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Quiz about Dai the Dap travels the map
Quiz about Dai the Dap travels the map

Dai the Dap travels the map! Trivia Quiz


Our friendly Welsh globetrotter Dai the Dap visits places outside Wales which for various reasons have a Welsh version of their name. Can you work out, using some of Dai's clues, where in the world he is?

A multiple-choice quiz by huw27. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
huw27
Time
5 mins
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Multiple Choice
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303,495
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. Dai the Dap's first stop is a capital city of a country which borders Wales. Dai is in "Llundain" - how is this city known to the locals? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Dai the Dap's next stop is in another British city, which established its name after Edwin built a fort there. Today, it is the home to both Hearts and Hibs (if you're thinking of football), and it's also the city where the "Perrier Award" is handed out each year. How is Caeredin known to the locals? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Dai the Dap next finds himself in the ancient city of "Caerliwelydd" in the north of England. It has a Welsh name because it was once part of the kingdom of Wales - although these days it is a long way from the Welsh borders. Where is Dai now? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Dai the Dap's next stop is in Penbedw. This is a town on the Wirral in England which has a permanent and special place in Welsh history, as it held the Eisteddfod of 1917 -known as the "Black Chair Eisteddfod". Where is Dai now? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Dai the Dap's wanderings now take him over the seas to a Celtic land known in Welsh as "Iwerddon". This place shares a lot of ancient mythological ties with Wales - though there is some evidence that there may have been a land link between both countries in times past. Where is Dai now? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Dai the Dap is back on the UK mainland, in a county in the South West of England. This county is known in Welsh as "Gwlad yr Haf" - literally translated, it means the land of summer. Ian Botham played for their county cricket team, and it is also the home of the Cheddar Gorge and caves. In which English county is Dai? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Dai the Dap wanders along the Welsh border, and comes to a county city called Henffordd - meaning "Old Road". In which English cathedral city, the birthplace of Nell Gwynne, does Dai find himself? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Dai the Dap leaves Europe far behind him as he reaches his next destination - Seland Newydd. This country shares an affinity for rugby with Wales, it has a thermal area, and its population is only slightly larger than that of Wales. In what country is Dai? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Dai the Dap now travels to another continent - and another country where rugby is a popular sport. However, rugby is not the most popular sport in "Yr Ariannin" - trailing a long way behind soccer in popularity. Dai was amazed to hear the Welsh language being spoken by some of the natives though - in which country is he now? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Finally, Dai the Dap arrives at "Yr Afal Mawr" - the nickname for the city known in Wales as "Efrog Newydd". This was where one of Wales' most famous sons, the poet Dylan Thomas, breathed his last. Where in the world is Dai now? Hint



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1. Dai the Dap's first stop is a capital city of a country which borders Wales. Dai is in "Llundain" - how is this city known to the locals?

Answer: London

This may surprise some people, but "London" takes its name from the Roman "Londinium". This in turn was based on the Celtic name "Llundem" or "Llundein" - which is where the "modern" Welsh name for London comes from. "Llun" is the Welsh word for "Monday". "Monday" is a derivation of "Moon Day" - and the Welsh/ Celtic word for "Moon" is "Lleuad". Somewhere in all of that the derivation of the name "London" sits - but the home of the Queen of England, Tower Bridge, the Crown Jewels and Westminster Abbey wouldn't have quite the same gravitas somehow if it was known as "Moon town", would it?
2. Dai the Dap's next stop is in another British city, which established its name after Edwin built a fort there. Today, it is the home to both Hearts and Hibs (if you're thinking of football), and it's also the city where the "Perrier Award" is handed out each year. How is Caeredin known to the locals?

Answer: Edinburgh

"Caer Edin" is literally "Edin's Castle" - a shortening of Edwin - the early Christian king who built his fort there in Brythonic times.

Heart of Midlothian and Hibernians are Edinburgh's two premier football teams, whilst the prestigious "Perrier Award" is awarded to the most promising comedy act at the Edinburgh Festival every year. Past winners of this award include The Cambridge Footlights (whose line up included Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery and Emma Thompson), Frank Skinner, Steve Coogan (aka Alan Partridge) Lee Evans, Al Murray and the League of Gentlemen.
3. Dai the Dap next finds himself in the ancient city of "Caerliwelydd" in the north of England. It has a Welsh name because it was once part of the kingdom of Wales - although these days it is a long way from the Welsh borders. Where is Dai now?

Answer: Carlisle

Simply put, "Carlisle" and Cumberland/ Cumbria used to be part of Wales - even though it is over 150 miles away from the current border of Wales. "Caerliwelydd" means "The fort of Lliwelydd". Lliwelydd is likely to be an ancient Welsh prince, mentioned in the "Black Book of Carmarthen".

The "Black Book" is one of the oldest surviving manuscripts in the Welsh language, and is a collection of poems and essays which outlines stories from early Welsh history.
4. Dai the Dap's next stop is in Penbedw. This is a town on the Wirral in England which has a permanent and special place in Welsh history, as it held the Eisteddfod of 1917 -known as the "Black Chair Eisteddfod". Where is Dai now?

Answer: Birkenhead

Pen = Head, Bedw = Birch. Fairly straightforward translation. The Birkenhead Eisteddfod will remain forever poignantly remembered as the Eisteddfod of the Black Chair.

The highlight of the Eisteddfod week (since the National Eisteddfod was inaugurated in 1861) has been the chairing of the winning Bard. It is a ceremony of great tradition, pomp and theatre. In 1917, the Eisteddfod was held outside of Wales in Bikenhead (it has also been held twice in London, and three times in Liverpool). The adjudication of the "blue riband" poetry competition was made, and the bardic name of the winner was announced. Traditionally, the winner sits amongst the audience, and stands up at the sounding of the "Corn Gwlad" (the heraldic horn). He is then greeted by various key druids, and led to the stage where he is further lauded and feted before being allowed to "sit in the peace of his chair".

In 1917, the name of "Hedd Wyn" was announced as the winner for his poem "Yr Arwr" (The Hero). But rather then look for the winner in the audience, a black shroud was bought onto the stage and placed over the chair. It was then announced that "Hedd Wyn's" real name was Ellis Humphrey Evans, and that he had been killed in the fields of Flanders a month previously. He had written his winning poem in the trenches, and sent it by post to the adjudicators, but before he could receive his rightful award he had lost his life.

This poignant story was made into a Welsh language film, "Hedd Wyn", in 1992. The film contrasts the stark difference between the beauty and tranquillity of Evans' native Meirioneth and the horror of the trenches of Belgium in the First World War. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1993.
5. Dai the Dap's wanderings now take him over the seas to a Celtic land known in Welsh as "Iwerddon". This place shares a lot of ancient mythological ties with Wales - though there is some evidence that there may have been a land link between both countries in times past. Where is Dai now?

Answer: Ireland

Whilst all three of the incorrect answers are Celtic nations, along with Wales and Ireland, the correct answer is The Emerald island (Scotland is the sixth Celtic nation). The "Tales of the Mabinogi" is a shared literature between both countries, telling of the trials, triumphs and tribulations of ancient princes and princesses from both nations in ancient times.

These tales also talk about both lands being joined. This seems a little unlikely at first glance, as the shortest distance between both countries these days is 64km (approx. 45 miles) - measured from Churchtown in Co. Wicklow to the Isle of Ramsey, off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

However, there is a spur of land, some two miles long, which two low tides a year reveal in Cardigan Bay. Studies have shown that this spur extends almost to the shores of Ireland, and it's quite likely therefore that this could have been a more permanent connection between both countries in times past.
6. Dai the Dap is back on the UK mainland, in a county in the South West of England. This county is known in Welsh as "Gwlad yr Haf" - literally translated, it means the land of summer. Ian Botham played for their county cricket team, and it is also the home of the Cheddar Gorge and caves. In which English county is Dai?

Answer: Somerset

I have a lot of friends in Somerset who may well challenge the notion that it is the land of summer - they spend as much on wellington boots, umbrellas and souwester coats as we do in Wales! Somerset is only some five miles or so away as the crow flies from South Wales, my home - it can be seen clearly from Cardiff across the Severn Channel.

When I was a kid, we used to pass the signs to Cheddar Gorge and caves regularly - and for years, I assumed that they were caves made of cheese. A natural assumption for a small kid to make, I guess!
7. Dai the Dap wanders along the Welsh border, and comes to a county city called Henffordd - meaning "Old Road". In which English cathedral city, the birthplace of Nell Gwynne, does Dai find himself?

Answer: Hereford

Shrewsbury is "Yr Amwythig", Worcester is "Caerwrangon" (The Fort of Wrangon) and Gloucester is "Caerloyw". All have significant historical connections with Wales. There is no definitive proof of where the name "Henffordd" came from - but it's possible that it comes from the travels of Geral the Welshman (Geraldus Cambrensis) who finished his long journey mapping Wales in Hereford - possibly via an "Old Road"?
8. Dai the Dap leaves Europe far behind him as he reaches his next destination - Seland Newydd. This country shares an affinity for rugby with Wales, it has a thermal area, and its population is only slightly larger than that of Wales. In what country is Dai?

Answer: New Zealand

"Newydd" = New, and there's no "z" in Welsh - so "Zealand", or "Zeeland", becomes "Seland". If the Welsh love their rugby - in New Zealand, it's part of the very fabric of the society there. I was lucky enough to live and work in New Zealand for some 18 months - it is a beautiful country, with wonderful people. Being Welsh, and a rugby fan, helped me make lots of new friends for life. New Zealand has a population of just over three million people - but it occupies a larger land mass than the UK.
9. Dai the Dap now travels to another continent - and another country where rugby is a popular sport. However, rugby is not the most popular sport in "Yr Ariannin" - trailing a long way behind soccer in popularity. Dai was amazed to hear the Welsh language being spoken by some of the natives though - in which country is he now?

Answer: Argentina

The Welsh established a settlement in Chubut, in Patagonia, in 1865. This came about after an offer from the Argentine government to Professor Michael D Jones. Professor Jones had spent years in America looking at the feasibility of establishing a Welsh colony, and he was also considering offers from Australia, New Zealand and Palestine to do so.

But the Argentinians offered him 100 square miles of prime farming land, and the deal was done. By the turn of the 20th Century, it was estimated that over 20,000 people lived on the colony, all considering themselves as "Argentinian - Welsh", many carrying dual passports.

Although the Welsh language has been subsumed into the local Spanish to a great extent, around 10% of the population are still fluent Welsh speakers, and many Welsh customs and cultures are still practised there as part of normal everyday life.

The famous Argentinian footballer, Gabriel Batistuta, hails from the colony. Although he doesn't profess to be a Welsh speaker, he knows enough of the language to have been able to answer a few simple questions in Welsh on a Welsh language TV programme a few years ago.
10. Finally, Dai the Dap arrives at "Yr Afal Mawr" - the nickname for the city known in Wales as "Efrog Newydd". This was where one of Wales' most famous sons, the poet Dylan Thomas, breathed his last. Where in the world is Dai now?

Answer: New York

Dylan Thomas died in New York on November 9th 1953 at the age of 39. It is believed that he drank himself to death. "Newydd" is Welsh for "New", and "Efrog" is the Welsh for York. It is one of the few cities outside of the UK which has a specific translation of its name to Welsh. George L Jones, co-founder of the "New York Times", was the son of a Welsh weaver.
Source: Author huw27

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