Answer to Baker's Dozen

According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, they were all "people who were noteworthy in the history of the British Isles", and they all died in 2005.

The names were arranged in order of birth year, from Christopher Fry (1907) to George Best (1946).


If you got it right, you could celebrate the lives of all these splendid* people by buying yourself a magnum (150cl) of the 2005 Ch. Lafite Rothschild (£1795 from Berry Bros and Rudd, est. 1698):

"Classic blackcurrant and plum bouquet, rich, ripe with well-integrated oak. Great density and intensity on palate, lovely harmony. Very full and long. The silky, incredibly concentrated and elegant brambly fruit is wonderfully fragrant with lovely minerality and hints of cedar. The super-ripe tannins are accompanied by layers of fruit alongside a freshness and firm acidity. This is like a sleeping giant with many of its glorious elements hiding from view, like hidden treasure. Even so it is utterly compelling, with each taste a PhD of Claret."

Then, when it is ready, after 2020 but before 2050, invite a friend or lover to come and drink it with you. You will enjoy it tremendously.

[*Actually, one of them is not particularly splendid]