The Case of the Case Quarter

Word Fun: Issue No. 1

While in a public space an individual asks that you give them a ‘case quarter’.

You are:

A: Opposing attorneys arguing for the plaintiff and the defense, respectively.  He or she is requesting that you pre-divulge a specified percentage of the evidence assembled by your office before ‘discovery’.

B: Both regulars at the laundromat and the guy or lady wants 25¢, only it’s gotta be a quarter with George Washington on it, not two dimes and a nickel.

C: Midshipmen on a merchant vessel.  Your coastwise course will cross the Equator very soon and the second mate needs an accounting of the ship’s store before entering foreign waters.



  1. Laura and Julian said,

    June 27, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Laura guesses A and asks if this quiz is like an Encyclopedia Brown book in that the wording used in the question serves as a clue for solving the mystery? Presumably the laundromat and merchant vessel are privately owned, so the courtroom is the only “public space.”

    Julian guesses B “because the other two don’t seem to fit.”

    Can’t wait to see who wins!

  2. Mom said,

    June 27, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Just to make things interesting, I’ll choose C because giving quarter has something to do with ship protocol (I think) and because my Moby mania always leads me to the ship answer.

  3. Oliver said,

    June 27, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I’m guessing C, as it is industry-specific terminology and I know Jefferson’s proclivities.

    Happy Limited Launch!

  4. AJ said,

    June 29, 2009 at 4:14 am

    I’m going to guess “b”

    I love the site, it looks amazing Jefferson!

  5. thedialect said,

    July 9, 2009 at 12:12 am

    The Answer is B. As some of you have probably googled already – a ‘case quarter’ is a 25 cent piece. My sources, confirmed by way of ‘’, told me that it is used mainly by African Americans and/or working class folks at the laundromat.

    It is still in use in the South, so we are told, and one individual on the aforementioned internet website claimed that its origin is in ‘case dollar’, a dollar piece that was not cut up into bits. This, to me, seems to lack the essential questions: where did the term ‘case’ come from and how did it jump from ‘case dollar’ to ‘case quarter?’ Anyone care to find out for us? If you want my supposition, I’m gonna say that ‘case’ is actually the machine into which the quarter goes and ‘case quarter’ is more like a synonym for a ‘token’.

    As for the Case of the Case Quarter, AJ and Julian took the prize. See the Score Board for the running totals. Good work everyone!

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