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Who is identified by the following verse?

I'm known for words I never said
And gear that seldom graced my head.
Of siblings I am not most smart.
A doctor said I'm cold of heart.
Amused by bows and flower juices,
I am convinced between two sluices.

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I think you're

Sherlock Holmes

I'm known for words I never said

He never said "Elementary, my dear Watson" in the stories

And gear that seldom graced my head.

His 'signature' deerstalker hat isn't something he wore in the stories. OP: I considered saying “never” instead of “seldom”. The term deerstalker is never used but in one story he wears a hat with ear flaps which could well be a deerstalker. At any rate it wasn’t normal headgear for him.

Of siblings I am not most smart.

His brother Mycroft is depicted as smarter

A doctor said I'm cold of heart.

Dr. Watson tends to feel that Sherlock is somewhat cold and lacking emotion - @Tom got this first

Amused by bows and flower juices,

He plays the violin (bow) and he has a fond relationship with drugs, namely opium (from poppies) - thanks @Tom and @psmears

I am convinced between two sluices.

I am sure in a lock. Sherlock.

Title:

Sherlock Holmes is an Englishman. There is an acronym for the great lakes: HOMES. Add an "ell" and you get HOLMES.

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    $\begingroup$ "Flower juices" - Holmes occasionally uses morphine (derived from poppies). $\endgroup$ – psmears Aug 1 '18 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @psmears. I completely spaced on that until I saw Tom's answer and your comment. $\endgroup$ – hagfy Aug 1 '18 at 13:55
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    $\begingroup$ Correct! I saw your answer and Tom’s at the same time. I’m giving you the tick since yours shows first. Congrats! $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 1 '18 at 14:50
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Who is identified by the following verse?

Sherlock Holmes

I'm known for words I never said

Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson" in any of Conan Doyle's stories.

And gear that seldom graced my head.

Holmes is never actually described as wearing a deerstalker by Conan Doyle.

Of siblings I am not most smart.

Mycroft Holmes who has deductive powers exceeding even Sherlock's.

A doctor said I'm cold of heart.

Doctor Watson accusing Holmes of being without normal feelings.

Amused by bows and flower juices,

Sherlock plays the violin and was acquainted with belladona, cocaine, morphine and opium.

I am convinced between two sluices.

Sure Lock Holmes, and I haven't deduced this dammit.

Title: An Englishman Playing 'Ell With the Great Lakes!

Huron, Ontario, 'L', Michigan, Erie, Superior

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  • $\begingroup$ Barely beat you in submitting, but you got a couple clues I missed (how did I forget the drugs?!?). Nice work! $\endgroup$ – hagfy Aug 1 '18 at 13:30
  • $\begingroup$ Well done hagfy, you post was surely ahead and nice work from OP, this was fun. $\endgroup$ – Tom Aug 1 '18 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Tom. Somehow forgot to add that I feel Tom should definitely get credit for this one. He absolutely answered more completely than I did. $\endgroup$ – hagfy Aug 1 '18 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ @hagfy, that is so generous of you, but our posts are really similar and I didn't understand the last line was solved until I saw your answer. Definitely I deduce your answer resolved this and being first would like that one to be accepted! $\endgroup$ – Tom Aug 1 '18 at 13:42
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    $\begingroup$ Nice work once again! You always seem to know wat’s on my mind. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 1 '18 at 14:54
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Are you

Lake Huron?

I'm known for words I never said

Like the Huron Carol, which definitely wasn't written in English when it was first written by the Huron.

And gear that seldom graced my head.

Or traditional Native headdresses which were only worn on special occasions.

Of siblings I am not most smart.

Maybe this refers to another of the Great Lakes being Superior (ha ha).

A doctor said I'm cold of heart.

Lake Huron is pretty chilly, especially at its centre/deepest points.

Amused by bows and flower juices,

Hurons used bows (and possibly drank flower juices, I'm not sure)

I am convinced between two sluices.

Sluices refer to water containment...

Title:

Great Lakes, and 'Ell is missing the H (in Huron?)

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    $\begingroup$ Not Lake Huron. A better fit for the clues is needed. Good luck! $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 1 '18 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ Am I even close? $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 1 '18 at 13:18
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    $\begingroup$ Not really, I’m afraid. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 1 '18 at 13:22

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