The Clues Of The UL Paperchase

For the background to the Paperchase, read this description.

All of the clues of the Paperchase are listed here, including the ones that just say that you have reached a dead end or otherwise got it wrong. I've given each clue a number for the purposes of cross referencing. The (real) end points are the clues here, here, here, here and here.

For each clue, I've given the text of the clue itself, any explanatory notes about solving the clue or general comments, and the classmark of the volume to which the clue leads. Some clues have multiple classmarks, indicating that there are several copies of the book, and the Paperchase splits into multiple strands at this point. A link on the classmark leads to the next clue in the listing, except where it is the next volume listed. (The classmark is the UL code for the volume. For example, P348.b.52.4- is the classmark of the first clue.) A few of the clues were written in the script of other languages. Typically, solving these clues involved forming a canonical Romanized transliteration and then looking this up in the relevant catalogue. The UL publishes the transliteration rules, but does not make them available online. In most cases, I've omitted the original version of the clue.

I took this from notes that I made a long time ago, and I now live far enough from the UL that my only way of checking things is through the online catalogue. There are undoubtedly errors.


  1. Mathesis, vol.13 p.15
  2. Boomerang Legs and Yaws in Australian Aborigines, by C. J. Hackett, p.16
  3. Bug Jargal, by Victor Hugo, p.119 (1904 edition)
  4. Kokubangaku kenkyu-, vol.27 (new series vol.6), p.112
  5. Chamber of Shipping of UK, 1926-27, p.186 (in tables)
  6. American Biblical Repository (1st series), no.2, p.34
  7. Proceedings of the 4th International Ornithological Congress (1905), p.418
    The first point where there are multiple strands. P395.b.1.4 is the next entry in this listing, and Q395.b.2.15 appears further down. I can't help feeling that it is significant that this clue involves ornithology. It would appear to be consistent with the Theory of Responsibility of Birds.
  8. Les Deux Visages de la Theologie et de la Secularisation, p.163, by M. Xhaufflaire.
  9. Trivium, vol.6, p.197
    The first entry in an amusing little section of the chase.
  10. Ferro-concrete, vol.XXVI, p.331
  11. Trivium, vol.9, p.70
    A different classmark from the first Trivium.
  12. Ferro-concrete, vol.XIII, p.344
  13. Trivium, vol.7, p.160
    The punchline: it's in both classmarks. Well, I thought it was funny.
  14. The other copy of Proceedings of the 4th International Ornithological Congress.
    And so we loop back to an earlier clue and follow a different strand.
  15. Greek Athletics and The Jews, by H. A. Harris, title page
  16. DEAD END
  17. Public and General Statutes Affecting Scotland, 1901, p.146
  18. W. A. D. Englefield, History of the Painter Stainers Company of London, p.71
  19. Stark India, Trevor Pinch, p.28
  20. Lincoln Administrations Consistory Court, C. W. Foster, p.64
  21. G. Cretin: Oeuvres Poetiques, p.313
    The beginning of a recurrent theme.
  22. DEAD END
  23. Melbourne, John Batman's Village, by Agnes Paton Bell, p.107
  24. Conservation of Teeth, p.3, J. D. Eccles
    My recollection is that this book or the next one contained some quite disturbing photographs showing what happens if you brush your teeth from side to side rather than up and down.
  25. The Oologists Record, vol.28, p.45
  26. Ausdruckfahren der Lateinischen Liturgiesprache bis ins elfte Jahrhundert, Georg Manz, p.1
    Remarkable. It is the beginning of the world.
  27. Abraham Jacob von der Aa, in his own dictionary (supplement)
  28. (Arabic title, which transliterates as Nafh Al-Azhar), p.49
    The full title of this from the catalogue record is Kit¯ab nafh 'al-'azh¯ar f¯i muntakhab¯at 'al-'ash`¯ar / jama`ahu Sh¯akir 'al-Batl¯un¯i ; dabatahu wa-sahhahahu 'Ibrah¯im [sic] 'al-Y¯azij¯i
  29. Zeitshrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, vol.13, p.15
    Compare with the very first clue...
  30. Sakai's Maha-vairochana-su-tra, p.155
  31. END 1 (L): You are now on the way to owning a glorious technicolour scarf. Just take the 'Document' along to Moss must find the other four ends.
    For non-British readers, I should explain Moss Bros is a chain of men's clothing shops. Not sure what the (L) denotes. Perhaps originally there was only a Left end and a Right end.
  32. Management of Constipation, Sir F. A. Jones and E. W. Golding, p.50
  33. Who's Who in Australian Libraries, 2nd edition, p.86
    I recall this one as being quite hard. It was indexed under Kosa, the name of the editor.
  34. Rgyal rabs gsal ba'i me long, by Legs-Pa'i-Ses-Rab, p.162
    Found in the main catalogue, under Bsod-nams-rgyal-mtshan. It's a Tibetan text.
  35. Haunted Highways, Ralph Looney, p.151
  36. (Russian), p.28
    My notes say this was indexed under Zyzykin, though I don't see why. The online UL catalogue record is not much help.
  37. (Arabic, transliterating as Ali Mustafa al-Misrati), p.1
  38. The Vyakaranamaha-bhya-sya of Patanjali, p.20
  39. G. Moron, History of Venezuela, p.19
  40. X volume 1, p.16
  41. Jomsvikinga Saga, p.305 (Jena, 1924)
    Many Paperchasers were connected with Jomsborg, the Cambridge fantasy society (since merged with CUSFS, the science fiction society). Jomsvikinga Saga is the Norse text which recounts the history of the original Jomsvikings.
  42. Werg, p.113
    Werg is also the name of a move in a strange game called Sprodzoom, played by the same kind of people you would expect to do the Paperchase.
  43. Yorks. Philosophical Society Annual Report, 1880, p.16
  44. Levi's Annals of British Legislation, vol.9, p.vii
  45. Lækningar og Saga, Jonsson, Fyrstu Keisaraskurdhir a Islandi
  46. (Russian, transliterating as Materialy...), p.251
    The clue for this said BUG before the Russian title. This relates to the publication, which concerns archaeological investigations of the Southern Bug River.
  47. Gayre of Gayre and Nigg, Wassail! in Mazers of Mead, p.15
    I recall this as being a point where I got stuck for a while, though I can't remember why.
  48. Marriage of Gor, p.25
  49. Ten Responses to the Ten Commandments, Matthew Locke
  50. The Calendar of Inquisitions, vol.4, p.114
    Well, I didn't expect that.
  51. Volume 4?
    That's what the slip in the book said. So we go on with the other reference of The Calendar of Inquisitions.
  52. Wrong, Government of the West Indies, p.77
  53. Richerche sulla Maiuscola Biblica, G. Cavallo, plate 81
  54. Function and Form in the Sloth, M. Goffart, p.146
  55. Service Chemistry, V. B. Lewes and J. S. Brame, p.100
  56. Now find a list relating to werewolves in the New York Public Library (and elsewhere) in 1919
    The reference in question is to Bulletin of Research
  57. (Russian, found under Roginskii), p.61
    There is some confusion in my notes for this one. I have it recorded as keying on Chrzczonowicz, but the only entry in the UL catalogue for this is a completely different book of which he was the translator.
  58. The Art of the Piano Player, Sydney Grew, p.55
  59. Det Nordiske Historikermøtet på Lillehammer, p.1
  60. (Russian, transliterating as Zbornik), p.42, vol.12
  61. Knihy a Prazane: pet set let knizni kultury v Praze, adresar knihoveb, nakladat elstvi a kniznich prodejeb, p.161 (Prague, 1964)
  62. The Sha-mlu- Letters, Dr. Riyazul Islam, p.6
  63. Now find an article written by D. W. Free on Sarsen Stones in 1948. Hint: he lived in Wiltshire
  64. Mitteilungen der Deutshen Gesselschaft fur Natur- und Volkerkunde Ostariens, vol. 6, p.33
  65. Kita-b al-Tawhid Abu- Mansu-r Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Mahmu-d al-Ma-turi-di- al Samarqamdi-, p.162
  66. END 3 (R). The Chapter number is 21. But don't forget that the document will not be valid unless the substrate is correct. P.S. Dead end.
  67. (Greek, transliterating as Varvagiannes), p.193
  68. (Chinese, transliterating as Miao zu tiao cha bao gao), p.76
    I haven't found a good way of entering the Chinese characters for this.
  69. Wissenschaftlicke Blätter aus der Veitel Heine, Ephraim'schen Lehranstalt, vol.1, no.ii, p.31
  70. Cambridge Historical Society Publications, vol.XIII, pp80-81
  71. Statute B3 of the Statutes of the University of Cambridge, 1928
  72. Old Affection, by L. Spohr
  73. DEAD END
  74. Antique Fakes and Their Detection, R. F. Yates, page 1
  75. Banking, Currency and Foreign Exchange, by E. M. Taylor and C. L. Lawston, p.157
  76. The next clue is blu-tacked to the back of the finding list nearest to the bookcase containing SOTATSU by Yamane Yuzo (1956 edn.)
    The book is FJ.960.108 and the finding list was on Tower 6.
    This one needs some explanation. A finding list is a notice indicating where in the library books can be found, listed by classmark. See section 7 of the library handbook for the current one. Tower 6 was a gallery stretching between the south and north front sections of the library, on the sixth floor. I think it is now closed, except to staff. So to find the clue you had to loiter around in the tower 6 gallery until no-one was looking and the grab the clue from the back of the finding list. But it was worth it.
  77. Dead end. For the other copy of University Statutes, look up Ying Tong Yiddle I Po in the Far Eastern Catalogue...
    Another wacky clue. The Far Eastern catalogue is a card catalogue, which at the time of the Paperchase was located in Tower 4. The clue was a bogus card inserted into the catalogue, which directed you to a second copy of the University Statutes, at classmark Ref. (At least, I think this is right: my notes are a little weak at this point). Whatever, you ended up at the next clue. When I last checked, in 1999 or 2000, the card still existed, although the catalogue has been moved to a different location in the library.
  78. Revue Catholique Orientale Bimensuelle sous las Direction des Peres de l'Universite Saint Joseph, vol.10, p.100
  79. Henry Sachs, 'The Little Worm' and 'Grandma', outside front cover
    As with several other the other clues with classmark M, this is a piece of sheet music. The (24) means that it is the 24th part of a collection of pieces.
  80. Now look up the currency conversion tables for Batavia in Thomson's British Annual for 1838
  81. A Survey of Primitive Money, by A. H. Quiggin, p.300
  82. Now find an article entitles "Gigantopithecus and the Origins of Hominidae" by David Pilbeam, published in Feb. 1970
    The article in question was in Nature, and I think this required the use of a scientific periodicals index.
  83. A History of Felsted School, by Michael Craze, Title Page
    The return of a favourite theme.
  84. (Cambodian)
    The clue actually read "Chapter ... of the ... in the bible (Hint: it's in Cambodian)", where the ... marks places containing Cambodian text which I am unable to enter.
  85. (END) You may have realised that this is St. John's Gospel. By coincidence, the 'document' you want concerns St. John's Gospel. Otherwise, dead end.
  86. The Spray of Plum Blossom in The Blue Trousers by Lady Murasaki (1928)
  87. A-AB-BA HU-LUH-HA p.43
  88. And now some something apocalyptic by a Byzantine (who shall be nameless), p.14
    Found under Anonymous Byzantinus. By the way, doing an author search on Anonymous in the online UL catalogue gives some entertaining results.
  89. END 2: v25, 2nd ½
  90. The Adam Man Tongue by Edmund Shaftesbury, Style 401
  91. (Greek, found under Pangalos or Pankalos), vol.6, p.48
  92. The Dead Sea Scrolls ... with translations by the author ... p347
  93. Dead end, watch this space.
  94. Miracles of Science, by Henry Smith Williams (1913) p.319
  95. And the next on out series of 'Great Lost Works of 20th Century Poetry': The Oxford Magazine, vol. LII (1934) p340
    This proved to be a dire poem by J. R. R. Tolkien. I think it was called Looney.
  96. Constitutions de Cathalvnya (Compilacio de 1704) by the Collegi des Advocats de Barcelona, title page of volume 2
    A hard clue, found under Catalonia.
  97. Acta Dominorus Concilii 5 Oct 1478-15 Nov 1495, p.123
    Found under Thomas Thomson, though I forget what the connection was.
  98. Receuil des Actes for 1826 of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, title page
  99. Mah-lah-lin-gah-yah. The Life of Gaudama (in Burmese), p.111
  100. Diatomaceous Earth by Robert Calvert, p.30
  101. Introduction to Fox Hunting by Dave Brock, p.25
  102. Housing The Poor, by James T. Kirk, p.20
  103. Handbuch der Krankenpflege, ed. by A. Bum, p.191
  104. How Can Social Research Help The Community, by Pauline V. Young, title page
    Found in the Far Eastern catalogue.
  105. Sir C. Bent Ball, The Rectum, p.181
  106. The next three items constitute a graded course in one particular aspect of the UL. First: The Treatment of Horses by Homeopathy, by G. Macleod, p.121
  107. The next slip is to be found outside the front cover of a 1977 book on Zoonoses
    The book was Zoonoses y Enfermedades Transmissibles by Sir C. Andrews.
  108. Now find a photograph of the Muck launch in a 1977 book on the Inner Hebrides
    486.7.c.95.55 (plate 13)
  109. Malingering by Sir John Collie, p.19
  110. The process of finding the next three books might be called variations on a similar theme. First you need to find the famous fictional book in which the hero is Sydney Carton, Malta 1950 edition, p. 476
    The book is A Tale Of Two Cities. The clues which follow require using dictionaries of quotations.
  111. "Marrying a punk my lord, is pressing to death, whipping and hanging" (Lucio). You want the 1921 Berlin Edition of the book from which this quotation has been taken, p.432
    The book is Measure for Measure
  112. Now a stinker! You need to find a biography published in London in 1968 about a man of whom it was said "He was close on to six feet tall, of military bearing and of such extraordinary vitality that young ladies asserted they could feel him ten feet away", p.47
    The subject is Ambrose Bierce, and the biography is by Richard O'Connor.
  113. "We turned over many books together". You want p.61 of the book this came from. P.S. You want the (Agra) 1904 edition.
    The book is The Merchant of Venice
  114. Young Oxford and War, by Richard Freeman et al. p75
  115. (Russian) 1840, p.164
    My notes suggest that the key for this was St. Petersburg. The UL catalogue record is not much help.
  116. (Transliterated as:) Dge Bshes Chos Kyi Grags Pa by K'o-Ch'iang
    This was in Tibetan script, I think. The clue included the transliteration.
  117. Nalini--basanta-na-tak, by William Shakespeare, p.5
    This is The Tempest, in Bengali.
  118. (END) Congratulations! You have now completed the UL paperchase. You should already know the document, the chapter and the verse. The book is the Authorised (King James) Bible. Copy out the relevant verse from this on a UL suggestions form and take it to Moss Bros to get your scarf.


Here is the quotation, from St. John's Gospel, Ch.21, v.25, 2nd ½:

I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.