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    London Underground Quiz

    There's a thread in Scuttlebut at the moment about Morning Crescent, a (purported) game on an excellent Radio 4 programme called "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue". Well, reading about it made me smile at the glorious siliness of it all, then reminded me that I have a London Underground stations quiz that no one (including me!) has been able to complete. I inherited it from someone a couple of jobs ago but they left before we could get a definitive answer set.

    The collective wits in my current office can come up with plausible answers for all but three or four. I've attached it as a zip file as the uncompressed MSWord document is 117Kb, therefore just too big to attach as is. The quiz is on the first page and the second is a definitive list of stations on the UInderground and Docklands Light Railway, (or, at least it was when the quiz was compiled). This should help any non-UK loungers interested in having a go.

    See how you do...
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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    good puzzle, going to be busy on this for quite a while

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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    Steve

    This is our collection so far
    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>
    1. London Bridge
    2. Colliers Wood
    3. Stockwell
    4. Hanger Lane
    5. Mansion House
    6. ?
    7. ?
    8. Upminster
    9. Blackfriars
    10. Kings Cross
    11. ?
    12. ?
    13. Grange Hill
    14. Neasden
    15. Chalk Farm
    16. Totteridge and Whetstone
    17. ?
    18. Swiss Cottage
    19. Bow Road
    20. Ladbroke Grove
    21. ?
    22. Moorgate
    23. ?
    24 Fair Lop
    25 Wimbledon</font color=yellow></span hi>

    Are we on the right tracks <img src=/S/pun.gif border=0 alt=pun width=22 height=18>

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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    My attempt so far - mostly the same but a few changes

    7 & 23 are a bit iffy as they are not on the station list as such but <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Bletchly Park </font color=yellow></span hi>was certainly Station X and <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Bow (Church or Street)</font color=yellow></span hi> is all I can see for 7.

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    Hi Bryan

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> I certainly agree with your point on 23, We thought it was Bletchly Park too and definitely Bow for the other, but also being Archway as a possibility as Prow is also an Arch. I could kick myself about Vauxhall</font color=yellow></span hi>

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    I like 5 & 10 where we have different but I think equally correct answers. For 19 I'm going to go with <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> Bank </font color=yellow></span hi>. The others have me well stumped.

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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    Jezza, good try. You've definitely got one that's had us stumped for ages, (No 22). As for the rest, we agree on all except No 14 and No 19, although, thinking about it, your offering for the latter is at least as plausible as ours. We found two potentials for No 5, of which you've provided one.

    Bryan, I take your first point. No 23 is one of the ones that's had us stumped for ages and I agree with your suggestion for No 7, though it's always seemed a little incomplete and unsatisfying. As for the rest, you have the other option for No 5, though I don't agree with No 12. I also prefer Jezza's version of No 10, and No 22, but I can see what you mean about the former. Apart from that, we concur.

    So, the troublesome ones are 6, 17, and 23! Any suggestions?
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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    17. <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Notting Hill Gate </font color=yellow></span hi> - see this site
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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    Nice one, Steve. I think you've got one!!
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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    Steve

    I suppose without an original set of answers this could run and run

    10. Looking again I would agree with Jezza on this one
    12. Not sure whats wrong with <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> Watford </font color=yellow></span hi> have you got an alternative?
    22. My answer would here could also cover No. 12 . <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> Richmond N.Yorks </font color=yellow></span hi> is , I believe, known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales hence my suggestion.

    Love SteveH's suggestion for 17, sounds spot on.


    Still stuck for the others though

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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    Steve

    You may think I am completely off the wall here!!!

    Enigma

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> Have a look at the paragraph above the chart, part way down the page. It says that
    "Companies wishing to try electronic water conditioning, to enhance their existing water treatment will be pleased to know that systems are available for rental. Brent Cross Shopping centre in North London is one such client of ETC who prefers this method of enjoying the benefits without having to use capital budget resources. This obviously also satisfies the sceptic, they are able to evaluate the effectiveness before committing hard earned profits, to what may seem to many as a mysterious technology."

    Therefore Brent Cross
    </font color=yellow></span hi>

    A bit tentative, but I really think this is a red herring/very cryptic clue.

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    I think this is my final (un)definitive list
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    6. A tentative suggestion - <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Ruislip Gardens</font color=yellow></span hi> (say it out loud) <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    Bryan & Jezza,

    The alternative I have for question 12 is <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Borough</font color=yellow></span hi> , which is generic for "town" rather than being one. As you say, there are several alternatives if you accept Watford, including Richmond, but I like the logic of mine. The "Gateway to the South" reference is to a famous sketch that Peter Sellers performed as an anthropologist/explorer wandering through the streets of said place making cryptic and amusing observations. I tried to find a link to a transcript using Google, but drew a blank. It's on lots of Peter Sellers Greatest Hits-type CDs with Amazon etc. It's worth a listen.

    I'm not sure about Jezza's suggestion for No 23. If true, it narrows down the audience for the quiz enourmously because it's a very tenuous and obscure connection, (would you have found it without Google? Is it something you'd expect even the average Londoner to be aware of?) I tried to see if there were any other Enigma connections to Jezza's offering but didn't come up with anything definitive and obvious.

    As for Bryan's final list, I'm glad you finally got No 6 as that one has been brassing me off for ages. I prefer <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Moorgate</font color=yellow></span hi> to <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Richmond</font color=yellow></span hi> for No 22, (How many Londoners would be expected to know that <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>Richmond</font color=yellow></span hi> is "Gateway to the Dales"? I think it's a little too specific.) With the agreed question marks over Nos 7 & 23, this is the nearest to a complete list I've seen.

    Well done, and thank you.
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    Re: London Underground Quiz

    While being very poor at cryptic crosswords, (I lack patience and the breadth of knowledge), I admire a good clue. The answer to No 18 in the Underground Stations list was once clued in a Times crossword as "Two types of cheese in North London, (5,7)", which I thought was very clever.

    Another clue, nothing to do with underground stations at all, was "gseg (9,4)". Any takers?
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