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“Tenable” questions, week ending 10 January 2020 (Series 4, Episodes 31-35)

Here are the questions and answers for the current series of ITV quiz show “Tenable”, episodes broadcast between Monday 6 and Friday 10 January 2020, Series 4 Episodes 31-35 (S4Ep31, S4Ep32 and so on).

The format here is the same as in earlier pieces such as this one from last November: a list of the “Tenable” challenges, a note on how the teams fared, and then the answers.

The Questions

Monday 6 January 2020 [s4ep31, repeated late at night on Wednesday 8 April 2020 and on Monday 26 October 2020]

[s4ep31] Sisters Before Misters

Round 1: The 10 ‘Grow Your Own’ fruit, vegetables and herbs beginning with the letter ‘P’ [As listed on the Royal Horticultural Society website, RHS.org.uk, in the section titled Grown Your Own, as of 11 April 2019.]

Round 2: Top 10 highest-grossing Matt Damon films [The highest grossing films worldwide in which Matt Damon has an acting credit, based on lifetime data provided by Box Office Mojo as of 4 April 2019.]

Round 3: The last 10 runners-up in US presidential elections [The last 10 different presidential nominees of the Democratic or Republican parties who lost a US presidential election; as of January 2019.]

Round 4: Top 10 Manchester bands of the 1990s [In May 2019 Radio X, formerly XFm, released a list of the 50 greatest songs from Manchester; the answers here are the 10 bands on that list who had at least one Top 40 hit single in the 1990s; does not include bands whose only 1990s hits were re-releases, such as The Smiths.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round):  Top 10 men’s singles tennis players in 2018 [According to the men’s singles rankings on the ATP Tour website, ATPTour.com, dated 31 December 2018.]

Final Round: Countries: The first 10 countries with only five letters in their name [The first 10 countries alphabetically that have only five letters in their usual short-form name in English; as usual, “by country we mean any sovereign state that is a member of the UN in its own right”.]

Tuesday 7 January 2020 [s4ep32, repeated late at night on Friday 17 April 2020 and on Tuesday 27 October 2020]

[s4ep32] Jog On

Round 1: The 10 Summer Olympic host cities that are not capitals of their country [Covers the time period 1896 to the games in 2016.]

Round 2: Top 10 Ealing comedies [The 10 classic Ealing comedies as listed on the Ealing Comedy page of the British Film Institute website, Screen Online, as of April 2019; the 10 films were made at Ealing Studios, and were released in the UK between February 1947 and December 1955.]

Round 3: The last 10 monarchs with a parent who was also the king or queen [Covers kings and queens of the United Kingdom or the “nations of Great Britain and Ireland” that preceded the various Acts of Union; as of April 2019.]

Round 4: The last 10 Top 40 UK singles by The Jam before the band split [Original releases only, not re-releases or re-entries, up to December 1982.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 rooms and weapons in ‘Cluedo’ between Billiard Room and Rope alphabetically [Based on the classic UK edition of the game; does not include the central area of the board, sometimes called the Cellar or Stairs.]

Final Round: Popular Fiction: The 10 words of five or more letters in the titles of Dan Brown novels [As of March 2019; refers to the English titles of individual Dan Brown novels; words that only appear in the titles of collected omnibus editions of multiple novels, or any non-fiction titles, are not acceptable answers; does not include books written under a pseudonym or co-written.]

Wednesday 8 January 2020 [s4ep33, repeated on Thursday 30 April 2020 and on Wednesday 28 October 2020]

[s4ep33] The Gurt Lushes

Round 1: Top 10 longest-running West End musicals with an original score [The 10 with the most performances, based on data from the Society of London Theatres as of 30 January 2019; this list does not include jukebox musicals that are based, or largely based, on the back catalogues of songs of a particular performer or group.]

Round 2: Top 10 boys’ names which are titles of books in the Bible [The 10 most popular names given to baby boys born in England and Wales in 2017 that also feature in titles of books in the King James Bible.]

Round 3: Top 10 nations in the 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table [Those with the most gold medals at the Games held in Gold Coast Australia in 2018; a win in a team sport, such as hockey, still counts as a single gold medal for the nation in question; some of these answers are sovereign states, others are national teams that form part of a larger country.]

Round 4: The first 10 UB40 tracks to feature on ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ albums [The first 10 tracks featured on numbered ‘Now’ albums; two of the tracks are credited to UB40 and another artist; this list does not include tracks where UB40 are listed as the second featured artist.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The last 10 people to marry in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey [The last 5 members of the British royal family to marry at Westminster Abbey, and the people they were marrying; this covers the immediate royal family: anyone who was a direct descendant of George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; as of May 2019.]

Final Round: US Geography: The 10 most southerly US states [The 10 most southerly of the 48 contiguous states in the US mainland, as measured from the southern-most point of each state; according to Google Maps.]

Thursday 9 January 2020 [S4ep34, repeated on Friday 1 May 2020 and on Thursday 29 October 2020]

[s4ep34] The Rowley Polys

Round 1: The 10 closest capital cities to Reykjavik

Round 2: The 10 members of the classic line-ups of Westlife and Boyzone [The line-ups as they were when each group had their first top 10 single; first names are acceptable answers.]

Round 3: The 10 most-bodged DIY jobs [These are DIY jobs that go wrong and require a professional fix, according to a UK-wide survey conducted in October 2017 by tradesperson website Local Heroes, and posted on their website in November 2017.]

Round 4: The 10 actors with the most appearances in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise [Those who have appeared in the most “Fast and Furious” films, as credited on the IMDb full cast and crew page for each film, as of April 2019; covers the 8 main features in the series, from “The Fast and the Furious” in 2001 to “The Fate of the Furious” in 2017.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 monarchs of England since 1066 with the regnal number II [Any monarch known as “The Second”, since 1 January 1066, who ruled over England as a separate kingdom or England as a home nation that is part of the political entities that eventually became the UK.]

Final Round: Football Teams: The 10 2018/19 EFL Championship football teams with ‘Town’, ‘City’ or ‘United’ in their names

Friday 10 January 2020 [s4ep35, repeated on Sunday 19 April 2020 and on Friday 30 October 2020]

[s4ep35] The Baseballers

Round 1: The first 10 five-letter words that end with the letters ‘ASH’ [According to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary on Chambers.co.uk; does not include hyphenated words, words with apostrophes or any word that the dictionary spells with an initial capital letter; as of 13 May 2019.]

Round 2: The 10 Madonna hit singles of the 1980s with three-word titles [The 10 singles that reached higher than #5 in the 1980s, according to the Official Charts Company; words with an apostrophe, such as “I’m” or “You’re”, count as one word.]

Round 3: The 10 European football teams with the  highest wage bills [According to data in UEFA’s benchmarking report released in January 2019.]

Round 4: The 10 vegetables in the names of Heinz Classic soups [The 10 vegetable ingredients that appear in the names on the front of the Heinz Classic soup range; according to soup can Images that feature under the “Classics” tab of the Heinz UK website as of 26 April 2019; if a soup name has more than one vegetable ingredient, each ingredient will be a separate answer; “vegetable” refers to ingredients that may be described as pulses, seeds, fungi or herbs, as well as other plants usually sold in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 Sugdens, Spencers and Sharmas in “Emmerdale” [This first names of the 10 characters with the surnames Sugden, Spencer or Sharma in the ITV soap; according to the names listed under the heading “Characters” on the official ITV “Emmerdale” Characters web page, as of April 2019.]

Final Round: EU Countries: The 10 EU countries with seven-letter names [This relates to the English spelling of the countries’ usual short-form names; “for fairness, Czechia, which is a new short-form name used by the Czech Republic, is not a ‘Tenable’ answer”.]

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 6 January 2020, Sisters Before Misters

All 5 members of Sisters Before Misters made it to the final playing for 24.5k and named 9 of the first 10 countries with only five letters in their name. [The remaining answer: Benin.]

Tuesday 7 January 2020, Jog On

All 5 of Jog On made it to the final playing for 10.5k and named 6 of the 10 words of five or more letters in the titles of Dan Brown novels. [The remaining answers: Deception, Origin, Point, Symbol.]

Wednesday 8 January 2020, The Gurt Lushes

3 members of The Gurt Lushes made it to the final playing for 7.5k and named 8 of the 10 most southerly US states. [The remaining answers: Arizona, South Carolina.]

Thursday 9 January 2020, The Rowley Polys

All 5 of The Rowley Polys made it to the final and won 27k by naming the 10 2018/19 EFL Championship football teams with ‘Town’, ‘City’ or ‘United’ in their names.

Friday 10 January 2020, The Baseballers

3 of The Baseballers made it to the final playing for 3.5k and named 8 of the 10 10 EU countries with seven-letter names. [The remaining answers: Estonia, Ireland.]

Questions and Answers

Monday 6 January 2020 [s4ep31, repeated late at night on Wednesday 8 April 2020 and on Monday 26 October 2020]

[s4ep31] Sisters Before Misters

Round 1: The 10 ‘Grow Your Own’ fruit, vegetables and herbs beginning with the letter ‘P’ [As listed on the Royal Horticultural Society website, RHS.org.uk, in the section titled Grown Your Own, as of 11 April 2019.]

Pak choi / Parsley / Parsnip / Pea / Peach / Pear / Pepper / Plum / Potato / Pumpkin

Round 2: Top 10 highest-grossing Matt Damon films [The highest grossing films worldwide in which Matt Damon has an acting credit, based on lifetime data provided by Box Office Mojo as of 4 April 2019.]

Interstellar / The Martian / Saving Private Ryan / Ocean’s Eleven / The Bourne Ultimatum / Jason Bourne / Ocean’s Twelve / The Great Wall / Ocean’s Thirteen / The Departed

Round 3: The last 10 runners-up in US presidential elections [The last 10 different presidential nominees of the Democratic or Republican parties who lost a US presidential election; as of January 2019.]

Hillary Clinton / Mitt Romney / John McCain / John Kerry / Al Gore / Bob Dole / George HW Bush / Michael Dukakis / Walter Mondale / Jimmy Carter

Round 4: Top 10 Manchester bands of the 1990s [In May 2019 Radio X, formerly XFm, released a list of the 50 greatest songs from Manchester; the answers here are the 10 bands on that list who had at least one Top 40 hit single in the 1990s; does not include bands whose only 1990s hits were re-releases, such as The Smiths.]

808 State / Electronic / Happy Mondays / Inspiral Carpets / James / New Order / Oasis / The Charlatans / The Stone Roses / The Verve

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round):  Top 10 men’s singles tennis players in 2018 [According to the men’s singles rankings on the ATP Tour website, ATPTour.com, dated 31 December 2018.]

Novak Djokovic / Rafael Nadal / Roger Federer / Alexander Zverev / Juan Martin del Potro / Kevin Anderson / Marin Cilic / Dominic Thiem / Kei Nishikori / John Isner

Final Round: Countries: The first 10 countries with only five letters in their name [The first 10 countries alphabetically that have only five letters in their usual short-form name in English; as usual, “by country we mean any sovereign state that is a member of the UN in its own right”.]

Benin / Chile / China / Congo / Egypt / Gabon / Ghana / Haiti / India / Italy

Tuesday 7 January 2020 [s4ep32, repeated late at night on Friday 17 April 2020 and on Tuesday 27 October 2020]

[s4ep32] Jog On

Round 1: The 10 Summer Olympic host cities that are not capitals of their country [Covers the time period 1896 to the games in 2016.]

Rio de Janeiro / Sydney / Atlanta / Barcelona / Los Angeles / Montreal / Munich / Melbourne / Antwerp / St Louis

Round 2: Top 10 Ealing comedies [The 10 classic Ealing comedies as listed on the Ealing Comedy page of the British Film Institute website, Screen Online, as of April 2019; the 10 films were made at Ealing Studios, and were released in the UK between February 1947 and December 1955.]

Hue and Cry / Passport to Pimlico / Whisky Galore! / Kind Hearts and Coronets / The Magnet / The Lavender Hill Mob / The Man in the White Suit / The Titfield Thunderbolt / The Maggie / The Ladykillers

Round 3: The last 10 monarchs with a parent who was also the king or queen [Covers kings and queens of the United Kingdom or the “nations of Great Britain and Ireland” that preceded the various Acts of Union; as of April 2019.]

Elizabeth II / George VI / Edward VIII / George V / Edward VII / William IV / George IV / George II / Anne / Mary II

Round 4: The last 10 Top 40 UK singles by The Jam before the band split [Original releases only, not re-releases or re-entries, up to December 1982.]

Beat Surrender / The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) / Just Who is the 5 O’Clock Hero? / Town Called Malice–Precious / Absolute Beginners / Funeral Pyre / That’s Entertainment / Start / Going Underground–Dreams of Children / The Eton Rifles

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 rooms and weapons in ‘Cluedo’ between Billiard Room and Rope alphabetically [Based on the classic UK edition of the game; does not include the central area of the board, sometimes called the Cellar or Stairs.]

Candlestick / Conservatory / Dagger / Dining Room / Hall / Kitchen / Lead Pipe / Library / Lounge / Revolver

Final Round: Popular Fiction: The 10 words of five or more letters in the titles of Dan Brown novels [As of March 2019; refers to the English titles of individual Dan Brown novels; words that only appear in the titles of collected omnibus editions of multiple novels, or any non-fiction titles, are not acceptable answers; does not include books written under a pseudonym or co-written.]

Angels / Deception / Demons / Digital / Fortress / Inferno / Origin / Point / Symbol / Vinci

Wednesday 8 January 2020 [s4ep33, repeated on Thursday 30 April 2020 and on Wednesday 28 October 2020]

[s4ep33] The Gurt Lushes

Round 1: Top 10 longest-running West End musicals with an original score [The 10 musicals with the most performances, based on data from the Society of London Theatres as of 30 January 2019; this list does not include jukebox musicals that are based, or largely based, on the back catalogues of songs of a particular performer or group.]

Les Miserables / The Phantom of the Opera / Blood Brothers / Cats / The Lion King / Starlight Express / Chicago / Wicked / Billy Elliott The Musical / Miss Saigon

Round 2: Top 10 boys’ names which are titles of books in the Bible [The 10 most popular names given to baby boys born in England and Wales in 2017 that also feature in titles of books in the King James Bible.]

Joshua / James / Samuel / Daniel / Jude / Matthew / Luke / Ezra / Joel / John

Round 3: Top 10 nations in the 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table [Those with the most gold medals at the Games held in Gold Coast Australia in 2018; a win in a team sport, such as hockey, still counts as a single gold medal for the nation in question; some of these answers are sovereign states, others are national teams that form part of a larger country.]

Australia / England / India / Canada / New Zealand / South Africa / Wales / Scotland / Nigeria / Cyprus

Round 4: The first 10 UB40 tracks to feature on ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ albums [The first 10 tracks featured on numbered ‘Now’ albums; two of the tracks are credited to UB40 and another artist; this list does not include tracks where UB40 are listed as the second featured artist.]

Red Red Wine / Please Don’t Make Me Cry / If It Happens Again / Don’t Break My heart / I Got You Babe / Sing Our Own Song / Rat In Mi Kitchen / Breakfast in Bed / Kingston Town / (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The last 10 people to marry in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey [The last 5 members of the British royal family to marry at Westminster Abbey, and the people they were marrying; this covers the immediate royal family: anyone who was a direct descendant of George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; as of May 2019.]

Prince William / Catherine Middleton / Prince Andrew / Sarah Ferguson / Princess Anne / Mark Phillips / Princess Margaret / Anthony Armstrong-Jones / Princess Elizabeth / Philip Mountbatten

Final Round: US Geography: The 10 most southerly US states [The 10 most southerly of the 48 contiguous states in the US mainland, as measured from the southern-most point of each state; according to Google Maps.]

Florida / Texas / Louisiana / Mississippi / Alabama / Georgia / Arizona / New Mexico / South Carolina / California

Thursday 9 January 2020 [S4ep34, repeated on Friday 1 May 2020 and on Thursday 29 October 2020]

[s4ep34] The Rowley Polys

Round 1: The 10 closest capital cities to Reykjavik

Dublin / Oslo / London / Amsterdam / Copenhagen / Brussels / Stockholm / Paris / Luxembourg / Berlin

Round 2: The 10 members of the classic line-ups of Westlife and Boyzone [The line-ups as they were when each group had their first top 10 single; first names are acceptable answers.]

Keith Duffy / Mikey Graham / Ronan Keating / Shane Lynch / Stephen Gately / Shane Filan / Bryan McFadden / Kian Egan / Nicky Byrne / Mark Feehily

Round 3: The 10 most-bodged DIY jobs [These are DIY jobs that go wrong and require a professional fix, according to a UK-wide survey conducted in October 2017 by tradesperson website Local Heroes, and posted on their website in November 2017.]

Hanging wallpaper / Putting up shelves / Painting a room / Fixing a toilet flush / Unblocking a drain / Bleeding a radiator / Laying a carpet / Fixing a leaking tap / Plastering a wall / Grouting

Round 4: The 10 actors with the most appearances in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise [Those who have appeared in the most “Fast and Furious” films, as credited on the IMDb full cast and crew page for each film, as of April 2019; covers the 8 main features in the series, from “The Fast and the Furious” in 2001 to “The Fate of the Furious” in 2017.]

Paul Walker / Vin Diesel / Tyrese Gibson / Michelle Rodriguez / Jordana Brewster / Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges / Dwayne Johnson / Gal Gadot / Elsa Pataky / Sung Kang

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 monarchs of England since 1066 with the regnal number II [Any monarch known as “The Second”, since 1 January 1066, who ruled over England as a separate kingdom or England as a home nation that is part of the political entities that eventually became the UK; up to May 2019.]

Harold II / William II / Henry II / Edward II / Richard II / Charles II / James II / Mary II / George II / Elizabeth II

Final Round: Football Teams: The 10 2018/19 EFL Championship football teams with ‘Town’, ‘City’ or ‘United’ in their names

Birmingham City / Bristol City / Hull City / Ipswich Town / Leeds United / Norwich City / Rotherham United / Sheffield United / Stoke City / Swansea City

Friday 10 January 2020 [s4ep35, repeated on Sunday 19 April 2020 and on Friday 30 October 2020]

[s4ep35] The Baseballers

Round 1: The first 10 five-letter words that end with the letters ‘ASH’ [According to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary on Chambers.co.uk; does not include hyphenated words, words with apostrophes or any word that the dictionary spells with an initial capital letter; as of 13 May 2019.]

Awash / Brash / Clash / Crash / Flash / Gnash / Leash / Quash / Slash / Smash

Round 2: The 10 Madonna hit singles of the 1980s with three-word titles [The 10 singles that reached higher than #5 in the 1980s, according to the Official Charts Company; words with an apostrophe, such as “I’m” or “You’re”, count as one word.]

Like a Virgin / Crazy for You / Into the Groove / Live to Tell / Papa Don’t Preach / Open Your Heart / La Isla Bonita / Who’s That Girl / Causing a Commotion / Like a Prayer

Round 3: The 10 European football teams with the  highest wage bills [According to data in UEFA’s benchmarking report released in January 2019.]

Real Madrid / Barcelona / Manchester City / Manchester United / Bayern Munich / Paris Saint-Germain / Juventus / Chelsea / Liverpool / Arsenal

Round 4: The 10 vegetables in the names of Heinz Classic soups [The 10 vegetable ingredients that appear in the names on the front of the Heinz Classic soup range; according to soup can Images that feature under the “Classics” tab of the Heinz UK website as of 26 April 2019; if a soup name has more than one vegetable ingredient, each ingredient will be a separate answer; “vegetable” refers to ingredients that may be described as pulses, seeds, fungi or herbs, as well as other plants usually sold in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket.]

Basil / Carrot / Coriander / Leek / Lentil / Mushroom / Pea / Potato / Sweetcorn / Tomato

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 Sugdens, Spencers and Sharmas in “Emmerdale” [This first names of the 10 characters with the surnames Sugden, Spencer or Sharma in the ITV soap; according to the names listed under the heading “Characters” on the official ITV “Emmerdale” Characters web page, as of April 2019.]

Diane Sugden / Jack Sugden / Robert Sugden / Sarah Sugden / Amelia Spencer / Dan Spencer / Daz Spencer / Eliza Sharma / Jai Sharma / Rishi Sharma

Final Round: EU Countries: The 10 EU countries with seven-letter names [This relates to the English spelling of the countries’ usual short-form names; “for fairness, Czechia, which is a new short-form name used by the Czech Republic, is not a ‘Tenable’ answer”.]

Austria / Belgium / Croatia / Denmark / Estonia / Finland / Germany / Hungary / Ireland / Romania

9 thoughts on ““Tenable” questions, week ending 10 January 2020 (Series 4, Episodes 31-35)

    1. Those are the answers given on the show.
      My search on Chambers (https://chambers.co.uk/search/?query=abash&title=21st) gives the following response:
      “No exact matches for abash, but the following may be helpful.
      abashed adj embarrassed or disconcerted, especially because of shyness.
      ETYMOLOGY: 14c as abayste: from French esbahir to astound.”
      So I guess Chambers Online doesn’t treat “abash” as a word even if other dictionaries or sites (like Collins, Merriam-Webster and dictionary.com) do.

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  1. The question on vegetables on hienz soups they gave the answer tomato but tomato is a fruit not a vegetable so that was a wrong answer so shouldn’t have been allowed

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  2. I think that the question setter(s) covered pretty much every angle on this one.
    In the clarification, or “small print”, that Warwick Davis reads out at the start of the question, quoted above, it says:
    “…”vegetable” refers to ingredients that may be described as pulses, seeds, fungi or herbs, as well as other plants usually sold in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket”.
    So that covers all of the following, which are not, technically, vegetables: Basil and Coriander (herbs), Lentils and Peas (legumes, which are plants that produce seeds or pods), Mushrooms (fungi), as well as Tomatoes (fruit).

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  3. As with other quiz shows, “Tenable” uses the word “country” to mean “a sovereign state that is a member of the United Nations in its own right”. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not sovereign states, they are part of the United Kingdom, so Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast do not count as capital cities.

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  4. try telling the residents of edinburgh cardiff and belfast their not living in capital cities.

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