Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 28 September 2018

For the fourth weekend running I have made a note of the questions and answers from the previous week’s episodes of ITV quiz show “Tenable”. For weeks 1 to 3 click on any of the following links:

The format here is the same as in those 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 24 September 2018 [s3ep16, repeated Mon 12 August 2019]

Round 1: The 10 brands of compact camera sold at Curry’s PC World [These are the 10 brands for sale on the website as at April 2018.]

Round 2: Last 10 female single-name solo acts to have a UK Number 1 single [From the Official Chart Company “All the #1 singles” web page from April 2018, and not including Cheryl or Billie.]

Round 3: First 10 plays in the RSC list of Shakespeare tragedies [Based on the plays’ usual titles, 12 are counted as tragedies by the RSC, list the first 10 alphabetically.]

Round 4: 10 London Undground stations that begin with the letter T [Within zones 1-4, Underground stations only, so this doesn’t include stations that are only on the Overground, DLR, Network Rail or Tram networks.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The first 10 surnames of “Game of Thrones” characters [The first 10 surnames as they appear in the first episode of “Game of Thrones”, “Winter is Coming”, broadcast in the UK 18 April 2011.]

Final Round: FA Cup: The last 10 different teams to play in an FA Cup Final [Up to and including the final in May 2018, and the list goes back to 2011.]

Tuesday 25 September 2018 [s3ep17, repeated Tuesday 13 August 2019]

Round 1: Top 10 sea fish sold in the UK [In the year up to 7 October according to a report by the Industry body Sea Fish.]

Round 2: The 10 countries that won five or more gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Round 3: The men and women who married Tudor monarchs and the Tudor monarchs who never married [This does not include Lord Guildford Dudley, the husband of Lady Jane Grey, because hers was a disputed monarchy.]

Round 4: The last 10 Anton du Beke dance partners on “Strictly Come Dancing” [Not including Christmas specials or temporary partners, up to 2017.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 most populated US States [As of 1 July 2017, according to official census bureau figures published in December 2017.]

Final Round: Romcom Actors: The 10 actors on the “Love Actually” poster [The 10 lead actors who appear, with their names, on the film’s main poster and DVD cover.]

Wednesday 26 September 2018 [s3ep18, repeated Wednesday 14 August 2018]

Round 1: The first 10 named engines and coaches in the original Thomas the Tank Engine books [The first book in the series by Rev W Awdry was published in 1945; this is about engines and coaches designed to run on a railway track; Thomas is not included, and nor is Trevor because he is a traction engine and not designed to run on a railway track.]

Round 2: The 10 places named in “Hit me with your rhythm stick” [The places named in the hit single by Ian Dury and the Blockheads; this does not include Eskimo or Arapahoe: although there are places with these names the song refers to them as groups of people.]

Round 3: The last 10 snooker players to win the UK Championship [Up to the end of 2017.]

Round 4: The last 10 films directed by Martin Scorsese [According to IMDB in March 2018; the following will not be accepted as answers: short films, TV series or documentaries.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 largest countries in the EU [The largest by surface area according to website Europa.eu in March 2018; data does not include Greenland.]

Final Round: UK Government: The 10 post-war UK prime ministers with the shortest surnames

Thursday 27 September 2018 [s3ep19, repeated Thursday 15 August 2019]

Round 1: The 10 UK cities with one-word names that contain the letter P [As of April 2018.]

Round 2: The 10 most performed opera composers at the Royal Opera House [Up to and including the 2016/17 season, according to the Royal Opera House.]

Round 3: The feature films directed by Wes Anderson and the most frequently recurring actor [The 9 films directed by Wes Anderson and the name of the actor who appears in 8 of them, including a voice performance.]

Round 4: The last 10 names of royal consorts [The last 10 different names of husbands or wives of reigning monarchs, with consort in their name; joint monarchs are not included.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The last 10 winners of a men’s singles tennis Grand Slam [Up to and including the 2018 French Open.]

Final Round: Song Lyrics: the first 10 words of five letters or more in the lyrics to “Last Christmas” by Wham! [Christmas will not be accepted as an answer.]

Friday 28 September 2018 [s2ep20, repeated Friday 16 August 2019]

Round 1: The last 10 Formula 1 World Constructor Champions [Only the name of the car maker, not the names of, for example, engine manufacturers if different; this goes up to the end of the 2017 season, and back to the early 1970s.]

Round 2: The top 10 cities in the world by overnight international visitor numbers [According to a Mastercard Index of global destination cities for the year 2016.]

Round 3: The first 10 Top 10 Eminem singles [This includes singles on which he was the main featured artist, and goes back to 1999.]

Round 4: The 10 chemical elements ending with “EN” or “NE” [Up to and including November 2016.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 Five Guys milkshake flavours [As listed on the menu on the company’s website in February 2018, does not include bacon or whipped cream.]

Final Round: African Countries: The first 10 African countries with the shortest names alphabetically [They all have 4 or 5 letters, and not accepting Congo.]

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.

I could complete four of the five Jackpot Round lists, but couldn’t name the 10 actors and actresses on the poster for “Love Actually”. The remaining four Jackpot Rounds contained some regular trivia topics (FA Cup finalists, British Prime Ministers, African geography) and the lyrics to a song by Wham!

Questions that brought a smile to my face

I particularly enjoyed two of the pop-themed rounds: the places named in “Hit me with your rhythm stick” and the single-name female chart-toppers. I realized some years ago that you can get over halfway through the alphabet with one-word female singers who have had UK #1s (Adele, Beyoncé, Cher, Duffy, Estelle, Frankee, Gabrielle, Lorde, Madonna, Nicole, Pink, Rihanna, Sonia, Tulisa) and this question gave us another angle on this idea.

Questions where I had a chance of getting all 10

The following topics were right up my street and gave me a good chance of getting all 10 correct answers: Shakespeare tragedies; tube stations beginning with T (in Zones 1-4); Tudor spouses and unmarried Tudor monarchs; UK cities containing the letter P; chemical elements ending in EN or NE.

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

As in previous weeks, questions about Film & TV and pop music stumped me: Wes Anderson movies, “Game of Thrones” characters and Eminem’s first 10 Top 10 hits, no more than 5 on any of these. Even with Martin Scorsese movies (and he’s a director whose work I know well) I could only name 7 of his last 10 features.

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 24 September 2018

3 of the School Blazers made it to the final, playing for 7.5k, and named 8 of the last 10 different teams to play in an FA Cup Final. [The remaining answers: Aston Villa, Stoke City.]

Tuesday 25 September 2018

All 5 of Charlie’s Angels made it to the final, playing for 12k, and named 8 of the 10 actors on the “Love Actually” poster. [The 2 remaining answers: Laura Linney, Rowan Atkinson.]

Wednesday 26 September 2018

2 of the Hook Line and Sinkers made it to the final and won 1k by naming the 10 post-war UK prime ministers with the shortest surnames.

Thursday 27 September 2018

4 from Young’s Offenders made it to the final, playing for 7k, and named 4 of the first 10 words of five letters or more in the lyrics to “Last Christmas” by Wham! [The remaining answers: Bitten, Twice, Distance, Still, Catch, Recognize.]

Friday 28 September 2018

3 from Sweet Little Mistrys made it to the final, playing for 1k, and named 7 of the first 10 African countries with the shortest names alphabetically [The remaining answers: Benin, Chad, Sudan.]

Questions and Answers

Monday 24 September 2018

Round 1: The 10 brands of compact camera sold at Curry’s PC World [These are the 10 brands for sale on the website as at April 2018.]

Canon / Fujifilm / Instax / Kodak / Nikon / Olympus / Panasonic / Polaroid / Praktica / Sony

Round 2: Last 10 female single-name solo acts to have a UK Number 1 single [From the Official Chart Company “All the #1 singles” web page from April 2018, and not including Cheryl or Billie.]

Adele / Kiesza / Lorde / Rihanna / Tulisa / Kesha / Beyoncé / Pink / Duffy / Madonna

Round 3: First 10 plays in the RSC list of Shakespeare tragedies [Based on the plays’ usual titles, 12 are counted as tragedies by the RSC, list the first 10 alphabetically.]

Antony and Cleopatra / Coriolanus / Cymbeline Hamlet / Julius Caesar / King Lear / Macbeth / Othello / Romeo and Juliet / Timon of Athens

Round 4: 10 London Undground stations that begin with the letter T [Within zones 1-4, Underground stations only, so this doesn’t include stations that are only on the Overground, DLR, Network Rail or Tram networks.]

Temple / Tooting Bec / Tooting Broadway / Tottenham Court Road / Tottenham Hale / Totteridge & Whetstone / Tower Hill / Tufnell Park / Turnham Green / Turnpike Lane

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The first 10 surnames of “Game of Thrones” characters [The first 10 surnames as they appear in the first episode of “Game of Thrones”, “Winter is Coming”, broadcast in the UK 18 April 2011.]

Stark / Baratheon / Lannister / Targaryen / Mormont / Snow / Clegane / Cassel / Mopatis

Final Round: FA Cup: The last 10 different teams to play in an FA Cup Final [Up to and including the final in May 2018, and the list goes back to 2011.]

Chelsea / Manchester United / Arsenal / Crystal Palace / Aston Villa / Hull City / Wigan Athletic / Manchester City / Liverpool / Stoke City

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Round 1: Top 10 sea fish sold in the UK [In the year up to 7 October according to a report by the Industry body Sea Fish.]

Salmon / Cod / Tuna / Pollock / Haddock / Mackerel / Basa / Sardines / Sea Bass / Plaice

Round 2: The 10 countries that won five or more gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Norway / Germany / Canada / USA / Netherlands / Sweden / South Korea / Switzerland / France / Austria

Round 3: The men and women who married Tudor monarchs and the Tudor monarchs who never married [This does not include Lord Guildford Dudley, the husband of Lady Jane Grey, because hers was a disputed monarchy.]

Elizabeth of York / Catherine of Aragon / Anne Boleyn / Jane Seymour / Anne of Cleves / Catherine Howard / Catherine Parr / Edward VI / Philip of Spain / Elizabeth I

Round 4: The last 10 Anton du Beke dance partners on “Strictly Come Dancing” [Not including Christmas specials or temporary partners, up to 2017.]

Ruth Langsford / Lesley Joseph / Katie Derham / Judy Murray / Fiona Fullerton / Jerry Hall / Nancy Dell’olio / Ann Widdecombe / Laila Rouass / Gillian Taylforth

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 most populated US States [As of 1 July 2017, according to official census bureau figures published in December 2017.]

California / Texas / Florida / New York / Pennsylvania / Illinois / Ohio / Georgia / North Carolina / Michigan

Final Round: Romcom Actors: The 10 actors on the “Love Actually” poster [The 10 lead actors who appear, with their names, on the film’s main poster and DVD cover.]

Rowan Atkinson / Hugh Grant / Colin Firth / Keira Knightley / Laura Linney / Martine McCutcheon / Liam Neeson / Bill Nighy / Alan Rickman / Emma Thompson

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Round 1: The first 10 named engines and coaches in the original Thomas the Tank Engine books [The first book in the series by Rev W Awdry was published in 1945; this is about engines and coaches designed to run on a railway track; Thomas is not included, and nor is Trevor because he is a traction engine and not designed to run on a railway track.]

Edward / Gordon / Henry / James / Annie / Clarabel / Percy / Toby / Henrietta / Skarloey

Round 2: The 10 places named in “Hit me with your rhythm stick” [The places named in the hit single by Ian Dury and the Blockheads; this does not include Eskimo or Arapahoe: although there are places with these names the song refers to them as groups of people.]

Sudan / Japan / Milan / Yucatan / Borneo / Bordeaux / Tiger Bay / Mandalay / Bombay / Santa Fe

Round 3: The last 10 snooker players to win the UK Championship [Up to the end of 2017.]

Ronnie O’Sullivan / Mark Selby / Neil Robertson / Judd Trump / John Higgins / Ding Junhui / Shaun Murphy / Peter Ebdon / Stephen Maguire / Matthew Stevens

Round 4: The last 10 films directed by Martin Scorsese [According to IMDB in March 2018; the following will not be accepted as answers: short films, TV series or documentaries.]

Silence / The Wolf of Wall Street / Hugo / Shutter Island / The Departed / The Aviator / Gangs of New York / Bringing out the Dead / Kundun / Casino

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 largest countries in the EU [The largest by surface area according to website Europa.eu in March 2018; data does not include Greenland.]

France / Spain / Sweden / Germany / Finland / Poland / Italy / UK / Romania / Greece

Final Round: UK Government: The 10 post-war UK prime ministers with the shortest surnames

May / Eden / Blair / Brown / Heath / Major / Attlee / Wilson / Cameron / Thatcher

Thursday 27 September 2018

Round 1: The 10 UK cities with one-word names that contain the letter P [As of April 2018.]

Liverpool / Newport / Perth / Peterborough / Plymouth / Portsmouth / Preston / Ripon / Southampton / Wolverhampton

Round 2: The 10 most performed opera composers at the Royal Opera House [Up to and including the 2016/17 season, according to the Royal Opera House.]

Giuseppe Verdi / Gioachino Rossini / Gaetano Donizetti / George Frideric Handel / Benjamin Britten / Jules Massenet / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Giacomo Puccini / Richard Strauss / Richard Wagner

Round 3: The feature films directed by Wes Anderson and the most frequently recurring actor [The 9 films directed by Wes Anderson and the name of the actor who appears in 8 of them, including a voice performance.]

Bottle Rocket / Rushmore / The Royal Tennenbaums / The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou / The Darjeeling Limited / Fantastic Mr Fox / Moonrise Kingdom / The Grand Budapest Hotel / Isle of Dogs / Bill Murray

Round 4: The last 10 names of royal consorts [The last 10 different names of husbands or wives of reigning monarchs, with consort in their name; joint monarchs are not included.]

Philip / Elizabeth / Mary / Alexandra / Albert / Adelaide / Caroline / Charlotte / George / Catherine

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The last 10 winners of a men’s singles tennis Grand Slam [Up to and including the 2018 French Open.]

Rafael Nadal / Roger Federer / Stan Wawrinka / Andy Murray / Novak Djokovic / Marin Cilic / Juan Martin del Potro / Marat Safin / Gaston Gaudio / Andy Roddick

Final Round: Song Lyrics: the first 10 words of five letters or more in the lyrics to “Last Christmas” by Wham! [Christmas will not be accepted as an answer.]

Heart / Tears / Someone / Special / Bitten / Twice / Distance / Still / Catch / Recognize

Friday 28 September 2018

Round 1: The last 10 Formula 1 World Constructor Champions [Only the name of the car maker, not the names of, for example, engine manufacturers if different; this goes up to the end of the 2017 season, and back to the early 1970s.]

Mercedes / Red Bull / Brawn / Ferrari / Renault / McLaren / Williams / Benetton / Lotus / Tyrrell

Round 2: The top 10 cities in the world by overnight international visitor numbers [According to a Mastercard Index of global destination cities for the year 2016.]

Bangkok / London / Paris / Dubai / Singapore / New York / Seoul / Kuala Lumpur / Tokyo / Istanbul

Round 3: The first 10 Top 10 Eminem singles [This includes singles on which he was the main featured artist, and goes back to 1999.]

My Name Is / Guilty Conscience / Forgot about Dre / The Real Slim Shady / The Way I Am / Stan / Without Me / Cleanin’ Out My Closet / Lose Yourself / Sing for the Moment

Round 4: The 10 chemical elements ending with “EN” or “NE” [Up to and including November 2016.]

Astatine / Bromine / Chlorine / Fluorine / Iodine / Hydrogen / Nitrogen / Oxygen / Tennessine / Tungsten

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 Five Guys milkshake flavours [As listed on the menu on the company’s website in February 2018, does not include bacon or whipped cream.]

Vanilla / Peanut Butter / Chocolate / Malted Milk / Strawberry / Salted Caramel / Cherry / Banana / Oreo Cookie Pieces / Coffee

Final Round: African Countries: The first 10 African countries with the shortest names alphabetically [They all have 4 or 5 letters, and not accepting Congo.]

Benin / Chad / Egypt / Gabon / Ghana / Kenya / Libya / Mali / Niger / Sudan

 

 

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