Six Nuns and a Shotgun: A Dave Fun Quiz
But instead, for a mere $2.50, I got this:
I bought it, as you might expect, for the title, which has to be one of the best I've ever seen. But as it turns out, the book is actually quite amusingly written--a sort of British drawing-room murder mystery (from 1974) where all the different classes clash with each other and say withering things over poisoned sherry. No nuns so far--just a telegram promising them--but there's been plenty to hold my interest, and I have no doubt the nuns, and the shotgun, will appear in a few chapters. The author clearly knows his business.
I immediately hunted down more information, but this fan article is all I've found--which is nice, but hardly answers all my questions. If anyone knows more about this guy, let me know. He seems like a kindred spirit.
The mere title alone has inspired me to write a book of my own with a similar title, out of homage. (I tend to start with titles.) But when I do something like this, I like to make sure I maximize its wordplay potential. This title in particular looks ripe for a letter bank. Even without a number, for example, NUNS AND A SHOTGUN reduce down to STAGHOUND-- a move from 15 letters to 9, which is quite respectable. But SIX NUNS AND A SHOTGUN add an I and an X to the mix and produces nothing at all, letter-bankwise.
My question is this: What number, between zero and one hundred, is the best number of nuns for my book if I want it to have the most impressive letter-bank possibilities?
The answer is in comments. It is, however, not for the squeamish.