at Cardinal Rule: Cunning Stunts, July 26th 2017 TRIVIA CLUB CHAMPS

July 27, 2017

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 I t was a wonderful mix, as we've come to expect at Cardinal Rule, of familiar faces, returning faces, and first time competitors! Not only that, but everyone took turns with the lead! Meaning that not only the final question was finished and answered, did we know who had won the night! Taking home a Golden VHS that showed off an aerial view of San Diego... just in time for the after glow of Comic Con!

After Trivia Classic, it was the Cunning Stunts with the lead, returning after four weeks away! Yes, they would be looking to take one step closer to SIXTY GOLDEN VHS, but also they would be defending the Linear Championship Belt (whaaa? check out the link!), as well! Five and a half points behind them were newcomers Thankstriving! This excited couple of newcomers were half a point ahead of Last Place Team, who were themselves half a point ahead of Team Name! Yes, back once again... Team Name! A single point behind them were Trivial Knowledge, once again back at max size (with family visiting, yay!), two weeks out from winning their second Golden VHS at CR#222! Rounding out the field were Lt. Dance's very own Batman V(ery) Superman, and another group of newcomers, Our Couch Pulls Out, But We Don't! Great team names both, and for very different reasons!

Beginning Game Show Games, the first Game in... Our Couch Pulls Out, But We Don't shocked the crowd with a surprisingly accurate guess that gave them FIFTEEN POINTS! Wagering lower, and grabbing eight points were Thankstriving, grabbing them the first place spot overall, while Last Place Team nabbed six points, and grabbed second place from the Cunning Stunts! This then led to a very well played Survey Says by all... wherein all teams got points off of two different Surveyed questions, with the TOP TEN going to Batman V(ery) Superman, and the Last Place Team! Now in first place, Last Place Team started off Combo Breakdown... battling it out with all teams, with Team Name, Trivial Knowledge (breaking their two Breakdown winning streak), and the Cunning Stunts (by a single day) falling away to leave Last Place Team and newcomers Thankstriving going one-on-one... before, yes... Thankstriving mixed luck in with there trivia know-how, and won THIRTEEN POINTS as the last team standing!

This then led to a Tri-Parado that rolled out a first question worth sixteen points, a second question ALSO worth sixteen points, and a third question worth nineteen points! With fifty-one points on the board, and a tight field (save for Thankstriving's newly opened lead) it was still very much anyone's night! Gaining thirty-five points on the first and third questions, the big shift went to Trivial Knowledge, the Cunning Stunts, and Thankstriving! This put Thankstriving in the ninety point range before the Finale, while the Stunts were in the eight point range, and Trivial Knowledge was now just half a point behind Last Place Team in the seventy point range!

Which made for quite the dramatic Finale! With most everyone going all in, give or take a point or a half or two, it was the leaders on the board Thankstriving who low-balled the field! Yes, a common new comers gambit, going low, which rarely works out... save for an especially difficult Finale! And it was just that, as most everyone was stumped, including Thankstriving, who finished as runners-up on their first night out. One team DID get the Finale correct however... and that team?

Where the now FIFTY-NINE TIME Golden VHS champs, thirty-two time champions at Cardinal Rule, the CUNNING STUNTS! Though they hadn't led since the end of Trivia Classic, the ever Cunning winningest team in Trivia Club history pulled out the win in the end! This means that the reigning Grand Champions would also defend their Linear Championship Belt on the night as well! Oh, and it also continues the trend of giving the Stunts at least one Golden VHS victory a month, save for May, this year!
Last Place Team 34 6 10 3 19 (70) 2
Trivial Knowledge 32.5 0 2 2 35 (71) 0.5
Team Name 33.5 0 4 2 3 (42) 0.5
Cunning Stunts 40 0 6 2 35 (83) 166
Thankstriving 34.5 8 4 13 35 (7) 87.5
Batman V(ery) Superman 25 0 10 1 OUT (--) --
Our Couch Pulls Out, But We Don’t 20.5 15 8 1 19 (63.5) 0
Congrats once more to the Cunning Stunts, and thank you to all the wonderful folks who came out to make it yet another exceptionally fun night out! WOO! We'll see you all again NEXT WEDNESDAY for another night of Trivia Club, Toronto's Greatest Game Show, at Our Original Home of Cardinal Rule!

Russel Harder hosts Trivia Club at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every other MONDAY of the month, and Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Ave) every WEDNESDAY! Every FRIDAY, a new episode of Trivia Club's Pause & Play podcast (a weekly portable piece of the Trivia Club experience) will be available on SoundCloud & iTunes!

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