For the original version of this book, see While the Clock Ticked (original text).

While The Clock Ticked is the eleventh volume in the Original series. It was first issued in 1932, but the text and artwork were revised and updated in 1962. The book was published by Grosset & Dunlap and produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate.

Plot Summary

After Raymond Dalrymple buys the old Purdy house on Willow River Road, he begins to receive threatening notes in a time-locked room that no one but he should have access to. Finding Fenton Hardy out of town on a well-earned camping holiday with his wife Laura, he is eventually convinced to hire his sons Frank and Joe to take on the case. The boys begin to wonder if the threats are connected to a series of daring thefts on boats in Bayport harbor when their old acquaintance Hurd Applegate turns up accusing Dalrymple of stealing his precious jade collection.




Businesses and organizations


  • The Napoli, the Pritos' boat
  • The Sea Bright, a passenger vessel owned by the Bayport and Eastern Steamship Company
  • The Sleuth

Foreign Editions


While The Clock Ticked Great Britain: Collins #10, 1972, Hardcover

  • In 1972 Collins published While The Clock Ticked as the 10th volume in its version of the Original Hardy Boys series (Grosset & Dunlap #11), making it one of only two volumes in the series that were published within one number of the books American numbering (The Ghost At Skeleton Rock would be the only other Collins hardcover title to be issued this close, being issued by Collins as #36, whereas the Skeleton Rock in the Grosset & Dunlap series in America was #37). In the late 1970s, Collins paperback imprint, Armada, issued a version of While The Clock Ticked featuring a photo of Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy (Frank and Joe Hardy in Universal Studio's The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mystery series, 1977-1979) on the front cover.

While The Clock Ticked Israel: Hebrew language edition revised text, 1992, Hardcover

  • During the 1970s, While The Clock Ticked was published in Israel using the revised Grosset & Dunlap cover artwork. However, starting in 1992, the cover art was changed to a Norman Rockwell painting. For both the 1970s and the 1990s versions the internal artwork was the same as the Grosset & Dunlap edition.


  • Hurd Applegate first appeared in The Tower Treasure where the boys recovered a hoard of jewels and securities which had been stolen from him. It is incorrectly stated here that Frank and Joe had recovered his stolen stamp collection.[2] However, in the original text of The Mystery of Cabin Island the boys had recovered Elroy Jefferson's stamp collection.
  • The cover of the 1962 edition of the book rather oddly depicts a major plot spoiler - the grandfather clock which is mentioned several times throughout the story actually hides a secret door. In the text of the book, this revelation is kept until chapter 17.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Who Wrote the Hardy Boys? at
  2. The Hardy Boys #11 - While The Clock Ticked (1962) chapter 5

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