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.
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)
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 . . .
- When was the last time the Thames froze completely?
- What is the wettest city in Britain, according to Met Office data?
- 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
- A snowball is a retro cocktail traditionally enjoyed at Christmas, and containing which alcoholic drink?
A) Mint cream
- 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
- Which restaurant chain opened its first UK branch in Woolwich, south London, in October 1974?
B) Burger King
How well do you think you know your English literature ? Let’s see.
Once you’re comfortable, let’s get started. . .
- 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
- 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
- In what year did William Shakespeare cast off his mortal shell?
Later it also inspired Australian and American rhyming slang. So what do the following Cockney terms mean?
- “Toy Box”
C) Football coach David Moyes
- “I should not have”
C) Give up
- “Piece of Ice”
There are plenty of them, young and old, aren’t there?
But how well do you really know them? Let’s do this. . .
- How many counties are there in England?
- In which county would you be able to visit Windsor Castle?
- Which of the actors to play James Bond was born in Cheshire?
A) Daniel Craig
B) Pierce Brosnan
C) Sean Connery
Put on your shoes, prepare a brolly and a balaclava, we’re going out. . .
- 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
- 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
- In which county does the Glastonbury Festival take place each summer?
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. . .
- Adrien Chew succumbs
Clue: A Royal Teatime Favorite
- pig slicer
Clue: 90s pop group
- Authentic repairers
Clue: Premier League football team
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 . . .
- Which Briton was the first winner of the European Footballer of the Year award?
A) Bobby Charlton
B) Stanley Matthews
C) Kevin Kegan
- Which of these events is a real sporting event?
A) Snorkeling in bogs
B) Swamp Cycling
C) Puddle fishing
- Which football team is nicknamed The Posh?
A) Cambridge United
B) Peterborough United
- 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