Contest Winners and Answer Announced

The question was “Where in the World is Professor Humphreys?”. You can read the clues here

As I hinted, the first part of the clue had to do with movies. The stanza of poetry I quoted was recited by Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She’s attempting to distract the evil Ernst Blofeld (Telly Savalas) from a coming attack on his Swiss mountain hideaway by her father (a mafia chieftain) and James Bond. She does this by feigning a romantic interest in him and invoking the flattering words of the poem. GW309H217

The script to the movie was by Richard Maibaum, who wrote a majority of the Bond films. Rather than make up his own poetry for the scene he drew on the work of the late-Victorian Era poet/playwright James Elroy Flecker. The source work is here; Flecker penned it not long before he died tragically young in Davos, Switzerland.

The slightly wrong answer requested in the puzzle is from the movie: the town of Mürren, where the scenes of “Piz Gloria” (Blofeld’s hideout) were filmed. Not far away is the town of Davos where Flecker died, and that is where I was this past week.

Two clever people (chris_y and tomographic) together came close enough to merit a shared prize, you can see their reasoning in the comments section here.

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.

2 thoughts on “Contest Winners and Answer Announced”

  1. Flecker is as reprehensibly enjoyable as a good box of chocolates.

    We travel not for trafficking alone:
    By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
    For lust of knowing what should not be known
    We make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.

    While pigging on the Victorian chocs, here's Housman:

    O Queen of air and darkness,
    I think 'tis truth you say,
    And I shall die to-morrow;
    But you will die to-day.

  2. …is as reprehensibly enjoyable as a good box of chocolates

    Particularly given the Swiss reference, that is funny!

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