Second Annual Sermon Handicap

by Aussie Meyer
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Story


You may well be familiar with the tale of the first Great Sermon Handicap, but less is known about the Second Annual Sermon Handicap. This event, gotten up for the sporting bloods visiting Twing, pits the many clergymen of that part of the countryside against each other in a contest of oratorical endurance. In short, one plops down one's wager on the pastor deemed to preach the longest sermon on the Sunday of the event.

In the running this year were these starters: Leonard Starkie and Francis Heppenstall (both High Church), Alexander James and George Haywood (both Low Church), and Cuthbert Dibble (Baptist). The topics of their sermons (in no particular order) were as follows: "The Road to Hell", "The Power of Love", "From the Mouths of Babes", "Brotherly Love", and "Hell-fire and Damnation".

As usual, Rupert Steggles made book on the event, and was up to his dirty tricks attempting to nobble the contenders. In fact, he took action against four of the five, leaving only his favorite free to run the course in his natural form. He arranged for pots of marigolds to adorn the nave of one church, causing the pastor's allergies to act up. He installed a lovesick yowling cat outside the bedroom window of one pastor, destroying his ability to sleep. He hid the dentures of one reverend, and he arranged for a confederate to clang the church bells during the sermon of another.

Despite the rannygazoo, the clergymen delivered lengthy sermons of 20, 25, 30, 40, and 50 minutes.

From the following 7 clues, can you determine which pastor preached on what topic for how long, despite what bit of mayhem did or didn't happen to him?


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Clues

  1. The sermon "From the Mouths of Babes" was 10 minutes longer than the sermon interrupted by the church bells clanging.
  2. One High Church clergyman who gave a sermon with "Hell" in the topic was either left alone or had to preach over clanging bells.
  3. The sermon on "Brotherly Love" and the sermon given by the pastor who was sleepless from the noisy cat differed by only 5 minutes.
  4. The sermon on "The Road to Hell" was longer than Rev. Francis Heppenstall's.
  5. Neither Low Church congregation heard a sermon with "Love" in the title.
  6. Rev. Alexander James (who had a fine night's sleep, with no feline interruptions) preached only half as long as Rev. Cuthbert Dibble.
  7. The sermon hampered by allergic sniffles due to marigolds was not clocked at 25 minutes.



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