Looks like our little puzzle last week got a few people scratching their heads. We asked if you could work out what all the elements in our Periodic Table of London (reprinted above) represent. Kudos to WHampstead and the Urban75 community, who pretty much cracked the whole thing. For those whose brows are still furrowed, here are the general themes at play. We’ll publish the individual answers at a later date.
Column 1: These are all Mayoral candidates from the last election, coloured along party lines (with one cheeky exception).
Column 2: The churches, in order of appearance, from that most Londony of nursery rhymes, Oranges and Lemons.
Yellow block: The numbers along the top represent centuries. So, for example, all four boxes in the column labelled ’11′ relate to the 11th Century. The four rows are also themed – some more tenuously than others.
- Row 1: Great buildings through the centuries.
- Row 2: Places of entertainment or festivity through the ages. Note: ‘JC’ is, in desperation, Jesus Christ – there doesn’t seem to be any other distraction in the 11th century.
- Row 3: Personalities. Note: There are, erroneously, two elements labelled Wc. Consider the second to be Wch.
- Row 4: Major or disruptive events in London. Note: Flm is the most tenuous, owing to a dearth of noteworthy happenings in London at that time.
Orange/beige block: The diagonal divide denotes the presence of the River Thames. Everything above the divide (orange) is north of the river; boxes below (beige) are south of the river.
- Column 1: Following on from the previous block, this lists places and projects associated with the millennium and the dawn of the 21st century.
- Column 2: London boroughs, by size of population.
- Column 3: Major parks.
- Column 4: Termini of the District Line.
- Column 5: Tall buildings.
Blue block: Rivers of London.
Dark grey block: London bloggers, in no particular order.
Light grey block: The rest of the London media.