The Periodic Table Of London

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By M@ Last edited 99 months ago
The Periodic Table Of London

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Like the Tube Map, the Periodic Table is an endlessly fascinating thing. Over the years, the format has been adapted to all kinds of schemes. We thought it was about time someone tried to make sense of London in this way. Can you work out the identity of each London 'element'? Can you spot hidden patterns and trends? Can you suggest improvements?

Last Updated 03 November 2009

Epicurus

I can spot a few radio stations in grey

Epicurus

Is Es = Evening Standard? Then grey is london media.

ZoZo

Yeah, I guessed it was London media, with BBC being in there...

Then there's Boris and Ken on the left... man, this is oddly addictive!

Patrick

London waterways = Noble gases, perhaps? (I think that's where they go... it's been a while since school) T=Thames, F=Fleet, Wd=Wandle...

M@

Yup, there's a media thing going on in the light greys, and the final column is indeed London waterways, of which you've got three. There's still so much to work out, though...

RachelH

Well if the blue are Waterways, I'd guess: the Q is for Quaggy; and Tyburn.

Scott

Orange, left handside: is that the buildings in 'Oranges & Lemons'?

Stc: St Clements, Stm: St Martins, OB: Old Baily and so on.

RachelH

Oh! The first column is all the Mayoral candidates from last year, coloured by their party! Boris and Ken, Brian Paddick, Sian Berry, Richard Barnbrook, Alan Craig, Gerard Batten. In the order they finished?

ClaireG

This is fun! I'm thinking first left top row in the media section is Londonist, surely?!

ClaireG

Damn, just re-read your comment M@, guess it's not Londonist then!

Epicurus

Yellow: London parishes?

Scott

Is dark grey blogs: LO: Londonist, Iv: Ian Visits, Tp: Transpontine and more?

x00

4th column from right looks like parks & greens? Royal Parks Maybe?
Hyde Park, Regents Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park, Richmond Park, Battersea Park

Clare

By the wonder of facebook, Ra in waterways is Ravensbourne.

JMH

I don't think anyone has mentioned this, but the L under waterways must be the Lea, right? (Something I learned all about from reading element Dg.)

parkylondon

Run away. Run Awaaaaaayyyyyy. The engines cannae take it Captain. It's sucking us in... oh. crap. Curioulsy addictive is NOT the word. Brain fryingly addictive. I hate you Londonist. Or, at lease, my employers do.,

M@

Good work, all. But still no one's cracked the transition metals, or the reason for the diagonal, and three quarters of the elements remain a mystery...

ClaireG

Ok so Green Park is actually Greenwich Park and the diagonal is the North South divide?

Lindsey

I thought I was on a hospitals diagonal, starting at 12 and going right down - St Barts, Tommys, Whittington but then I got stuck.

Tomtiredoflondon

Londonist, Diamond Geezer, Dave Hill, x Ian Visits, x, x, Big Smoke Blog, x, x, x, Twitter.com/LDN, x

Tomtiredoflondon

You guys are way better than me. I'm away back to work...

Frank Norman

If the diagonal is indeed north-south, perhaps the elements there are boroughs? I can see Cr (Croydon), Br (Bromley) and Ww (Wandsworth) in group 4. But then my theory seems to fall down.

West Hampstead

I only have nine elements left to get! Hint: NC isn't Nelsons Column ;)

diamond geezer

The penultimate column (sticking with the north/south divide) looks like Heron Tower, Tower 42, Gherkin, Centre Point, BT Tower, Shard of Glass.

West Hampstead

OK - I'm stuck. I've got all the connections, but am really stumped on most of the yellow row starting JC. Am only missing those, three of the other yellow blocks and Og (which should be easy as I've got the rest of the column: hint: What could "MD" and "LE" be south of the river?)

West Hampstead

Wooo! Got one more. Getting tortuous now though.

M@

To be fair, the row beginning with JC is the most contrived and difficult. My advice would be to focus on the right hand elements to get the overall theme here.

RachelH

Incidentally, are the transition metals stuff that's within the Circle Line? You know, with them being yellow.

M@

Nope.

West Hampstead

I've admitted defeat, but for those still working it out, my tip would be not to ignore the numbers 11-20 along the top of the yellow block.

jamesup

Matt, your brain scares me...

West Hampstead

Well, not just churches, but yes, centuries. If you look at StP and Gl and then go down that column you might spot some more elements/connections

M@

Correction: In the first orange/beige column, I've changed Og to Rog, after receiving good feedback from WHampstead.

JohnnyFox

M@ this is somewhere between brilliant and scary. I think you've invented the new Sudoku because presumably this formula can be used for any number of puzzle topics ...

Patent it, quick !

Johnny

JohnnyFox

there are two 'f's and two 'g's in this row - does that make them 'fields' and 'gardens' or am I way off ?

M@

Cheers Johnny. I think. But the basic premise has been done a hundred times before. I've just never seen it adapted to London.

JMH

So will there be an answer key at some point? I was stumped on most of this days ago.

M@

Maybe. But I think I'll leave it a little bit longer...

Aeron

I can't figure out the second row of yellows.. thinking Great Exhibition for Ge and Festival of Britain for Fb, but considering the last row's theme, that seems not to fit. Anyone worked out the theme for the second row?

West Hampstead

You're heading in exactly the right direction. As M@ said earlier, this is the hardest one. I would say that getting FF and BF will confirm your thoughts. The other ones don't fit the theme quite as well. (or at all!)

Hint: MP isn't London-specific, HC CG RG are all well-known but don't fit the theme. Not sure whether Tom shouldn't be Rm (if that helps).

How are you doing with the bottom row of yellow?

Aeron

I think I have the bottom row of yellow, although I couldn't work out Pp.

The third row of yellow also, would Ec be Edmund of Cornwall? He doesn't seem important enough to me..

West Hampstead

No, I couldn't get Pp either. It's not something that you would necessarily associate with London particularly although London was home to the first of its kind in England. I think Ec is slightly cryptic - or at least my answer wasn't Edmund of Cornwall! My answer for Ec is derived from Wa above it.

cityhammer

Over on Urban 75 I think we have pretty much got the whole thing licked! Including Pp and Ec!!

cityhammer

To give you a clue for Pp and Ec, Pp could have been Wc in the 3rd row and Ec could be Cc in the top row!!

M@

For those still struggling, I'll post a partial solution tomorrow (spelling out the themes), and then a full solution a few days later.

M@

It's coming. It's coming. I keep getting distracted. I promise to post a part solution tomorrow.