Last week in honour of Sherlock Holmes’s birthday and the New Year, I posted a puzzle.The idea was you should read the story and find the names of characters Benedict Cumberbatch has played on TV or in film. Here’s the solution:
The smog outside Baker Street had me in apit of gloom.
(Smaug the Dragon from The Hobbit films. And Pitt the Younger from Amazing Grace.)
“Tea? Gin? Scotch?” Watson slurred. He dropped a glass on the floor. “Damn, that was slippery,” he said. As if I couldn’t tell he’d been at the Christmas whisky.
(Christopher Tiejens from Parade’s End. And Rory Slippery from Fortysomething.)
“What’s that?” I said. “No, thank you. I’m thinking of taking a holiday. Perhaps atouring trip around some stately homes, if I can make the van go.”
(Patrick Watts from Starter for Ten. Sherlock Holmes (duh!) from Sherlock. And Van Gogh from Painted with Words.)
“Sitting in a van is no exercise,” Watson said. “You should do something physical. Like hawking.”
(Stephen Hawking from Hawking.)
“Next you’ll be telling me to take up with a hooker,” I said. “I get plenty of exercise.” (Joseph Hooker from Creation.)
“Ha! You are as sedentary as a clerk in an office. Anyway, can you afford the time? Have you finished your last case?”
(Henry Clark from Burlesque Fairytales. And Ford from 12 Years a Slave.)
“I did. I fear I cannot tell you the details. It’s classified.” (Agent Classified from Penguins of Madagascar.)
“I’d have thought you could marshal up some trust in me, your closest friend.
(Paul Marshall from Atonement.)
“Of course, my dear fellow. But I’d be a poor steward to my country if I broke an oath of silence.”
(Jamie Stewart from War Horse.)
He was irked and downed another glass of scotch. “Humph,” he said. “I’m not being a nosyparker.” (Will Parker from Broken News.)
“Don’t be an ass. Anger accomplishes nothing. I, too, have to answer to my masters, in this instance, Mycroft, even as you do.”
(Julian Assange from The Fifth Estate. And Alexander Masters from Stuart: a Life Backwards)
“You don’t care, you… You…”
(William Carey from The Other Boleyn Girl.)
Did you get all of them? Of course you did!