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Problem Club. The Problem Club was created by “Barry Pain,” the pseudonym of Eric Odell (Constantine Dix, Dumphry, Arthur Lamb), and appeared in twelve stories in The Strand in 1917 and 1918, beginning with “The Giraffe Problem” (The Strand, Dec 1917); the stories were collected in The Problem Club (1919).

The Problem Club is a group of twelve English gentlemen who meet once a month and have a competition to solve peculiar, light-hearted problems, often set to them by “Leonard, the ingenious head-waiter” of the restaurant in which they meet. Such problems range from steal handkerchiefs from a laundry van to digging a “large and unauthorised” hole in a public road.

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