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By Donald J. Sobol
A stolen watermelon...
A blond wig left on the scene of the crime...
And a smashed wristwatch whose time has run out!
These are only the various ten brain-twisting mysteries that Encyclopedia Brown needs to remedy by utilizing his recognized computerlike mind. attempt to crack the circumstances in addition to him--the solutions to all of the mysteries are present in the again!
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For starters, it’s my birthday,” Arty responded. “I’m 11 at the present time. ” “Happy birthday,” Sally acknowledged. Arty winced. “Happy? No likelihood. I’m already midway to being twenty-two, and that’s midway to forty-four. Yuck! Forty-four is middle-aged. What’s occurred to my lifestyles? ” “Arty, you don’t want a detective,” Sally declared. “You want a longer calendar. ” “I’m now not right here as a result of my age,” Arty stated. “I’m the following as a result of my vocabulary. ” He defined. the buddies of the Library had a birthday that day, too. The membership was once six years previous. As a part of the social gathering, the ladies have been protecting a vocabulary quiz. Any sixth-grader who held a task may perhaps input. Arty labored at his family’s furnishings shop. “I’ll win,” Arty stated, “if i will beat Mary McKean, Peggy Olsen, and Herb Levy. They’re the notice brains. ” Encyclopedia knew the 3. Mary McKean known as herself a bookkeeper simply because she straightened the cabinets in her father’s book place after tuition. Peggy Olsen helped her teenage brother along with his summer time garden company. Herb Levy had a year-round newspaper course. Arty counted out twenty-five cents. “The vocabulary quiz begins in twenty minutes,” he stated. “I are looking to lease you to appear after my pursuits. With my success, i'll lose whether I win. ” “We’ll take the case,” Encyclopedia stated, and questioned what Arty used to be conversing approximately. The “case” had neither a criminal offense nor a secret. the buddies of the Library rented rooms in a home on worthy highway. The detectives and Arty arrived with 5 mins to spare. Encyclopedia spent a minute paying attention to the ground-floor format. 4 rooms and a rest room opened off the guts corridor. on the some distance finish, a water cooler stood beside a staircase. many of the contestants have been crowded sooner than one of many rooms. They chattered approximately what the prizes should be. Encyclopedia rose on tiptoes and peeked in. He observed 3 bins on a table. A card marked every one field in actual fact: FIRST PRIZE, moment PRIZE, 3rd PRIZE. Mrs. Fuller, the membership president, got here down the steps. “Time to start, children,” she known as, waving the quiz sheets. “Everyone else open air, please. ” She herded the contestants into the biggest room. Encyclopedia and Sally moved outdoors. throughout the fifty mins that the quiz lasted, Encyclopedia watched front door of the home. Sally watched the again. nobody went in or out of the construction. while Arty seemed, it was once noticeable that he had performed good. He regarded disenchanted. “No feel on your striking around,” he stated to the detectives. “The winners won’t be introduced for an hour a minimum of. I’ll tell you if I win whatever. ” Encyclopedia and Sally back to the detective company. They felt humorous. that they had performed not anything to earn their rate. They felt worse while Arty got here by means of later that afternoon. He used to be smiling. “I instructed you it should happen,” he acknowledged in a voice heavy adequate to sink a boat in dry dock. “I received, yet I misplaced. ” He held out his first prize, a wristwatch. It was once damaged. “It was once damaged while I opened the box,” Arty acknowledged. Encyclopedia and Sally stared in disbelief. Then they started wondering Arty.