Contest: “Where in the World is Professor Humphreys?”

I am on the road, creating the opportunity for a puzzle with a prize for RBC readers. For the first 24 hours from now (i.e., until January 24 at 8 am Eastern Time) no Internet searches are allowed to solve it, but you can use books, talk to experts etc. As I have no way of enforcing this rule, you are on your honor to follow it.

If you are the first person to solve this puzzle within 24 hours I will donate $100 in your name to one of the charities you pick from the end of this post. After 24 hours have elapsed, googling and other Internet searching is allowed but the prize drops in value to $50.

Submit your answer in the comments section. Do not worry if your answer doesn’t appear immediately. Because I am in a markedly different time zone than usual (hint!), it may take me awhile to approve comments, but the clock will know who was first when I get around to approving comments. Note also that if this post is picked up on any other site (e.g., Washington Monthly) you must post your answer at RBC to be eligible to win.

Here is the clue:

Thy dawn, O Master of the World, thy dawn
For thee the sunlight creeps across the lawn
For thee the ships are drawn down to the waves
For thee the markets throng with myriad slaves
For thee the hammer on the anvil rings
For thee the poet of beguilement sings

Those who are always sure to read RBC on Friday (hint!) probably have a head start in realizing how the clue suggests an answer. But it is a slightly wrong answer. The clue also suggests the correct answer.

To win you must say (1) What the slightly wrong answer is and how the clue links to it and (2) What the correct answer is and how the clue links to it.

Good luck!

Eligible Charities
Action on Addiction
American Heart Association
Faces and Voices of Recovery
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Paralyzed Veterans of America

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

6 thoughts on “Contest: “Where in the World is Professor Humphreys?””

  1. Well! The slightly wrong answer is presumably either Baghdad, whence Hassan came, or Samarkand, whither he went. But you imply that you have made a journey, so I will go with Samarkand, suggested by the long title of Flecker's drama. My guess, and it is a guess, as to your actual location is Davos, where Flecker died and which is suggested by "Thy dawn, O master of the world!"/"Masters of the universe".

  2. You are at Piz Gloria.

    chris_y has suggested Samarkand, which is the slightly wrong answer, as the source of the quote is Flecker's The Golden Journey to Samarkand, and you have taken a journey.

    But the title of the post hints at a different story: Where in the world, indeed, is Keith Humphreys, and why is he inserting his name for that of Carmen Sandiego in the title of the Broderbund game franchise? Because he is gallivanting around the world pretending to be an international crime mastermind, leaving clues in his wake for followers to be mystified by, just like the world-traveling Sandiego. Or perhaps he is pretending to be an international crime mastermind in a James Bond movie, specifically 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', in which Bond's love interest recites the Flecker quote from Piz Gloria.

    Knowing you (well, I confess I don't really know you, but it sounds good), you are likely to enjoy a good movie now and then (hint!) so it really must be Piz Gloria.

    (Of course, Google was much employed in the development of this theory)

  3. Between the two of you, you have the answer — well done! Richard Maibaum, who wrote most of the Bond films decided to drop some Flecker in to One Her Majesty's Secret Service, which was filmed in Murren, Switzerland (Piz Gloria was the Fleming name for the rooftop hideout, though in real life it was just a restaurant). The slightly wrong answer is thus Murren. The correct answer is Davos, where Flecker died.

    Given that two of you did this, half with, half without Google I will send $75 in your name to one of the charities on the list — just post here which you prefer.


  4. All the listed charities are worthy. I would choose National Alliance on Mental Illness,

  5. As tomographic says, all the charities are worthy, so let my half go to the American Heart Association, as it is closest to my own life and experience.

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