Following on from yesterday’s set of lists here are some challenges involving things that begin with the letter E (including countries, capital cities and chemical elements) or come fifth numerically (such as the fifth Pope and the fifth President of the USA). In each case you can test yourself first to see how many you can name. The answers appear at the end of this piece.
Challenge: Items beginning with E
Countries: there are 8 countries whose usual English names begin with E. How many can you name? [Hint: 1 in Europe, 4 in Africa, 2 in the Americas (including Caribbean island nations), 1 in Asia.] 2021 Update: Since this piece was first published, an African nation has changed its official name to one that begins with an E, so there is now a 9th country to addtothis list.
Capital cities: there are no sovereign states or members of the UN, that have a capital city beginning with E.
Chemical Elements: there are 3 elements whose names begin with E (their symbols also begin with E).
UK #1 Chart Acts: over 35 different acts beginning with E have reached #1 in the UK charts. Well done if you can name 15 of them.
Songs beginning with E that have reached #1 in the UK Chart: there are 25 of these; well done if you can name 15 of them.
Challenge: Fifth in a list
Can you name the following?
The Fifth Pope (99AD to 105AD).
The Fifth President of the USA (1817-1825).
The winner of Superbowl V (1971).
The host country and winner of the Fifth FIFA World Cup (1954).
Answers: Items beginning with E
Countries (8): Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia. 2021 Update: Since this piece was first published, Swaziland has changed its official name to Eswatini, so there are now 9 countries that begin with E.
Capital cities (none).
Chemical elements (3): erbium (Er), einsteinium (Es), europium (Eu).
UK #1 Chart Acts: Eamon, East 17, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Calvert, Eddie Cochran, Eddie Fisher, Eddy Grant, Eden Kane, Edison Lighthouse, Eiffel 65, Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson, Ella Henderson, Ellie Goulding, Elton John, Elton John & Kiki Dee, Elvis Presley, Elvis vs JXL, Emile Ford & The Checkmates, Eminem, Emma Bunton, Engelbert Humperdinck, England World Cup Squad, Englandneworder, Enigma, Enrique Iglesias, Enya, Equals, Erasure, Eric Prydz, Estelle, Esther & Abi Ofarim, Eternal, Europe, Eurythmics, Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua, Evanescence, Everly Brothers, Example.
Songs beginning with E that have reached #1 in the UK Chart: “Earth Song”, “Eastside”, “Easy Love”, “Easy Lover”, “Ebeneezer Goode”, “Ebony & Ivory”, “Edge Of Heaven”, “End Of The Road”, “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)”, “Especially For You”, “Eternal Flame”, “Evacuate The Dancefloor”, “Everlasting Love”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Every Liitle Thing She Does Is Magic”, “Every Loser Wins”, “Everybody Hurts”, “Everybody In Love “, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”, “Everything Changes”, “Everything I Own”, “Everytime”, “Eye Level”, “Eye Of The Tiger”, “Eternity”.
Answers: Fifth in a list
Fifth Pope: Evaristus (99AD to 105AD).
Fifth President of the USA: James Monroe (1817-1825).
The winner of Superbowl V: Baltimore Colts (1971).
The Fifth FIFA World Cup (1954): hosted by Switzerland, won by West Germany.