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The 16 words below may be partitioned into 4 groups.
Additionally, the four groups may be connected to give a hint at a fictional character.

BUDGE ROLL BOW BOSS
DIE GRAVE APSE CRYPT
PRESS FISH PLANE JOY
BRACE EVEN BARK COME

Can you identify the four groups?
What is the fictional character that links the groups together?

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The wall can be resolved as follows:

Group 1: Add EL
ELapse, ELfish, ELbow, ELeven

Group 2: Add EM
EMbrace, EMbark, EMboss, EMpress

Group 3: Add EN
ENcrypt, ENjoy, ENroll, ENgrave

Group 4: Add TARY
BudgeTARY, ComeTARY, DieTARY, PlaneTARY

Which fictional character links these?

Sherlock Holmes! Why? Well, it's EL-EM-EN-TARY, my dear Watson! (Appropriate for the title too, since 'elementary' and 'simple' are synonyms...)

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 Drat, beat me to it :D $\endgroup$
    – Sciborg
    Jan 5, 2021 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ Ha, sorry @Sciborg - this one struck me square in the face for some reason and I was lucky to see it just 2 minutes after posting! :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jan 5, 2021 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ You keep answering the only questions I can solve on here before me loll! $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 17:18
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    $\begingroup$ Oh no! Could it possibly be ... that you are not the @Smartest1here after all? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Jan 5, 2021 at 18:31
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    $\begingroup$ I think my name is to be taken with a pinch of salt. $\endgroup$ Jan 5, 2021 at 18:56

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