A Little More – Week of 5/29/23

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. Two former main cast members of Saturday Night Live have gone on to host the show at least six times after their departure. Name either of those former cast members.
  2. Which member of the Beatles has had a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist most recently?
  3. A monocle-wearing man named Eustace Tilley has regularly appeared on the cover and pages of what weekly magazine founded in 1925 and named for the location where it is headquartered?
  4. Maulana Karenga, the chair of the Africana Studies department at Cal State, Long Beach, is known for having created what annual observance in 1966?
  5. Name four of the seven highest-grossing films at the domestic box office that have the word “water” in their titles. (Either on its own or as part of a word). Teams received two points for each correct response.
  6. Of the 15 sovereign countries that have a “Z” in their short-form English names, two are currently part of the Commonwealth realm, with Charles III as their head of state. Name those two countries.
  7. In the musical Hamilton, four actors play dual roles. In Act I, they play the Marquis de Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan, John Laurens, and Peggy Schuyler. Name two of the four characters that these actors play in Act II.

Answers and A Little More

Q: Two former main cast members of Saturday Night Live have gone on to host the show at least six times after their departure. Name either of those former cast members.
A: Chevy Chase and Tina Fey

A Little More – Chase (1975–1977) has hosted eight times after leaving the show and Fey (2000–2006) has hosted six times after leaving. As of this post, only three people have hosted the show more than ten time. Alec Baldwin (17), Steve Martin (16), and John Goodman (13). Should Tom Hanks host again, he would join that list as he currently sits at 10.

Try this Quiz – 45 Years of SNL Hosts


Q: Which member of the Beatles has had a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist most recently?
A: George Harrison

A Little More – George Harrison hit #1 with the 1987 single “Got My Mind Set on You.” Paul McCartney’s most recent was in 1983, John Lennon’s was in 1980, and Ringo Starr’s was in 1974.

Try This Quiz – Solo Beatles #1 Singles


Q: A monocle-wearing man named Eustace Tilley has regularly appeared on the cover and pages of what weekly magazine founded in 1925 and named for the location where it is headquartered?
A: The New Yorker

A Little More –He appeared on the cover of the first issue (Feb 1925) and has regularly appeared since. The magazine is based in New York City. The New Yorker is famous for its cartoons, which often feature dry humor and social commentary. The magazine has published over 80,000 cartoons since its inception, with notable cartoonists such as Charles Addams (creator of The Addams Family) and Roz Chast contributing to its rich history.

Try This Quiz – Famous The New Yorker Covers


Q: Maulana Karenga, the chair of the Africana Studies department at Cal State, Long Beach, is known for having created what annual observance in 1966?
A: Kwanzaa

A Little More – Kwanzaa runs from December 26 to January 1 and is based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of West and Southeast Africa. The name “Kwanzaa” is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest” in English. The holiday is centered around the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Try This Quiz – Click the Principles of Kwanzaa


Q: Name four of the seven highest-grossing films at the domestic box office that have the word “water” in their titles. (Either on its own or as part of a word). Teams received two points for each correct response.
A: Avatar: The Way of Water, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The Waterboy, Waterworld, The Shape of Water, Deepwater Horizon, Water for Elephants

A Little More – Of those, only The Shape of Water won an Oscar for Best Picture (Sorry SpongeBob fans).

Try This Quiz – Heat, Ice, Wind, or Water Movies


Q: Of the 15 sovereign countries that have a “Z” in their short-form English names, two are currently part of the Commonwealth realm, with Charles III as their head of state. Name those two countries.
A: New Zealand and Belize

A Little More – The other “Z” countries are Azerbaijan, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Czechia/Czech Republic, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Zimbabwe. In addition, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, which is different from the Commonwealth realm, as Charles III is not their head of state.

Try This Quiz – Commonwealth Realms of Charles III


Q: In the musical Hamilton, four actors play dual roles. In Act I, they play the Marquis de Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan, John Laurens, and Peggy Schuyler. Name two of the four characters that these actors play in Act II.
A: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Philip Hamilton, Maria Reynolds

A Little More – In the original Broadway cast, the actors who played these roles were Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

Try This Quiz – Hamilton Songs


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