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27 April 2016 / leggypeggy

We are the champions—of the ship!

trivia champions

Poor John, me, Marian and Steve with our smiles and our winnings

Sorry but I can’t resist being a bit of a braggart here.

For the last 18 days, we’ve been on a ship in the Pacific Ocean, travelling from Valparaiso, Chile (near Santiago) to Los Angeles.

I have to admit that cruising is kind of a weird way to travel. At least it’s weird for Poor John and me, who are used to overland trucks, camping or hostels, cooking for a group and never knowing where our next roll of toilet paper is coming from.

On the ship we’ve done nothing but eat, go on excursions, eat, visit the gym, eat, look at menus for the next meal, eat, change clothes for dinner, eat, watch endless cycles of news on the BBC, eat, walk up and down the stairs (usually seven flights from our deck UP to the food trough), eat, lie in the sun for a few minutes, eat, do laundry in our tiny bathroom sink, eat AND participate in the daily rounds of activities.

Activities are meant to keep us busy and entertained, especially on sea days when no port is in sight. I haven’t done most of these activites, but the choices have been constant and diverse.

Think art auctions (who goes on a ship to buy art?), cake decorating, towel folding, ring tossing (I performed rather well today but didn’t win), bean bag tossing, best leg competitions (I didn’t enter), shuffleboard contests, karaoke, bingo, arts and crafts, dance lessons (no thanks, said Poor John) and more.

And then there’s been the trivia—several times a day. Most sessions cover general knowledge, but there have been forays into super heroes, Disney characters, airports of the world, gems, name that tune, name that dance genre, movie posters, monuments of the world, geographical features of the world, flags, and on and on and on.

The trivia obsession (especially for me) began on Day 1 or 2 of the cruise. Poor John and I rocked into Dazzles (the scene of most trivia events) and were waved to by a group of four people—Marian , Steve, Anja and Jana.

‘Where are you from?’, they asked, and our answer of ‘Australia’ was enough for them to recruit us part as of their team. Teams can have up to six people and as Marian said, ‘it’s always good to have a mix of nationalities.’ Together we covered the USA, Germany, Canada, Ukraine and Australia.

We did quite well on the day-to-day trivia questions, which bode well for the progressive trivia (six sessions held on six of the seven days solely at sea). The scores were cumulative and while Poor John was excused from all other trivia events (sometimes as many as three others in a day), he had to turn up at 5:15pm for the Main Event.

Frankly, everyone contributed their best knowledge to the competitions—I mean no one had all the answers—but Poor John was our true brain’s trust.

We dock in Los Angeles tomorrow, so tonight was the sixth and final progressive trivia. We were down to four players. Jana had found a fella and Anya had jumped ship in Mexico. So it was down to an American (Marian), a Canadian (Steve), an Australian (Poor John) and an dual national (me).

There were 25 questions tonight, instead of the normal 20. Daria (trivia mistress) announced that only 1.5 points separated the first and second-place teams. So far the crowd had voted against knowing who was in the lead but, based on our scores, we figured we were in first or second place.

And the questions began.
What’s the most common colour on world flags?
How many millimetres in a kilometre?
What’s the traditional colour a bride wears in India?
What’s the collective noun for cats (not lions)?
In Nintendo, who is Mario’s brother?
What is the largest waterfall in the USA?
and so many more!

And miraculously, WE WON.

We got 19.5 points tonight and won with an overall score of 104. Turns out the second place team got 17 points tonight and an overall score of 100. So we started the night in the lead and finished with victory. Poor John gets a gold star for knowing the answers to the trickiest (most obscure) questions.

And our prizes—a cup, a pen and a key chain—and the honour of saying
We Are the Champions—of the Ship.

P.S. Feel free to answer any of the above questions. I’ll let you know if you’re right.

P.P.S. More coming soon on all our other travels, but I just had to interrupt with our victory tonight.


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  1. Vicki / Apr 27 2016 5:26 pm

    …..and thank God you haven’t got me on your team – I’m hopeless. But I’m sure my younger brother would be an asset.

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  2. Yvonne / Apr 27 2016 5:34 pm

    I LOVE trivia quizzes. Well done, you clowder of cats!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 27 2016 5:35 pm

      Oh wow, we needed you on our team. That was one of the questions we missed. Will let you know of our next travels that involve trivia.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Rhonda / Apr 27 2016 5:39 pm

    Ok, I’ll rise to your challenge –
    Flags – white
    Millimetres – 1000000 (1 million)
    Brides- red
    I would answer Falls – Niagara, but my hazy geography tells me that they may actually be regarded as being in Canada, so methinks it may be a trick question. 🙂
    Oh, and cats – no idea, but I think it should be a Purr!

    And well done on winning!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 27 2016 5:46 pm

      Flags — red
      Falls — Yosemite
      Cats — see above

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      • Rhonda / Apr 27 2016 6:25 pm

        Flags – that was my second guess!
        Falls – never heard of Yosemite Falls
        Cats – see above where? You don’t mean that I was right, do you? Hilarious if so!

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      • Rhonda / Apr 27 2016 6:28 pm

        Ah! Just spotted the cats answer. A clowder! I don’t remember ever coming across that term.

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      • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 2:59 pm

        Clowder was completely new to me too.

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  4. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet / Apr 27 2016 5:42 pm

    Sounds great Peggy. Mind you, did you have enough to write this without constantly being reminded of the need to eat something….. 😉

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  5. derrickjknight / Apr 27 2016 5:51 pm

    Congratulations – on not jumping overboard

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  6. Gary Walker / Apr 27 2016 5:59 pm

    Any questions about zippers?

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:01 pm

      Not one, but I’m sure Poor John would have had the answer if there had been.


  7. Andrew Petcher / Apr 27 2016 6:49 pm

    It is a clowder of cats – I always like that quiz question coming up!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:02 pm

      I’ll be prepared next time. The collective noun for jellyfish was a question on a different round. Know that one off the top of your head? If so, I’m recruiting you for our next team.

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  8. Midwestern Plant Girl / Apr 27 2016 8:33 pm

    I love trivia! Would have gotten caught up on the cat question tho. I do know it’s a kennel (or pack) of dogs, tho 😉

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  9. anna / Apr 27 2016 10:28 pm

    Lol congrats! This made me smile. You guys rock!

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  10. spearfruit / Apr 27 2016 10:31 pm

    LOL, congrats to the winners! I like trivia, but I am not very good at it. And you forgot in your post to write about how much eating you do on a cruise – or did you? Happy Day Peggy! 🙂

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  11. neveradullbling / Apr 28 2016 12:24 am

    I learned a new word! Clowder! Never heard it before!
    And Luigi is Mario’s brother, 😀

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  12. afterthelasttime / Apr 28 2016 12:31 am

    10 thousand
    Yosemite Falls

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:06 pm

      All correct except for the 10,000. The answer is one million.


  13. sidilbradipo1 / Apr 28 2016 1:37 am

    Congratulations 🙂
    Red – 1 milion – Red is bride’s colour also in China and Japan –
    Clutter of cats: I thought it was clutter or cludder 😕
    Luigi… la Ferrari (Cars) 😀
    No answer for USA waterfalls 😛

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:07 pm

      Clowder for the cats and Yosemite Falls for the waterfall. The quizzes were a lot of fun and we learned so much new junk information. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Rashminotes / Apr 28 2016 3:00 am

    This is so cool..Congrats Peggy:)

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  15. cruiseplannersctwv / Apr 28 2016 3:51 am

    Enjoyable read!

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  16. Carol Ferenc / Apr 28 2016 4:47 am

    Yay, Peggy! Congratulations! I won’t even attempt the questions ~ I’m pathetic at trivia. I was laughing as you described a typical cruise schedule. I’ve taken three cruises and all I remember doing is changing clothes constantly and eating ~ constantly!

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  17. Sharon Yvonne / Apr 28 2016 4:57 am

    LOL. This sounds like such fun! My husband and I cruised with Carnival for our Honeymoon. It was a lot of eating like you said.

    By the way I wanted to stop by and let you know that I nominated you for the Entertainer Blogger Award. NO pressure to participate. I know a lot of blogs don’t do awards. NO biggie.

    You can check it out here:

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:11 pm

      Thanks so much for the nomination, but as you speculated, I don’t do awards. I barely have enough time (and reliable connection) to get posts done, so I have to pass on the awards. But I’m very honoured you thought of me.


  18. Zambian Lady / Apr 28 2016 6:08 am

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun on that cruise. And I thought cruises were boring!

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:13 pm

      Nineteen days of cruising was a bit too much. Luckily we’re pretty good at entertaining ourselves.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder / Apr 28 2016 6:43 am

    That was great fun…congratulations. I love such trivia questions and quiz… 🙂

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  20. Dorothy / Apr 28 2016 6:56 am

    Well done on the trivia, I am a fan of them too. Just gets harder to access the information in your head quickly these days. I watch the quizzes on TV for practise to see if I can answer them before the contestant.


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    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:15 pm

      I’m guessing you wouldn’t be surprised by how often we scratched our heads and said ‘I’m sure I know this. I mean, I used to know it!’


  21. Forestwoodfolkart / Apr 28 2016 9:32 am

    I thought I was good at trivia, but the early onset memory lapses mean that I even found some of these questions difficult to answer straight away. What fun, you must have had, though!

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  22. Mike / Apr 28 2016 1:01 pm

    Pretty sweet mugs too! Congrats on being the smartest people on the ship. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Apr 28 2016 3:17 pm

      We were lucky to have the right mix of people. Everyone contributed.


  23. Brenda / Apr 28 2016 9:48 pm

    At least you left the cruise with something other than extra pounds.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Apr 29 2016 12:10 am

      I think the extra pounds weigh more than the cup, but I’m already working on reversing the damage.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Lynn Millar / Apr 29 2016 8:36 am

    Glad you’ve had time to get the eating in. Ha!

    Liked by 2 people

  25. Louise Terranova / Apr 29 2016 11:15 pm

    LOL I have tears in my eyes. This post has made me laugh but has confirmed my resolve never to do a cruise. Sorry -thank you though – I’ m still laughing at all the comments.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Apr 30 2016 1:40 am

      Let me know where you go and we can NOT cruise together, but have a good laugh.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. mistermuse / Apr 30 2016 12:56 am

    I have a question: is there an Australian equivalent of the American TV program JEOPARDY!, and if so, why don’t you nag trivia king Poor John to audition for it (if he hasn’t already)? 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 30 2016 1:41 am

      Luckily for Poor John there is no Aussie version of Jeopardy. He’d be panic-stricken when the entertainment questions rolled around.

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Lynz Real Cooking / Apr 30 2016 1:27 am

    Wow yeah you won! Sounds like an amazing time Peggy!

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  28. kkessler833 / Apr 30 2016 2:09 am

    Sounds like a great time!

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  29. lmo58 / Apr 30 2016 7:29 am

    Peggy, I’m a bit more basic. I would stick my foot out and trip people if doing so meant that I could have you and Poor John on my team. No brainer. Guaranteed winner!

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  30. lmo58 / Apr 30 2016 9:16 am

    Oh gosh! Not as much of an asset as you and Poor John but thank you for the compliment. When are you coming home?

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  31. Stephanae V. McCoy / May 1 2016 9:35 pm

    Congratulations Peggy! It sounds like you guys had an absolute blast. When I was reading the questions I felt my heart quicken because I’m so so very bad at trivia and stay as far away from it as possible. It seems one must possess a rather good memory to be of benefit to the team and while I have many of these facts in my brain getting them out is a different matter altogether.

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    • leggypeggy / May 2 2016 7:14 am

      I agree. Being good at trivia is about having a decent memory and the ability to remember the relevant facts in a split second. I’m best at snapping my fingers and saying, “I’m sure I know this’.

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  32. annabelletroy / May 2 2016 8:56 am

    I feel I used to know a lot of answers to those questions and don’t anymore!!!! Congrats!

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  33. Deb / May 5 2016 12:04 pm

    Ok so did you have anything to eat while on the cruise??? 😉 I love trivia too…congratulations for being the Champions of the Ship. You should build a trophy case when you get home for your winnings…Ok I have not looked at the previous comments and here are my random guesses to the questions. 1)White, 2)1000 3)Red 4)Feline 5)Marco 6)’d I do, how’d I do?? 😉

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    • leggypeggy / May 5 2016 6:16 pm

      Eat! It was the main activity besides the trivia. You made a valiant try on the trivia questions. The answers are 1) red 2) a million 3) red 4) clowder 5) Luigi and 6) Yosemite.

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      • Deb / May 5 2016 8:46 pm

        Ugh I had red for the flag but talked myself out of it thinking they wouldn’t have red as an answer twice!! Always go with your first instinct right!! Have fun today!! 😊

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      • leggypeggy / May 5 2016 10:53 pm

        We had the same argument about red on our team and now I can’t remember why we ended up going with red for both.


  34. badfish / May 5 2016 10:37 pm


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  35. yeahanotherblogger / May 5 2016 11:24 pm

    Those trivia questions are tough. I would have gotten one correct answer.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / May 6 2016 7:39 am

      It helped a lot that four of us were sharing the burden. That way we only had to know 1.5 answers each. 🙂 Together we knew all but one, the collective noun for cats. Now I’ll never forget it.


  36. Sy.S / May 12 2016 8:37 am

    Last man in is a rotten egg….so that must be me, posting so late. However, I hope to get the “Last Word In”… which is “Way To Go International Team” Jolly Good show.

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    • leggypeggy / May 12 2016 2:09 pm

      Thanks Sy. We had a lot of fun with the trivia and now a cup to show for our efforts!


  37. fl2native / May 19 2016 6:55 am

    Sounds like a grand time. I would have sucked on the trivia challenges though.


    • leggypeggy / May 19 2016 9:06 am

      We had a great time. You never know about trivia. A team effort is the way to go because everyone contributes something. 🙂


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