A Little More – Week of 2/20/23

(Last Updated On: February 20, 2023)

Welcome to A Little More, which is our weekly look at some of our favorite questions from last week at Sporcle Events pub quiz shows. And because we love these questions so much, we give you a little more (get it?) info about them and include a related quiz for you to play at home. Check back next week for even more.


This Week’s Questions

  1. A variety of smoked ham and a traditional chocolate sponge cake sandwiched with layers of whipped cream and cherries both have names that reference what mountainous region of Southwest Germany?
  2. The largest clear-cut diamond in the world, weighing more than 530 carats, is known as the “Great Star” of which continent, where its parent diamond was found in 1905?
  3. According to 1800flowers.com, the rose is the top Valentine’s Day flower. Name one of the next three top Valentine’s Day flowers, all of which rank higher than lilies and carnations.
  4. If the chemical symbols for oxygen, radon, argon, and silver are rearranged and placed in a certain order, they spell the name of a major character in what fantasy franchise?
  5. The 17 U.S. senators who have gone on to become U.S. president represented 13 different states. Name two of the four states that have been represented by two different senators who went on to become president.
  6. The most common active ingredient in insect repellents is known by what four-letter term that is an acronym?
  7. Which of the “Big Four” banks in the United States is named in part for a 19th century Chief Justice who also served as Secretary of the Treasury?

Answers and A Little More

Q: A variety of smoked ham and a traditional chocolate sponge cake sandwiched with layers of whipped cream and cherries both have names that reference what mountainous region of Southwest Germany?
A: Black Forest

A Little More – The culinary delights in this question are named after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German), a mountainous region in Southwest Germany known for its dense forests, picturesque villages, and scenic beauty. The Black Forest covers an area of around 6,000 square kilometers (2,300 square miles), and is known for its dense forests, rolling hills, scenic lakes, and charming towns and villages.

Try this Quiz – Pick a German Dish


Q: The largest clear-cut diamond in the world, weighing more than 530 carats, is known as the “Great Star” of which continent, where its parent diamond was found in 1905?
A: Africa

A Little More – The Cullinan Diamond, weighing more than 3,100 carats, was discovered in South Africa in 1905. Nine major stones were produced from this diamond, including Cullinan I, or the “Great Star of Africa.”

Try This Quiz – The Four C’s of Diamonds


Q: According to 1800flowers.com (one-eight-hundred-flowers-dot-com), the rose is the top Valentine’s Day flower. Name one of the next three top Valentine’s Day flowers, all of which rank higher than lilies and carnations.
A:  Sunflower, Tulip, Orchid

A Little More – According to 1800flowers.com here’s the full top list:

1. Roses
2. Sunflowers
3. Tulips
4. Orchids
5. Lilies
6. Carnations
7. Hydrangeas
8. Chrysanthemums
9. Gardenias
10. Gerbera Daisies

Try This Quiz –Tricky-Clicky Minute: Flowers


Q: If the chemical symbols for oxygen, radon, argon, and silver are rearranged and placed in a certain order, they spell the name of a major character in what fantasy franchise?
A: Lord of the Rings

A Little More – Oxygen is O, Radon is Rn, Argon is Ar, and Silver is Ag. When rearranged, they spell Aragorn. Throughout the Lord of the Rings story, Aragorn is a key member of the Fellowship of the Ring, a group of nine individuals tasked with destroying the One Ring and defeating the evil lord Sauron. Aragorn is a skilled warrior, a charismatic leader, and a true hero who ultimately becomes the King of Gondor, restoring the kingdom to its former glory.

Try This Quiz – Restore the Chemical Symbols


Q: The 17 U.S. senators who have gone on to become U.S. president represented 13 different states. Name two of the four states that have been represented by two different senators who went on to become president.
A: Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia

A Little More – John Quincy Adams and John F. Kennedy from Massachusetts. William Henry Harrison and Warren G. Harding from Ohio. Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson from Tennessee. James Monroe and John Tyler from Virginia.

Try This Quiz – US Presidents Who Were Senators


Q: The most common active ingredient in insect repellents is known by what four-letter term that is an acronym?
A: DEET

A Little More – DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is a chemical compound that is commonly used as an insect repellent. It was first developed by the United States Army in 1946 for use by soldiers in insect-infested areas. DEET works by interfering with the ability of insects to detect and home in on the scent of human skin. DEET should not be confused with DDT, which is a wrestling move made famous by Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Try This Quiz – Insect Slide Show Quiz


Q: Which of the “Big Four” banks in the United States is named in part for a 19th century Chief Justice who also served as Secretary of the Treasury?
A: Chase

A Little More – The “Big Four” banks are JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup. When originally founded in 1877, Chase National Bank was named for Salmon P. Chase. Mr. Chase was an American politician and jurist who lived from 1808 to 1873. He is perhaps best known for his role as Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War.

Try This Quiz – Quick Pick – Real or Fake Banks


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Mark is the current Vice President of Entertainment at Sporcle. He founded Motor City Trivia back in 2009, which is what Sporcle Events is today. After hosting and attending thousands of pub quizzes over the last decade plus, he likes to write about some of his favorite trivia tidbits.

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