Trivia

“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] 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] 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] 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 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] 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] 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 2019

[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 W 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] 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] 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

Wrong: “Beauty and the Beast”, his 6th answer, but he went on to give 2 more correct answers / 7 right (1234678) for 5k in the prize fund

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 / 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 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] 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] 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

 

 

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