Wednesday, 5 October 2011

My cryptic question

OK - here's the answer to that cryptic question I posted a couple of days ago

The Question was : -

What do :- a martyred Northumbrian king who might have mended crockery, the airplane that fatally crippled the Bismarck, a Beethoven piano concerto, and a fashionable fellow of the 18th century have to do with the man who struck down Houdini ?

This is the answer

St. Oswald was the Northumbrian King. If he mended crockery he could be said to Cobble Pots. The FAIREY ( Fairy ) Swordfish was the plane that launched the airborne torpedo which destroyed the Bismarck’s rudder, fatally crippling her. Beethoven’s 5th Piano concerto is nicknamed The EMPEROR. A fashionable fellow of the 18th century might be called a MACARONI. The man who struck Houdini the blow which probably led to his death from peritonitis was called J. Gordon WHITEHEAD. Fairy, Emperor and Macaroni are all species of Penguin. Oswald Cobblepot was the real name of Batman’s enemy, the Penguin. White-head is the literal translation of the welsh phrase pen-gwyn, which is thought to be the origin of the word.

Oh well, please yourselves.


Ben Dutton said...

Very clever! I thought penguins early on but didn't get the Oswald pots section so thought I was wrong.

Londinius said...

Hi Ben

Ah yes, well, its probably better to go with your instinct, even if you can't work out the whole thing.