Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 24 January 2020 (Series 4, Episodes 41-45)

Here are the questions and answers for the current series of ITV quiz show “Tenable”, episodes broadcast between Monday 20 and Friday 24 January 2020, Series 4 Episodes 41-45 (S4Ep41, S4Ep42 and so on).

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

The Questions

Monday 20 January 2019 [s4ep41, repeated on Wednesday 6 May 2020]

[s4ep41] The Netball Breakers

Round 1: The 10 most popular musical instruments for children [The 10 most popular musical instruments that children play or would like to learn to play, according to a 2018 survey conducted by YouGov for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.]

Round 2: The first 10 six-letter words ending in the letters ‘KER’ [According to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary on Chambers.co.uk; the acceptable answers all have their own entry and are in blue on the website; the following words are not acceptable answers: “cocker” (a shortened form of the dog breed cocker spaniel), bilker, bucker, booker  or busker  as they are listed in green on the website.]

Round 3: The 10 Monopoly colour set properties with 10 or fewer letters in their name [Based on the classic London Monopoly board; only letters are being counted here, not spaces between words.]

Round 4: The first 10 cities in Scotland and Wales alphabetically

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round):  The 10 Fowlers and Brannings in ‘Eastenders’ [In the “Families and Groups” section of the official “Eastenders” pages on the BBC website there are 10 people listed with the surname Fowler or Branning; some of the characters may have appeared in the soap with a different surname before marriage; as of 22 April 2019.]

Final Round: The Mediterranean: The first 10 countries on the Mediterranean Sea anti-clockwise from Morocco [The first 10 mainland countries that have borders on the Mediterranean Sea when going anti-clockwise starting from Morocco; all Mediterranean island territory is being ignored in this list; “Mediterranean Sea” means the entire body of water, including areas with alternative names such as the Aegean or Ionian Seas; as ever, “by country we mean a sovereign state that is a member of the United Nations in its own right”.]

Tuesday 21 January 2020 [s4ep42, repeated on Thursday 7 May 2020]

[s4ep42] Kilty Pleasures

Round 1: The first 10 six-letter words ending in the letters ‘PLE’ [According to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary on Chambers.co.uk; the acceptable answers all have their own entry and are in blue on the website; does not include hyphenated words, words with apostrophes or any word that the dictionary spells with an initial capital letter; “fipple” is not included in this list, because it’s a musical term, and “dapple” is not in Chambers Dictionary.]

Round 2: The 10 oldest players in the Europe team for the 2018 Ryder Cup

Round 3: The first 10 things to “choose” in ‘Trainspotting’ [As suggested in the opening voiceover of the 1996 Danny Boyle film “Trainspotting”.]

Round 4: The last 10 Labour Party leadership candidates [The last 10 different candidates to stand for leadership of the Labour Party as of May 2019; to be eligible for this list, the candidate must have faced a vote from party members, registered supporters and affiliated supporters; candidates who announced a bid for the leadership but withdrew before votes could be held are not valid answers in this list.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 musicians and actors aged 30 or under in the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List [Refers to the actors’ and musicians’ ages when the list was published on 12 May 2019.]

Final Round: Capital Cities: The 10 EU capital cities with six letters [The 10 EU capital cities with six letters in their name, based on the usual English spelling of the city’s name; as of May 2019.]

Wednesday 22 January 2020 [s4ep43, repeated on Friday 8 May 2020

[s4ep43] Izzet Izzet Wicked

Round 1: The 10 seeds and grains used in Allinson’s ’10 Seeds and Grains’ loaf [These 10 items are listed in brackets after the words “mixed seeds and grains” in the ingredients list on the Allinson’s website, allinsonsbread.co.uk as of 18 June 2019.]

Round 2: The first 10 Stephen King novels with one-word titles [According to his official website stephenking.com; does not include novellas, short stories, anthologies or any book written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.]

Round 3: The 10 women tennis players to be ranked world number 1 for the longest time [According to the Women’s Tennis Association, based on the rankings from the date of their inception in November 1975 up to the end of March 2019.]

Round 4: The 10 words of five or more letters in a police caution [The 10 different words of five or more letters given in a police caution, according to the wording in the section “Being Arrested: Your Rights” on the gov.uk website as of 17 June 2019. “To be clear, the caution is the wording after the arrest statement; for example, it would come after: ‘Warwick Davis I am arresting you on suspicion of starring in too many Hollywood blockbusters’.”]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 most-watched quiz shows of 2018 [According to data from BARB, the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board.]

Final Round: Pop Music: The first 10 words of four letters in ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi [From the lyrics to the 1986 Bon Jovi hit, after the spoken introduction; does not include contracted words with apostrophes, so “we’ve” is not an acceptable answer.]

Thursday 23 January 2020 [S4ep44, repeated on Saturday 2 May 2020]

[s4ep44] The Science Alliance

Round 1: The first 10 ‘Grow Your Own’ fruits alphabetically [The Royal Horticultural Society website rhs.org.uk has a section called “grow your own” which gives advice to gardeners who want to grow foodstuffs; one of the sections is called “Fruit A-Z”; this is a list of the first 10 fruits in in that section alphabetically, as of 26 June 2019.]

Round 2: Top 10 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

Round 3: The first 10 chemical elements alphabetically that do not end with the letter ‘M’ [As of June 2019.]

Round 4: Top 10 streamed songs by Dolly Parton [The top 10 songs by Dolly Parton streamed in the UK; includes duets where another artist is credited with Dolly; according to data compiled by the Official Charts Company released in February 2019.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The first 10 one-word countries alphabetically after Bulgaria that end with the letter ‘A’ [Czechia is not acceptable here, as it’s still commonly known as Czech Republic, and nor is Burma, commonly known as Myanmar.]

Final Round: Shakespeare Characters: The 10 Shakespeare title characters whose first names have six or fewer letters [According to the plays and their titles on the “Shakespeare’s Plays” page of the Royal Shakespeare Company website rsc.org.uk.]

Friday 24 January 2020 [S4ep45, repeated on Sunday 3 May 2020]

[s4ep45] Dream Gurlz

Round 1: The first 10 one-word countries alphabetically that end with the letter ‘A’ [As of April 2019.]

Round 2: The first 10 winners of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ [The names of the celebrities who won the first 10 main series of “Strictly Come Dancing”, not Christmas specials.]

Round 3: The first 10 central London tube stations with ‘Park’ in their name [The first 10 stations that contain the word “Park” in Zones 1 & 2 in an alphabetical list of London tube stations; this only relates to stations on the Underground network, so no DLR, Overground or Mainline stations unless they are also served by the Underground; as of April 2019.]

Round 4: The first 10 words of four or more letters in ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ by Whitney Houston [According to the lyrics on the Whitney Houston website, and only covers words from Verse 1 onwards, not words that feature in the introduction.]

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 ingredients in red velvet cake [As listed in Marie Williams’s recipe on the BBC Good Food website; includes the ingredients for both the cake and the icing; red food colouring gel is not included as an answer as it is implied in the name of the dessert itself.]

Final Round: Old Testament: The 10 Plagues of Egypt [From the Biblical story: the Egyptian Pharaoh refuses to let the Israelites leave his lands and so God curses his kingdom with plagues until he agrees to set them free; the answers here are the 10 plagues of Egypt as listed in the King James Bible.]

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 20 January 2020, The Netball Breakers

All 5 of The Netball Breakers made it to the final round playing for 7k and named 4 of the first 10 countries on the Mediterranean Sea anti-clockwise from Morocco. [The remaining answers: Algeria / Libya / Israel / Lebanon / Syria / Albania.]

Tuesday 21 January 2020, Kilty Pleasures

3 members of Kilty Pleasures made it to the final round and won 15k by naming the 10 EU capital cities with six letters.

Wednesday 22 January 2020, Izzet Izzet Wicked

2 members of Izzet Izzet Wicked made it to the final round playing for 1k and named 3 of the first 10 words of four letters in ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi. [The remaining answers: Been, Luck, Gina, Home, Love, Says, Hold.]

Thursday 23 January 2020, The Science Alliance

4 of The Science Alliance made it to the final round playing for 27.5k and named 9 of the 10 Shakespeare title characters whose first names have six or fewer letters. [The remaining answer: Timon.]

Friday 24 January 2020, Dream Gurlz

All 5 of the Dream Gurlz made it to the final playing for 8.5k and named 7 of the 10 Plagues of Egypt. [The remaining answers: Hail, Lice, Death of livestock.]

Questions and Answers

Monday 20 January 2019 [s4ep41, repeated on Wednesday 6 May 2020]

[s4ep41] The Netball Breakers

Round 1: The 10 most popular musical instruments for children [The 10 most popular musical instruments that children play or would like to learn to play, according to a 2018 survey conducted by YouGov for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.]

Guitar / Piano-Keyboard / Drums / Bass Guitar / Ukulele / Violin-Viola / Recorder / Saxophone / Flute / Trumpet

Round 2: The first 10 six-letter words ending in the letters ‘KER’ [According to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary on Chambers.co.uk; the acceptable answers all have their own entry and are in blue on the website; the following words are not acceptable answers: “cocker” (a shortened form of the dog breed cocker spaniel), bilker, bucker, booker  or busker  as they are listed in green on the website.]

Backer / Banker / Barker / Beaker / Bicker / Broker / Bunker / Canker / Choker / Conker

Round 3: The 10 Monopoly colour set properties with 10 or fewer letters in their name [Based on the classic London Monopoly board; only letters are being counted here, not spaces between words.]

Strand / Mayfair / Pall Mall / Park Lane / Bow Street / Whitehall / Bond Street / Euston Road / Piccadilly / Vine Street

Round 4: The first 10 cities in Scotland and Wales alphabetically

Aberdeen / Bangor / Cardiff / Dundee / Edinburgh / Glasgow / Inverness / Newport / Perth / St Asaph

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round):  The 10 Fowlers and Brannings in ‘Eastenders’ [In the “Families and Groups” section of the official “Eastenders” pages on the BBC website there are 10 people listed with the surname Fowler or Branning; some of the characters may have appeared in the soap with a different surname before marriage; as of 22 April 2019.]

Martin Fowler / Michelle Fowler / Rebecca Fowler / Sonia Fowler / Stacey Fowler / Abi Branning / Dot Branning / Jack Branning / Laura Branning / Max Branning

Final Round: The Mediterranean: The first 10 countries on the Mediterranean Sea anti-clockwise from Morocco [The first 10 mainland countries that have borders on the Mediterranean Sea when going anti-clockwise starting from Morocco; all Mediterranean island territory is being ignored in this list; “Mediterranean Sea” means the entire body of water, including areas with alternative names such as the Aegean or Ionian Seas; as ever, “by country we mean a sovereign state that is a member of the United Nations in its own right”.]

Algeria / Tunisia / Libya / Egypt / Israel / Lebanon / Syria / Turkey / Greece / Albania

Tuesday 21 January 2020 [s4ep42, repeated on Thursday 7 May 2020]

[s4ep42] Kilty Pleasures

Round 1: The first 10 six-letter words ending in the letters ‘PLE’ [According to Chambers 21st Century Dictionary on Chambers.co.uk; the acceptable answers all have their own entry and are in blue on the website; does not include hyphenated words, words with apostrophes or any word that the dictionary spells with an initial capital letter; “fipple” is not included in this list, because it’s a musical term, and “dapple” is not in Chambers Dictionary.]

Couple / Dimple / Nipple / People / Pimple / Popple / Purple / Ripple / Rumple / Sample

Round 2: The 10 oldest players in the Europe team for the 2018 Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter / Henrik Stenson / Paul Casey / Sergio Garcia / Justin Rose / Alex Noren / Francesco Molinari / Rory McIlroy / Thorbjorn Olesen / Tommy Fleetwood

Round 3: The first 10 things to “choose” in ‘Trainspotting’ [As suggested in the opening voiceover of the 1996 Danny Boyle film “Trainspotting”.]

Life / Job / Career / Family / Television / Washing machines / Cars / Compact disc players / Electrical tin openers / Good health

Round 4: The last 10 Labour Party leadership candidates [The last 10 different candidates to stand for leadership of the Labour Party as of May 2019; to be eligible for this list, the candidate must have faced a vote from party members, registered supporters and affiliated supporters; candidates who announced a bid for the leadership but withdrew before votes could be held are not valid answers in this list.]

Jeremy Corbyn / Owen Smith / Andy Burnham / Yvette Cooper / Liz Kendall / Ed Miliband / David Miliband / Ed Balls / Diane Abbot / Margaret Beckett

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 musicians and actors aged 30 or under in the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List [Refers to the actors’ and musicians’ ages when the list was published on 12 May 2019.]

Ed Sheeran / Daniel Radcliffe / Harry Styles / Emma Watson / Niall Horan / Louis Tomlinson / Liam Payne / Zayn Malik / Rupert Grint / Sam Smith

Final Round: Capital Cities: The 10 EU capital cities with six letters [The 10 EU capital cities with six letters in their name, based on the usual English spelling of the city’s name; as of May 2019.]

Athens / Berlin / Dublin / Lisbon / London / Madrid / Prague / Vienna / Warsaw / Zagreb

Wednesday 22 January 2020 [s4ep43, repeated on Friday 8 May 2020

[s4ep43] Izzet Izzet Wicked

Round 1: The 10 seeds and grains used in Allinson’s ’10 Seeds and Grains’ loaf [These 10 items are listed in brackets after the words “mixed seeds and grains” in the ingredients list on the Allinson’s website, allinsonsbread.co.uk as of 18 June 2019.]

Barley / Buckwheat / Chia seeds / Linseed / Millet / Oats / Poppy seeds / Pumpkin seeds / Rye / Sunflower seeds

Round 2: The first 10 Stephen King novels with one-word titles [According to his official website stephenking.com; does not include novellas, short stories, anthologies or any book written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.]

Carrie / Firestarter / Cujo / Christine / It / Misery / Insomnia / Desperation / Dreamcatcher / Cell

Round 3: The 10 women tennis players to be ranked world number 1 for the longest time [According to the Women’s Tennis Association, based on the rankings from the date of their inception in November 1975 up to the end of March 2019.]

Steffi Graf / Martina Navratilova / Serena Williams / Chris Evert / Martina Hingis / Monica Seles / Justine Henin / Lindsay Davenport / Caroline Wozniacki / Simona Halep

Round 4: The 10 words of five or more letters in a police caution [The 10 different words of five or more letters given in a police caution, according to the wording in the section “Being Arrested: Your Rights” on the gov.uk website as of 17 June 2019. “To be clear, the caution is the wording after the arrest statement; for example, it would come after: ‘Warwick Davis I am arresting you on suspicion of starring in too many Hollywood blockbusters’.”]

Anything / Defence / Mention / Questioned / Something / Which / Later / Court / Given / Evidence

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): Top 10 most-watched quiz shows of 2018 [According to data from BARB, the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board.]

Millionaire / The Chase / Britain’s Brightest Family / Pointless / Who Dares Wins / Tipping Point / University Challenge / Only Connect / Mastermind / Tenable

Final Round: Pop Music: The first 10 words of four letters in ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi [From the lyrics to the 1986 Bon Jovi hit, after the spoken introduction; does not include contracted words with apostrophes, so “we’ve” is not an acceptable answer.]

Used / Work / Been / Down / Luck / Gina / Home / Love / Says / Hold

Thursday 23 January 2020 [S4ep44, repeated on Saturday 2 May 2020]

[s4ep44] The Science Alliance

Round 1: The first 10 ‘Grow Your Own’ fruits alphabetically [The Royal Horticultural Society website rhs.org.uk has a section called “grow your own” which gives advice to gardeners who want to grow foodstuffs; one of the sections is called “Fruit A-Z”; this is a list of the first 10 fruits in in that section alphabetically, as of 26 June 2019.]

Apples / Apricots / Blackberries / Blackcurrants / Blueberries / Cherries / Figs / Gooseberries / Grapes / Kiwi fruit

Round 2: Top 10 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

University of Oxford / University of Cambridge / Stanford University / Massachusetts Institute of Technology / California Institute of Technology / Harvard University / Princeton University / Yale University / Imperial College London / University of Chicago

Round 3: The first 10 chemical elements alphabetically that do not end with the letter ‘M’ [As of June 2019.]

Antimony / Argon / Arsenic / Astatine / Bismuth / Boron / Bromine / Carbon / Chlorine / Cobalt

Round 4: Top 10 streamed songs by Dolly Parton [The top 10 songs by Dolly Parton streamed in the UK; includes duets where another artist is credited with Dolly; according to data compiled by the Official Charts Company released in February 2019.]

9 to 5 / Jolene / Islands in the Stream / I Will Always Love You / Here You Come Again / Coat of Many Colours / Love is Like a Butterfly / Baby I’m Burning / The Bargain Store / Blue Smoke

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The first 10 one-word countries alphabetically after Bulgaria that end with the letter ‘A’ [Czechia is not acceptable here, as it’s still commonly known as Czech Republic, and nor is Burma, commonly known as Myanmar.]

Cambodia / Canada / China / Colombia / Croatia / Cuba / Dominica / Eritrea / Estonia / Ethiopia

Final Round: Shakespeare Characters: The 10 Shakespeare title characters whose first names have six or fewer letters [According to the plays and their titles on the “Shakespeare’s Plays” page of the Royal Shakespeare Company website rsc.org.uk.]

John / Lear / Henry / Romeo / Timon / Titus / Antony / Hamlet / Juliet / Julius

Friday 24 January 2020 [S4ep45, repeated on Sunday 3 May 2020]

[s4ep45] Dream Gurlz

Round 1: The first 10 one-word countries alphabetically that end with the letter ‘A’ [As of April 2019.]

Albania / Algeria / Andorra / Angola / Argentina Armenia / Australia / Austria / Bolivia / Botswana /

Round 2: The first 10 winners of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ [The names of the celebrities who won the first 10 main series of “Strictly Come Dancing”, not Christmas specials.]

Natasha Kaplinksy / Jill Halfpenny / Darren Gough / Mark Ramprakash / Alesha Dixon / Tom Chambers / Chris Hollins / Kara Tointon / Harry Judd / Louis Smith

Round 3: The first 10 central London tube stations with ‘Park’ in their name [The first 10 stations that contain the word “Park” in Zones 1 & 2 in an alphabetical list of London tube stations; this only relates to stations on the Underground network, so no DLR, Overground or Mainline stations unless they are also served by the Underground; as of April 2019.]

Belsize Park / Finsbury Park / Green Park / Holland Park / Hyde Park Corner / Kilburn Park / Queen’s Park / Ravenscourt Park / Regent’s Park / St James’s Park /

Round 4: The first 10 words of four or more letters in ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ by Whitney Houston [According to the lyrics on the Whitney Houston website, and only covers words from Verse 1 onwards, not words that feature in the introduction.]

Clock / Strikes / Upon / Hour / Begins / Fade / Still / Enough / Time / Figure

Round 5 (The Captain’s Round): The 10 ingredients in red velvet cake [As listed in Marie Williams’s recipe on the BBC Good Food website; includes the ingredients for both the cake and the icing; red food colouring gel is not included as an answer as it is implied in the name of the dessert itself.]

Butter / Cocoa powder / Cream cheese / Egg / Flour / Lemon juice / Milk / Sugar / Vanilla extract / Yoghurt

Final Round: Old Testament: The 10 Plagues of Egypt [From the Biblical story: the Egyptian Pharaoh refuses to let the Israelites leave his lands and so God curses his kingdom with plagues until he agrees to set them free; the answers here are the 10 plagues of Egypt as listed in the King James Bible.]

Blood / Boils / Hail / Locusts / Darkness / Frogs / Lice / Flies / Death of firstborn / Death of livestock

 

 

 

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