2019 Trivia Lists Day 9: the letter I and the number 9

Following on from yesterday’s set of lists here are some challenges involving things that begin with the letter I (including countries, capital cities and chemical elements) or come ninth numerically (such as the ninth Pope and the ninth 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 I

Countries: there are 8 countries whose usual English names begin with I and one more that might also be allowed. Can you name them? [Hint: 3 in Europe, 5 in Asia, and the one that might also be allowed is in Africa.]

Capital cities: there is only 1.

Chemical Elements: there are 4 elements whose names begin with I and 3 whose symbols begin with I.

UK #1 Chart Acts: Only 5 acts beginning with I have reached #1 in the UK charts. Well done if you can name 3 of them.

Songs beginning with I that have reached #1 in the UK Chart: In stark contrast to the number of artists beginning with I who have had UK #1s (just 5 of them), over 100 songs beginning with I have made it to #1 in the UK. If you have time, name 40 of them. There are over 50 that begin simply with the pronoun “I”, and over 20 that begin with “I’d”, “I’ll”, “I’m” or “I’ve”.

Challenge: Ninth in a list

Can you name the following?

The Ninth Pope (136AD to 140AD).

The Ninth President of the USA (1841, for 31 days, the shortest presidential term).

The winner of Superbowl IX (1975).

The host country and winner of the Ninth FIFA World Cup (1970).

Answers: Items beginning with I

Countries (8): Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy. The 9th country that might be allowed by some quizzers is Ivory Coast, but its usual name is Cote d’Ivoire.

Capital cities (1): Islamabad (Pakistan).

Chemical elements by name (4): indium (In), iodine (I), iridium (Ir), iron (Fe).

UK #1 Chart Acts: Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX, Irene Cara, Iron Maiden, Iyaz. (Each of these acts has had just one UK #1 hit.)

Songs beginning with I that have reached #1 in the UK Chart: “I Believe” / “I Believe I Can Fly” / “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” / “I Can’t Stop Loving You” / “I Could Be the One” / “I Don’t Care” / “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” / “I Don’t Like Mondays” / “I Don’t Wanna Dance” / “I Don’t Wanna Know” / “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” / “I Feel Fine” / “I Feel For You” / “I Feel Love” / “I Feel You” / “I Got U” / “I Got You Babe” / “I Gotta Feeling” / “I Have A Dream” / “I Hear You Knockin’” / “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” / “I Just Called To Say I Love You” / “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” / “I Kissed A Girl” / “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” / “I Know Him So Well” / “I Like It” / “I Love It” / “I Love To Love” / “I Love You” / “I Love You Love Me Love” / “I Only Have Eyes For You” / “I Owe You Nothing” / “I Pretend” / “I Remember You” / “I See The Moon” / “I Should Be So Lucky” / “I Should Have Known Better” / “I Think We’re Alone Now” / “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” / “I Turn To You” / “I Wanna Be The Only One” / “I Wanna Feel” / “I Wanna Sex You Up” / “I Want It That Way” / “I Want To Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” / “I Want To Hold Your Hand” / “I Want To Know What Love Is” / “I Want To Wake Up With You” / “I Want You Back” / “I Will Always Love You” / “I Will Never Let You Down” / “I Will Survive” / “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)” / “Ice Ice Baby” / “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” / “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” / “If” / “If I Let You Go” / “If I Was” / “If I Were A Boy” / “If Tomorrow Never Comes” / “If You Come Back” / “If You Leave Me Now” / “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” / “If You’re Not The One” / “Ignition” / “I’ll Be Home” / “I’ll Be Missing You” / “I’ll Be OK” / “I’ll Be There “ / “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” / “I’ll Never Find Another You” / “I’ll Stand By You” / “I’m A Believer” / “I’m Alive” / “I’m Into Something Good” / “I’m Not Alone” / “I’m Not In Love” / “I’m Still Waiting” / “I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)” / “I’m the One” / “I’m Walking Behind You” / “I’m Your Man” / “Imagine” / “Importance Of Being Idle” / “Impossible” / “In My Feelings “ / “In My Head” / “In The Summertime” / “In The Year 2525 (Exordium And Terminus)” / “Independent Women Part 1” / “Innuendo” / “Inside” / “Into The Groove” / “Is There Something I Should Know” / “Israelites” / “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” / “It Feels So Good” / “It Wasn’t Me” / “It’s A Sin” / “It’s All In The Game” / “It’s All Over Now” / “It’s Almost Tomorrow” / “It’s Chico Time” / “It’s Like That” / “It’s My Birthday” / “It’s My Party” / “It’s Not Unusual” / “It’s Now Or Never” / “It’s Only Make Believe” / “It’s Over” / “It’s Raining Men” / “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” / “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” / “I’ve Never Been To Me”.

Answers: Ninth in a list

Ninth Pope: Hyginus (136AD to 140AD).

Ninth President of the USA: William Henry Harrison (1841, for 31 days, the shortest presidential term).

The winner of Superbowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers (1975).

The Ninth FIFA World Cup (1970): hosted by Mexico, won by Brazil.



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