Elephant bones puzzler decides charity 'Big Quiz' winners

North Devon Gazette

A team made up largely of local writers took away the trophy at this years ‘Really Big Quiz’ held at The Barnstaple Hotel.

The prestigious event, run by Simpkins Edwards LLP, was back this year following an enforced Covid break in 2020. Organised to raise funds for the Mayor of Barnstaple’s nominated charity, over £2,000 was raised for Care For Kids.Â


With Covid safety guidelines in place, the quiz was limited to 24 teams, but competition was no less fierce.

After nine rounds of quizzing, across a broad spectrum of categories, the eventual winners could only be decided by a tie break question.Â

Previous winners ‘Scumbag University’ were level on points with the writers, ‘Prose and Cons’, with the latter taking first place by submitting a more accurate estimate to the question ‘how many bones does an elephant have?’Â

Winning team members included local authors Tina Orr Munro and Tim Cooke. Tina’s debut novel ‘Breakneck Point’ is set in North Devon and was coincidentally released for pre-sale orders on the eve of the quiz. It’s to be published by Harper Collins next year.

Tim Cooke, an advertising copywriter, who also writes in the crime fiction genre, won the Awesome Indie Book Award for his novel ‘Defending Elton’ in 2015.

They were joined by Richard Place, who provides media and publishing services to the criminal justice system, Rosie Place who works for publishers 2b Global Media in Exeter, and local Executive Head Teacher Kate Fairbrother of Landkey and Roundswell primary Schools.Â

Tina said: ‘It was a pleasant surprise to find out we were joint top after all the quiz rounds. It was such an enjoyable evening, good to see people back out again and even better to have raised funds for such a worthy cause."

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