2019 Trivia Lists Day 20: the letter T and the number 20

Following on from yesterday’s set of lists, and continuing this New Year Resolution of sorts, here are some challenges involving things that begin with the letter T (including countries, capital cities and chemical elements) or come 20th numerically (such as the 20th Pope and the 20th 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 T

Countries: there are 11 countries whose usual English names begin with T. [Hint: 5 in Asia, 3 in Africa, 1 in the Americas (including Caribbean island nations), 2 in Oceania.]

Capital cities: there are 11.

Chemical Elements: there are 11 elements that begin with T and 9 whose symbols begin with T.

UK #1 Chart Acts: Over 40 acts beginning with T have reached #1 in the UK charts. Well done if you can name 20 of them.

Songs beginning with T that have reached #1 in the UK Chart: Over 70 songs beginning with T have made it to #1 in the UK. Well done if you can name 30 of them (and if you have time to do so).

Challenge: 20th in a list

Can you name the following?

The 20th Pope (236AD to 250AD).

The 20th President of the USA (1881).

The winner of Superbowl XX (1986).

The host country and winner of the 20th FIFA World Cup (2014).

Answers: Items beginning with T

Countries (11): Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu.

[Note: Timor-Leste is the official name of the country also known as East Timor. East Timor was included as a country name in the lists of items beginning with E, in this earlier piece. Some quizzers might insist on Timor-Leste and not accept East Timor as an official country name.]

Capital cities (11): Tallinn, Tarawa, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tegucigalpa, Tehran, Thimphu, Tirana, Tokyo, Tripoli, Tunis.

[For the record, capital cities with country name in brackets: Tallinn (Estonia), Tarawa (Kiribati), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Tehran (Iran), Thimphu (Bhutan), Tirana (Albania), Tokyo (Japan), Tripoli (Libya), Tunis (Tunisia).]

Chemical elements by name (11): tantalum (Ta), technetium (Tc), tellurium (Te), tennessine (Ts), terbium (Tb), thallium (Tl), thorium (Th), thulium (Tm), tin (Sn), titanium (Ti), tungsten (W).

Chemical elements by symbol (9): Ta (tantalum), Tb (terbium), Tc (technetium), Te (tellurium), Th (thorium), Ti (titanium), Tl (thallium), Tm (thulium), Ts (tennessine).

UK #1 Chart Acts: T Rex, Tab Hunter, Taio Cruz, Take That, Take That featuring Lulu, Tammy Wynette, Tamperer featuring Maya, Tams, Tasmin Archer, Tatu, Taylor Swift, Teletubbies, Telly Savalas, Temperance Seven, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Terry Jacks, Three Degrees, Thunderclap Newman, Tiffany, Tight Fit, Timbaland, Timelords, Tina Charles, Tinchy Stryder, Ting Tings, Tinie Tempah, Tom Jones, Tomcraft, Tommy Edwards, Tommy James & The Shondells, Tommy Roe, Tommy Steele, Tony Bennett, Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay, Tony Di Bart, Tori Amos, Tornados, T’Pau, Tremeloes, Troggs, Tubeway Army, Tulisa, Tymes, Typically Tropical.

Songs beginning with T that have reached #1 in the UK Chart: “Tainted Love” / “Take A Bow” / “Take A Chance On Me” / “Take Me Bak ‘Ome” / “Take Me to the Clouds Above” / “Take My Breath Away” / “Take On Me” / “Talk Dirty” / “Tears” / “Tears Of A Clown” / “Tears On My Pillow” / “Telegram Sam” / “Telephone” / “Teletubbies Say ‘Eh-Oh’“ / “Tell Laura I Love Her” / “Telstar” / “Temptation” / “That’ll Be The Day” / “That’s My Goal” / “That’s Not My Name” / “That’s What I Like” / “Theme From MASH (Suicide Is Painless)” / “Theme From S’Express” / “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)” / “There’s No-one Quite Like Grandma” / “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’“ / “These Days” / “These Words” / “Things Can Only Get Better” / “Think Twice” / “Thinking Out Loud” / “This Ain’t A Love Song” / “This Is Love” / “This Is My Song” / “This Ole House” / “Those Were The Days” / “Three Coins In The Fountain” / “Three Lions” / “Three Steps To Heaven” / “Three Times A Lady” / “Thrift Shop” / “Thunder In My Heart Again” / “Thunderbirds” / “Ticket To Ride” / “Tide Is High” / “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree” / “Tiger Feet” / “Timber” / “The Time (Dirty Bit)” / “Tired Of Waiting For You” / “Titanium” / “To You I Belong” / “Toca’s Miracle” / “Together We Are Beautiful” / “Too Close” / “Too Good at Goodbyes” / “Too Many Broken Hearts” / “Too Much” / “Too Shy” / “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” / “Touch Me” / “Tower Of Strength” / “Toxic” / “Tragedy” / “Travellin’ Light” / “Troublemaker” / “True” / “True Blue” / “Tsunami (Jump)” / “Turn Back Time” / “Turn the music louder (Rumble)” / “Turn Up the Music” / “Turtle Power” / “Twelfth Of Never” / “Twilight” / “Twist And Shout” / “Two Little Boys” / “Two Tribes”.

Answers: 20th in a list

20th Pope: St Fabian (236AD to 250AD).

20th President of the USA: James A Garfield (1881).

The winner of Superbowl XIX (1986): Chicago Bears.

The 20th FIFA World Cup (2014): hosted by Brazil, won by Germany.




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