How British are you? A fun quiz tests your knowledge of everything from Harry Potter to the UK’s ‘wettest city’

WE Britons love a good quiz – as much as we love talking about the weather, sports and holidays.

The Very British Problems Quiz Book, by Rob Temple, ticks all those boxes, picking your brains out over our beloved Blighty.

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Very British Problems Quiz Book, by Rob Temple, asks you about our beloved BlightyCredit: Alamy
The Very British Problems Quiz Book by Rob Temple (Sphere, £12.99)

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The Very British Problems Quiz Book by Rob Temple (Sphere, £12.99)

Rob has spent a decade pointing out our nation’s quirks on its very British issues Twitter account, and has now written a question book on all the subjects we obsess over.

He says, “You could use this book for rowdy but studious fun with friends. . . or bring it to the pub quiz you’re hosting and pretend you wrote it all yourself.

Here, Natasha Harding brings you some of Rob’s questions – are you a mastermind of British trivia? The answers are at the bottom of the page.

  • Edited extract from The Very British Problems quiz book by Rob Temple (Sphere, £12.99)
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WEATHER REPORT

WE love to talk about the Weather report (What does it do now? I’m throwing it away, right? Oh my God, the washing is done! Oh nooooooo!).

But what do we really know about it? Let’s find out . . .

We love to talk about the weather - but what do we know about it?

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We love to talk about the weather – but what do we know about it?Credit: Getty
  1. When was the last time the Thames froze completely?
    A) 1892
    B) 1921
    C) 1963
  2. What is the wettest city in Britain, according to Met Office data?
    A)Manchester
    B) Cardiff
    C) Glasgow
  3. At Ruthin, Denbighs, in 1947 the heaviest snowfall of any settled area in the UK was recorded. How deep was that, according to the Met Office?
    A) 1.65 meters
    B) 4.65 meters
    C) 7.65 meters

FOOD AND DRINK

BOIL the kettlethere’s a darling, then make yourself a cup of something hot – as long as it’s tea – and crack open that packet of Hobnob cookies to feed your brain for those delicious teaser. . .

  1. A snowball is a retro cocktail traditionally enjoyed at Christmas, and containing which alcoholic drink?
    A) Mint cream
    B) Lawyer
    C) Wormwood
  2. According to the UK Tea and Infusions Association, how many cups of tea do we drink each year?
    A) 60.2 million
    B) 60.2 billion
    C) 60.2 trillion
  3. Which restaurant chain opened its first UK branch in Woolwich, south London, in October 1974?
    A) McDonald’s
    B) Burger King
    C) Wimpy

BOOKS

How well do you think you know your English literature ? Let’s see.

Once you’re comfortable, let’s get started. . .

How well do you think you know your English literature?  - picture of William Shakespeare

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How well do you think you know your English literature? – picture of William ShakespeareCredit: Getty
  1. What is the title of the second Harry Potter book?
    A) The Chamber of Secrets
    B) The Prisoner of Azkaban
    C) The Philosopher’s Stone
  2. There and Back Again is the subtitle of which JRR Tolkien book?
    A) The Lord of the Rings
    B) The Hobbit
    C) The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. In what year did William Shakespeare cast off his mortal shell?
    A) 1610
    B) 1616
    C) 1622

SLANG

COCKNEY rhyming slang was born in east london at the beginning of the 19th century, especially so that criminals would confuse policemen who had trouble understanding the terms used by connoisseurs.

Later it also inspired Australian and American rhyming slang. So what do the following Cockney terms mean?

What do the following Cockney terms mean?

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What do the following Cockney terms mean?Credit: Alamy
  1. “Toy Box”
    A noise
    B) Boys
    C) Football coach David Moyes
  2. “I should not have”
    A port
    B) Sort
    C) Give up
  3. “Piece of Ice”
    A) Tips
    B) Twice
    C) Mouse

COUNTIES

There are plenty of them, young and old, aren’t there?

But how well do you really know them? Let’s do this. . .

Do you really know the counties?

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Do you really know the counties?Credit: Getty
  1. How many counties are there in England?
    A) 28
    B) 38
    C) 48
  2. In which county would you be able to visit Windsor Castle?
    A) Surrey
    B) Berkshire
    C) Suffolk
  3. Which of the actors to play James Bond was born in Cheshire?
    A) Daniel Craig
    B) Pierce Brosnan
    C) Sean Connery

EVENTS

Put on your shoes, prepare a brolly and a balaclava, we’re going out. . .

We also test your knowledge of UK events

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We also test your knowledge of UK events1 credit
  1. Which of these patron saint festivals comes first in the year?
    A) St. George’s Day
    B) St. Patrick’s Day
    C) St. David’s Day
  2. To the nearest million, how many cards (according to finder.com research) are sent to Britain each year for Valentine’s Day?
    A) 20 million
    B) 25 million
    C) 30 million
  3. In which county does the Glastonbury Festival take place each summer?
    A) Gloucestershire
    B) Somerset
    C) Dorset

Riddles

Unscramble the letters in the anagrams below to reveal some very British stuff.  .  .

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Unscramble the letters in the anagrams below to reveal some very British stuff. . .Credit: Getty

WE love a pun.

Unscramble the letters in the anagrams below and with the help of the clues you will reveal some very British things. . .

  1. Adrien Chew succumbs
    Clue: A Royal Teatime Favorite
  2. pig slicer
    Clue: 90s pop group
  3. Authentic repairers
    Clue: Premier League football team

SPORT

Put on your boots, tie your shoelaces, strap on your helmets, get in the saddle, rev your engines – and get ready for the whistle.

Let’s see if you’re a good one sportor not . . .

Let's see if you're a good sportsman or not - photo by Kevin Keegan

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Let’s see if you’re a good sportsman or not – photo by Kevin Keegan1 credit
  1. Which Briton was the first winner of the European Footballer of the Year award?
    A) Bobby Charlton
    B) Stanley Matthews
    C) Kevin Kegan
  2. Which of these events is a real sporting event?
    A) Snorkeling in bogs
    B) Swamp Cycling
    C) Puddle fishing
  3. Which football team is nicknamed The Posh?
    A) Cambridge United
    B) Peterborough United
    C) Chelsea
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ANSWERS

  • WEATHER REPORT: 1) C: 1963, 2) B: Cardiff, 3) A: 1.65m.
  • THE COCKNEY MONEY: 1) A: Noise, 2) A: Port, 3) A: Advice.
  • FOOD AND DRINK: 1) B: Advocaat, 2) B: 60.2 billion, 3) A: McDonald’s.
  • EVENTS: 1) C: St David’s Day on March 1, celebrating the patron saint of Wales, 2) B: 25 million, 3) B: Somerset.
  • SPORT: 1) B: Sir Stanley Matthews, 2) A: Bog-snorkelling, held annually at Llanwrtyd Wells, 3) B: Peterborough United.
  • BOOKS: 1) A: The Chamber of Secrets, 2) B: The Hobbit, 3) B: 1616.
  • COUNTIES: 1) C: 48, 2) B: Berkshire, 3) A: Daniel Craig.
  • Riddles: 1) Cucumber Sandwiches, 2) Spice Girls, 3) Manchester United

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