You can probably put the last column of five into your echoic memory and quickly type them as soon as you start the quiz.
Don't you automatically make things up to remember them better?? I am honestly surprised. I always make links to remember things better. (It can be all sort of things, alliteration, association (a puppy in the garden for instance), wordlength, genre (two types of vehicles for instance) )
And ( still without searching for a link, it just what i see/hear when I read it) my mind links zodiac with lamps via stars
It isnt even about good or bad memory. reading a list over and over again can be more of a chore and even more time consuming than (deliberately or not) using your imagination and seeing it as a story or a picture.
For me personally that happens instantly, so reading the coloms "pounding" the words in is more trouble. Plus that way it often leaves the brain just as fast as it went in. When you would ask for the words in a week or something, you might remember 2 at most. While those that made the story (they do need to remember atleast 1 word for the memory to get triggerd) will be able to retell 80-100%
I added colorfull, because a lot of people are allready good at imagining stuff, but not the creative inspirational stuff. But imagining other people don't matter, that they have more right to something than someone else, imagine that will allways be others to pick up their figurative mess, so why would they care etc etc.
On the flip side, their are people that imagine their are worth nothing, they imagine they look horrible, they imagine they have no right to anything..
So there is allready a lot of imagining going on. unfortunately, not the kind that can bring joy and growth.
And I am not sure what you mean by "byany means necessary" you have got memorizing and you have got cheating. If the "means" you are referring to involves writing it down or taking a picture etc, that is simply cheating. If you mean memorizing it the way that works for you, in a row, alphabetically, as a rhythm/song or making combo's that make sense to you. (like dog+ball And tank+highway).
It doesnt get easier the more time you have. looking at it 1 min or 10, does not make you be any better. you do need a bit of time to let the word set in though, so like 10 seconds ( or whatever time it takes to read them al once would be to short, because by the last you have forgotten the first (well that one usually sticks..) I think you need about 5 seconds per word, to make the word sit and stay, instead of hold and let go ( if you make connections you could need less, because for instance you are remember dog+ ball as one, so only need the time for those combined)
Thankfully I can read, somewhat.., again, because it was by the 4th word I had already forgotten what I had read. And actually same with talking, talking felt rather pointless because after a few words I didnt know what I was saying anymore :/ I still often lose track of what I was gonna say but it isnt a total blank/black hole anymore, just like when someone cant think of a song, just out of reach. only that several times an hour (with more complicated stuff, personal or explaining a viewpoint, as opposed to talking about what is happening near/around you. it is more like very few minutes. Still, loooads better than it was