A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 30, 2017
“What happened when the barman died?"/"The police held an inn-quest.”

A barman riddle is:

Q: What happened when the barman died?
A: The police held an inn-quest.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2002.


Google Books
Goofy Jokes & Giggles
By Charles Keller
Illustrated by Dave Garbot
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2002
Pg. 72:
What happened when the hotel owner died under mysterious circumstances?
The police held an inn-quest.

funnyjoke.com.au
Category:Bar jokes beer booze and fun
Date Added:11/10/2007
Joke:What happened when the barman died?The police held an inn-quest

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17 June 2011, Evening News (Edinburgh, Scotland), “Joke of the day,” pg. 19:
What happened when the barman died?The police decided to hold an inn-quest.
Matt Jarvis, Leith

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