Test Your Knowledge: October

This month’s questions cover a wide number of subjects, so you should manage one or two. As before the correct answer will turn green when it’s clicked upon and expanded to give more information. The incorrect answers will turn red giving the correct explanation.

1. Canary Wharf is in what London borough?
Tower Hamlets
CORRECT Despite the wealth of many working in Canary Wharf the borough of Tower Hamlets, where it’s located is ranked third most deprived in London.
Newham
WRONG Despite the wealth of many working in Canary Wharf the borough of Tower Hamlets, where it’s located is ranked third most deprived in London.
Hackney
WRONG Despite the wealth of many working in Canary Wharf the borough of Tower Hamlets, where it’s located is ranked third most deprived in London.
2. Name the famous Jazz club located at 47 Frith Street, Soho.
Jazz After Dark
WRONG The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club opened on 30 October 1959 in a basement at 39 Gerrard Street by musicians Ronnie Scott and Pete King, moving in 1965 to a larger venue in nearby 47 Frith Street.
Ronnie Scott’s
CORRECT The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club opened on 30 October 1959 in a basement at 39 Gerrard Street by musicians Ronnie Scott and Pete King, moving in 1965 to a larger venue in nearby 47 Frith Street.
The Piano Bar Soho
WRONG The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club opened on 30 October 1959 in a basement at 39 Gerrard Street by musicians Ronnie Scott and Pete King, moving in 1965 to a larger venue in nearby 47 Frith Street.
3. Name the largest of London’s subterranean rivers.
Fleet
CORRECT The River Fleet is the largest of London’s subterranean rivers. Its headwaters are two streams on Hampstead Heath, reaching the Thames beneath Blackfriars Bridge.
Walbrook
WRONG The River Fleet is the largest of London’s subterranean rivers. Its headwaters are two streams on Hampstead Heath, reaching the Thames beneath Blackfriars Bridge.
Tyburn
WRONG The River Fleet is the largest of London’s subterranean rivers. Its headwaters are two streams on Hampstead Heath, reaching the Thames beneath Blackfriars Bridge.
4. How many tube stations have the word ‘Square’ in their name?
4
CORRECT Four: Euston Square, Leicester Square, Russell Square, Sloane Square.
2
WRONG Four: Euston Square, Leicester Square, Russell Square, Sloane Square.
6
WRONG Four: Euston Square, Leicester Square, Russell Square, Sloane Square.
5. Name the Home County NOT bordering London
Sussex
CORRECT Six of the Home Counties border London: Essex, Herts, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Berkshire, but NOT Sussex, East or West.
Essex
WRONG Six of the Home Counties border London: Essex, Herts, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Berkshire, but NOT Sussex, East or West.
Surrey
WRONG Six of the Home Counties border London: Essex, Herts, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Berkshire, but NOT Sussex, East or West.
6. What does Paul McCartney wear on his feet on the cover of Abbey Road?
Desert boots
WRONG Paul McCartney claimed it was hot and he kicked off his sandals before the shoot. Why walking on the hot paved road in bare feet was more comfortable than wearing shoes/sandals are unclear. John wears white Spring Court sneakers; George is wearing Clarks desert boots, and Ringo wears sensible black brogues.
Nothing
CORRECT Paul McCartney claimed it was hot and he kicked off his sandals before the shoot. Why walking on the hot paved road in bare feet was more comfortable than wearing shoes/sandals are unclear. John wears white Spring Court sneakers; George is wearing Clarks desert boots, and Ringo wears sensible black brogues.
Brogues
WRONG Paul McCartney claimed it was hot and he kicked off his sandals before the shoot. Why walking on the hot paved road in bare feet was more comfortable than wearing shoes/sandals are unclear. John wears white Spring Court sneakers; George is wearing Clarks desert boots, and Ringo wears sensible black brogues.
7. What annual event/parade is be held In London in early July each year?
Notting Hill Carnival
WRONG The first official UK Gay Pride Rally was held in London on 1 July 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) it attracted approximately 2,000 participants. Since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, Carnival takes place over 2 days during the August Bank Holiday. Founded by athletes Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981, the London is typically held in April.
London Marathon
WRONG The first official UK Gay Pride Rally was held in London on 1 July 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) it attracted approximately 2,000 participants. Since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, Carnival takes place over 2 days during the August Bank Holiday. Founded by athletes Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981, the London is typically held in April.
Gay Pride
CORRECT The first official UK Gay Pride Rally was held in London on 1 July 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) it attracted approximately 2,000 participants. Since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, Carnival takes place over 2 days during the August Bank Holiday. Founded by athletes Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981, the London is typically held in April.
8. The clock face above the entrance of The Horse Guards has a black spot on it at 2 o’clock – what does this commemorate?
The Prince of Wales was being shown the restoration, and he slipped with his paintbrush
WRONG A dark stain above the Roman number two on the clock face is supposed to mark the time of the execution of King Charles I in 1649, which took place in the roadway outside Horse Guards. The annual ceremony of Trooping the Colour commences when the Horse Guards clock strikes eleven.
It’s the exact time they Troop the Colour here
WRONG A dark stain above the Roman number two on the clock face is supposed to mark the time of the execution of King Charles I in 1649, which took place in the roadway outside Horse Guards. The annual ceremony of Trooping the Colour commences when the Horse Guards clock strikes eleven.
The time that King Charles I was executed
CORRECT A dark stain above the Roman number two on the clock face is supposed to mark the time of the execution of King Charles I in 1649, which took place in the roadway outside Horse Guards. The annual ceremony of Trooping the Colour commences when the Horse Guards clock strikes eleven.
9. Prince Albert, Lewis Carroll and Queen Victoria’s doctor were all suspects in what police case?
The hunt for Jack the Ripper
CORRECT There have been over 500 ‘suspects’ identified over the years as Jack the Ripper. Dr Thomas Neill Cream is but one, who was hanged for an unrelated murder at Newgate Prison. His executioner, James Billington, swears Cream’s last words were “I am Jack the …” Which is, admittedly, a weird thing to say if your name is Thomas.
Establishing the father of Charles Darwin
WRONG There have been over 500 ‘suspects’ identified over the years as Jack the Ripper. Dr Thomas Neill Cream is but one, who was hanged for an unrelated murder at Newgate Prison. His executioner, James Billington, swears Cream’s last words were “I am Jack the …” Which is, admittedly, a weird thing to say if your name is Thomas.
Whether they were implicated in the attempted assassination of Queen Victoria
WRONG There have been over 500 ‘suspects’ identified over the years as Jack the Ripper. Dr Thomas Neill Cream is but one, who was hanged for an unrelated murder at Newgate Prison. His executioner, James Billington, swears Cream’s last words were “I am Jack the …” Which is, admittedly, a weird thing to say if your name is Thomas.
10. The Oval is named after the oval road it was built on – but what was the oval road built around?
A pickle factory
WRONG A humble cabbage patch prevented Harleyford Road from being constructed in a straight line. Gasholder No 1 near the Oval famous as the backdrop to so many cricket matches is now protected. When it was built in 1877-9, this was the largest one in the world.
A cabbage patch
CORRECT A humble cabbage patch prevented Harleyford Road from being constructed in a straight line. Gasholder No 1 near the Oval famous as the backdrop to so many cricket matches is now protected. When it was built in 1877-9, this was the largest one in the world.
A gasholder
WRONG A humble cabbage patch prevented Harleyford Road from being constructed in a straight line. Gasholder No 1 near the Oval famous as the backdrop to so many cricket matches is now protected. When it was built in 1877-9, this was the largest one in the world.

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