Abbreviations – Jay Finley Christ devised a system of four letter abbreviations for the titles of the sixty Holmes stories. They are listed in the following chart:
 1. ABBE Abbey Grange
2. BERY Beryl Coronet
3. BLAC Black Peter
4. BLAN Blanched Soldier
5. BLUE Blue Carbuncle
6. BOSC Boscombe Valley Mystery
7. BRUC Bruce-Partington Plans
8. CARD Cardboard Box
9. CHAS Charles Augustus Milverton
10. COPP Copper Beeches
11. CREE Creeping Man
12. CROO Crooked Man
13. DANC Dancing Men
14. DEVI Devil’s Foot
15. DYIN Dying Detective
16. EMPT Empty House
17. ENGR Engineer’s Thumb
18. FINA Final Problem
19. FIVE Five Orange Pips
20. GLOR Gloria Scott
21. GOLD Golden Pince-Nez
22. GREE Greek Interpreter
23. HOUN Hound of the Baskervilles
24. IDEN Case of Identity
25. ILLU Illustrious Client
26. LADY Lady Frances Carfax
27. LAST His Last Bow
28. LION Lion’s Mane
29. MAZA Mazarin Stone
30. MISS Missing Three-Quarter
31. MUSG Musgrave Ritual
32. NAVA Naval Treaty
33. NOBL Noble Bachelor
34. NORW Norwood Builder
35. PRIO Priory School
36. REDC Red Circle
37. REDH Red-Headed League
38. REIG Reigate Squires (Puzzle)
39. RESI Resident Patient
40. RETI Retired Colourman
41. SCAN Scandal in Bohemia
42. SECO Second Stain
43. SHOS Shoscombe Old Place
44. SIGN Sign of the Four
45. SILV Silver Blaze
46. SIXN Six Napoleons
47. SOLI Solitary Cyclist
48. SPEC Speckled Band
49. STOC Stockbroker’s Clerk
50. STUD Study In Scarlet
51. SUSS Sussex Vampire
52. THOR Thor Bridge
53. 3GAB Three Gables
54. 3GAR Three Garridebs
55. 3STU Three Students
56. TWIS Man with the Twisted Lip
57. VALL Valley of Fear
58. VEIL Veiled Lodger
59. WIST Wisteria Lodge
60. YELL Yellow Face
When Canonical story titles are used in an article’s text, they should be written out in full and
italicized, as in A Scandal in Bohemia.
The Christ abbreviations are to be used parenthetically only, as a substitute for footnotes.