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August 15, 2021
“all gossip upon the matter” [BERY] 

If there is one name that is synonymous with the Sherlockian hobby, it is Peter Blau, BSI, 2s. ("Black Peter"). And if there is one publication that is eagerly anticipated every month, it is his longstanding newsletter "Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press."

As "Cartwright" of the Baker Street Irregulars, Peter goes more places, sees more things, and overhears more than just about anyone in the Sherlockian world. So much so that it has often been said that if Peter doesn't know about it, it's not happening.

We had a chance to speak with Peter about the origins of his newsletter, what makes for a good story, and what his plans for the future are. You won't want to miss this episode.

And of course, we have another Canonical Couplet to challenge your acuity. If you are chosen as a winner, you'll get some mystery item from the IHOSE vaults. Answers are due by August 29, 2021 at 11:59 a.m. EDT.

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  • This episode:
  • Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press, 2012-present
  • Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press Archive (Sherlocktron)
  • Previous episodes mentioned:
  • Episode 6 and Episode 7: Peter Blau
  • Episode 219: The Baker Street Alamanac
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    Transcript We are so grateful for your support on Patreon, which makes our transcripts possible. The transcript for this episode will be available soon at  


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