A Little More – Week of 4/15/24

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. What small, blue character is voiced by Katy Perry and Demi Lovato in films released during the 2010s?
  2. What are the only two letters that do not appear in the postal abbreviations of any of the 50 U.S. states?
  3. A bombolone from Italy and a Berliner from Germany are filled pastries similar to some varieties of a sweet treat known by what term in English?
  4. What color circle indicates beginner level for ski slopes in North America?
  5. What 1983 book has been adapted to film twice—once in 1990 starring Anjelica Huston and once in 2020 starring Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer?
  6. What island nation located northeast of Australia was named for a biblical king?
  7. What type of “bean” is another name for chickpea, one of the earliest cultivated legumes?

Answers and A Little More

Q: What small, blue character is voiced by Katy Perry and Demi Lovato in films released during the 2010s?
A: Smurfette

A Little More – Smurfette was magically created from clay by the Smurfs’ enemy, Gargamel, so that she would use her charms to cause jealousy and competition among the Smurfs. He leaves her in the forest and Hefty Smurf takes her to the Smurf village, where she is given her own house.

Try this Quiz – Blue Movie Characters Blitz


Q: What are the only two letters that do not appear in the postal abbreviations of any of the 50 U.S. states?
A: B and Q

A Little More – Here’s the full count of how many times each letter appears in these abbreviations: A = 12, B = 0, C = 5, D = 5, E = 3, F = 1, G = 1, H = 3, I = 7, J = 1, K = 4, L = 4, M = 9, N = 11, O = 5, P = 1, Q = 0, R = 3, S = 4, T = 6, U = 1, V = 4, W = 4, X = 1, Y = 3, Z = 1

Try This Quiz – State by Postal Abbreviation


Q: A bombolone from Italy and a Berliner from Germany are filled pastries similar to some varieties of a sweet treat known by what term in English?
A: Doughnuts / Donuts

A Little More – In Italy, bomboloni are often enjoyed as a traditional treat during Carnevale, a festive celebration that takes place in the weeks leading up to Lent. They are also a popular breakfast pastry in many parts of Italy, often enjoyed with a cappuccino or espresso. In Germany, Berliners are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve and during Carnival celebrations. Also, there’s a humorous anecdote associated with the Berliner. When President John F. Kennedy visited Berlin in 1963, he famously declared “Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”) to express solidarity with the people of Berlin. Some myths suggest that by saying “Ich bin ein Berliner,” Kennedy unintentionally called himself a jelly-filled pastry, but this interpretation is incorrect as the phrase is grammatically correct and was understood by the audience as intended.

Earn This Badge – Mixed Word: Donut Varieties


Q: What color circle indicates beginner level for ski slopes in North America?
A: Green

A Little More In the United States, skiing slopes are often marked with color-coded signs to indicate the level of difficulty or expertise required for skiing or snowboarding. Green circle trails are designated for beginners or novice skiers. Blue square trails are considered intermediate-level slopes. Black diamond trails are advanced-level slopes that are suitable for experienced skiers or snowboarders. Double black diamond trails are the most difficult and demanding slopes on the mountain. These trails are reserved for expert skiers or snowboarders with advanced skills and experience.

Try This Quiz – Skiing Countries


Q: What 1983 book has been adapted to film twice—once in 1990 starring Anjelica Huston and once in 2020 starring Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer?
A: The Witches

A Little More – The first adaptation of “The Witches” was released in 1990 and directed by Nicolas Roeg. It starred Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. The second adaptation of “The Witches” was released in 2020, directed by Robert Zemeckis. It starred Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch. Unlike the original film, which was set in England and Norway, the 2020 adaptation is set in Alabama, USA, during the late 1960s.

Try This Quiz – Book Title by Movie


Q: What island nation located northeast of Australia was named for a biblical king?
A: Solomon Islands

A Little More – They were named by the Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira in 1568. He named them “Islas Salomón” in reference to the biblical King Solomon, known for his wisdom. Mendaña believed that the islands were the source of the wealth of the legendary King Solomon, particularly the gold and other precious resources mentioned in the Bible.

Try This Quiz – Get the Picture: Solomon Islands vs Marshall Islands


Q: What type of “bean” is another name for chickpea, one of the earliest cultivated legumes?
A: Garbanzo Bean

A Little More Garbanzo beans are highly nutritious and are a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are commonly used in a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, salads, curries, and dips like hummus. Garbanzo beans can be cooked and eaten whole, mashed into spreads, ground into flour for baking, or roasted and seasoned as a crunchy snack.

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