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The four-letter story abbreviations


The American Sherlockian scholar J.F.Christ, developed a system of coded abbreviations to represent each of the 60 stories in the Canon.
This system has since been generally accepted by all those interested in the study of Sherlock Holmes. The coded abbreviations are as follows









ABBE The Abbey Grange
BERY The Beryl Coronet
BLAC Black Peter
BLAN The Blanched Soldier
BLUE The Blue Carbuncle
BOSC The Boscombe Valley Mystery
BRUC The Bruce-partington Plans
CARD The Cardboard Box
CHAS Charles Augustus Milverton
COPP The Copper Beeches
CREE The Creeping Man
CROO The Crooked Man
DANC The Dancing Men
DEVI The Devil's Foot
DYIN The Dying Detective
EMPT The Empty House
ENGR The Engineer's Thumb
FINA The Final Problem
FIVE The Five Orange Pips
GLOR The Gloria Scott'
GOLD The Golden Pince-Nez
GREE The Greek Interpreter
HOUN The Hound of the Baskervilles
IDEN A Case of Identity
ILLU The Illustrious Client
LADY The Disappearance of Lady
Frances Carfax
LAST His Last Bow
LION The Lion's Mane
MAZA The Mazarin Stone
MISS The Missing Three-quarter
MUSG The Musgrave Ritual
NAVA The Naval Treaty
NOBL The Noble Bachelor
NORW The Norwood Builder
PREF Preface to His Last Bow
PRIO The Priory School
REDC The Red Circle
REDH The Red-Headed League
REIG The Reigate Squires
RESI The Resident Patient
RETI The Retired Colourman
SCAN A Scandal in Bohemia
SECO The Second Stain
SHOS Shoscombe Old Place
SIGN The Sign of Four
SILV Silver Blaze
SIXN The Six Napoleons
SOLI The Solitary Cyclist
SPEC The Speckled Band
STOC The Stock-Broker's Clerk
STUD A Study in Scarlet
SUSS The Sussex Vampire
THOR The Problem of Thor Bridge
3GAB The Three Gables
3GAR The Three Garridebs
3STU The Three Students
TWIS The Man with the Twisted Lip
VALL The Valley of Fear
VEIL The Veiled Lodger
WIST Wisteria Lodge
YELL The Yellow Face

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