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When did Irene Adler change the message ringtone on Sherlock's phone?

In the episode Scandal in Belgravia, after Irene Adler drugs Sherlock and escapes with her phone, Sherlock wakes up in his bed, and receives a text message from Irene Adler, with a sexual mourn set as ...
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Meaning of the line “I'm not a psychopath, I'm a highly functioning sociopath”

What does Sherlock mean exactly when he says "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a highly functioning sociopath"? What is the meaning of this line ?
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How did Sherlock know there must be a code to call off the killers?

In The Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock is standing on the rooftop after it became clear, that he has to jump and kill himself in order to save his friends. He then starts laughing and turns around to ...
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What makes Sherlock and Watson such good friends?

In the Sherlock series, I noticed this peculiar thing which has been hinted at, many times. Sherlock is so weird. Almost no one like him and vice-versa but what makes John Watson so different? How ...
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What fighting skills does Sherlock have?

I have been watching the British TV show Sherlock and it has got me intrigued about the the character. Sherlock is mostly depicted as an extremely intelligent and sharp individual whose brain ...
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Who is actually elder between Sherlock and Watson?

I recently started watching Sherlock (TV series) and one thing intrigued me. In the TV show, as evident from the actors playing the roles, Sherlock Holmes appears younger than Dr. Watson. (Benedict ...
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Why didn't Sherlock just destroy Irene Adler's phone?

According to this explanation about Irene Adler's phone in the Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia": Irene had miniature explosives fitted throughout that would destroy the phone if anyone ...
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Who is in the painting behind Mycroft's desk in “The Empty Hearse”?

In the scene where Sherlock is talking to Mycroft after his extraction from Serbia, they are in a dark office. My presumption is that this would some kind of office belonging to Mycroft, and not ...
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Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes Age & Family

How old are Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes in the BBC Sherlock TV-Series? Do they have other brothers and/or sisters?
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Why did Sherlock choose this solution for Magnussen?

In the last episode "The last Vow" of the third season of Moffat's TV show, Sherlock and Watson broke into Magnussen's mansion to steal the proofs about Mary's past. But it turns out that Magnussen ...
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Why does Magnussen list “Hounds of the Baskerville” as a pressure point on Sherlock?

This is a followup question to my own answer on another Sherlock question regarding the Season 3 finale "The Last Vow", from which I will shamelessly copy contents below. During their visit in ...
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How is it possible that Magnussen can blackmail so many people without actual evidence?

In the last episode season 3 of Sherlock, The Last Vow, Magnussen blackmails a lot of people. We are led to believe ( as in the real situation) that he has a large vault storing all the ...
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Are the plots of future Sherlock episodes going to be much more by Steven Moffat than Sir Arthur Doyle?

The following contains spoilers for the third season of Steven Moffat's Sherlock and Doctor Who #11 (Matt Smith). I just watched S3E3 of Sherlock, the Sherlock Holmes interpretation by Steven Moffat ...
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Why does Sherlock battle a robed swordsman?

In Sherlock season 1 episode 2, The Blind Banker, when John is buying groceries in the market and having a brawl with the machine, Sherlock is shown battling with a robed swordsman or samurai at Baker ...
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What was the connection between the Mayfly Man, Tessa and the other women?

In The Sign of Three, when Sherlock is having a conference with the 5 women (the Mayfly Man case), he finds that the employers of all five women are different. So how does Tessa know about the wedding ...
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What did Mrs. Hudson find so amusing about the telegrams?

In The Sign Of Three, when John enters 221B Baker Street, he finds Mrs.Hudson laughing hysterically. When asked, she replies telegrams. What was so funny about the telegrams? JOHN: Mrs Hudson? ...
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What phone call does Mrs. Hudson refer to in “The Empty Hearse”?

In the beginning of the Sherlock episode The Empty Hearse when John returns to 221B Baker Street, Mrs. Hudson shows a very rude behavior by slamming tea and biscuits onto the table. Why was she so ...
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How did Sherlock deduce that the banker had made two international trips in one month?

In the episode "The Blind Banker", when Sherlock meets Sebastian, Sherlock looks at Sebastian's watch and deduces that he had made two international trips in one month because the time was right but ...
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Understanding the Flight of the Dead

I was watching the Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia the other day. Everything seemed fine but I didn't get the flight of dead part and those people in the beginning who reported of missing ...
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At what point does Sherlock come to know the truth about Dr. Watson's wife?

In 3rd season of Sherlock we come to know that there is a dark mystery associated with the past of Dr Watson's wife. How did Sherlock deduce that she was/is a CIA agent?
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Is it really possible to create a mind palace?

In Sherlock the BBC TV series the protagonist Sherlock and the villain Magnussen are able to recall information from their mind similar to searching for a file in Windows. Is this really possible? If ...
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Why and how did sherlock fake his death? [duplicate]

At the end of the second season of Sherlock (from BBC 1), we see that sherlock tries to fake his death. The next session begins with an explanation of his method (using a rope and Moriarty's corpse). ...
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Why are there so few episode of Sherlock?

I know that usually British sitcoms have far fewer episodes than US ones, but Sherlock kind-of takes this too far. I mean, one season has has only 3 episodes, and even the seasons come about 1-2 years ...
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Is Irene Adler alive?

I did not understand a thing from the last minutes of "A Scandal in Belgravia". Are we actually taking a look at Irene about to get killed, and is she hallucinating when she sees Sherlock? Or is ...
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What is the “The Final Problem”?

I have watched all the seasons of Sherlock (the BBC one) and am still a little confused as to what did Moriarty meant when he talked about "The Final Problem". What is/was the final problem? Is it ...
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How does Sherlock deduce the relationship between Sergeant Donovan and Anderson?

In the first episode of BBC's Sherlock, "A Study In Pink" Sherlock insinuates a sexual encounter occurred between Sergeant Donovan and Anderson. He mentions something about Anderson's deodorant, and ...
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Why did James Moriarty decide to end it this way?

At the end of Sherlock S02E03 it simply doesn't make sense for me that James Moriarty killed himself. I mean, for me there is nothing greater than life, so why would he kill himself? I understand ...
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How could the murder weapon in The Sign of Three possibly work?

In the Sign of Three, we learn of a murder and an attempted murder in which the assailant had hidden an extremely sharp blade on the inside of a belt. The blade is so sharp that the victim doesn't ...
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Doesn't Sherlock's comment to Watson during their good bye scene suggest that there is/was a third Holmes sibling and that the sibling is a woman? [duplicate]

Thanks to Oliver for the correct wording. I played back the stream more than once but didn't get it right. As for failing to follow the rules about comments, while I understand the need for courtesy ...
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What is Mycroft implying when he says “Regrettably Lady Smallwood, my brother is a murderer”?

Is Lady Smallwood actually willing to just let Sherlock go? But mycroft doesn't agree because Sherlock murdered someone therefore must be punished whatsoever?
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Why did Magnussen need to pressure so many people to get to Mycroft?

In the last episode season 3 of Sherlock, The Last Vow, Magnussen seems to use a very circuitous approach to beating Mycroft, whom he regards as essentially the head of England. My question is, if ...
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Why didn't Magnussen's bodyguards search Sherlock and Watson for weapons?

In the His Last Vow (s03e03) episode when Charles Augustus Magnussen first come to meet Sherlock his bodyguard searched Sherlock and Watson for weapons. But at the climax when the detective duo ...
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Is there a third Holmes sibling?

In His Last Vow, Mycroft is questioned about his feelings for Sherlock and he says "Don't be absurd. I'm not given to outbursts of brotherly compassion. You know what happened to the other one." ...
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Does Magnussen have no electronic assistance to remember the facts he needs for blackmail?

The key villain in the Sherlock episode His Last Vow the visuals constantly suggest that Magnussen has some form of electronic assistance to recall key facts that he can use to "leverage" influence ...
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How did Mary get access to Magnussen's apartment?

In the Sherlock episode His Last Vow we see in detail how Sherlock has plotted to gain access to the villain Magnussen's apartment despite tight security. But when He gets there he finds that Mary is ...
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Couldn't Sherlock just verify his choice of the bottle by the chemical analysis (Study in Pink)?

In "Study in Pink", the killer wants Sherlock to play the game with the pills, betting on the fact that for Sherlock being right is even more valuable that being alive. The killer uses this incentive ...
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Connection between the cases in “The Sign of Three”

In the episode The Sign of Three (S03E02), Sherlock remembers that Tessa knew John's middlename and this is how he figures out the whole thing about the Mayfly Man and his attempt to assassinate one ...
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On what evidence could the police arrest MayFly man?

In Sherlock's S03E02 (The Sign of Three) Sherlock identified the cameraman as the MayFly man and also the attempted murder of Bainbridge. But Sherlock couldn't find any murder weapon or any live ...
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Will PBS air full-length episodes of Sherlock Series 3 in the US?

When Sherlock originally aired in the United States as part of PBS's Masterpiece, each episode was edited down to an hour, from the original 80-90 minute length. Will series 3 be similarly edited? Or ...
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Why does Sherlock think Billy Kincaid is a good man?

In The Sign of Three Sherlock said Billy Kincaid the best man he ever knew. Following was his quote about Billy Billy Kincaid, the Camden Garrotter, best man I ever knew. Vast contributions to ...
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How does the “skip code” work in The Empty Hearse?

In the first episode of season 3 of Sherlock named as "The Empty Hearse". We can see that Mary received a message from the John's kidnapper(s). Mary said it's a skip code and Sherlock told that the ...
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What was Sherlock about to remark about Molly's boyfriend?

At the end of The Empty Hearse, when Sherlock meets Tom who was Molly's boyfriend, he stares at him long enough to remark something but eventually resigns to a handshake with him. Once he gets out of ...
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Sherlock in Serbia is reference to which actual novel?

In the first episode of season 3 of Sherlock named as The Empty Hearse. Sherlock is in Serbia and arrested by Serbian soldier. I know this modern take on A.C.Doyle's classic is very much coupled ...
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How can the Holmes brothers be wrong?

In "The Empty Hearse", the Holmes brothers play a deduction game. They were trying to deduce the characteristics of the the owner of a woollen bobble hat. They both(?) agree that he is single. But ...
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What is the significance of Sherlock's dream?

In the episode, A scandal in Belgravia, the woman drugs Sherlock in her apartment. In the drugged condition, it was shown that Sherlock solved the death of the hiker. Now the solution in his dream was ...
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What is Mycroft saying on his phone before he tells Sherlock not to interfere with Adler?

In A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock cracks the code and John confirms it's flight 007. This triggers Sherlock's recollection of Mycroft saying something earlier in the episode on his phone, "bond..."? ...
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A study in pink: doesn't Sherlock know it's not a real gun?

I have a doubt regarding the first season's first episode of Sherlock. Towards the end, Sherlock says to the serial killer "I know a real gun when I see one". The serial killer (i.e, the cab ...
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What does Mycroft mean when he says “we don't want a repeat of 1972?”

In "The Reichenbach Fall" (S2E3) of Sherlock, Mycroft meets with John in the Diogenes Club. In the course of their conversation, Mycroft says to John "we don't want a repeat of 1972.” To what is he ...
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Why does Mycroft meet John in so many different locations?

Throughout the first two series of Sherlock, Mycroft sends a car to pick John up and bring him to him. Just about every time, they meet at a different location. He doesn't seem to have any issues with ...
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What exactly is the alphanumeric string in A Scandal in Belgravia?

In A Scandal in Belgravia Irene Adler shows the following text to Sherlock 007 Confirmed allocation 4C12C45F13E13G60A60B61F34G34J60D12H33K34K and he figures out "these are seat allocations on a ...