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Quiz Cup of New York – Season 1 Recap

QCNY Logo V4 (white bg)And just like that, it’s over. For the Number 1 seed, It Was The Best Of Teams, It Was The Worst Of Teams, to not win the top cash prize, either the #2 or #3 seeds had to beat them fair and square, a feat that only one team had been able to do to them in the last two months.

It was a tough room, and the longer quiz (76 questions!) meant that only the true champions would make it through unscathed, and so it happened. I Didn’t Choose The Trivia Life, The Trivia Life Chose Me, covered in tons of fake tats and other accoutrements, pulled it out, winning the top prize of $500 and four free passes to the Trivia Championships of North America.

Second Place went to the top seed, worth $200 and four passes to see Blue Man Group, plus other prizes. The bronze went to Actually, It’s All About Ethics In Pub Quiz, garnering half-price tickets to TCONA and an excellent package from American Geode.

Everyone got books, DVDs, theater tickets, and other prizes, just for being good enough to make the finals in the first place. It was fantastic, and we can’t wait to try it again in a few months. To say we’re grateful for your patronage really doesn’t do our feels justice. You guys are awesome, and we want to keep getting better for you.

Here’s the final score list. And here’s a gallery of all the teams, plus some other action shots from the night.

QCNY S1 Grand Final Scores

Quiz Cup of New York – FINAL STANDINGS

RealMVPDearest Rock Stars & Sex Kittens:

Now that this is wrapping up, a couple of thoughts.

One: as an experiment in whether a city-wide league could happen, this was astonishingly successful. We expected 25 to 30 teams to sign up, and maybe a dozen of them to play through to the end of the season. Those numbers more than doubled. Thirty-two teams played at least seven out of the eight weeks, which, given that Week One (and some of Week Two) was blizzarded out in most places, is frankly amazing.

Two: to quote Jaws, we’re going to need a bigger boat. Next season (we’ll be announcing details on that shortly), we’ll have added a slew of new weekly venues, and we’ll be holding the Grand Final in a venue big enough for a good playoff party, with spectators and press as well as players. (For the record: trivia aside, One Star is a fantastic bar.) We’re scouting locations now, and we’re always looking for a few more great sponsors. Always.

Third, some really good teams, teams of people we genuinely like, teams of players our hosts have gone to the wall to praise and champion, are going to be disappointed this go-round. If you’re on the off-end of the bubble this time, just understand this: to say we’re grateful that you’ve played along would understate it by an order of magnitude. We’re always happy when you decide to spend an evening quizzing with us, but this… this last eight weeks has been wonderful.

Thanks, quizzers. Thizzers.

With that, here are the final standings. The top 14 teams automatically go through to the finals, and we have a couple of bye teams as well. It’s gonna be a full house. We were up until 4:00am double-checking the math. (Nerdwestern is in by a little over a point and a half over eight weeks of play. Sheesh.) You should be getting an email from TNYC with details about Saturday in the next day or two.

Good luck to everyone in the Grand Final. Dress well; you’re going to get your picture taken!

 

Seed Team Name Home Venue QCNY
PTS
Bonus Pts
1 It Was The Best Of Teams, It Was The Worst Of Teams* MH – Dempsey’s 720.19 70
2 William G. Harding MH – Gael 686.06 65
3 I Didn’t Choose The Trivia Life, the Trivia Life Chose Me* MH – Dempsey’s 681.20 66
4 Actually, It’s All About Ethics In Pub Quiz* QS – Snowdonia 677.42 68
5 Flamboyant Spokesbirds* MH – Dempsey’s 674.07 62
6 Enola Fabulous* QS – Snowdonia 660.64 66
7 Doubloon Entendre* MH – One Star 657.56 66
8 One Star Regulars* MH – One Star 656.09 65
9 Yeah We Know Stuff QS – Snowdonia 647.45 63
10 Air Bud 6: 50 Shades of Cancer BK – Whole Foods 637.77 63
11 Team Of Six MH – Murphy’s 631.54 66
12 Westside Wizards MH – Whole Foods CC 625.50 64
13 Severed Members of Harrenhall & Oates QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 623.07 67
14 Nerdwestern* MH – Social 605.85 61
15 Authentic Thai Lady Boys Inc.* BK – Whole Foods 604.06 62
16 Parker Stoner* BK – Whole Foods 602.44 56
17 We Don’t Have To GTS* MH – Murphy’s 600.02 54
18 Blood & Thunder* BK – B61 573.14 66
19 Let’s Get Quizzical MH – Whole Foods CC 571.29 58
20 A Man, A Plan, A Woman, Another Woman… Polygamy MH – Gael 536.34 47
21 Janet Jackson’s Nipple* MH – Dempsey’s 528.04 32
22 Bullied In Middle School QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 524.64 55
23 A Flock Of Steven Seagals QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 513.71 53
24 Your Team Name Here* BK – B61 504.23 57
25 Suge Knight Rises, The MH – Dempsey’s 503.03 47
26 Statutory Crepe* MH – Dempsey’s 489.73 17
27 Finger Blast BK – B61 478.22 55
28 SBRC BK – Whole Foods 442.00 42
29 House of Whoopass BK – B61 435.57 47
30 Quiz Girl Friday MH – Murphy’s 399.16 32
31 Plastics MH – Dempsey’s 387.18 16
32 Whole Fools BK – Whole Foods 368.93 35
33 Schmohawks MH – Murphy’s 342.85 29
34 Negotiators MH – Murphy’s 209.93 26
35 Champagne of Teams MH – Dempsey’s 187.72 15
36 Bludgeon Bot NJ – Blue Moon 167.99 18
37 Gowanus Is For Lovers BK – Whole Foods 163.00 13
38 We Are Jon Snow – We Know Nothing MH – One Star 161.78 10
39 John Wilkes Booth & The Showstoppers MH – Dempsey’s 161.55 7
40 Sharone’s Angels BK – B61 109.21 11
41 Otrivia Newton John BK – Bergn 102.86 10
42 Meaty Owl Legs MH – Dempsey’s 101.52 0
43 Charlie Flapjacks BK – Bergn 98.29 9
44 Liberal Media, the MH – Gael 92.30 9
45 PYH NJ – Blue Moon 91.61 9
46 60% of the Time, We Win Every Time MH – Social 89.43 9
47 Archer’s Debut BK – Whole Foods 85.57 7
48 Quizzy Bardust & The Drunkards From Bars QS – Snowdonia 73.86 7
49 Bird Facts BK – Whole Foods 70.86 3
50 Ladies Who Lush MH – Social 67.87 7
51 Get Your Measles Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Everybody MH – Gael 57.60 0
52 Snow Patrol MH – Gael 56.10 0
53 Crazy Train, The MH – Murphy’s 53.57 3
54 Stay At Home Dads MH – Dempsey’s 51.52 0
55 Bruce “Trans” Jenner MH – Gael 50.00 0

TNYC Live Programming Note – Hang On!

Hang In There KittyCouple of things.

First, tonight’s trivia at Whole Foods Brooklyn has been cancelled for a private party (I’m assuming it’s Kimye & Jayonce doing some kind of hipster playdate, as they do), and so we’re off. Come out to Dempsey’s tonight instead, or to B61 tomorrow night.

Second, because of St. Patrick’s Day, the Tuesday at Gael Pub was moved this week to tomorrow night, so if you’re on the Upper East Side & want to get your quiz on, get your posse there tomorrow & we’ll take care of you real good.

Sorry about these, especially the late notice. These things sometimes happen. Next week, Spring will be in full effect, and everything will happen the way it’s supposed to, and the world will live as one, and we can talk about Jinx and Slap and Empire and Kimmy Schmidt and everything else that happened in the world this crazy, crazy week.

Quiz Cup of New York – FINAL LAP

This is not bamboo. This is only a metaphor.

This is not bamboo. This is only a metaphor.

After 7 of 8 weeks, we’re at the final lap of the inaugural QCNY season, and this thing has grown like crazy every week since we started. It seems we may have struck something.

Of the 56 teams who started QCNY in the blizzard-shortened Week 1, 32 of them have played every single week since, many of them more than once. (That is allowed, of course.) We’re looking forward to a month of downtime after this week, when we’ll be running everything the way we normally do, plus setting up some specialty quizzes around the city and perhaps a Vocabulary Bee or two, and possibly introducing a couple of new quiz ideas as well, and, and and and, but really, this has gone amazingly, and no matter who wins the first QCNY next week, we’re certainly looking to set up the next one right away, starting the last week in April and running it through to the weekend before the fourth of July. There will be many fixes, but this has been a delight.

We’ll post one more update this Thursday, so if you’re on the bubble, you’ll know, and you can get one more shot at the title on Saturday or Sunday. (Right now, The Severed Members of Harrenhall & Oates are in the last qualifying position, with three teams within easy attacking range, and three more with a reasonable shot if they rock it on the last week. It’s gonna be close.)

I’d wish you all luck, but more than that, I wish you all skill.

(These scores are up to date through the end of Week 7, Sunday, March 15.)

Team Name Home Venue QCNY
PTS
It Was The Best Of Teams, It Was The Worst Of Teams* MH – Dempsey’s 620.80
William G. Harding MH – Gael 601.27
I Didn’t Choose The Trivia Life, the Trivia Life Chose Me* MH – Dempsey’s 584.80
Flamboyant Spokesbirds* MH – Dempsey’s 581.74
Actually, It’s All About Ethics In Pub Quiz* QS – Snowdonia 576.35
Air Bud 6: 50 Shades of Cancer BK – Whole Foods 574.07
Enola Fabulous* QS – Snowdonia 567.71
One Star Regulars* MH – One Star 557.80
Doubloon Entendre* MH – One Star 552.92
Yeah We Know Stuff QS – Snowdonia 552.67
Team Of Six MH – Murphy’s 531.54
Westside Wizards MH – Whole Foods CC 528.00
We Don’t Have To GTS* MH – Murphy’s 524.81
Severed Members of Harrenhall & Oates QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 523.78
Authentic Thai Lady Boys Inc.* BK – Whole Foods 521.85
Nerdwestern* MH – Social 518.59
Parker Stoner* BK – Whole Foods 513.87
Let’s Get Quizzical MH – Whole Foods CC 501.79
Blood & Thunder* BK – B61 497.28
A Man, A Plan, A Woman, Another Woman… Polygamy MH – Gael 461.14
Janet Jackson’s Nipple* MH – Dempsey’s 455.34
SBRC BK – Whole Foods 442.00
Your Team Name Here* BK – B61 438.30
Bullied In Middle School QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 433.50
A Flock Of Steven Seagals QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 422.57
Finger Blast* BK – B61 419.43
Suge Knight Rises, The MH – Dempsey’s 415.76
Statutory Crepe* MH – Dempsey’s 410.49
Quiz Girl Friday MH – Murphy’s 399.16
Plastics MH – Dempsey’s 387.18
Whole Fools BK – Whole Foods 368.93
House of Whoopass BK – B61 362.43
Schmohawks MH – Murphy’s 342.85
Negotiators MH – Murphy’s 209.93
Champagne of Teams MH – Dempsey’s 187.72
Bludgeon Bot NJ – Blue Moon 167.99
Gowanus Is For Lovers BK – Whole Foods 163.00
We Are Jon Snow – We Know Nothing MH – One Star 161.78
John Wilkes Booth & The Showstoppers MH – Dempsey’s 161.55
Sharone’s Angels BK – B61 109.21
Otrivia Newton John BK – Bergn 102.86
Meaty Owl Legs MH – Dempsey’s 101.52
Charlie Flapjacks BK – Bergn 98.29
Liberal Media, the MH – Gael 92.30
PYH NJ – Blue Moon 91.61
60% of the Time, We Win Every Time MH – Social 89.43
Archer’s Debut BK – Whole Foods 85.57
Quizzy Bardust & The Drunkards From Bars QS – Snowdonia 73.86
Bird Facts BK – Whole Foods 70.86
Ladies Who Lush MH – Social 67.87
Get Your Measles Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Everybody MH – Gael 57.60
Snow Patrol MH – Gael 56.10
Crazy Train, The MH – Murphy’s 53.57
Stay At Home Dads MH – Dempsey’s 51.52
Bruce “Trans” Jenner MH – Gael 50.00

 

 

Quiz Cup of New York – At The 3/4 Pole

It looks like we’ll be expanding the number of teams invited to the Grand Final from 12 to 14, so adjust your expectation accordingly. Also, we can now reveal a bit more about how the March 28 Grand Final is going to work:

Ein: The finalists will be seeded from 1 to 14, according to their league table finish. The top 12 teams will start the final night with one-half point for every place they finish above 12th. So, the #1 seed will start the Grand Final with 6 points, #2 seed will start with 5.5 points, on down to the #11 seed, who will start with 0.5 points.

Dos: The night will happen the way it normally does. We’ll be recording the evening for at least one media outlet, and possibly more, so get your beauty sleep (if you need it), as your picture will be taken, hopefully a lot. (NOTE: There will be prizes for teams that come in uniform.)

Trois: If there are ties at the end of the Grand Final, they will be decided in favor of the higher seed. So, for example, if the #5 seed and the #7 seed are tied for first at the end of the night, the #5 seed will be given the win.

The prize sponsors are rolling in, but if you’d like to contribute some prizes to QCNY, we’re always happy to talk you up to over a thousand weekly players (and growing!). Email us!

Here are the scores through the end of Week Six. There’s still time! The fourth quarter has just begun!

Team Name Home Venue QCNY
PTS
It Was The Best Of Teams, It Was The Worst Of Teams* MH – Dempsey’s 513.83
William G. Harding MH – Gael 502.87
Flamboyant Spokesbirds* MH – Dempsey’s 490.41
Air Bud 6: 50 Shades of Cancer BK – Whole Foods 479.36
I Didn’t Choose The Trivia Life, the Trivia Life Chose Me* MH – Dempsey’s 479.30
Actually, It’s All About Ethics In Pub Quiz* QS – Snowdonia 477.06
Enola Fabulous* QS – Snowdonia 468.42
One Star Regulars* MH – One Star 464.87
Doubloon Entendre* MH – One Star 457.21
We Don’t Have To GTS* MH – Murphy’s 445.07
Yeah We Know Stuff QS – Snowdonia 444.46
Severed Members of Harrenhall & Oates QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 444.35
Team Of Six MH – Murphy’s 441.18
Westside Wizards MH – Whole Foods CC 439.43
Parker Stoner* BK – Whole Foods 430.08
Nerdwestern* MH – Social 428.16
Let’s Get Quizzical MH – Whole Foods CC 425.93
Authentic Thai Lady Boys Inc.* BK – Whole Foods 424.35
Suge Knight Rises, The MH – Dempsey’s 415.76
Blood & Thunder* BK – B61 408.71
Janet Jackson’s Nipple* MH – Dempsey’s 378.77
A Man, A Plan, A Woman, Another Woman… Polygamy MH – Gael 378.34
Whole Fools BK – Whole Foods 368.93
Your Team Name Here* BK – B61 367.01
Plastics MH – Dempsey’s 365.97
SBRC BK – Whole Foods 351.86
Bullied In Middle School QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 344.93
Finger Blast* BK – B61 343.57
A Flock Of Steven Seagals QS – Jack’s Fire Dept 343.14
Statutory Crepe* MH – Dempsey’s 339.82
Quiz Girl Friday MH – Murphy’s 327.87
Schmohawks MH – Murphy’s 284.28
House of Whoopass BK – B61 283.79
Champagne of Teams MH – Dempsey’s 187.72
Bludgeon Bot NJ – Blue Moon 167.99
Gowanus Is For Lovers BK – Whole Foods 163.00
We Are Jon Snow – We Know Nothing MH – One Star 161.78
John Wilkes Booth & The Showstoppers MH – Dempsey’s 161.55
Negotiators MH – Murphy’s 135.86
Sharone’s Angels BK – B61 109.21
Otrivia Newton John BK – Bergn 102.86
Meaty Owl Legs MH – Dempsey’s 101.52
Charlie Flapjacks BK – Bergn 98.29
Liberal Media, the MH – Gael 92.30
PYH NJ – Blue Moon 91.61
60% of the Time, We Win Every Time MH – Social 89.43
Archer’s Debut BK – Whole Foods 85.57
Quizzy Bardust & The Drunkards From Bars QS – Snowdonia 73.86
Bird Facts BK – Whole Foods 70.86
Ladies Who Lush MH – Social 67.87
Get Your Measles Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Everybody MH – Gael 57.60
Snow Patrol MH – Gael 56.10
Crazy Train, The MH – Murphy’s 53.57
Stay At Home Dads MH – Dempsey’s 51.52
Bruce “Trans” Jenner MH – Gael 50.00