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Quiz: Are You An Expert on Edinburgh?

Updated on September 13, 2014

Are you ready to test your knowledge about Edinburgh?

Go on... give it a try.

You might surprise yourself at how much you know about Edinburgh! And if not, well you might learn a thing or two along the way.

The first question is an easy one. They do get a little more challenging - but if you've visited Edinburgh or know the city from movies or books, you are definitely in with chance.

Good luck. Do let me know how you get on!

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View of Edinburgh


The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is the street (or, more precisely, succession of streets) that runs from Edinburgh Castle at the top of its hill down to Holyrood Abbey.

This popular tourist destination is lined with gift shops and restaurants.

On the Royal Mile, beside the St. Giles Cathedral, you can find a stone heart on the pavement. This is the Heart of Midlothian. You may not want to step on it, since many continue the tradition of spitting on the Heart for luck.

You will also find a lot of shops selling tartan and other traditional Scottish souvenirs.

Sir Sean Connery

Who would have thought it? Sir Sean Connery's first job was as a milkman in Edinburgh. He delivered milk to a former colleague of mine.

Nice disguise, James Bond!


The Scott Monument

Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott has been commemorated since 1844 with a monument on Princes Street, which is Edinburgh's main shopping street.

Scott wrote the novels Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and Waverley, among others.

The gothic monument that pays tribute to him has been blackened over the years by Victorian pollution. It is 200 feet 6 inches high, and it is possible to climb to the top for a view of Edinburgh. However, this is only for those with the energy to climb the 287 steps of the narrow winding staircase.

The Scott monument appears in the film The Cloud Atlas.

Waverley Station

Waverley Station is Edinburgh's central railway station, and was named after Sir Walter Scott's novel Waverley.

The Flying Scotsman was a famous train service that ran between Edinburgh and London. This service began in 1862, with a train leaving each of these capital cities at 10:00 each day.

The journey time has been reduced from the original 10 and a half hours to 4 and a half hours.


Greyfriars Bobby

If you have ever visited Edinburgh, you may have seen a statue of a Skye Terrier on a plinth.

This is Greyfriars Bobby.

Legend has it that, after the death of his master, Edinburgh night watchman John Gray, the faithful terrier spent 14 years standing guard at his graveside.

Although on his own death, Bobby was not allowed to be buried in the consecrated ground of the churchyard, he is buried just inside the gate.

Greyfriars Bobby was made the star of a children's book of the same name, and 2 subsequent films.

The Forth River

The city of Edinburgh lies on the estuary of the River Forth. The estuary itself is known as the Firth of Forth - which may have caused you to guess the wrong answer in the quiz!

The Forth is currently crossed by the famous rail bridge and, alongside it, the more modern suspension bridge for road traffic.

The Forth Rail Bridge was completed in 1890. It is a cantilever bridge, 1.5 miles long. The bridge is painted with a distinctive red paint.


J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter first came to life on the page at a table in an Edinburgh cafe.

Multi-millionaire author J. K. Rowling was at the time an unemployed single mother. As her baby daughter slept beside her, Jo Rowling would drink coffee and write of wizardry and magic at a table in The Elephant House Cafe and Nicolson's Cafe in central Edinburgh.

She is English by birth, but has made Scotland her home.


The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Each year, for 3 weeks in summer, there is an international gathering of military bands at Edinburgh Castle.

The night-time events take place beneath the floodlit walls of the castle and are always a spectacular experience. The highlight is the traditional pipers and drummers in full Highland dress, but here you will also see military bands from the far reaches of the globe, each in their traditional garb and playing their own military music.

The thrill of the Tattoo is easier to experience by watching than by reading...

Edinburgh Tattoo

The Port of Leith

Edinburgh's port is at Leith, and it is here that today you will find berthed the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Britannia was a home-from-home for Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family during state visits to all countries of the world.

The ship had 300 staff and would travel on state visits with 5 tonnes of luggage.

Famous people from Leith include Charlie and Criag Reid of The Proclaimers, and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.


Discover Edinburgh in Images


This beautiful photo book features all the popular sights of Scotland's capital, from the Royal Mile out to Rosslyn Chapel and Bass Rock.


Were you happy with your score? Or do you feel you have a thing or two still to learn about Edinburgh?

(Please, please, please tell me you got the first question right!)

© 2009 Indigo Janson

So, are you an expert on Edinburgh? - How did you do?

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    anonymous 3 years ago

    I surprised myself by getting 6 out of 10. Very interesting quiz.

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    Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

    Didn't know many of these questions. Fun quiz!

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    blestman lm 4 years ago

    Wow, I learned a lot. Sean Connery as a milkman. Hmmmm.

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    ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

    I learned a lot!

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    penmypage 4 years ago

    sure did :) Very good quiz.

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    katrinakaifg 4 years ago

    i have done all correct

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    suepogson 4 years ago

    Okay - okay .... I got the first question right ... (and 7 more) ...

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    Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

    9/10 we didn't know the milkman

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    Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

    I got 6 out of 10 again! Edinburgh is one of my most favourites out of all the cities that I have visited. I just loved it there. I felt very safe and at home and the history and landscape are amazing!

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    Alana-r 5 years ago

    Only 4 out of 10, i have always wanted to go to Edinburgh, thanks for all the info!

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    Escapes2 5 years ago

    I did better than I expected. The tattoo question got me!

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    emmajowebster 5 years ago

    Sir Sean was also a life model at the art school.....

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    Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

    @MarcellaCarlton: Thanks Marcella, glad you enjoyed it.

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    MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

    I did very well. Especially since I have never been there. Loved learning a few new things.

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    Kevo1986 LM 5 years ago

    90% but Im from very near Edinburgh. The Tattoo question stumped me though.

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    Diva2Mom 5 years ago

    no, but I learned just something new from here. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

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    Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

    @BowWowBear: Thanks for giving it a go!

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    BowWowBear 5 years ago

    Not so great. Alas me lass!

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    sandi_x 5 years ago

    It's very nice place

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    mrsclaus411 5 years ago

    I'm hardly an expert but I learned so many things. Thank you for sharing.

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    JaneEyre9999 5 years ago

    Aced it! I LOVED Edinburgh and the lowlands, too. Some day will make it to the highlands!

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    Kara Hara 5 years ago

    Great. Thanks for the quiz anyway

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    mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

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    AJ 5 years ago from Australia

    Blessings - a fun quiz and great lesson to follow. Looking forward to the Tattoo.

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    gregoryolney lm 5 years ago

    Got 'em all right - my head is swelling !!

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    MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

    First was right but I made mistakes

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    ernad18 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing

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    JillY88 6 years ago

    seens I really don't know anything about Scotland or Edinburgh I didn't do to bad. It looks to be a beautiful place, would love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. Great lens.

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    flicker lm 6 years ago

    I guess I have a thing or two to learn about Edinburgh. :) Enjoyed the quiz, but didn't do very well. Nice photos.

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    Miha Gasper 6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    Got 60 percent. When I see it in person, I will do even better!

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    Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

    I have not been to Edinburgh and I am not an expert, but I had fun and YES! I got the first question right!

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    Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

    It's been a very long time since I've been here. I enjoyed visiting there. Went to see some castles, parks and the zoo. (We actually stayed in a hotel right by there.) Thanks for the memory lane.

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    ashroc 6 years ago

    6 out of ten, could do better. interesting lens, thanks!

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    Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

    Thanks for the fun quiz. I would love to visit on day.

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    dahlia369 6 years ago

    Fun quiz and lens about the Scottish capital, very much enjoyed it. Blessed! :)

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    reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

    I surely am a big fan. I went there for the cultural festival couple times and just fell in love with this fascinating city. I have become an expert after reading this lens - it helps me got a 100% on the quiz! I miss Bobby the legendary dog too. Who can forget its loyalty?

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    SaintFrantic 6 years ago

    Great city.Thanks for sharing

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    emmajowebster 6 years ago

    I got 100% .,.. but not surprising since i used to live there............

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    JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

    I love learning new things through quiz lenses ... thanks!

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    goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

    30% but now I know

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    yayas 6 years ago

    I guess I'm half an expert, as I got 50% on the quiz. I am enjoying learning all about Edinburgh, though. It's very interesting.

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

    7/10 is not bad at all... Thanks!

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    Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

    Thanks to you I got a perfect score. :-) Enjoyed this learning experience.

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    TravelingRae 6 years ago

    I got 9/10 (I missed the one about Waverly). Not bad considering I went to Edinburgh in 1998. Fun lens, thanks!

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    SandyPeaks 6 years ago

    7/10, so not too shabby for a Sassenach!

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    ben186422 6 years ago

    Not even close. haha

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    akumar46 lm 6 years ago

    No,Not at all.Thanks.

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    garyrh1 6 years ago

    All of my previous knowledge of Edinburgh was from Craig Ferguson's book. If you haven't read it, do!

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    Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

    Excellent lens, I must admit I rushed the quiz and didn't know that Sean was a milkman, you learn something new every day

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @CoolFoto: Thank you! It wasn't the easiest of quizzes so 50% is pretty good!

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    CoolFoto 6 years ago

    Of course I got the 1st question right. But overall score was only 50%. 30 years ago when mt last name was McCrae, my husband and I visited Edinburgh on a medical convention. Blessed by a neighborhood Angel.

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    Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

    I got it all right but that included a couple of guesses. Lensrolled to my London quiz.

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    ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

    I need to visit to brush up!

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    tssfacts 7 years ago

    Great quiz I do need to study some more.

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    ohcaroline 7 years ago

    I got 60% right. I'm listening to the bagpipes and enjoying them. I've seen the movie about Greyfriars Bobby. Great quiz.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Feeling a little down right now! I over thought instead of going with my gut. Let's just say that you beat me 70% of the time, blush!

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    mivvy 7 years ago

    7 out of 10, I should revisit Edinburg mu last visit was 1964 (how time flies)

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

    Far from an expert, I did manage to get 9 out of 10 of the questions right. Probably because I have been reading your lenses! LOL I think I have learned more about Scotland since my visit than I knew before or during my visit.

    Yes, I did get the first question right.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @poutine: Ah well, it's tricky if you haven't visited. Thanks for giving it a go!

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    poutine 7 years ago

    Did very badly......Shame on me!

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    maxnic11 7 years ago

    interesting quiz!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Addy Bell: Very good, I'd say, Addy! You are almost an honorary Scot!

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    Addy Bell 7 years ago

    7 out of 10 isn't too bad, but I clearly have at least 3 things to learn about Edinburgh :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @poptastic: Very good, I'm impressed! Maybe one of these days you'll pay Edinburgh a visit?

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    Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

    8 out of 10! Not too shabby especially since some were wild guesses. I learned a lot of things about Edinburgh from your quiz too. (:

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @costumesngifts: Hello Home Buddy, you are a brave one to eat haggis! Hope you have a chance to visit Scotland again soon. :)

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    costumesngifts 7 years ago

    Edinburgh is one of the best places I've ever traveled to. I hope to go back there again some day. And now after this quiz, I suddenly got a hankering for some haggis.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @jenms lm: Thanks Jen, I hope you get to return.

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    jenms lm 7 years ago

    Edinburgh is a beautiful city - I'd love to go back some day. I got 6/10

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Dianne Loomos: I'd say it was very good indeed! Congratulations!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @dc64 lm: I love the way they light the castle up at that time of year! I've never been to the Military Tattoo though... expensive!

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    Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

    Wonderful lens! I would have done better if I had read the lens first! Still 60% is not bad for an American who has never been to Edinburgh.

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    dc64 lm 8 years ago

    Ahh, such an historic city. Being a castle enthusiast, Edinburgh Castle is at the top of my list of ones I would most like to visit, perhaps during the Military Tattoo.

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    Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

    @Gordon N Hamilton: Very impressive - but then I'd expect no less from a Scotsman! ;) Thanks for visiting, Gordon - I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    Gordon N Hamilton 8 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    I actually got ten out of ten before I read the rest of the lens - but then, Edinburgh has been my favourite place in all the world since childhood and I also lived there, in two different parts of the city, for a time! Good to see and read about it again, as I haven't been there for a while.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    Great lens! Edinburgh looks like a great city to visit

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    Jeanette 8 years ago from Australia

    Another great lens. Loved it! This inspires me to do a lens of my own home town and country.

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    norma-holt 8 years ago

    I got 60% but enjoyed your lens tremendously. Hopefully I will get to Scotland one day as my grandmother was born on Skye. 5* fave and lens rolled

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    thesuccess2 8 years ago

    70% plus a half as I really knew the right answer: Seriously I would love to visit Edinburgh and now know it a little better

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    stacy mcdaniel 8 years ago

    Cool, got five right. I did better than I thought I would. And yes, I got the first question right. Yea!

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    alberttwolf 8 years ago

    Got more than expected - 7. But then again Edinburgh is just lovely city, I've been there twice and most likely will go back again one day.

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    pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

    Ooops I need to get out and about in the city I visit for business on a regular basis - only managed 6 :-( But Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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    Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

    Nope knew nothing about Eidenburg, guess I better read more of your stuff :)

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    I keep failing these quizzes. Yikes. I have been to Edinburgh and still failed. Lensrolling to my Stornoway lens. Great Quiz lens.

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    happynutritionist 8 years ago

    I did a terrible job for partly Scottish lass...shame on me, but to make up for it, will 5star and lensroll into my Scottish shortbread lens ~claudia

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    Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

    I enjoyed this. I was there once. Too bad I had a nasty bug and was laid up for two days. I did not get to see the Royal Mile. Got into the Castle grounds. The oldest buildings we have in Southern California are one story adobes.

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    Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

    Looks like I need to learn more about Edinburgh! ;)

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    Sue Mah 8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Oh dear my score was only 40%. Guess I need to learn a bit more. I was in Glasgow many years ago but never went to Edinburgh.

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    justholidays 8 years ago

    I'm amazed by my result! I loved this quiz! And strongly advise you to build a lens on Edinburgh as it's a fantastic town and has an interesting history! Will send the link to a friend of mine who's in love with Scotland!

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    I failed miserably at your quiz - 40%. I met Sir Sean Connery walking on Clearwater Beach. Such a beautiful man.

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    Patricia 8 years ago

    Well, I did terrible! I got 30 %. Guess I don't know Edinburgh

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    Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

    @jptanabe: Thanks for being the first to give it a go!

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Great job! I missed the milkman - hit the button too soon is my excuse, but I was just confused! I used to live in Edinburgh so I should know the answers (except I didn't meet the milkman there!)