Too Many Cooks

by Ausie Meyer
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Story

Anatole tasting his wares - and flipping out

Dahlia Travers has to constantly be on the lookout for covetous gourmands who would steal the chef supreme, Anatole, from the kitchens of Brinkley Manor. His reputation is such that a recent dinner party there included five such miscreants: her sister Agatha, one J. Bashford Braddock, Sir Watkyn Bassett, Dame Daphne Winkworth, and Roderick Spode. These wicked dinner guests had heard great things about various dishes of Anatole's, and had requested them in particular. They were served in this order: the onion soup, the trout amandine, the chateaubriand ala financier, the cassoulet, and the mousse au chocolat.

Fortuitously, there were also five heroic souls present who had each discovered the ulterior motives of one of the villians. The Allied troops consisted of: Dahlia, Uncle Tom, Beach the Butler, Bertie Wooster, and his manservant, Jeeves. In order to foil the plans of the assembled villians, each had snuck into the kitchen and adulterated the sauces of Anatole's divine output with a spoiler: one used tabasco, another maple syrup. Anchovy paste, bitters, and vinegar were also employed as toxins. The end result was undoubtedly the vilest repast that Monsieur Anatole has ever committed to chafing dish, and the entire household was blue about the gills from the experience (except Jeeves, who wisely ate nothing but bread rolls). All parties departed without making Anatole any offers. Anatole, unfortunately, had a nervous breakdown on tasting the returns and had to spend a fortnight at Lourdes to recuperate.

Can you determine from the seven clues below which snake in human form coveted which dish, who foiled their plans, and what they poisoned it with?

PS - It has been brought to my attention that Seppings should be buttling Brinkley Manor, not Beach. Er ... perhaps Lady Constance lent Beach to Aunt Dahlia while Seppings recuperated from a bout of lumbago!


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Clues

  1. The five heroes were as follows: the one who foiled Agatha, the one who used bitters, Bertie, Dahlia, and the one who ruined the cassoulet.
  2. Someone slipped the overdose of tabasco into one of the first two dishes served (they are listed in order); Roderick Spode requested one of the last two dishes served (it was not adulterated by anchovy paste).
  3. Uncle Tom ruined the chocolate mousse.
  4. The vinegar was not employed in the soup, cassoulet or mousse; it did spoil the dish served immediately before the dish Jeeves had a hand in mucking up.
  5. Beach the Butler played havoc with the dish he'd heard J. Bashford Braddock salivating over; it was served before the dish with a lethal dose of tabasco.
  6. Bertie knew nothing about Spode or Winkworth's plans.
  7. Dame Daphne Winkworth never ate red meat, thus she had no urge to try Anatole's Chateaubriand ala Financier.



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