Well, twas a glorious day of quizzin', cruisin' and piracy aboard Milwaukee's Voyageur this past Sun'day. 18 crews were battlin' it out for the finest booty on the seven seas (or five Great Lakes, for that 'ere matter!)

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(And more photos can be found at our Facebook page.... aaarrrgh!)

Sundials were marked for 2pm, as Mke's finest-dressed (and a few last-minute "let's see what crap we can find in our closet" dressed) quizzers jumped aboard the Milwaukee Boat Line to become the first annual Quizmaster Pirate Cruise champions!

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And with the Pirate theme being a strong one during the day's questions some teams didn't disappoint with their attire....

Notably the tied-third-place finishing Dirty Pirate Hookers...

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They quickly went back to their home on Whore Island following the cruise...


And Why is All the Rum Gone? also came dressed to impress, but their idea of "piracy" was a little outside the box....

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You want DVD - 5 dolla?!

And the girls of Running Jorts also had their mean (foam) swords and hats ready for the get-go...

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While team Highbury - aka The Albino Somali Pirates - had a modern spin on their pirate garments...

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Armed with guns, a grenade launcher, a shark and a real-life hostage! And yes, trust those Somalians to be Chelsea fans!

A couple of Navy Seals next time and you'll have the full package!

And so, with all the commotion and excitement of the dress-up consuming the day, there was actually a quiz to be had as well!

Aaaarrgh!!!

And so the day's game followed the usual six-round pen-and-paper format....

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With some interesting picture questions to follow as well....

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And after a trivia trail bonus round, in which the last letter of the previous answer was the first letter of the next answer, Milwaukee's finest pirate queeps tallied up their quiz scores from the possible 60 points available!

In the end, a number of teams were closely contested in the middle of the pack, including Thar She Blows! Aka Cum on My Poop Deck!...

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As did Milwaukee Ale House regulars I'm Planking Some Booty... In My Pants!....

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And speaking of planking - that strange phenomenon consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location - several of the pirates aboard, including Quizmaster Sam W., were demonstrating their love of the fad...

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Aaaaarrrrrgh! There be a lot of plankin'!!!!

And then there was the Somali version of planking....

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But, all planking aside, there was a four-way (giggity) tie for third place, paving the way for Squad 666 to step in and take second place on 55 points....

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They teamed up with Quizmaster Ryan for their winning photo and took home some Milwaukee Brewers tickets as well as some pirate booty for their efforts!

And it was Quizmaster Cup III and Quizmaster Cup V champions, Milwaukee quiz veterans Violet Junks that sneaked ahead of them on 56 points to claim yet another trophy for their quiz cabinet....

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Aaaaarrrgh!!!!

But, just when all the scallywags thought it was over, the treasure chest (the finest booty in all the land....aaaarrrgh!) was still up for grabs - for the best dressed team.

And having considered all the factors to win - originality, creativeness, props, number of team members dressed up, and overall awesome theme - it was really no contest as those Albino Somali Pirates were the Quizmaster's pick for best dressed....

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Everybody say cheese aaaarrrrgh!

We thank our friends at ThinkGeek for providing the majority of the prizes for the chest, and our thanks go to Jesus for providing the beer.

Also props go the the Milwaukee Ale House and Milwaukee Brewing Co. for providing the first place prizes - a case of beer and $75 bar tab!

We want to thank all the dirty scallywags that came out on the day for a memorable event. Plans are in the works for another Quizmaster Cruise next summer (perhaps with a Caribbean theme?) and don't forget more photos can be found at our Facebook page.

Until next time Milwaukee, drink while you think...

Sunday August 28th, Quizmaster Pirate Cruise Scores:

  1. 56 Violet Junks
  2. 55 Squad 666
  3. 53 If Ye Wants to Get Yer Hands on My Booty, BEWARE! I did'nt Swab Me Poop Deck!
  4. 53 The Albino Somali Pirates!
  5. 53 Dirty Pirate Hookers
  6. 53 Why is all the Rum Gone?
  7. 52 The Wankarrrrrrrrrrghs!
  8. 52 Edmund Fitzgerald's Moby Dick!
  9. 51 We Keel Hauled Jimmy Buffet
  10. 51 An Idiot and a Wench... Did You Hear About the New Pirate Movie? It's Rated Aaaaaarrrr!
  11. 51 Quizmistresses - We Plank Anything and Everywhere
  12. 50 I'm Planking Some Booty... In My Pants!
  13. 49 Running Jorts
  14. 48 Thar She Blows! Aka Cum on My Poop Deck!
  15. 44 It's Our Pirate Duty to Do It In the Booty!
  16. 39 The Uprising In My Libya
  17. 37 The Crew
  18. 25 Shiver Me Timbers!

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