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It’s Jeopardy Time!

Okay, I’m a history geek. No, a history nerd. Trivia turns my crank. My mind is a vast storehouse of miscellaneous and utterly useless facts. In other words, I’m a Jeopardy natural.

So, it’s time to indulge my affinity for the arcane in the form of a contest. The following are seven answers, Jeopardy style, to questions related to the Halifax Explosion. The first person to supply the corresponding, properly phrased questions, and subscribe to my new newsletter (see the sidebar link) will receive a twenty-five dollar Amazon gift card. All other entrants who subscribe to the newsletter before the contest ends will be included in a draw for a print copy of Shattered when it becomes available, which should be before the end of October.

Some of these facts will be known to locals, but not all. They can be found on this blog, by a quick Google search, or in the historical note at the end of Shattered. Good luck!

Remember to phrase your responses in the form of a question. Here we go:

1. On this date, the Halifax Explosion occurred.

2. A shattered watch in the Explosion exhibit at Halifax’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is stopped at this hour, when the Explosion occurred.

3. The Explosion was caused by a collision between these two ships.

4. Knowing that the city was in danger, I stayed at my telegraph station to send a warning message to an incoming train. I lost my life as a result.

5. This U.S. state quickly came to Halifax’s aid after the Explosion, and is still acknowledged with a Christmas gift each year.

6. The North End Halifax neighborhood hardest hit by the Explosion, got its name from this American city.

7. The neighborhood that was built in the devastated part of Halifax bears this name, because of the material used in its construction.


  1. Michaela Brent
    September 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    1)What was Dec 6, 1917?
    2)What was 9:04am?
    3)What were the Imo (Belgian relief ship) and Mont Blanc (French ammunition ship)?
    4)Who was Vince Coleman?
    5)What is Massachusetts?
    6)What is Richmond?
    7)What is Hydrostone?

    Lol, can you tell I teach this every year for archaeology camp? Not to mention read Shattered 😉


  2. Jennie Marsland
    September 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Very very very close, Candace, but one of your answers is not precise. Try again!

  3. Julia Smith
    October 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Great contest, Jennie – I won't enter, since I already have a copy of the book, but good luck, everyone!

  4. Genevieve Graham-Sawchyn
    October 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Hi Jennie

    I too am a history geek and novelist here in NS. I've written a Explosion-era book as well, though my agent's holding onto it for now. I'm up in Musq Hbr – thanks for following me on twitter (WritingWildly/GenGrahamAuthor).

    I can't find anything wrong with Candace's answers, and came up with the same ones.

    1) What was Dec 6, 1917?
    2) What was 9:04am?
    3) What were the Mont-Blanc & Imo?
    4) Who was Vince Coleman?
    5) What was Massachusetts?
    6) What is Richmond?
    7) What is Hydrostone?

  5. Jennie Marsland
    October 7, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Hi Genevieve – Candace's answers are not wrong, but one of them is not specific enough. Can you guess which one?

  6. Michaela Brent
    October 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    My only guess to be more specific is:

    Where is Boston, Massachusetts? (I know that's where the relief train had left from.)

    and the second guess is:

    What is "The" Hydrostone? lol