Ukridge's Bed & Breakfast

by Aussie Meyer
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Story


Where Julia Ukridge made her mistake, when she went off to summer in Ibiza, was to leave her nephew (Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge) in charge of the Cedars, Wimbledon Common, on such a short allowance. If only she had left enough to cover the tobacconist, the winemerchant and a spot of cafe society, he wouldn't have been forced to advertise her home with the Bed & Breakfast registry.

Hard times, however, forced this strategic maneuver, bringing five paying guests to the trough: there was military gent Capt. J.G. Walkinshaw, the novelist Daphne Delores Morehead, movie actress Vera Valentine, American tycoon J. Chichester Clam, and finally Eugene Tudor, noted travel reviewer & author of Tudor's Tourguides. Ukridge let them have the Blue Room, the Chestnut Room, the Sunshine Room, the Appleblossom Room and the Florentine Room.

Ukridge, ever the gracious host, bade them let their hair down and make themselves at home. "Just let me know if any little thing is not like Mother makes it ..." Astonishingly, they did so, each finding fault: one complained of short sheets on the bed, and another whined that the featherbed leaked feathers. One said the bedsprings were squeaky, and one disliked the hard mattress. Finally, one guest found a large ginger cat had a previous claim on the bed and refused to surrender it.

Having let it be known what they thought of the beds, they then started in on the breakfast. One party was offended by the smell of kippers, another chipped a tooth on a scone, and the fat content of the sausage was condemned by yet another. The remaining two guests found fault with the bitterness of the coffee and the unripe fruit, respectively.

Things being what they were, Ukridge was not altogether unhappy when the telegram came announcing that Aunt Julia, stricken with a bad sunburn, was cutting her vacation short and returning. In fact, his rental income came to just enough to cover his fare to Ibiza, where he went without hesitation to take over her abandoned villa for the remainder of the season.

Can you help Aunt Julia straighten out the guests, the rooms, and the grievances against both bed & breakfast from the clues below?


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Clues

  1. The five guests were: J. Chichester Clam, the guest in the Appleblossom room, the victim of the hard mattress, the sufferer with the squeaky bedsprings, and the one who regretted biting the rock-hard scone.
  2. Eugene Tudor and the person with the leaky featherbed swapped horror stories: one had endured a stay in the Chestnut Room and the other had tried a scone that was not unlike a chunk of granite.
  3. Vera Valentine stayed in either the Blue Room or the room with the short sheets.
  4. Capt. Walkinshaw did not have squeaky bedsprings, but he did have the greasy sausage, and he delivered a tirade on how cholesterol mucks up the arteries that Ukridge will never forget.
  5. Daphne Delores Morehead, who had to negotiate with the cat for her bed, never drinks coffee at all.
  6. The gentleman who was sensitive about the aroma of kippered herring stayed in the Florentine Room.



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