British Geography Quiz #3

Answer these random questions about the geography of the United Kingdom and its territories.
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Last updated: November 24, 2020
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What mythical creature is shown on the flag of Wales?
Dragon
Who is the patron saint of England?
St. George
What British territory did Argentina invade in 1982?
Falkland Islands
What walled city in northern England was founded by the Romans in 71 AD?
York
What three-letter word refers to a type of wetland similar to a bog?
Fen
Which London borough is home to the Royal Observatory?
Greenwich
What is the oldest university in England?
Oxford
What is the second most populous city in Northern Ireland?
Londonderry / Derry
What animal does Wales notably have 10 million of - outnumbering
people by more than 3 to 1?
Sheep
What building is commonly used for royal British weddings, coronations, and burials?
Westminster Abbey
What is the largest of the Channel Islands?
Jersey
What city lies just 9 miles east of Bradford?
Leeds
What town is famous for its white cliffs?
Dover
What country borders the British overseas territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia?
Cyprus
What city is considered the "capital" of the Scottish Highlands?
Inverness
Name one of the four British overseas territories that border the Caribbean Sea.
British Virgin Islands /
Cayman Islands /
Montserrat / Anguilla
What group of islands has the town of Kirkwall as it administrative center?
Orkney
What English city was known as Aquae Sulis to the Romans?
Bath
What bay does most of the western coast of Wales border?
(hint: type of knitted garment)
Cardigan Bay
What is the largest island of Wales?
Anglesey
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Level 72
Nov 10, 2020
Thanks - good quiz. Some observations. The saint in Qn 2 is probably about as mythical as the animal in Qn 1. In UK, the meridian is known as the "Greenwich Meridian". St Pauls has also not infrequently been used for royal events. Are the Turks and Caicos Islands not considered to border the Caribbean? And thank you for allowing a Welsh answer to a Welsh question!
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Level 80
Nov 10, 2020
Turks and Caicos is the wrong side of Hispaniola to be in the Caribbean. As for the saint - he existed, but one reason why he became Patron of England was that there was little actually known about him and no connection to that part of the world, and so a neutralish blank slate. The story about him and the Welsh animal that's clearly mythical (and didn't appear until 700 years after his death), didn't originate in England, but was certainly a key thing why the English liked him rather than some other fairly blank slate Near Eastern saint to make their own.
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Level ∞
Nov 15, 2020
I just checked. Westminster Abbey is the only correct answer for that question. There has never been a royal coronation at St Paul's Cathedral. In fact, since 1066, all royal coronations have happened at Westminster Abbey.
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Level 74
Nov 15, 2020
The Isle of Wight is much larger than Jersey.

The Isle of Wight is the largest island in the English Channel.

Jersey is the largest island in the Channel Islands.

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Level 72
Nov 15, 2020
As above, but just to add ..from Wikipedia...

Jersey - 45.6 sq miles

Isle of Wight - 148 sq miles

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Level ∞
Nov 15, 2020
Can't believe I didn't catch this. Fixed now.
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Level 40
Nov 15, 2020
Hope this isn't too nitpickey, think you missed a 'was' in the York question.
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Level 68
Nov 15, 2020
Fixed.
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Level 73
Nov 19, 2020
Knitted garment... I tried Sweater Bay, Kilt Bay, Scarf Bay, Mittens Bay, nothing worked.
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Level 67
Nov 23, 2020
It'd be easier if it came just after the Channel Island question..
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2020
Could you accept Ceredigion for Cardigan? As that's what the area is called?
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Level 58
Nov 27, 2020
Bae Ceredigion yn y Gymraeg. But the question is clearly asking for the English name - people don't call it Ceredigion Bay.
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2020
Is there something I'm missing about the Bradford/Leeds connection? Is it featured in a song or book, or is there some kind of special significance to the distance between those two cities? The question seems a bit random to me.
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Level 49
Nov 23, 2020
It’s probably because they have a single combined airport: Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA).
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Level 49
Nov 23, 2020
I daresay it's basically because they are two of the biggest cities in the country but right next to each other. Although a map seems to show them as reasonably separate, when you actually go there it's very hard to tell where one ends and the other begins - at least that's how I find it.
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Level 63
Dec 10, 2020
Ah, okay. The airport thing probably makes sense. Thanks!
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Level 65
Nov 23, 2020
Good quiz. Although it has a cathedral, Kirkwall is officially a town not a city
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Level ∞
Nov 23, 2020
Fixed
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Level 67
Nov 23, 2020
How does a Welshman find a sheep in long grass?

Irresistible.

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Level 73
Nov 24, 2020
What?
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Level 38
Nov 27, 2020
Traditional English joke at the expense of the Welsh about their love of sheep.
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Level 73
Nov 27, 2020
Interesting. Is it particularly the wool they love, or their meat?
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Level 70
May 20, 2021
Meat, well, flesh. In any case it's definitely carnal love.
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Level 49
Nov 23, 2020
I'm not sure how nitpicky this is, but maybe allowing just "Westminster" for the Abbey is a bit easy? There is a Westminster Cathedral as well, which is a different building and not the right answer. In fact now I think of it, there's an Agatha Christie book where working out the answer depends on knowing the difference between the Abbey and the Cathedral.
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Level 58
Nov 27, 2020
The cathedral is a Catholic cathedral though: you won't get many coronations or royal weddings there!