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7.03.2016
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Talk like Sherlock Holmes – It’s elementary!

7 marca 2016, poniedziałek,

I’ve already given you an insight into one great British icon, James Bond, and today it’s the turn of another literary figure – Mr Sherlock Holmes.

Detective: Sherlock Holmes

The BBC TV series ‘Sherlock’ is a thrilling, funny and fast-paced take on the classic novels that first appeared in the late 19th century. The main character himself is a faithful reincarnation of the original detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The tales have also been turned into Hollywood blockbuster movies. But, how does this eccentric British gent Sherlock talk? What does that say about his personality? This week’s blog aims to find out.

BBC's Sherlock Holmes; Image credit: dailymail.co.uk

BBC’s Sherlock Holmes; Image credit: dailymail.co.uk

Can you solve the word mystery?

Here are some Sherlock Holmes quotes. In each quote, a very important word has gone missing. You have to solve: The mystery of the lost words!

Holmes clues

But before you put on your thinking cap and pick up your magnifying glass, ponder these characteristics of Sherlock Holmes:

  • He puts logic above all things
  • He is realistic about our human limitations
  • And rather cynical about our motives!
  1. There is nothing more deceptive than an …………………………… fact.

Vital clue: Look at the word ‘an’

The Boscombe Valey Mystery

  1. I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere …………………… .

Vital clue: Think of a part of the body we don’t need, or part of a book we often don’t read.

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone

Sherlock Holmes by Hollywood; Image credit: hollywoodreporter.com

Sherlock Holmes by Hollywood; Image credit: hollywoodreporter.com

  1. When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however ……………………, must be the truth

Vital clue: Just think it through!

The Sign of the Four

  1. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should ………………. .

Vital clue: The missing word means the same as ‘live in a home’

The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

  1. ……………… , that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.

A Study in Scarlet

Vital clue: The name of a city, but not Warsaw.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first edition cover; Image credit: one-elevenbooks.com

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first edition cover; Image credit: one-elevenbooks.com

  1. You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite …………………. as a companion.

Vital Clue: This word looks like the opposite of ‘valuable’ but it isn’t!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  1. “My mind,” he said, „rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper ………………….

Vital clue: There’s none of this on the moon.

The Sign of Four

  1. Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the …………….. .

Vital clue: No clue here – it’s too easy!

His Last Bow: 8 Stories

Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939); Image credit: thetimes.co.uk

Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939); Image credit: thetimes.co.uk

Did you solve the word mystery? Are you able to decipher a Sherlock Holmes sentence? Check your answers here.

  1. obvious
  2. appendix
  3. improbable
  4. dwell
  5. London
  6. invaluable
  7. atmosphere
  8. last

Which British icon would you like me to blog about next time? Let me know via the comments box and I’ll bring you another guide!

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