An En Guarde Quiz

28 Apr

What person that Errol greatly admired had once taught fencing?


Fencing is not what he’s famous for.

It’s not certain whether he taught Errol.

He was very accomplished and respected in his profession, in which fencing skills were not required.

The below photo is not him. It is Aldo Nadi, who Errol also knew, but did not admire in the way he admired this quiz’s mystery man.

Photo below posted Wednesday, April 29, 1:23 pm:

Photo below added 1:45 pm Friday:

Photo below sdded at 4:44 pm Friday:

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    April 29, 2021 at 1:39 am

    He was said to be:

    Very Intelligent
    Very Industrious

    He enjoyed:

    Exploration on land and sea

  2. Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

    April 29, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    No clue. He looks gorgeous so I am curious

    • Gentleman Tim

      April 29, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      So interesting you asked, Selene. The photo above is of Also Nadi, whose birthday is today, April 29! He was one of the 20th Century’s great fencers. He was born in Livorno, only about a four hours drive from your hometown of Lugano.

      But he’s not the answer to our quiz, who was born in October, about sixteen years before Signore Nadi.

  3. Gentleman Tim

    April 29, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    He taught fencing on a island known for apples.

  4. Gentleman Tim

    April 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    This controversial fellow planted the first apples on the island where our mystery fencing instructor later taught fencing.


  5. Gentleman Tim

    April 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    • barb

      April 29, 2021 at 6:06 pm

      Tim, Tasmania is known as the Apple Isle. Is that relevant?

      • Gentleman Tim

        April 29, 2021 at 6:24 pm

        Yes, indeed it is, barb!

  6. Gentleman Tim

    April 29, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    This distinguished fellow appeared in a film with Errol, a type of film rarely made by any Hollywood actors.

  7. Gentleman Tim

    April 30, 2021 at 5:02 pm

  8. Karl

    April 30, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Director Chauvel or actor Lyndon (of Wake fame)- could find nothing out about either of them in regards to key clue?

    • Gentleman Tim

      April 30, 2021 at 7:09 pm

      Not Chauvel nor Lyndon, Karl. Good guesses, but our mystery man was much closer to Errol.

  9. Gentleman Tim

    April 30, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    This was his (not his skull, but the skull of one of the many nimals he studied.)


  10. Gentleman Tim

    April 30, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    He likely knew and possibly even donated this restless looking
    creature to the Beaumaris Zoo. He certainly warned of the extinction of its species.…

  11. Gentleman Tim

    April 30, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    A prominent feature in this photo was named after him:


  12. Gentleman Tim

    April 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    He was the honorary curator of this museum when Errol lived in Tasmania:…

    • barb

      May 1, 2021 at 1:55 am

      This is off the wall, but could it be Errol’s father?

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 1, 2021 at 2:45 am

        That’s correct, barb! I’ll have to get back later with details and a description of your prize!

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 1, 2021 at 6:39 pm

        congratulations barb! Professor Flynn was quite the man! A Renaissance man! In addition to his extraordinary, still important, scientific research and discoveries, he was an excellent athlete, known for playing tennis, and teach fencing, when he lived in Hobart. The ladies liked him, too. This all had to have a profound influence and inspiration on and for Errol.

        So, in recognition of your unending display of incredible talent in solving these devilish “off the wall” Flynnian mystery quizzes, including this latest Tasmaniacal quiz, you are hereby awarded with the first-ever Taz Devil Quiz Gold Necklace Award! – A Flynntastic conversatiom piece to go with your many other EFF Quiz awards! – More awards now than Michael Phelps (and Errol combined) won in the Olympics!…

        • barb

          May 2, 2021 at 3:30 pm

          Taz is seriously cute, and that necklace is serious bling, Tim. I am humbled and honored. I’m thinking I could wear it to jazz up my t-shirt-and jeans when I go for my daily walks. Not *too* flashy, right? LOL Your scientific clues finally got me thinking about Professor Flynn, even though that seemed like such a long shot. Another devilish quiz, in so many ways.

  13. Gentleman Tim

    May 2, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Jazzing (and Tazzing) up your t-shirts and jeans with your new Flynn bling is a fantaztic plan! Perhaps a microtouch too flashy for some, but with the wearin’-like-flynn, devil-may-care attitude it will still, you’ll enjoy every minute of it!

    Regarding one of the more off-the-wall clues, the kangaroo clue, you may enjoy reading this pioneering scientific work of Professor Theo before you next hop up for your daily walk. He was really a brilliant man. No wonder why Errol was so proud of him.…


  14. Gentleman Tim

    May 2, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    I am presently unable to quote exactly the original source. of information regarding Professor Flynn’s fencing instruction in Hobart. (Young Errol Flynn by John Hammond Moore) But, there is a reference to it in the excellent Errol Flynn: Senses of Cinema: A Life at Sea.

    “While Warner Bros. was later to spin the fictitious story that Flynn boxed in the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam in order to promote his roles in The Perfect Specimen (Michael Curtiz, 1937) and especially Gentleman Jim (Raoul Walsh, 1942), where he portrayed the Irish-American boxer “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, former Australian Prime Minister John Gorton, who also attended [school with Errol] in 1926, remembers Flynn as “a first class boxer”. It’s also worth noting in relation to Flynn’s natural athleticism and later film roles, Moore’s observation that Professor Flynn gave fencing lessons to locals in Hobart. In our interview with him for the film, Sir Christopher Lee, who has engaged in more onscreen sword fights than any other living actor, attested to Errol’s swordsmanship…”…


    • barb

      May 3, 2021 at 12:24 am

      Yes, the Taz necklace is a bit much with t-shirt and jeans, but, hey, we only live once. :-)

      Where you keep finding all this fascinating stuff is beyond me, Tim, and the kangaroo footage. Professor Flynn indeed was quite the Renaissance man.

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 3, 2021 at 2:37 am

        Thank you for not getting upset with my hopping about from topic to topic with clues, barb. It’s just that these Flynns have done so many fascinating things.…

        “Flynn became famous for his work on the embryology of marsupials and echidnas. He became determined to educate the public that kangaroos were not born on the nipple.”

        Eric Guiler, School of Zoology, 1928.

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 3, 2021 at 2:44 am

        p.s. barb. if the Taz necklace proves too much for your tees and jeans, perhaps you’ll want to save it strictly for formal affairs.

        • barb

          May 3, 2021 at 2:50 pm

          Um, no formal affairs of late. Tees/jeans it will have to be.

          The echidna is another adorable Aussie critter. [img][/img]