A Little More – Week of 4/10/23

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. The TGIF programming block on ABC debuted during the 1989–1990 television season and included five sitcoms in its first year, including Free Spirit. Name two of the other four original TGIF sitcoms
  2. On The Price Is Right, contestants spin “The Big Wheel” to determine who advances to the Showcase. Name one of the two values on the spaces of the wheel that are painted green. Bonus point for naming both.
  3. Who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times, without ever winning, although, following his 1948 assassination, the Nobel Committee declined to award the prize on the grounds that “there was no suitable living candidate”?
  4. With 200 in his career from 1985–2003, Bruce Smith is the NFL’s all-time leader in what statistical category?
  5. What quote commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette is referenced in the lyrics of the 1974 single “Killer Queen” by Queen?
  6. The last battleship commissioned by the U.S. was the USS Missouri, which most recently saw action in what conflict, prior to being decommissioned for the second time?
  7. What TV drama that aired on ABC from 1989–1993 features Corky Thatcher, who was the first major character with Down syndrome on a network television series?

Answers and A Little More

Q: The TGIF programming block on ABC debuted during the 1989–1990 television season and included five sitcoms in its first year, including Free Spirit. Name two of the other four original TGIF sitcoms
A: Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, and Just the Ten of Us

A Little More – If you’re like us, you’ve never heard of Free Spirit. We’ve got you covered. Free Spirit follows the misadventures of a mischievous witch named Winnie who is summoned by a boy named Gene with a wish. Winnie is subsequently hired as a live-in housekeeper by Gene’s father Thomas J. Harper, a recently divorced lawyer. Maybe that plot is a reason it only lasted one season.

Try this Quiz – Missing Word: TGIF Shows


Q: On The Price Is Right, contestants spin “The Big Wheel” to determine who advances to the Showcase. Name one of the two values on the spaces of the wheel that are painted green. Bonus point for naming both.
A: 5 cents and 15 cents

A Little More -The green spaces are on either side of the space worth $1.00. In total, there are 20 spaces on the Big Wheel. While the wheel can both be spun upwards and downwards, only downward spins count.

Try This Quiz – Price is Right Game Images


Q: Who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times, without ever winning, although, following his 1948 assassination, the Nobel Committee declined to award the prize on the grounds that “there was no suitable living candidate”?
A: Mohandas Gandhi

A Little More –There is a rule against posthumous winners, and his final nomination came just before his death. The Nobel
Committee has called this their ”greatest omission.”

Try This Quiz – Gandhi or Justin Bieber


Q: With 200 in his career from 1985–2003, Bruce Smith is the NFL’s all-time leader in what statistical category?
A: Quarterback Sacks

A Little More – He is two sacks ahead of Reggie White. Quarterback sacks did not become a tracked category in the NFL until 1982, so it is unknown how many sacks players from earlier eras may have had.

Try This Quiz – NFL Most Sacked Quarterbacks


Q: What quote commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette is referenced in the lyrics of the 1974 single “Killer Queen” by Queen?
A: “Let Them Eat Cake”

A Little More – “She keeps her Moët et Chandon; In her pretty cabinet; ‘Let them eat cake,’ she says; Just like Marie Antoinette.” Historians largely do not believe the quote originated with her, or even that she ever spoke it at all.

Try This Quiz – Queen Songs by Image


Q: The last battleship commissioned by the U.S. was the USS Missouri, which most recently saw action in what conflict, prior to being decommissioned for the second time?
A: Persian Gulf War

A Little More – The battleship was completed in 1944, and her deck was the site of the surrender of Japan during World War II. The ship was decommissioned in 1992 and is now a museum ship in Hawaii.

Try This Quiz – Battleship: Countries


Q: What TV drama that aired on ABC from 1989–1993 features Corky Thatcher, who was the first major character with Down syndrome on a network television series?
A: Life Goes On

A Little More – Actor Chris Burke earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role, and he has been the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society since 1994. The show used a cover of the Beatles song “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” for its theme.

Try This Quiz – Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Clicky-Oke)


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