Trivia

Raw “Tenable” data, April-May 2018

Starting with this piece in early September I have been posting weekly updates about the latest series of the ITV quiz show “Tenable”. It ran from Monday 3 September to Friday 12 October. As I noted in the first of these weekly updates, “I have been meaning to do something like this for a while, having made notes on earlier episodes this year, but didn’t realize how long it would take or how many words it would involve.”

Since Monday 15 October the show has continued to occupy the 3pm slot on ITV (and remains on “series record” on our multi-channel box) but the episodes being broadcast are repeats, the first of them from November 2017 and the rest of them from February 2018 onwards.

At some point I will post the questions and answers from these repeated episodes, based on notes taken earlier in the year, but in the meantime here are the lists from the “Tenable” episodes broadcast in April and May 2018. This is “raw” data, without the kind of analysis I attempted for the episodes in September and October 2018. The information from the shows that are currently being repeated will take a lot more tidying up than the lists below. When they are ready I will post a link here.

NOTE: The list of 10 correct answers follows immediately after each question, so if you want to attempt any of these lists yourself don’t read too far ahead.

[Items marked ** in a heading are lists where I managed to get all 10; * indicates that I got 8 or 9 out of 10.]

If you include each number as a word, there are over 6,200 words in the rest of this piece.

TENABLE: 16-Apr-2018, Jane Austen words**, Delia’s Parkin recipe, 10 best horror movies, last 10 decades with a new UK monarch**, 10 Europe and Asia Commonwealth countries, 10 US States that begin with K or M** [s2ep41, repeated exactly a year later on Tue 16-Apr-2019]

The team are the Neighbourhood Watch, 2 guys who have been neighbours for a long time, their wives and one other

Round 1: Words in the titles of Jane Austen novels, not including “and”

Sense / Sensibility / Pride / Prejudice / Northanger / Abbey / Mansfield / Park / Persuasion / Emma

Round 2: Ingredients in Delia Smith’s recipe for parkin, a cake eaten in mid-November

Golden syrup / black treacle / butter / dark brown soft sugar / oatmeal / flour / ginger / salt / egg / milk

Round 3: Top 10 Best Horror Films, according to a poll of writers and film-makers in Time Out; all were made between 1960 and 1982

The Exorcist / The Shining / Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Alien / Psycho / The Thing / Rosemary’s Baby / Halloween / Dawn of the dead / Jaws

Round 4: Last 10 Decades that included a change of British monarch

1950s / 1930s / 1910s / 1900s / 1830s / 1820s / 1760s / 1720s / 1710s / 1700s

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): 10 European and Asian countries in the Commonwealth (7 Asia 3 Europe)

Bangladesh / Brunei / India / Malaysia / Pakistan / Singapore / Sri Lanka / Cyprus / Malta / UK

Final Round: the 10 US States that begin with K or M

Kansas / Kentucky / Maine / Maryland Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana

They’ve done it, an 8k win for the Neighbourhood Watch.

That might be a record for me – I could get 10/10 in 3 of the 6 lists easily, including the final round.

TENABLE: 17-Apr-2018, top TV presenter duos, favourite ice cream flavours, last 10 European Ryder Cup captains, biggest 1D hits, B postcode areas, 10 FIFA World Cup 2014 countries from the Americas [s2ep42, repeated exactly a year later on Wed 17-Apr-2019]

Odd Man In, 5 family members from Northumberland

Round 1: The Top 10 TV presenting duos, from a 2017 Radio Times Poll

Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby / Ant & Dec / Mel & Sue / Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman / Ruth Langsford & Eamonn Holmes / Piers & Susannah / Kirsty Allsop & Phil Spencer / Tim Lovejoy & Simon Rimmer / Claudia Winkelman & Tess Daly / Matt Baker & Alex Jones

Round 2: Nation’s favourite ice cream flavours, 2016 according to members of the Ice Cream Alliance

Vanilla / Strawberry / Chocolate / Mint Choc Chip / Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough / Rocky Road / Cookies & Cream / Butterscotch / Coconut / Raspberry Ripple

Round 3: The last 10 captains of the European Ryder Cup team, tournaments from 1997-2016 inclusive

Darren Clarke / Paul McGinley / Jose Maria Olazabal / Colin Montgomery / Nick Faldo / Ian Woosnam / Bernhard Langer / Sam Torrance / Mark James / Seve Ballesteros

Round 4: 10 biggest One Direction hits, those that got to #3 or higher

What makes you beautiful / Gotta be you/ Live while we’re young / Little things / One way or another / Best song ever / Story of my life / Steal my girl / Drag me down / Perfect

Captain’s round: 10 UK postcode areas starting with B, the areas (Bath, Bristol etc) not the codes (BH and so on)

Birmingham / Bath / Blackburn / Bradford / Bournemouth / Bolton / Brighton / Bromley / Bristol / Belfast

Final Round: Football World Cup 2014, the 10 teams from the Americas that took part

USA / Mexico / Honduras / Costa Rica / Colombia / Brazil / Chile / Ecuador / Uruguay / Argentina

Playing for 4.5k, 9/10: they didn’t get Ecuador

TENABLE: 18-Apr-2018, European countries with monarchies, nicknames for the TV remote, 1st 10 Westlife #1s, biggest Premiership stadiums*, 10 authors of Great British novels, “I will survive” 1st 10 words of 5 letters or more** [s2ep43, repeated exactly a year later on Thu 18-Apr-2019]

Team name: The Cardiff Babes or Baes

Round 1: the 10 European countries with monarchies

Spain / Monaco / Luxembourg / Liechtenstein / Norway / Sweden / Denmark / UK / Belgium / Netherlands

Round 2: Top 10 nicknames for the TV remote, according to an online poll by ONEPOLL on behalf of TV Licensing in 2016 [This is my least favourite “Tenable” question EVER.]

Doofah / Zapper / Clicker / Flicker / Thing a ma jig / Switcher / Whatcha ma call it / Controller / Gizmo / Button /

Round 3: First 10 Westlife #1s [For a double A side name either side rather than both of them.]

Swear It Again / If I Let You Go / Flying Without Wings / I Have a Dream OR Seasons In The Sun / Fool Again / Against all Odds / My Love / Uptown Girl / Queen Of My Heart / World Of Our Own /

Round 4: 10 biggest Premier League football stadiums, by capacity, 2016-17

Old Trafford / Emirates / Olympic Stadium / Etihad Stadium / Anfield / Stadium of Light / Stamford Bridge / Goodison Park / Riverside / St Mary’s

[And two of those teams were relegated that season]

Captain’s Round: Top 10 authors of the Great British Novel: a BBC Survey of 82 book critics from outside the UK, all the authors were born before 1910, in the UK, and are famous for writing novels (not short stories or plays)

George Eliot / Virginia Woolf / Charles Dickens / Charlotte Bronte / Emily Bronte / Mary Shelley / WM Thackeray / Jane Austen / George Orwell / Ford Madox Ford

Final Round: The first 10 words in “I will survive” that are 5 letters or longer [My favourite question in the series so far.]

First / Afraid / Petrified / Thinking / Could / Never / Without / Spent / Nights / Wrong /

They got 9/10, didn’t get the last answer, which was the word “Wrong”.

TENABLE: Thu 19-Apr-2018, full English breakfast ingredients, last 10 BGT winners, biggest oceans and seas, Madonna top 10, Championship 2016/17 top 10, countries containing NIA** [s2ep44, repeated exactly a year later on Fri 19-Apr-2019]

The Jet Setters, co-workers from a travel company

Round 1: Full English breakfast ingredients, from a YouGov poll of English respondents, picking from a long list of ingredients

Bacon / sausage / toast / beans / fried egg / hash browns / fried mushroom / fried bread / grilled tomato / grilled mushroom

Round 2: The last 10 Britain’s Got Talent winners

Tokio Myers / Richard Jones / Jules & Matisse / Collabro / Attraction / Ashleigh And Pudsey / Jai Mcdowall / Spelbound / Diversity / George Sampson

[The contestant got all 10 for 25k, which is 7 more than I managed.]

Round 3: Top 10 oceans and seas, 5 of each

Pacific / Atlantic / Indian / Southern / Arctic / Coral / South China / Caribbean / Bering Sea / Mediterranean

Round 4: Madonna top 10 [From a 2016 list of her 10 best-selling songs, Vogue was at 11.]

Into the groove / Like a virgin / Crazy for you / Holiday / Papa don’t preach / Hung up / Like a prayer / True Blue / Frozen / Beautiful Stranger

Round 5: Top 10 EFL Championship teams 2016-17

Newcastle / Brighton / Reading / Sheffield Wednesday / Huddersfield / Fulham / Leeds / Norwich / Derby / Brentford

Final Round: Names of countries: The 10 countries whose names contain NIA consecutively and in that order

Albania / Armenia / Bosnia Herzegovina / Estonia / Lithuania / Macedonia / Mauritania / Romania / Slovenia / Tanzania

They got 7/10, missed out on Mauritania, Macedonia and Estonia

TENABLE: Fri 20-Apr-2018, UK birds of prey, Top 10 Rugby League teams, Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenters, Largest US States, Royle Family characters, Last 10 Olympics countries** [Repeated on Mon 22-Apr-2019]

Milk and 4 sugars, builders from up north

Round 1: From the RSPB Pocket Guide, daytime birds of prey only, no owls

Osprey / Buzzard / Red Kite / Marsh Harrier / Hen Harrier / Golden Eagle / Sparrowhawk / Kestrel / Hobby / Peregrine

Round 2: Top 10 Rugby League teams 2016, it’s now called the Betfred Rugby League

Hull / Warrington Wolves / Wigan Warriors / St Helens / Catalan Dragons / Castleford Tigers / Widnes Vikings / Wakefield Wild Cats / Leeds Rhinos / Salford Red Devils

Round 3: Last 10 presenters of BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, the central DJs, if there were 2 they will each count as a separate answer

Nick Grimshaw / Chris Moyles / Sara Cox / Zoe Ball / Kevin Greening / Marc Riley / Mark Radcliffe / Chris Evans / Steve Wright / Simon Mayo

Round 4: 10 largest US States by land mass, doesn’t include lakes

Alaska / Texas / California / Montana / New Mexico / Arizona / Nevada / Colorado / Wyoming / Oregon

Captain’s round: Top 10 characters in The Royle Family

Jim Royle / Barbara / Denise Best / Dave Best / Antony / Cheryl Carroll / Nana / Joe Carroll / Mary Carroll / Twiggy

Final Round: Last 10 countries where the Summer Olympics have taken place

Brazil / UK / China / Greece / Australia / USA / Spain / South Korea / Russia / Canada

All 5 of them in the final, and they get 10/10 to win 45k

TENABLE: 23-Apr-2018, National Anthem 5- and 6-letter words, Snoopy movie characters, Busiest UK race-courses, Biggest exporting countries, 1-word Patak’s curry sauces, top 10 football teams ending in Town [Repeated exactly a year later on Tue 23-Apr-2019]

The Cheeky Monkey-Hangers, fans of Hartlepool United

Round 1: 5- and 6-letter words in the UK National Anthem, in the 2-verse version

Queen / noble / happy / reign / gifts / store / defend / cause / heart / voice

Round 2: 10 characters in Peanuts, first 8 humans, 2 animals voiced by Bill Melendes, in a 2015 movie

Charlie Brown / Lucy / Sally / Linus / Peppermint Patty / Marcie / Franklin / Schroeder / Snoopy / Woodstock

Round 3: 10 busiest horse-racing courses in Britain: highest attendances in England, Scotland & Wales according to the horse racing association

Ascot / Cheltenham / Newmarket / York / Chester / Doncaster / Goodwood / Haydock Park / Aintree / Newbury

Round 4: Countries by Exports, Top 10 countries by total value of merchandise exports, according to CIA fact book, and they’ve removed UK from this one

China / USA / Germany / Japan / South Korea / France / Netherlands / Italy / Canada / Mexico

Captain’s Round: 10 one-word Patak curry sauces, includes the one described on the website as “fiery”, as the word “fiery” does not appear on the label

Dhansak / Bhuna / Korma / Balti / Madras / Phal / Pasanda / Jalfrezi / Vindaloo / Dopiaza

Final Round: the top 10 Football Towns, football teams ending in Town, up to 2016/17 season, none in the Premier League, all in the Football League

Huddersfield / Ipswich / Fleetwood / Northampton / Shrewsbury / Swindon / Luton / Mansfield / Grimsby / Crawley

“No pressure” has been said at least twice.

They leave with nothing.

TENABLE: 24-Apr-2018, favourite flowers, first 10 Beatles #1 albums**, most popular expat countries, Disney “renaissance” animated movies, last 10 Spurs manager, English cities ending TER [s2ep47, repeated exactly a year later on Wed 24-Apr-2019]

It’s The Inlaws, a married couple, her parents and his dad

Round 1: Nation’s favourite flowers, Monarch Airlines, May 2017, a sample of 2000 people were asked for their favourite flowers

Rose / Lily / Tulip / Daffodil / Sunflower / Orchid / Carnation / Bluebell / Freesia / Poppy

Round 2: First 10 UK #1 albums by the Beatles

Please Please me / With the Beatles / A Hard Day’s Night / Beatles for Sale / Help / Rubber Soul / Revolver / Sgt Pepper / The White Album / Abbey Road

Round 3: Top 10 most popular countries for UK expats, according to figures from MoveHub, meaning countries people moved to from the UK

Australia / USA / Spain / France / Canada / Ireland / UAE / New Zealand / Germany / South Africa

Round 4: The 10 Disney “renaissance” animated movies, released between Nov 89 and June 99, 10 successful animated releases, doesn’t include Pixar movies like A Bugs Life

The Little Mermaid / Rescuers Down Under / Beauty and The Beast / Aladdin / The Lion King / Pocahontas / The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Hercules / Mulan / Tarzan

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Last 10 managers of Tottenham Hotspur [Doesn’t include David Pleat who was listed as a temporary manager in this time frame.]

Mauricio Pochettino / Tim Sherwood / Andre Villas Boas / Harry Redknapp / Juande Ramos / Martin Jol / Jacques Santini / Glenn Hoddle / George Graham / Christian Gross

[He got all 10 for 25k in the prize fund.]

Final Round: English Cities (rather than Song Lyrics), the 10 that end in TER, not including Rochester, which lost its city status in 1998 due to an oversight

Chester / Chichester / Exeter / Gloucester / Lancaster / Leicester / Manchester / Westminster / Worcester / Winchester

4 of them playing for 38.5k, don’t win the jackpot

TENABLE: 25-Apr-2018, comics on stamps, dead monarch decades 1420s-1680s**, Monty Python sketches, first 10 U2 top 10s, 1-word countries beginning with T*, Monopoly Streets**

A “Dr Who” fan club

Round 1: 10 comics (as in magazines for children) featured on a set of Royal Mail stamps in 2012

The Dandy / Beano / Eagle / The Topper / Tiger / Bunty / Buster / Valiant / Twinkle / 2000AD

Round 2: 10 decades following coronation of Henry V in which an English monarch died [Does not include Edward V or Lady Jane Grey, or Lord Protectors.]

1420s / 1470s / 1480s / 1500s / 1540s / 1550s / 1600s / 1620s / 1640s / 1680s

Round 3: Top 10 Monty Python sketches [A 2014 poll on behalf of TV channel Gold.]

Dead Parrot / Lumberjack song / Ministry of Silly Walks / Spanish Inquisition / Spam / Four Yorkshiremen / Nudge Nudge / Fish Slapping Dance / Dirty Fork / Killer Joke

[What? No Cheese Shop Sketch?]

Round 4: First 10 Top 10 singles by U2

New Year’s Day / Pride (in the name of love) / The Unforgettable Fire / With or Without You / I still haven’t found what I’m looking for / Where the streets have no name / Desire / Angel of Harlem / When Love Comes to Town / All I Want Is You

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): 10 countries with one-word names beginning with T, one of them is hyphenated

Tajikistan / Tanzania / Thailand / Timor-Leste / Togo / Tonga / Tunisia / Turkey / Turkmenistan / Tuvalu

Final Round: Ball games or Board games

4 in the team playing for 3k

10 Monopoly Properties that contain the word “street”

Bow / Marlborough / Vine / Fleet / Fenchurch / Coventry / Regent / Oxford / Bond / Liverpool St Station

The Sonic Screwdrivers leave with nothing

TENABLE: 26-Apr-2018, Pizza toppings, top 10 “Sex and the City” characters, 10 F1 drivers who have won 3 titles or more, First 10 top 20 songs by Bob Marley and the Wailers, First 10 countries invaded by Nazi Germany during WWII, First 10 US States alphabetically (from A to G)*

Round 1: Pizza toppings, the 10 most popular pizza toppings in the UK

Mushroom / Onion / Ham / Peppers / Chicken / Pepperoni / Tomato / Bacon / Pineapple / Sweetcorn

Went wrong with ground beef, but over-ruled in favour of pineapple, and gets 1k

Round 2: Top 10 “Sex and the City” characters, those who appear in most episodes

Carrie Bradshaw / Samantha Jones / Charlotte York / Miranda Hobbes / Steve Brady / Mr Big / Stanford Blatch / Trey MacDougal / Aiden Shaw / Harry Goldenblatt

Round 3: the 10 F1 drivers who have won the Championship 3 times or more

Juan Manuel Fangio / Jack Brabham / Sir Jackie Stewart / Niki Lauda / Nelson Piquet / Alain Prost / Ayrton Senna / Michael Schumacher / Lewis Hamilton / Sebastian Vettel

Round 4: First 10 top 20 songs by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Exodus / Jamming-Punky Reggae Party / Is this love / Could you be loved / Three little birds / No woman no cry / Buffalo Soldier / One Love-People Get Ready / Iron Lion Zion / Keep on moving

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): First 10 countries invaded by Nazi Germany during WWII, names of the countries as they were then

Poland / Denmark / Norway / Belgium / Netherlands / Luxembourg / France / Yugoslavia / Greece / USSR

Final Round: First 10 US States alphabetically

All 5 playing for 12k

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia

All 5 of the Hard Shoulders, civil engineers, in the final, and they win 12k

TENABLE: Fri 27-Apr-2018, Downton Abbey Crawley family, gin brands, languages most important for future, Phil Collins Top 10, Last 10 Poet Laureates**, 10 best Shakespeare according to Time Out

All at sea, 5 ladies who live in a Marina in Eastbourne and love the sea, and they started out wearing sailor hats

Round 1: Top 10 Family Members in Downton Abbey, the 10 members of the CRAWLEY family who appear in most episodes according to IMDB

[Surname Crawley unless shown otherwise] Robert / Cora / Lady Mary / Lady Edith / Violet / Isobel / Thomas Branson / Matthew / Lady Rose / Lady Sybil

Round 2: Top 10 Gin Brands, best-selling in 2015 according to a Jan 2016 Drinks International report, based on drinks sold in “The World’s Best Bars”, not shops

Gin Mara / Gordon’s / Sipsmith / Fords / Plymouth / Monkey 47 / Bombay / Hendricks / Beefeater / Tanqueray

Round 3: 10 most important languages for the future of the UK, according to a report by the British Council, from November 2013, named something like Languages of the Future

Spanish / Arabic / French / Mandarin Chinese / German / Portuguese / Italian / Russian / Turkish / Japanese

Round 4: First 10 Top 10 singles by Phil Collins

In the Air Tonight / You Can’t Hurry Love / Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) / Easy Lover / One More Night / Separate Lives / A Groovy Kind of Love / Two Hearts / Another Day In Paradise / I Wish It Would Rain Down

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Last 10 UK Poets Laureates

Carol Anne Duffy / Andrew Motion / Ted Hughes / John Betjeman / Cecil Day Lewis / John Masefield / Robert Bridges / Alfred Austen / Alfred Lord Tennyson / William Wordsworth

Final Round: The top 10 Shakespeare plays, the 10 greatest plays according to a Time Out survey in April 2016, readers ranking the plays according to greatness

3 women, playing for 3.5k

Hamlet / Macbeth / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Much Ado about Nothing / King Lear / Othello / Twelfth Night / The Tempes / Romeo and Juliet / The Merchant of Venice

Wrong: Henry V / Richard III / As You Like It, they leave with nothing

TENABLE: 30-Apr-2018, Delia’s ratatouille recipe, 10 most successful countries at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, New Testament books with men’s names, first 10 characters in Reservoir Dogs, NME 2016 survey of top 10 male musicians, Last 10 English football champions**

The Moscow Mules, a group of people who met while working in Russia many years ago and have stayed in touch.

Round 1: 10 ingredients from Delia Smith’s Ratatouille recipe, including seasoning

Aubergines / Courgettes / Onions / Peppers / Tomatoes / Garlic / Olive Oil / Basil / Salt / Pepper

Round 2: Top 10 countries at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Russia / USA / Norway / Canada / Netherlands / Germany / France / Sweden / Switzerland / Austria

Round 3: 10 books in the New Testament with men’s names [10 different men’s names, also the names of books and epistles in the New Testament, as given in the King James Bible]

Matthew / Mark / Luke / John / Timothy / Titus / Philemon / James / Peter / Jude

Round 4: The top 10 (or first 10) characters credited in “Reservoir Dogs” according to IMDB

Mr White / Mr Orange / Mr Blonde / Nice Guy Eddie / Mr Pink / Joe Cabot / Mr Blue / Mr Brown / Holdaway / Officer Marvin Nash

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 mot popular male musicians, a survey that appeared in NME in December 2016, all have had solo hits in the UK

David Bowie / Elvis Presley / Ed Sheeran / Michael Jackson / Bruce Springsteen / Michael Buble / Elton John / Rod Stewart / Bob Dylan / Frank Sinatra

Final Round: the last 10 winners of the top league of English football, and he clarifies that only 6 teams have won the Premier League, so we need the last 4 different winners of the old Football League. I’m all over this one

Chelsea / Leicester City / Man City / Man U / Arsenal / Blackburn Rovers / Leeds United / Liverpool / Everton / Aston Villa

3 contestants win the 2k jackpot

TENABLE: 1-May-2018, 10 most popular pantomimes, Men with most time at #1 in ATP rankings, Underground lines, films directed by Christopher Nolan, Mambo #5 names,  C & N American countries, 8/10

The Natural Brawn Winners

Round 1: 10 most popular pantomimes for amateur groups to perform by licences sold in 2016 to NODA

Cinderella / Aladdin / Sleeping Beauty / Snow White / Jack & the Beanstalk / Dick Whittington / Beauty and the Beast / Babes in the wood / Peter Pan / The Wizard of Oz

Round 2: 10 men who have spent most time at #1 in the ATP listings

Roger Federer / Pete Sampras / Ivan Lendl / Jimmy Connors / Novak Djokovic / John McEnroe / Rafael Nadal / Bjorn Borg / Andre Agassi / Lleyton Hewitt

Round 3: 10 Underground lines with more than 2 stops (so: NOT the Waterloo & City)

Bakerloo / Central / Circle / District / Hammersmith & City / Jubilee / Metropolitan / Northern / Piccadilly / Victoria /

Round 4: 10 movies directed by Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk / Interstellar / The Dark Knight Rises / Inception / The Dark Knight / The Prestige / Batman Begins / Insomnia / Memento / Following

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The names in the song “Mambo No 5”

Lou Bega / Angela / Pamela / Sandra / Rita / Monica / Erica / Tina / Mary / Jessica

Final Round: the 10 countries in North and Central America, no island countries and NOT South America

Canada / USA / Mexico / Belize / Guatemala / Honduras / Nicaragua / El Salvador / Costa Rica / Panama

All 5 playing for 37.5k, they got 8/10 (not Honduras or El Salvador) so they leave with nothing

TENABLE: 2-May-2018, 70s & 80s Bond movies**, G or W postcodes outside London, 2016 TV Choice awards 10 shows that drama or comedy awards, First 10 top 10 singles by Pet Shop Boys, Top 10 England managers by games won, 10 animals and insects mentioned in The Animals went in 2 by 2

People who work for a charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Round 1: 70s and 80s Bond movies

Diamonds are forever / Live and let die / Man with the golden gun / Spy who loved me / Moonraker / For your eyes only / Octopussy / View to a kill / Living Daylights / Licence to Kill

Round 2: UK Postcodes, outside London, that start with G or W, named after cities or towns, does not include Channel Islands, 3 start with G and 7 with W

Wolverhampton WV / Walsall WS / Worcester WR / Wigan WN / Wakefield WF / Watford WD / Warrington WN / Guildford GD / Gloucester GL / Glasgow G

Round 3: 10 different shows that won in drama or comedy categories in 2016 TV Choice awards

Doctor Foster / Downton Abbey / Happy Valley / The Night Manager / Call the Midwife / Game of Thrones / Birds of a feather / Emmerdale / Eastenders / Coronation Street

Round 4: First 10 top 10 singles by Pet Shop Boys, one of them features a guest vocalist

West End Girls / Suburbia / It’s A Sin / What Have I Done to Deserve This / Rent / Always on My Mind / Heart / Domino Dancing / Left to My Own Devices / It’s Alright

Round 5: Top 10 managers of the England football team, according to number of games managed, and the least includes managers from 1946-2016

Walter Winterbottom / Alf Ramsey / Bobby Robson / Sven Goran Eriksson / Roy Hodgson / Ron Greenwood / Fabio Capello / Graham Taylor / Don Revie / Glenn Hoddle

Final Round: The Animals went in 2 by 2 [The 10 animals and insects mentioned in this traditional nursery, according to BBC School Radio Online, and includes the one that was turned out because of his tricks.]

All 5 are back, for 3.5k

Elephant / Kangaroo / Wasp / Ant / Bumblebee / Hippopotamus / Monkey / Pig / Tortoise / Hen

They don’t win the jackpot.

TENABLE: 3-May-2018 Schwartz herbs, Top 10 women’s cricket teams**, last 10 UK Eurovision acts*, C elements 8 letters or fewer**, 10 EU capitals north of London**, 10 most popular Harry Potter characters, 9/10

The team name: The Tea Party

Round 1: 10 herbs sold in jars by Schwartz that come first alphabetically

Basil / Chives / Coriander / Dill / Marjoram / Mint / Oregano / Parsley / Rosemary / Sage

Round 2: Top 10 Women’s Cricket Teams at June 2017

Australia / England / New Zealand / India / West Indies / South Africa / Pakistan / Sri Lanka / Bangladesh / Ireland

Round 3: the last 10 acts to represent the UK at Eurovision

Lucie Jones / Joe and Jake / Electro Velvet / Molly / Bonnie Tyler / Englebert Humperinck / Blue / Josh Dubovie / Jade Ewen / Andy Abraham

Round 4: 10 elements that begin with C and have 8 letters or fewer

Carbon / Chlorine / Calcium / Chromium / Cobalt / Copper / Cadmium / Caesium / Cerium / Curium

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): 10 EU Capitals north of London

Helsinki / Tallinn / Stockholm / Riga / Copenhagen / Vilnius / Dublin / Berlin / Amsterdam / Warsaw

Final Round: Harry Potter: The 10 most popular characters from Harry Potter, a survey of British adults who are fans of the series, by YouGov in June 2017, and not including Harry

Hermione Granger / Albus Dumbledore / Dobby the Elf / Severus Snape / Ron Weasley / Rubeus Hagrid / Luna Lovegood / Sirius Black / Minerva McGonagall / Neville Longbottom

4 of them playing for 13.5k, they get 9/10 (not Luna Lovegood) so they leave with nothing.

TENABLE: Fri 4-May-2018, car colours, JK Rowling series, last 10 players sent off for England, top grossing Will Smith fans, 10 top ranks in navy, 10 English cities beginning with S or N

Team name: The Munitions Technicians

Round 1: 10 most popular car colours according to the RAC, end of Q1 2016

Silver / Black / Blue / Grey / Red / White / Green / Beige / Yellow / Brown

Round 2: 10 novels in book series by JK Rowling: 7 Harry Potter novels and her 3 novels featuring Cormoran Strikes published as Robert Galbraith

Philosopher’s Stone / Chamber of Secrets / Prisoner of Azkaban / Goblet of Fire / Order of the Phoenix / Half-Blood Prince / Deathly Hallows / The Silkworm / The Cuckoo’s Calling / Career of Evil

Round 3: last 10 football players sent off for England [Only 13 senior players have been shown a red card, and this goes up to June 2017.]

Raheem Sterling / Steven Gerrard / Wayne Rooney / Rob Green / David Beckham / Alan Smith / David Batty / Paul Scholes / Paul Ince / Ray Wilkins

[Note: the other 3 players were Alan Mullery / Alan Ball / Trevor Cherry. Also, Rooney and Beckham are the only players to be sent off twice, and Beckham was the first of those. Batty’s dismissal in 1999 was his last action in an England shirt.]

Round 4: Top 10 Will Smith films, or film franchises, [From Box Office Mojo, up to June 2017 – only one film per franchise, but you can name the franchise.]

Independence Day / Suicide Squad / Hancock / MIB3 / I am legend / Hitch / Shark Tale / I, Robot / Pursuit of Happyness / Bad Boys II

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 Ranks in the British Navy (not Royal Marines)

Admiral / Vice Admiral / Rear Admiral / Commodore / Captain / Commander / Lieutenant Commander / Lieutenant / Sub-Lieutenant / Midshipman

Final Round: 10 English Cities that begin with S or N

Newcastle / Norwich / Nottingham / Salford / Salisbury / Sheffield / Southampton / St Albans / Stoke-on-Trent / Sunderland

4 in the final, 35k in the jackpot

They get 6/10 (not Salford, Salisbury, St Albans Stoke-on-Trent), so don’t win the jackpot.

TENABLE: 7-May-2018, Top 10 Dickens novels, 2016 Top 10 UK golfers, First 10 top 10s by the The Who, last 10 spouses of UK PMs, last 10 “Celebrity Masterchef” winners, Monopoly squares that are not Streets or stations*

Hel’s Angels, from Birmingham and the team captain is called Helen

Round 1: Top 10 Charles Dickens novels, a reader poll carried out by the Guardian in 2012 to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Great Expectations / Bleak House / David Copperfield / A Tale of Two Cities / A Christmas Carol / Our Mutual Friend / Oliver Twist / Barnaby Rudge / Little Dorrit / Hard Times

Round 2: Top 10 UK golfers at the end of 2016

Rory McIlroy / Danny Willett / Paul Casey / Justin Rose / Russell Knox / Tyrrell Hatton / Matthew Fitzpatrick / Chris Wood / Lee Westwood / Andy Sullivan

Round 3: First 10 top 10 singles by The Who

I Can’t Explain / Anyway Anyhow Anywhere / My Generation / Substitute / I’m a Boy / Happy Jack / Pictures of Lily / I Can See For Miles / Pinball Wizard / Won’t Get Fooled Again

Round 4: The last 10 spouses of the UK Prime Minister [Up to and including June 2017.]

Philip May / Sam Cameron / Sarah Brown / Cherie Blair / Norma Major / Denis Thatcher / Audrey Callaghan / Mary Wilson / Elizabeth Douglas-Home / Dorothy Macmillan

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Last 10 “Celebrity Masterchef” winners

Alexis Conran / Kimberley Wyatt / Sophie Thompson / Ade Edmondson / Emma Kennedy / Phil Vickery / Lisa Faulkner / Jayne Middlemiss / Liz McClarnon / Nadia Sawalha

Final Round: the 10 Monopoly squares that are not stations or streets

Go / Community Chest / Income Tax / Chance / In Jail-Just Visiting / Electric Company / Free Parking / Water Works / Go to Jail / Super Tax

They get all 10 and win the 4.5k jackpot.

TENABLE: 8-May-2018, sports that people wish they were good at, first top 5 Oasis hits, first 10 Greek letters, first 10 cast members in Star Wars, most donated authors at Oxfam Bookshops, last 10 countries to appear in Euro football finals including 2016**

The Staff Roomies

Round 1: The top sports at which people wish they could be world class, according to a 2011 Yougov survey

Football / Formula 1 / Tennis / Swimming / Athletics / Golf / Ice skating / Gymnastics / Cricket / Equestrian

Round 2: The first 10 Top 5 hits for Oasis

Whatever / Some Might Say / Roll with it / Wonderwall / Don’t look back in anger / D’You Know What I mean / Stand by me / All around the world / Go let it out / Who Feels Love?

Round 3: First 10 letters in the Greek alphabet

Alpha / Beta / Gamma / Delta / Epsilon / Zeta / Eta / Theta / Zota / Kappa /

Round 4: The first 10 cast members in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, according to IMDB, the 1977 movie now called “Episode IV – A New Hope”

Mark Hamill / Harrison Ford / Carrie Fisher / Peter Cushing / Alec Guinness / Anthony Daniels / Kenny Baker / Peter Mayhew / David Prowse / Phil Brown

Captain’s Round: Most donated authors at Oxfam bookshops

Dan Brown / Ian Rankin / James Patterson / Alexander McCall Smith / John Grisham / Stieg Larsson / JK Rowling / Jo Nesbo / Lee Child / Terry Pratchett

Final Round: European Football: The last 10 teams to appear in a UEFA European Championship Final up to and including 2016

Portugal / France / Spain / Italy / Germany / Greece  / Czech Republic / Denmark / Holland / USSR

They got 8/10 and didn’t get their 14k

TENABLE: 9-May-2018, Top 10 imported seafood species, last 10 leaders of USSR-Russia, Top 10 Marvel heroes, women’s Olympic athletics events without a distance in their name**, 10 countries ending in O, First 10 Scottish Prem teams 2017 alphabetically

The Tri-Hards, a Triathlon club from Scotland

Round 1: The Top 10 imported seafood species, according to seafish.org [Includes fish, molluscs and shellfish, and each answer is a one-word term that you might use in a fish shop.]

Shrimps (or prawns) / Salmon / Cod / Tuna / Haddock / Pollock / Scallops / Mackerel / Lobster / Crabs

Round 2: The last 10 leaders of the Soviet Union / USSR [President, Chairman or First Secretary of the Communist Party: single rulers only, and surnames alone are acceptable]

Putin / Dmitry Medvedev / Yeltsin / Gorbachev / Konstantin Chernenko / Yury Andropov / Brezhnev / Krushchev / Georgy Menenkov / Stalin /

Round 3: Top 10 Marvel Heroes, 8 men and 2 women listed on marvel.com

Spider-Man / Captain Marvel / Hulk / Thor / Iron Man / Luke Cage / Black Widow / Daredevil / Captain America / Wolverine

Round 4: 10 women’s Olympic events without a distance in their names – the events at which women can win gold medals / nice question

Pole Vault / Hammer / Triple Jump / Marathon / High Jump / Heptathlon / Javelin / Discus / Shot Putt / Long Jump

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 countries ending in O [1x 3-word answer, 2x 2-word answers, 7x 1-word answer, and doesn’t include Democratic Republic of Congo]

Burkina Faso / Congo / Lesotho / Mexico / Monaco / Montenegro / Morocco / San Marino / Togo / Trinidad and Tobago

Final Round: First 10 Scottish Premiership Teams alphabetically, 2016-17

4 in the final for 6k

Aberdeen / Celtic / Dundee / Hamilton Academical / Hearts / ICT / Kilmarnock / Motherwell / Partick Thistle / Rangers

They get there with Rangers, down to their last player, for 6k

TENABLE: 10-May-2018, First 10 Best Actresses at British Soap Awards, busiest London Underground stations, First 10 Whitney Houston Top 10s, 1980s SPOTY winners, First 10 Mediterranean countries clockwise beginning with Spain, 10 characters named in Winnie the Pooh

Friends United, a team of women who went to school together

Round 1: First 10 winners of Best Actress at the British Soap Awards

Barbara Windsor / Patsy Palmer / Natalie Cassidy / Kacey Ainsworth / Suranne Jones / Lacey Turner / Kate Ford / Emma Rigby / Katherine Kelly / Jessie Wallace

Round 2: 10 busiest stations on London Underground, those with the greatest number of recorded passenger exits and entrances from 2015 data from TfL

Waterloo / Kings Cross St Pancras / Oxford Circus / Victoria / Liverpool Street / London Bridge / Stratford / Bank & Monument / Canary Wharf / Paddington

Round 3: First 10 Whitney Houston Top 10 singles

Saving all my love for you / How will I know / Greatest love of all / I wanna dance with somebody who loves me / So emotional / Love will save the day / One moment in time / I’m your baby tonight / I will always love you / I’m every woman

Round 4: 1980s “Sports Personality of the Year” winners 1980-89, and one of them is a duo

Robin Cousins / Ian Botham / Daley Thompson / Steve Cram / Torvill & Dean / Barry McGuigan / Nigel Mansell / Fatima Whitbread / Steve Davis / Nick Faldo

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): First 10 countries in the Mediterranean, going clockwise around the sea starting at Gibraltar, and not including island nations

Spain / France / Monaco / Italy / Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Montenegro / Albania / Greece

Final Round: 10 animals named in Winnie the Pooh: 8 friends, 2 imagined creatures that Pooh plans to catch, named in the chapter titles of the book

Christopher Robin / Piglet / Eeyore / Kanga / Roo / Tigger / Owl / Rabbit / Woozle / Heffalump

2 in the final playing for 2.5k, 4/10, they win nothing.

 

 

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