United Kingdom Decoder

Guess each short answer. Then combine the first letters of each answer to make a famous quote.
Except for the quote, all the answers are a single word
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Last updated: June 26, 2017
First submittedJune 10, 2015
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Hint
Answer
B
Dog breed that often
represents the UK
Bulldog
R
Cockney ______ slang
Rhyming
I
"Revolution" that began in Britain
circa 1770
Industrial
T
London's river
Thames
A
London concert venue:
Royal _____ Hall
Albert
N
Tallest mountain: Ben _____
Nevis
N
Admiral who died at Trafalgar
Nelson
I
Place to find The Angel in London
Islington
A
Religious leader:
__________ of Canterbury
Archbishop
R
Sport named for a town in
Warwickshire
Rugby
U
Bob's your _____
Uncle
 
Hint
Answer
L
Hometown of the Beatles
Liverpool
E
Name of two queens
Elizabeth
T
Biggest supermarket chain
Tesco
H
Busiest airport
Heathrow
E
The Battle of Waterloo was won on
the playing-fields of ____
Eton
W
Also known as Cymru
Wales
A
Counterparts of the Saxons
Angles
V
Empress of India
Victoria
E
__________, my dear Watson
Elementary
S
Another word for a wrench
Spanner
 
 
 
Quote
Britannia rule the waves
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Level 85
Jun 10, 2015
These decoder puzzles are great! More please!
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Level 75
Aug 25, 2015
There are decoders posted so far for baseball, golf, cricket, Harry Potter and Star Wars.
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Level 63
Aug 25, 2015
I'd love to help you make more of them if you want any assistance.
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Level 75
Aug 25, 2015
Great, what say you just post some? My suggestion, if you want one, would be to choose your favourite country then make a decoder about that.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2015
And don't forget Geography Decoder
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Level 78
Aug 25, 2015
I love 'em, too.
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Level 69
Aug 26, 2020
Why am I always so late??? Rugby is named for the school, not the town. There are a few quizzes to correct about this oft-mentioned, easy-to-check fact.
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Level 81
Jun 11, 2015
Thank you Neil Gaiman!
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Level 59
Aug 25, 2015
If you are basing the Quote clue on the lyrics of "Rule Britannia", then the words are Britannia RULE the waves". There is never an "s" to make RULES. A frequent error, which used to be drilled into every British schoolchild.
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Level 74
Aug 25, 2015
^ this is true.
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Level ∞
Jun 26, 2017
Fixed
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Level 66
Nov 5, 2017
No-good Yank here, even I knew that one. Of course the seas belong to the US Navy now, but that's a different matter entirely - partly because it comprises a force powerful enough to destroy the surface of the planet seven times over. Also because we keep crashing into things. I feel the latter is a greater threat than the former.
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Level 74
Feb 4, 2020
Indeed—that is what one calls 'the subjunctive mood'.
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Level 56
Aug 26, 2020
It's an important distinction, because it changes what's seen to be a boast to what it actually is, an encouragement.
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Level 72
Sep 29, 2020
Agreed. As in 'Long live the king', which means 'May the king live long', just as this means 'May Britannia rule the waves...'.
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Level 21
Aug 25, 2015
I kept reading "another word for wrench" as "another word for wench", kept trying slut and wondering why it didnt work
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Level 56
Aug 25, 2015
That's because the correct word would have been "slattern"!
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Level 58
Aug 25, 2015
Or "slammerkin."
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Level 69
Aug 26, 2020
I looked back at it so many times, and each time saw 'wench'. I was so relieved when finally I noticed the 'r' and got it immediately!
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Level 78
Aug 25, 2015
The directions say all the answers are one word, but the first answer is shown as Bull Dog. (Not that the quiz cares about spaces, but it just seems inconsistent.)
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Level ∞
Aug 25, 2015
D'oh! Removed the space.
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2019
Simply bull was accepted, which is weird, it is not a bull. Now if ___ dog was allready shown that would be fine. But just bull? really if you are allready typing bull you know it is bulldog.
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Level 66
Aug 25, 2015
I misspelled Heathrow :(
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Level 68
Aug 25, 2015
Happily, I got the quote.
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Level 54
Nov 24, 2015
Not really a United Kingdom Decoder, is it?

England decoder with a couple of token plug ins.

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Level 32
Aug 4, 2020
England has most of the people. It has 56 million compared to the 10 million in the rest of the country. Source: citypopulation.de
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Level 76
Aug 27, 2020
But 1/4 of the questions should be about Northern Ireland since it's one of the four countries! That's the logic of many users here.
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Level 54
Feb 12, 2016
Also worth pointing out that there has only been ONE Queen of the UK(sic) named Elizabeth. Elizabeth 1st was Queen of England, prior to the creation of the United Kingdom.
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Level 75
Dec 21, 2016
It doesn't actually say 'Queen of the UK'. I just read it as a Queen somehow associated with the UK, be that England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Great Britain or the UK as a whole.
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Level 76
Nov 2, 2017
and also two Marys. Non-unique answer (as is Thames - London has many rivers!)...
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Level 71
Jun 26, 2017
Victoria works, but not Queen Victoria?
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Level 69
Jun 27, 2017
Perhaps because it needs to start with V.
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Level 32
Aug 4, 2020
That isn’t obvious if you haven’t figured out the quote yet.
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Level 57
Aug 9, 2017
No idea what 'The Angel' is, guessed Islington from the first letter.
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Level 50
Nov 2, 2017
great quiz - but spanner is not another word for wrench, it is the only word I have ever heard used in Britain
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Level 78
Nov 2, 2017
I watch a lot of British TV shows and I hear spanner used - just heard it this week watching an old Midsomer Murder with Honeysuckle Weeks. (I love that name.)
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2019
I think he was trying to say that only spanner is used, not wrench as well.
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Level 76
Feb 6, 2020
But the words describe the same object, therefore the clue makes sense.
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Level 56
Aug 26, 2020
and spanner means something else to our Scottish friends
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Level 89
Nov 2, 2017
Question for someone more versed in English/British history than I - there were not two queen Marys - Bloody Mary and the wife of William III? Does one not count for some reason or is it just that the answer doesn't fit the solution?

Nice quiz BTW - I love these decoder quizzes

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Level 56
Aug 26, 2020
there were indeed. Mary II reigned jointly with William but they both had legitimate claims to the English and Scottish thrones (which were still separate then). It's just normal practice to call them WilliamandMary. I'm quite interested in this era of history and I'd still pause for half a second if someone referred to William III.
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Level 76
Nov 2, 2017
There is also a Royal *Festival* Hall in London
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Level 75
Nov 3, 2017
Why is a spanner being linked specifically to the UK? Doesn't anyone else call it that?
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Level 82
Nov 3, 2017
Other countries that use British English do.
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Level 65
Nov 3, 2017
Too American! jk
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Level 38
Mar 5, 2018
Are y'all kiddin' me? IT IS NOT THE BULLDOG IT IS THE CORGI!!!
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Level 71
Mar 27, 2018
Bull
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Level 58
Feb 21, 2020
The corgi has never been used to represent Britain. Corgis are just the favoured breed of dog of the current monarch.
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Level 81
May 17, 2019
You can also find The Angel in Edmonton. Though Islington is much more well known, having the tube station of that name (Edmonton's Angel has Angel Road station until the 28th, when it's replaced by Meridan Water station) and appearing on the Monotony board.
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Level 58
Feb 21, 2020
Monotony board! Like it! :-)
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Level 25
Feb 17, 2020
It should accept Anglo, not just Angles.
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Level 50
Aug 26, 2020
It should probably be neither. The Angles were another Germanic tribe who invaded Britain (before it was 'English') at roughly the same time as the Saxons did. So how really were they 'counterparts'? 'Anglo' wouldn't do, it's not a 'counterpart'.
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Level 50
Aug 26, 2020
Holmes never said 'Elementary, my dear Watson' in any story or book. It's just an assumption.
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Level 56
Aug 26, 2020
The Thames is just one of London's rivers. The next best known is probably the Fleet. I'm not sure that people would sing Brifannia Rule the Waves tho.
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Level 51
Aug 26, 2020
I see what you did there, putting it as a featured quiz after what happened aha
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Level 62
Aug 26, 2020
Rule the waves? A bygone phrase for a well gone era.
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Level 50
Aug 26, 2020
It's a total myth that Holmes ever said, 'Elementary, my dear Watson' in any story or book. Well known nowadays, a basic Google will tell you.
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Level 81
Aug 26, 2020
"Play it again, Marvo!"
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Level 72
Sep 29, 2020
Google will also tell you that Basil Rathbone, playing Holmes, DID say it in a movie. If you don't believe me, check this out. Incidentally, the QM does not state that it was written. I think you'll find it is a skilfully crafted clue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lag22Hl2RQw