How To Win Always At Trivial Pursuit

As part of my recent promotional work, I was asked to memorize two editions of Trivial Pursuit - the Annual Edition and Genus III. There were m 7,500 questions in total, on Geography, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature, Science and Nature, Sport and Leisure. If you have read Section 2 (History and Geography), it won't come as a surprise to learn that I memorized the answers using instant association and location.

Not everyone, I admit, might be taken by the idea of memorizing thousands of Trivial Pursuit cards, but the exercise is a good way of practising the techniques you have already learnt. For players of the game, particularly those who are fed up with always being beaten at Christmas, it is a sure-fire way of never having to lose again.

The task is not as daunting as it sounds. It took me only one read through to commit the answers to memory. Setting aside an hour and a half each day, I learnt them at the leisurely pace of three per minute. After a month, I had memorized all 7,500.

Unlike a pack of cards, however, I needed to store all this trivia in my long term-memory. Apart from anything else, it is a handy trick to have up my sleeve for live TV interviews. So I embarked on a systematic programme of revision, which I will explain at the end of the chapter. Today, I only need to run through the questions once every three months. Some people, though, still don't believe it's a feat of memory.

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