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Posted on January 26, 2012 - by

Pop Quiz on Key West

So many people have asked me “why set a mystery series in Key West?” that I thought it would be fun to have a pop quiz about the island. I will list the answers at the bottom, but no cheating–don’t look until you’ve answered! And then tell me how many you got right–Good luck!

1.  The local residents on Key West are called:

a. Islanders b. Parrotheads  c. Corals  D.  Conchs

2. What’s the name of the major east-west thoroughfare, known for its shops and bars?

a.  Duval St.

b.  Whitehead St.

c.  Simonton St.

d.  Hemingway Blvd.

3. How many miles from Cuba is Key West?

a.  500

b.  30

c.  90

d.  200

4. Name a famous current or former writer who calls/called Key West home:

a. Ernest Hemingway

b. Judy Blume

c. Meg Cabot

d.  Annie Dillard

e. Tennessee Williams

f.  all of the above

5.  What’s the biggest holiday celebration on the island?

a.  New Year’s Eve when a red high heeled shoe drops from the top of Bourbon Street Pub and a conch shell slides down the top of Sloppy Joe’s bar

b. Fantasyfest, a nine-day adult Halloween celebration culminating in coronation of a king and queen at the Royal Coronation Ball

c. The Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorating the city’s attempt to secede from the United Staes on April 23, 1982  in response to US Border Patrol roadblocks

d. the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

6. A dog up for adoption at the pound in Key West might be assessed for:

a. his reaction to iguanas

b.  his relationship to roosters

c. a fondness for polydactyl cats

d. willingness to wear a costume in the Fantasy Fest parade

e.  all of the above

7.  If you were going to poison someone in a murder mystery set in Key West, you might use:

a.  conch chowder

b.  key lime pie

c.  margarita

d. conch fritters

Answers:  1. d–Conchs!  2.  a–Duval Street of course!  3. c–90 miles to Cuba!  4. f–all of the above–the island is crawling with artists and writers! 5. trick question–how could you possibly choose? 6.  e–only in Key West! 7. I could tell you, but it would spoil the story in AN APPETITE FOR MURDER!

And meanwhile, in case you’re curious about where the recipes have gone, I’ve recently joined a wonderful group of blogging cooks and writers called Mystery Lovers Kitchen. Here’s my first post about a light and delicious lime sponge cake.



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