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MikeAlx



Joined: 17 Nov 2008
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Location: Seaford, East Sussex

PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:17 pm    Post subject: Board Launch Prize Competition!!  Reply with quote

To celebrate the launch of the new board, I'm offering 15 of Amazon gift certificates to the highest-scoring entrant in the following competition:

The new 'Big Readers' banner logo was hastily assembled from books grabbed from my own shelves, selected purely for their usefulness in constructing the words 'Big Readers'. All books contain prose fiction in one form or another. There are 10 titles and 9 authors (one author crept in twice!). Your task is to guess or otherwise work out the 9 authors and 10 titles.

The only clue is this: of the authors, 3 are English, 2 American, 2 Italian, 1 Irish and 1 Cuban-French.

Send your answers by private message - click 'PM' under this message to do so. DON'T give away any clues by posting messages on the board! Only one entry per person, please. List your answers in order, numbered from 1 to 10, beginning with (1) the 'B' of 'Big' and ending with (10) the 's' or 'Readers'.

The highest-scoring entry received before midnight on Sunday December 7th will be rewarded with the Amazon certificates.

Eligibility: the competition is open to all board members with the exception of Evie and me (cos we know the answers!).

Scoring: initially each entrant will be awarded 1 point for each correct author and 1 point for each correct title (irrespective of position), giving a score out of 19. Only in the event of a tie-break will correct order/position be considered - in that case a further point will be awarded for each author or title that appears in the correct position. If, after this, the situation is still tied, the prize will go to the person who responded soonest.

Have fun!



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iwishiwas



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: NE England

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great fun! But probably not as easy as it sounds!
Thanks Mike/Evie Rolling Eyes



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Sandraseahorse



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the email drawing attention to this quiz.

Am I thick or is it incredibly difficult?  I'm pretty sure I know one author (I won't say here) but the rest could be any one of hundreds of possibilities.  It's a bit like chosing lottery numbers at random.  

I'll have a go but I can see myself ending up with a wooden spoon.[/img] Embarassed


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sandra, it's probably ludicrously difficult, but remember you don't have to get them all right to win - just more than anyone else!  Smile

Besides, I know what a clever bunch the Big Readers are, so I'm prepared to be surprised...



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Castorboy



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[I'm pretty sure I know one author (I won't say here) I'll have a go but I can see myself ending up with a wooden spoon.[/img] Embarassed[/quote]
I've got one so you'll have to share the spoon Very Happy


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Not_Smart_Just_Lucky



Joined: 24 Nov 2008
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Location: Ireland, for now

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, I was just wondering to myself how many of the words in the logo I could work out. Now that I can win something for it, I shall redouble my wonderings!



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Caro



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't believe that anyone could possibly get any of these right! I gave up thinking about it after a very short time.

Cheers, Caro.


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miranda



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: over there somewhere

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've also got one but as for the rest....... Confused



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mike js



Joined: 28 Nov 2008
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Location: Cambridgeshire, UK

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have now been banned from my local bookshop! I took in a camera, removed lots of their books from the shelves and tried to recreate the Big Readers banner, to determine the authors. They seemed unimpressed, even when I offered to put all the books back in order, for only 15 quid. Anyway, I am stumped.

I must say, Mike, I do think you could keep your own bookshelf a bit neater; aligning the spines and so forth... ;o)


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is neat, Mike - you should my books after Baby George has got his mitts on them! I need to get some special bookshelves installed that start about 4 feet off the ground...




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