at Cardinal Rule: Unusual Suspects, October 12th 2016 TRIVIA CLUB CHAMPS

October 14, 2016

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 A nother competitive night of trivia goodness was had at Cardinal Rule, with the Unusual Suspects returning Wednesday with one question, would they be able to beat the Last Place Team and win only there second Golden VHS of 2016? Yes, in a year that has been kind to newcomers and the Cunning Stunts alike (somethings don't change), it took nine appearances in 2016 for the Unusual Suspects to put together their fifteenth Golden VHS win, and since then it's been a wild turn of events that have seen their last two appearances looking up at the Last Place Team in the .CA pictures!

Last Place Team were back at Cardinal Rule on the night, as were Trivial Knowledge. They were joined by Cardinal Rule's newest regulars the Vart Smaginas and new comers sporting a familiar bit of team namage in Let's Get Quizzical! The Unusual Suspects led after the first round of Trivia Classic, with a seven point lead over Last Place Team and Let's Get Quizzical who were tied at 25 a piece! In fourth were the Vart Smaginas, only three points behind second, while Trivial Knowledge were four points behind Trivial Knowledge! Though Late Ladies showed up during the eighth question, they finished the round with fourteen points for their efforts!

To begin Game Show Games, it was Let's Get Quizzical with that TEN POINTS in Countdown Takedown, with the only team not grabbing any answers being the aforementioned Late Ladies. Then Survey Says, it was the Vart Smaginas with a TOP TEN answer, while the Late Ladies and Let's Get Quizzical each grabbed eight points, the Unusual Suspects took six, Last Place Team got four, and Trivial Knowledge won two points. In Combo Breakdown, Trivial Knowledge got two points in their third straight Game Show Game. In fact the field impressively went two rounds overall, before the Late Ladies, Trivial Knowledge, Let's Get Quizzical, and the Last Place Team all fell with two points to their team's name. It then led to a breathless back and forth between the Vart Smaginas and the Unusual Suspects, that went down to the wire and saw the Vart Smaginas grab four points, while the Unusual Suspects were the last team standing for FIFTEEN POINTS!

The Unusual Suspects then followed up a quality first two rounds with a perfect third round, rocking all three questions in Tri-Pardo to the tune of forty-five points! Picking up twenty-five points, off the first two questions of Tri-Pardo were Last Place Team, Let's Get Quizzical, and Vart Smaginas, while Trivial Knowledge were able to get the second question correct for fifteen points. This left Trivial Knowledge with space to make up for, in fifth, while the Unusual Suspects had gained a good first place lead. Between Let's Get Quizzical, Vart Smaginas, and the Last Place Team, however there were only ten points separating them.

The Finale question proved not only as important as always, but also worrisome for the Unusual Suspects who did not feel comfortable with the category and instead of going all-in for an all-time score, they instead aimed for a personal best with the unknown assurance that if everyone got it wrong they would still have more then enough left behind to win the night. That did not have to be the case though, because most every team got the Finale correct! Finishing as runners-up were Let's Get Quizzical, while the Golden VHS Champs on the night... 
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS with their SIXTEENTH GOLDEN VHS, ending the night with a new personal best of 172 points! It's a point total that tops the team best that they set on October 16th, 2013, their first night at Trivia Club! And as noted above, it's their second Golden VHS of 2016! Congrats to the Unusual Suspects, and thank you to everyone who continues to come out and make Cardinal Rule such a competitive location for the Greatest Game Show in Toronto! We'll see you all again NEXT WEDNESDAY! Remember it's not what you know, it's what you learn along the way!
Russel Harder hosts Trivia Club at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every other MONDAY of the month, at Lou Dawg's near Ryerson (76 Gerrard St E) every TUESDAY, and Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Ave) every WEDNESDAY!

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