is a master-builder.’ That way he clearly signalled that he had deduced that the screencap was taken from the ↑TV-series episode ‘The Norwood Builder’ (Grieve 1985) based on ↑Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s short story ‘↓The Adventure of the Norwood Builder‘ (1903). So, the gentleman sporting striped pants in the picture is ↑Sherlock Holmes, impersonated by actor ↑Jeremy Brett—the definitive moving-image Holmes! The question was a bit tricky, I confess, because the sailor turned tramp does not at all appear in Doyle’s story, but was added for the television dramatization.