Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 21 September 2018

This piece from last weekend, and this earlier piece from the weekend before that,  listed all the questions and answers from Weeks 1 and 2 of the new series of ITV quiz show “Tenable”. Here are the questions and answers from Week 3, Monday 17 September to Friday 21 September.

The format is the same as in the earlier pieces: a list of the 30 “Tenable” challenges, some general observations from me, a note on how the teams fared, and then the answers (all 300 of them).

Questions

Monday 17 September 2018 [s3ep11, repeated Monday 5 August 2019]

Round 1: The Top 10 things to take to the beach [From a survey for the market research firm VIGA; 100 people were asked about the things that they might wear or take to the beach; food and drink are not included.]

Round 2: The last 10 “International Female Solo Artist” Brit Award winners [Up to and including the winner in 2018.]

Round 3: The last 10 Conservative Prime Ministers [This includes the incumbent, as of 1 June 2018.]

Round 4: The 10 five-letter words that end with the letters “AIL” [From the premium version of oxforddictionaries.com, British English section, no words including hyphens or apostrophes, or beginning with a capital letter.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round):  The events in the Olympic heptathlon and the last Team GB heptathlon medallists [The 7 events, including distances where relevant, and the 3 most recent Team GB medallists, as of February 2018.]

Final Round: Bond Films: The 10 James Bond films starring Sean Connery or Daniel Craig [As usual this is from the official 24 Eon productions, up to 2018, so does not include “Never Say Never Again”.]

Tuesday 18 September 2018 [s3ep12, repeated Tuesday 6 August 2019]

Round 1: The 10 five-letter words that end in BLE [According to the Premium version of oxforddictionaries.com, words that have their own heading in the British English section, no words including hyphens or apostrophes, or beginning with a capital letter.]

Round 2: The Top 10 cities with the least affordable house prices in the UK outside London [From a Lloyds Bank Affordable Cities Review, based on ratio of average house prices to average earnings.]

Round 3: The 10 things the Pythons said The Romans did for us [As named in the scene in the 1979 film “Life of Brian”, 10 positive things called out by a crowd of rebels to John Cleese’s character during a secret meeting; “public health” will not be accepted as an answer because Cleese says this towards the end of the scene.]

Round 4: The 10 most northern US states that have a shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean [One of them has a coastline on Long Island Sound, which is an arm of the Atlantic.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The first 10 Julia Donaldson picture books to be illustrated by Axel Scheffler [The first 10 books to be published, does not include lift-the-flap and sticker books.]

Final Round: Song Lyrics: The first 10 words of five letters or more in “Wonderwall” [The 1995 song “Wonderwall” by Oasis; no contractions, like “they’re” or “should’ve”, and “back beat” is counted as two words in some versions of the lyrics so will not be accepted as one word.]

Wednesday 19 September 2018 [s3ep13, repeated Wednesday 7 August 2019]

Round 1: The 10 most popular seaside resorts in the UK [From a May 2014 survey by campsites.co.uk, from more than 4000 visitors to the site.]

Round 2: The first 10 sister characters created by Jane Austen [10 of the sisters who feature in the first three novels by Jane Austen, specifically the 3 Dashwoods in “Sense and Sensibility”, the 5 Bennets in “Pride and Prejudice” and the 2 Bertram sisters in “Mansfield Park”; first names are acceptable.]

Round 3: The last 10 England captains for the Ashes [This is for the England Men’s Test Cricket team, as of April 2018.]

Round 4: The last 10 UK Prime Ministers to lose a general election [The last 10 UK Prime Ministers who stood down as PM after a general election in which their party failed to win a majority of seats in the House of Commons.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The last 10 Disney or Pixar animated films to win best song Oscars [This is for fully animated films up to and including the ceremony of 2018; please give the name of the film, not the song.]

Final Round: Paper currency: The 10 men on the back of Bank of England notes with values less than £50 [The 10 men who have been the main person portrayed on £1, £5, £10 and £20 notes issued by the Bank of England from 1970 to February 2018.]

Thursday 20 September 2018 [s3ep14, repeated Thursday 8 August 2019]

Round 1: Top 10 items stolen from cars in the UK [According to a 2017 survey by UK Carline, a motor vehicle licensing firm; the list includes car parts as well as items left in cars.]

Round 2: First 10 Top 10 hits for the Jackson 5 or The Jacksons

Round 3: The Last 10 Republican US Presidents [Up to and including the incumbent, on 1 June 2018.]

Round 4: Top 10 cast members in the Bond film “Spectre” [The Top 10 according to IMDB.com.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 EU countries with the largest populations [According to Eurostat, statistical office of the EU, figures for 1 January 2018.]

Final Round: Football Teams: The 10 football teams in the 2017/18 Premier League season whose names contain the letter O

Friday 21 September 2018 [s3ep15, repeated Friday 9 August 2019]

Round 1: 10 ingredients in Mary Berry’s sticky toffee pudding [As on the BBC website, ingredients for the pudding and its sauce.]

Round 2: The 10 Top 10 solo singles by members of One Direction [There were 5 original members, they have had 10 Top 10 solo releases, including collaborations, up to 7 May 2018.]

Round 3: The first 10 different opponents beaten by Roger Federer in a Tennis Grand Slam Final [These matches took place between 2003 and 2008 inclusive.]

Round 4: The first 10 films for which Meryl Streep received an Oscar nomination [This is for films in which she was nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and includes films for which she won an Oscar.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 names used by Popes [According to the official Holy See website, up to March 2018.]

Final Round: Olympic Cities: The 10 Summer Olympic Games host cities that contain the letter “L” once in their names [This is up to the 2016 Games.]

General observations

Final Rounds (Jackpot Rounds)

These are the rounds that interest me most. No matter how well teams perform in the earlier rounds, they have to name all 10 items in their Jackpot Round to win the money.

This week I could name all 10 items in four of the five rounds: James Bond movies starring Sean Connery or Daniel Craig; the first 10 words of five letters or more in the Oasis song “Wonderwall”; the 10 Premier League teams from the 2017/18 season that have an “O” in their name; and the 10 host cities of the Summer Olympics that have a single “L” in their name.

I couldn’t name the 10 men who have featured on Bank of England banknotes with a denomination of less than £50 since 1970.

For the third week in a row (and indeed the third time in 11 days) Monday’s Jackpot Round was about James Bond films, but required a little more knowledge than simply the films’ titles: the six movies featuring Sean Connery and the four starring Daniel Craig.

Premier League teams and Olympic host cities are staples of quiz shows, but detailed knowledge of the lyrics to “Wonderwall” is probably limited to people of a certain age (like me).

Questions where I had a chance of getting all 10

Apart from the four Jackpot Rounds listed above there were no other rounds during the entire week when I could confidently get all 10 answers. I got close on the last 10 England captains for the Ashes but was stumped, appropriately enough, on the last one.

Similarly I was uncertain on the last two answers in both of the politically-themed lists, about the last 10 UK Prime Ministers to lose a general election and the last 10 Conservative Prime Ministers. I need to sort out where Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain and Ramsay MacDonald stand in all these lists.

I was also one answer short on the round about the heptathlon and medal-winning heptathletes, even though the missing answer (Kelly Sotherton) has been in the news recently. (She collected her heptathlon medal belatedly after being upgraded to a bronze last year, in the wake of a Russian athlete being disqualified.)

I might have guessed the most northerly US States that have an Atlantic coastline but couldn’t be sure of all 10.

Questions where I didn’t have a chance of getting near 10

Even though I am often confident about questions involving pop music, movies (especially Oscar winners) and sport, there were questions in all three topics that were tough. I had no chance of naming anywhere near 10 solo releases by members of One Direction, or the last 10 Best International Female Brit Award winners, and despite being a big fan of Meryl Streep couldn’t name her first 10 Oscar-nominated films. There were some half-forgotten (and even unfamiliar) names in the list of the first 10 players beaten by Roger Federer in Tennis Grand Slam Finals. (Fernando Gonzalez? I don’t remember that name at all.)

How the teams fared

Here’s a list of how each team performed in their jackpot rounds: how many team members made it to the final round, how much they were playing for and whether they won the prize fund.

Note: where a team did not get all 10 answers in the final round, the answers that caught them out are listed here as well.

Monday 17 September 2018

All 5 of the Well Good Welbourns made it to the final, playing for 3k, and named 7 of the 10 James Bond films that star Sean Connery or Daniel Craig. [The remaining answers: “Dr No”, “From Russia with Love”, “You Only Live Twice”.]

Tuesday 18 September 2018

3 from Wheely Clever made it to the final, playing for 1k, and named 2 of the first 10 words of five letters or more in the Oasis song “Wonderwall”. [The 8 remaining answers: Somehow / Realized / Believe / Anybody / Feels / About / Street / Heart.]

Wednesday 19 September 2018

All 5 of the Quiz Beasts from the South East made it to the final, playing for 14.5k, and named 8 of the 10 men featured on Bank of England notes with a value lower than £50. [The 2 remaining answers: Duke of Wellington / George Stephenson.]

Thursday 20 September 2018

4 from Second Class Males made it to the final and won 12k by naming the 10 football teams in the 2017/18 Premier League season whose names contain the letter O.

Friday 21 September 2018

4 from A Family Affair made it to the final and won 7k by naming the 10 host cities of the Summer Olympic Games that contain the letter “L” once.

Questions and Answers

Monday 17 September 2018

Round 1: The Top 10 things to take to the beach [From a survey for the market research firm VIGA; 100 people were asked about the things that they might wear or take to the beach; food and drink are not included.]

Towel / Sunscreen / Sunglasses / Swimwear / Book / Spade / Bucket / Hat / Beach ball / Flip-flops

Round 2: The last 10 “International Female Solo Artist” Brit Award winners [Up to and including the winner in 2018.]

Lorde / Beyoncé / Björk / Taylor Swift / Lana Del Ray / Rihanna / Lady Gaga / Katy Perry / Kylie Minogue / Nelly Furtado

Round 3: The last 10 Conservative Prime Ministers [This includes the incumbent, as of 1 June 2018.]

Theresa May / David Cameron / John Major / Margaret Thatcher / Edward Heath / Alec Douglas-Home / Harold Macmillan / Anthony Eden / Winston Churchill / Neville Chamberlain

Round 4: The 10 five-letter words that end with the letters “AIL” [According to the Premium version of oxforddictionaries.com, words that have their own heading in the British English section, no words including hyphens or apostrophes, or beginning with a capital letter.]

Avail / Brail / Drail / Email / Flail / Frail / Grail / Quail / Snail / Trail

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round):  The events in the Olympic heptathlon and the last Team GB heptathlon medallists [The 7 events, including distances where relevant, and the 3 most recent Team GB medallists, as of February 2018.]

100m hurdles / High Jump / Shot Put / 200m / Long Jump / 800m / Javelin / Jessica Ennis-Hill / Kelly Sotherton / Denise Lewis

Final Round: Bond Films: The 10 James Bond films starring Sean Connery or Daniel Craig [As usual this is from the official 24 Eon productions, up to 2018, so does not include “Never Say Never Again”.]

“Dr. No” / “From Russia with Love” / “Goldfinger” / “Thunderball” / “You Only Live Twice” / “Diamonds Are Forever” / “Casino Royale” / “Quantum of Solace” / “Skyfall” / “Spectre”

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Round 1: The 10 five-letter words that end in BLE [According to the Premium version of oxforddictionaries.com, words that have their own heading in the British English section, no words including hyphens or apostrophes, or beginning with a capital letter.]

Amble / Bible / Cable / Coble / Fable / Gable / Noble / Roble / Sable / Table /

Round 2: The Top 10 cities with the least affordable house prices in the UK outside London [From a Lloyds Bank Affordable Cities Review, based on ratio of average house prices to average earnings.]

Oxford / Cambridge / Brighton & Hove / Bath / Winchester / Truro / Exeter / Southampton / Canterbury / Bristol

Round 3: The 10 things the Pythons said The Romans did for us [As named in the scene in the 1979 film “Life of Brian”, 10 positive things called out by a crowd of rebels to John Cleese’s character during a secret meeting; “public health” will not be accepted as an answer because Cleese says this towards the end of the scene.]

Aqueduct / Sanitation / Roads / Irrigation / Medicine / Education / Wine / Public baths / Public order / Brought peace

Round 4: The 10 most northern US states that have a shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean [One of them has a coastline on Long Island Sound, which is an arm of the Atlantic.]

Maine / New Hampshire / Massachusetts / Rhode Island / Connecticut / New York / New Jersey / Delaware / Maryland / Virginia

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The first 10 Julia Donaldson picture books to be illustrated by Axel Scheffler [The first 10 books to be published, does not include lift-the-flap and sticker books.]

A Squash and a Squeeze / The Gruffalo / Monkey Puzzle / Room on the Broom / The Smartest Giant in Town / The Snail and the Whale / The Gruffalo’s Child / Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book / Tiddler / Stick Man

Final Round: Song Lyrics: The first 10 words of five letters or more in “Wonderwall” [The 1995 song “Wonderwall” by Oasis; no contractions, like they’re or should’ve, and “back beat” is counted as two words in some versions of the lyrics so will not be accepted.]

Today / Throw / Somehow / Realized / Believe / Anybody / Feels / About / Street / Heart

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Round 1: The 10 most popular seaside resorts in the UK [From a May 2014 survey by campsites.co.uk, from more than 4000 visitors to the site.]

Brighton / Whitby / Blackpool / St Ives / Scarborough / Weymouth / Bournemouth / Tenby / Newquay / Skegness

Round 2: The first 10 sister characters created by Jane Austen [10 of the sisters who feature in the first three novels by Jane Austen, specifically the 3 Dashwoods in “Sense and Sensibility”, the 5 Bennets in “Pride and Prejudice” and the 2 Bertram sisters in “Mansfield Park”; first names are acceptable.]

Elinor Dashwood / Marianne Dashwood / Margaret Dashwood / Jane Bennet / Elizabeth Bennet / Mary Bennet / Kitty Bennet / Lydia Bennet / Maria Bertram / Julia Bertram

Round 3: The last 10 England captains for the Ashes [This is for the England Men’s Test Cricket team, as of April 2018.]

Joe Root / Alastair Cook / Andrew Strauss / Andrew Flintoff / Michael Vaughan / Nasser Hussain / Alec Stewart / Michael Atherton / Graham Gooch / Allan Lamb

Round 4: The last 10 UK Prime Ministers to lose a general election [The last 10 UK Prime Ministers who stood down as PM after a general election in which their party failed to win a majority of seats in the House of Commons.]

Gordon Brown / John Major / James Callaghan / Edward Heath / Harold Wilson / Alec Douglas-Home / Clement Attlee / Winston Churchill / James Ramsay MacDonald / Stanley Baldwin

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The last 10 Disney or Pixar animated films to win best song Oscars [This is for fully animated films up to and including the ceremony of 2018; please give the name of the film, not the song.]

Coco / Frozen / Toy Story 3 / Monsters, Inc. / Tarzan / Pocahontas / The Lion King / Aladdin / Beauty and the Beast / The Little Mermaid

Final Round: Paper currency: The 10 men on the back of Bank of England notes with values less than £50 [The 10 men who have been the main person portrayed on £1, £5, £10 and £20 notes issued by the Bank of England from 1970 to February 2018.]

William Shakespeare / Duke of Wellington / Isaac Newton / George Stephenson / Michael Faraday / Charles Dickens / Edward Elgar / Charles Darwin / Adam Smith / Winston Churchill

Thursday 20 September 2018

Round 1: Top 10 items stolen from cars in the UK [According to a 2017 survey by UK Carline, a motor vehicle licensing firm; the list includes car parts as well as items left in cars.]

Car radio / Shopping bags / Satnav / Mobile phone / Clothing-shoes / Sunglasses / Vehicle badge / Wallet / Wheels / Number plate

Round 2: First 10 Top 10 hits for the Jackson 5 or The Jacksons

I Want You Back / ABC / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There / Lookin’ Through the Windows / Doctor My Eyes / Show You The Way To Go / Blame it on the Boogie / Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) / Can You Feel It

Round 3: The Last 10 Republican US Presidents [Up to and including the incumbent, on 1 June 2018.]

Donald Trump / George W Bush / George HW Bush / Ronald Reagan / Gerald Ford / Richard Nixon / Dwight D Eisenhower / Herbert Hoover / Calvin Coolidge / Warren G Harding

Round 4: Top 10 cast members in the Bond film “Spectre” [The Top 10 according to IMDB.com.]

Daniel Craig / Christoph Waltz / Léa Seydoux / Ralph Fiennes / Monica Bellucci / Ben Whishaw / Naomie Harris / Dave Bautista / Andrew Scott / Rory Kinnear

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 EU countries with the largest populations [According to Eurostat, statistical office of the EU, figures for 1 January 2018.]

Germany / France / UK / Italy / Spain / Poland / Romania / Netherlands / Belgium / Greece

Final Round: Football Teams: The 10 football teams in the 2017/18 Premier League season whose names contain the letter O

AFC Bournemouth / Brighton and Hove Albion / Everton / Huddersfield Town / Liverpool / Southampton / Stoke City / Tottenham Hotspur / Watford / West Bromwich Albion

Friday 21 September 2018

Round 1: 10 ingredients in Mary Berry’s sticky toffee pudding [As on the BBC website, ingredients for the pudding and its sauce.]

Butter / Sugar / Eggs / Self-raising flour / Baking powder / Bicarbonate of soda / Black treacle / Milk / Double cream / Vanilla extract

Round 2: The 10 Top 10 solo singles by members of One Direction [There were 5 original members, they have had 10 Top 10 solo releases, including collaborations, up to 7 May 2018.]

Back to you / Dusk Till Dawn / For You (Fifty Shades Freed) / I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) / Just Hold On / Pillowtalk / Sign of the Times / Slow Hands / Strip That Down / This Town

Round 3: The first 10 different opponents beaten by Roger Federer in a Tennis Grand Slam Final [These matches took place between 2003 and 2008 inclusive.]

Mark Philippoussis / Marat Safin / Andy Roddick / Lleyton Hewitt / Andre Agassi / Marcos Baghdatis / Rafael Nadal / Fernando Gonzalez / Novak Djokovic / Andy Murray

Round 4: The first 10 films for which Meryl Streep received an Oscar nomination [This is for films in which she was nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, and includes films for which she won an Oscar.]

The Deer Hunter / Kramer versus Kramer / The French Lieutenant’s Woman / Sophie’s Choice / Silkwood / Out of Africa / Ironweed / A Cry in the Dark / Postcards from the Edge / The Bridges of Madison County

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 names used by Popes [According to the official Holy See website, up to March 2018.]

John / Gregory / Benedict / Clement / Innocent / Leo / Pius / Stephen / Boniface / Urban

Final Round: Olympic Cities: The 10 Summer Olympic Games host cities that contain the letter “L” once in their names [This is up to the 2016 Games.]

London / Atlanta / Barcelona / Seoul / Montreal / Melbourne / Helsinki / Berlin / Stockholm / St Louis

 

 

 

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