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"no memoir...would be complete without some little sketch" [NOBL] 

If you had a chance to listen to the latest audio episode of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere, you heard longtime contributor James O'Leary taking part as a contestant on our quiz game we call "Mental Exaltation. It's a newish feature that we're featuring in every episode. If you'd like to pick up the portion of the episode where we played click here or go to the annotation marked "Mental Exaltation" on the embedded SoundCloud audio below (at approximately 1:22:30).

If you've listened to NPR shows like Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and Weekend Edition Sunday, you'll know that there are opportunities for listeners to participate in quizzes. In the former, a guest typically plays on behalf of a listener - the prize is Carl Kassell's voice on their answering machine. On the latter, the listener plays live on the air and the prize is a book or some NPR tchochke.

As I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (the podcast) has a connection with NPR - we've been called "a cross between NPR's Car Talk and Fresh Air" - we thought it would be entirely appropriate to model our own quiz program after the two above.

Here's how "Mental Exaltation" works:
  • Each month, we'll post a qualifying question to determine a listener who'll play / be played for on the program. Winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.
  • If you'd like to enter, you must subscribe to I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere by email.
  • We'll either have a guest play on your behalf or we'll patch you into the show to have you play over the phone or Skype.
  • If your player or you succeeds in passing the test, you'll have your choice of prizes: a random item from our I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere Grab-Bag of Goodies (that's the IHOSE GBG), or the voice of a member of the Baker Street Irregulars on your answering machine.

Qualify now

Our next quiz recording will take place on Sunday, May 3. You have until Saturday, May 2 at 11:59 pm ET to qualify. And here's how to enter:

Good luck!