The Clues Of The UL Paperchase
For the background to the Paperchase, read this
All of the clues of the Paperchase are listed here, including the ones that
just say that you have reached a dead end or otherwise got it wrong. I've given
each clue a number for the purposes of cross referencing. The (real) end points
are the clues here,
For each clue, I've given the text of the clue itself, any explanatory notes
about solving the clue or general comments, and the classmark of the volume to
which the clue leads. Some clues have multiple classmarks, indicating that there
are several copies of the book, and the Paperchase splits into multiple strands
at this point. A link on the classmark leads to the next clue in the listing,
except where it is the next volume listed. (The classmark is the UL code for the
volume. For example, P348.b.52.4- is the classmark of the first clue.) A few of the clues were written in the script of other
languages. Typically, solving these clues involved forming a canonical Romanized
transliteration and then looking this up in the relevant catalogue. The UL
publishes the transliteration rules, but does not make them available online. In most cases, I've omitted the original version of the clue.
I took this from notes that I made a long time ago, and I now live far enough
from the UL that my only way of checking things is through the online catalogue.
There are undoubtedly errors.
- Mathesis, vol.13 p.15
- Boomerang Legs and Yaws in Australian Aborigines, by C. J. Hackett,
- Bug Jargal, by Victor Hugo, p.119 (1904 edition)
- Kokubangaku kenkyu-, vol.27 (new series vol.6), p.112
- Chamber of Shipping of UK, 1926-27, p.186 (in tables)
- American Biblical Repository (1st series), no.2, p.34
- Proceedings of the 4th International Ornithological
Congress (1905), p.418
first point where there are multiple strands. P395.b.1.4 is the next entry in
this listing, and Q395.b.2.15 appears further down. I can't help feeling that
it is significant that this clue involves ornithology. It would appear to be
consistent with the Theory of Responsibility of Birds.
- Les Deux Visages de la Theologie et de la Secularisation, p.163, by M.
- Trivium, vol.6, p.197
The first entry in an amusing
little section of the chase.
- Ferro-concrete, vol.XXVI, p.331
- Trivium, vol.9, p.70
A different classmark from the
- Ferro-concrete, vol.XIII, p.344
- Trivium, vol.7, p.160
punchline: it's in both classmarks. Well, I thought it was funny.
- The other copy of Proceedings of the 4th International Ornithological
And so we loop back to an
earlier clue and follow a
- Greek Athletics and The Jews, by H. A. Harris, title
- DEAD END
- Public and General Statutes Affecting Scotland, 1901,
- W. A. D. Englefield, History of the Painter Stainers Company of London,
- Stark India, Trevor Pinch, p.28
- Lincoln Administrations Consistory Court, C. W. Foster,
- G. Cretin: Oeuvres Poetiques, p.313
The beginning of
a recurrent theme.
- DEAD END
- Melbourne, John Batman's Village, by Agnes Paton Bell,
- Conservation of Teeth, p.3, J. D. Eccles
recollection is that this book or the next one contained some quite disturbing
photographs showing what happens if you brush your teeth from side to side
rather than up and down.
- The Oologists Record, vol.28, p.45
- Ausdruckfahren der Lateinischen Liturgiesprache bis ins elfte Jahrhundert,
Georg Manz, p.1
Remarkable. It is the beginning of the
- Abraham Jacob von der Aa, in his own dictionary (supplement)
- (Arabic title, which transliterates as Nafh Al-Azhar),
The full title of this from the catalogue record
is Kit¯ab nafh 'al-'azh¯ar f¯i muntakhab¯at 'al-'ash`¯ar / jama`ahu Sh¯akir
'al-Batl¯un¯i ; dabatahu wa-sahhahahu 'Ibrah¯im [sic] 'al-Y¯azij¯i
- Zeitshrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, vol.13,
Compare with the very first clue...
- Sakai's Maha-vairochana-su-tra, p.155
- END 1 (L): You are now on the way to owning a glorious
technicolour scarf. Just take the 'Document' along to Moss Bros...you
must find the other four ends.
For non-British readers, I should
explain Moss Bros is a chain of men's clothing shops. Not sure what the (L)
denotes. Perhaps originally there was only a Left end and a Right end.
- Management of Constipation, Sir F. A. Jones and E. W.
- Who's Who in Australian Libraries, 2nd edition, p.86
recall this one as being quite hard. It was indexed under Kosa, the name of
- Rgyal rabs gsal ba'i me long, by Legs-Pa'i-Ses-Rab,
Found in the main catalogue, under
Bsod-nams-rgyal-mtshan. It's a Tibetan text.
- Haunted Highways, Ralph Looney, p.151
My notes say this was indexed under Zyzykin, though
I don't see why. The online UL catalogue record is not much help.
- (Arabic, transliterating as Ali Mustafa al-Misrati), p.1
- The Vyakaranamaha-bhya-sya of Patanjali, p.20
- G. Moron, History of Venezuela, p.19
- X volume 1, p.16
- Jomsvikinga Saga, p.305 (Jena, 1924)
Paperchasers were connected with Jomsborg, the Cambridge fantasy society
(since merged with CUSFS, the science fiction
society). Jomsvikinga Saga is the Norse text which recounts the history of the
- Werg, p.113
Werg is also the name of a move in a
strange game called Sprodzoom,
played by the same kind of people you would expect to do the Paperchase.
- Yorks. Philosophical Society Annual Report, 1880, p.16
- Levi's Annals of British Legislation, vol.9, p.vii
- Lækningar og Saga, Jonsson, Fyrstu Keisaraskurdhir a
transliterating as Materialy...), p.251
The clue for
this said BUG before the Russian title. This relates to the publication, which
concerns archaeological investigations of the Southern Bug River.
- Gayre of Gayre and Nigg, Wassail! in Mazers of Mead,
I recall this as being a point where I got stuck for
a while, though I can't remember why.
- Marriage of Gor, p.25
- Ten Responses to the Ten Commandments, Matthew Locke
- The Calendar of Inquisitions, vol.4,
I didn't expect that.
- Volume 4?
That's what the slip in the book said. So we go on with
reference of The
Calendar of Inquisitions.
- Wrong, Government of the West Indies,
- Richerche sulla Maiuscola Biblica, G. Cavallo, plate 81
- Function and Form in the Sloth, M. Goffart, p.146
- Service Chemistry, V. B. Lewes and J. S. Brame,
- Now find a list relating to werewolves in the New York Public Library (and
elsewhere) in 1919
The reference in question is to
Bulletin of Research
found under Roginskii), p.61
There is some confusion in
my notes for this one. I have it recorded as keying on Chrzczonowicz, but the
only entry in the UL catalogue for this is a completely different book of
which he was the translator.
- The Art of the Piano Player, Sydney Grew, p.55
- Det Nordiske Historikermøtet på Lillehammer, p.1
transliterating as Zbornik), p.42, vol.12
- Knihy a Prazane: pet set let knizni kultury v Praze, adresar knihoveb,
nakladat elstvi a kniznich prodejeb, p.161 (Prague, 1964)
- The Sha-mlu- Letters, Dr. Riyazul Islam, p.6
- Now find an article written by D. W. Free on Sarsen Stones in 1948. Hint:
he lived in Wiltshire
- Mitteilungen der Deutshen Gesselschaft fur Natur- und Volkerkunde
Ostariens, vol. 6, p.33
- Kita-b al-Tawhid Abu- Mansu-r Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Mahmu-d al-Ma-turi-di- al
- END 3 (R). The Chapter number is 21. But don't forget
that the document will not be valid unless the substrate is correct. P.S. Dead
transliterating as Varvagiannes), p.193
- (Chinese, transliterating as Miao zu tiao cha bao gao),
I haven't found a good way of entering the Chinese
characters for this.
- Wissenschaftlicke Blätter aus der Veitel Heine, Ephraim'schen Lehranstalt,
vol.1, no.ii, p.31
- Cambridge Historical Society Publications, vol.XIII,
- Statute B3 of the Statutes of the University of Cambridge,
- Old Affection, by L. Spohr
- DEAD END
- Antique Fakes and Their Detection, R. F. Yates, page
- Banking, Currency and Foreign Exchange, by E. M. Taylor and C. L. Lawston,
- The next clue is blu-tacked to the back of the finding list nearest to the
bookcase containing SOTATSU by Yamane Yuzo (1956 edn.)
The book is
FJ.960.108 and the finding list was on Tower 6.
This one needs some
explanation. A finding list is a notice indicating where in the library books
can be found, listed by classmark. See section 7 of the library
handbook for the current one. Tower 6 was a gallery stretching between the
south and north front sections of the library, on the sixth floor. I think it
is now closed, except to staff. So to find the clue you had to loiter around
in the tower 6 gallery until no-one was looking and the grab the clue from the
back of the finding list. But it was worth it.
- Dead end. For the other copy of University Statutes, look up Ying Tong
Yiddle I Po in the Far Eastern Catalogue...
Another wacky clue. The Far
Eastern catalogue is a card catalogue, which at the time of the Paperchase was
located in Tower 4. The clue was a bogus card inserted into the catalogue,
which directed you to a second copy of the University Statutes, at classmark
Ref. (At least, I think this is right: my notes are a little weak at this
point). Whatever, you ended up at the next
clue. When I last checked, in 1999 or 2000, the card still existed,
although the catalogue has been moved to a different location in the
- Revue Catholique Orientale Bimensuelle sous las Direction
des Peres de l'Universite Saint Joseph, vol.10, p.100
- Henry Sachs, 'The Little Worm' and 'Grandma', outside front
As with several other the other clues with
classmark M, this is a piece of sheet music. The (24) means that it is the
24th part of a collection of pieces.
- Now look up the currency conversion tables for Batavia in Thomson's
British Annual for 1838
- A Survey of Primitive Money, by A. H. Quiggin, p.300
- Now find an article entitles "Gigantopithecus and the Origins of
Hominidae" by David Pilbeam, published in Feb. 1970
article in question was in Nature, and I think this required the use of a
scientific periodicals index.
- A History of Felsted School, by Michael Craze, Title
The return of a favourite theme.
The clue actually read "Chapter ... of
the ... in the bible (Hint: it's in Cambodian)", where the ... marks places
containing Cambodian text which I am unable to enter.
- (END) You may have realised that this is St. John's Gospel.
By coincidence, the 'document' you want concerns St. John's Gospel.
Otherwise, dead end.
- The Spray of Plum Blossom in The Blue Trousers by Lady
- A-AB-BA HU-LUH-HA p.43
- And now some something apocalyptic by a Byzantine (who shall be nameless),
Found under Anonymous Byzantinus. By the way, doing
an author search on Anonymous in the online UL catalogue gives some
- END 2: v25, 2nd ½
- The Adam Man Tongue by Edmund Shaftesbury, Style
found under Pangalos or Pankalos), vol.6, p.48
- The Dead Sea Scrolls ... with translations by the author ...
- Dead end, watch this space.
- Miracles of Science, by Henry Smith Williams (1913)
- And the next on out series of 'Great Lost Works of 20th Century Poetry':
The Oxford Magazine, vol. LII (1934) p340
This proved to be
a dire poem by J. R. R. Tolkien. I think it was called Looney.
- Constitutions de Cathalvnya (Compilacio de 1704) by the Collegi des
Advocats de Barcelona, title page of volume 2
A hard clue,
found under Catalonia.
- Acta Dominorus Concilii 5 Oct 1478-15 Nov 1495,
Found under Thomas Thomson, though I forget what the
- Receuil des Actes for 1826 of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, title
- Mah-lah-lin-gah-yah. The Life of Gaudama (in Burmese),
- Diatomaceous Earth by Robert Calvert, p.30
- Introduction to Fox Hunting by Dave Brock, p.25
- Housing The Poor, by James T. Kirk, p.20
- Handbuch der Krankenpflege, ed. by A. Bum, p.191
- How Can Social Research Help The Community, by Pauline V. Young, title
Found in the Far Eastern catalogue.
- Sir C. Bent Ball, The Rectum, p.181
- The next three items constitute a graded course in one particular aspect
of the UL. First: The Treatment of Horses by Homeopathy, by G. Macleod,
- The next slip is to be found outside the front cover of a 1977 book on
The book was Zoonoses y Enfermedades
Transmissibles by Sir C. Andrews.
- Now find a photograph of the Muck launch in a 1977 book on the Inner
486.7.c.95.55 (plate 13)
- Malingering by Sir John Collie, p.19
- The process of finding the next three books might be called variations on
a similar theme. First you need to find the famous fictional book in which the
hero is Sydney Carton, Malta 1950 edition, p. 476
book is A Tale Of Two Cities. The clues which follow require using
dictionaries of quotations.
- "Marrying a punk my lord, is pressing to death, whipping and hanging"
(Lucio). You want the 1921 Berlin Edition of the book from which this
quotation has been taken, p.432
The book is Measure for
- Now a stinker! You need to find a biography published in London in 1968
about a man of whom it was said "He was close on to six feet tall, of military
bearing and of such extraordinary vitality that young ladies asserted they
could feel him ten feet away", p.47
The subject is
Ambrose Bierce, and the biography is by Richard O'Connor.
- "We turned over many books together". You want p.61 of the book this came
from. P.S. You want the (Agra) 1904 edition.
book is The Merchant of Venice
- Young Oxford and War, by Richard Freeman et al. p75
My notes suggest that the key for this was St.
Petersburg. The UL catalogue record is not much help.
- (Transliterated as:) Dge Bshes Chos Kyi Grags Pa by
This was in Tibetan script, I think. The
clue included the transliteration.
- Nalini--basanta-na-tak, by William Shakespeare,
This is The Tempest, in Bengali.
- (END) Congratulations! You have now completed the UL
paperchase. You should already know the document, the chapter and the verse.
The book is the Authorised (King James) Bible. Copy out the relevant verse
from this on a UL suggestions form and take it to Moss Bros to get your scarf.
Here is the quotation, from St. John's Gospel, Ch.21, v.25, 2nd ½:
I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the
books that should be written.