Great Detectives: Encyclopedia Brown
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Along with the Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown was my go-to guy for books to check out on library day in grade school. I loved the stories but I rarely was able to figure out the answers. Donald J. Sobol created Encyclopedia Brown, and the first book was published in 1963.
From the website thrillingdetective.com:
Perennially ten years old, Encyclopedia lives in Idaville, Florida, often referred to as a typical American town. He's aided in his investigations by his best friend, Sally Kimball, who plays Watson to his Holmes, and occasionally supplies a little "muscle." The perennial villain in many of the stories is Bugs Meany.
ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN AND THE MYSTERY OF SALLY'S CELL PHONE
Friends and fellow geocachers Encyclopedia Brown and Sally Kimball were walking through the Idaville city park.
“Okay,” said Sally, “Bugs Meany told me that he knows where our new geocache is hidden.”
“Unless, of course, he’s lying,” replied Encyclopedia Brown, the smartest kid in town.
“Really, that’s what he said,” Sally retorted. “He said that he overheard me texting you the coordinates.”
“Overheard you? You can’t overhear a text message!”
“No, he said he can recognize the pitches that phone buttons make, and he figured it out right away.”
Encyclopedia Brown was quiet for a minute.
That seems unlikely, he thought to himself.
Encyclopedia stopped and turned toward his friend.
“Now, remember when you told me you wanted your folks to buy you a new phone, a smart phone?” he asked her. “That you were tired of your old flip phone?”
“Flip phones, bleh!” she cried. “Yes, I said that to you.”
“I would say that new phones have some cool features.”
“Very much so,” Sally replied.
Encyclopedia smiled knowingly. “New phones have QWERTY keyboards,” he said.
“New phones have either physical ones or virtual ones,” said Sally thoughtfully.
“In that case toss your phone over here to me.” Sally did so and Encyclopedia examined it.
“Nice throw," he said.
“Encyclopedia Brown, boy genius,” said Sally sarcastically.
"Trouble is, Bugs Meany couldn’t have figured it out by just listening to the beeps,” said the young detective.
“Well, even my old phone makes different pitches for different number buttons,” protested Sally.
“Obviously,” said Encyclopedia, “But each one of your buttons represents three different letters! Bugs Meany isn’t smart enough to decipher that many variables in tones, numbers and letters. Case closed!"
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