The writers take home the “Really Big Quiz” trophy


A team of mostly writers took home the trophy in the “really big quiz” held this year at the Barnstaple Hotel.

The prestigious event held on Wednesday November 17 was hosted by Simpkins Edwards LLP and was back this year after a forced hiatus from Covid in 2020.

It was organized to raise money for the charity nominated by the Mayor of Barnstaple; over £ 2,000 was raised for Care For Kids.

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

After nine quiz rounds, across a wide range of categories, the eventual winners could only be determined by a tiebreaker question. Previous “Scumbag University” winners were tied on points with the “Prose and Cons” authors, the latter taking first place by submitting a more precise estimate to the question “How many bones does an elephant have?”

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Members of the winning team included authors Tina Orr Munro and Tim Cooke. Tina’s debut novel “Breakneck Point” is set in North Devon and was accidentally released for pre-sale orders on the eve of the quiz. It is due to be published by Harper Collins next year.

Tim Cooke, a copywriter who also writes in the mystery 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 system criminal justice. ; Rosie Place, who works for 2b Global Media publishers in Exeter; and local executive director Kate Fairbrother of Landkey and Roundswell elementary schools.

After the event, Tina said: “It was a pleasant surprise to find out that we were the best after all the quizzes.

“It was such a lovely evening, nice seeing people again and even better fundraising for such a worthy cause.”

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