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Competition Extension

Posted by Admin on February 13, 2009

As you know, SMS is the new Black, sponsored by AQA, is running a competition for the ‘best’ text message sent or received in January.

When I set the deadline, I forgot that I would be in Barcelona for the mobile trade show – Mobile World Congress, so I’ve decided to extend the deadline to next Friday.

Get your texts in to smsblack@googlemail.com (subject line ‘Competition’), or forward them to +44 (0)7957 197817.

I’ve also realised that I should probably provide a bit more of an explanation of ‘best’. For the competition, best can mean a variety of things:

– funniest
– strangest
– most effective (ie a marriage proposal that worked)
– cutest (if it’s your kids first text – it’s got a good chance)
– most romantic (especially if it’s sent tomorrow)
– worst (shock value is good)
– or, of course it could be the best answer you got from texting a question to 63336 for AQA to answer recently

Whatever it is – send them in and you could win the Brilliant Answers book.

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More about Brilliant Answers

With 13 chapters covering food and drink, nature, celebrities, sport, language, travel, sex and the pick of the odd unanswerables and most bizarre, Brilliant Answers is AQA’s madcap fans and ingenious answer gurus at their very best.

Find the answers to such questions as:
− What is the best type of biscuit to make a mattress from?
− I want to write a film script which makes me millions, what should it be about?
− Which British football club has no letters from the word ‘football’ in its name?
− What is the world’s funniest word?
− Why are smiley faces yellow?*

Answers:
− The best type of biscuits to make a mattress from would be fig rolls or strawberry Newtons. They would be soft, but still provide some back support.
− Based on the top-grossing films, your script should be about a young wizard and a robot looking for a ring on a pirate ship which sinks. Good luck.
− Dundee is the only British football club that has no letters from the word ‘football’ in its name. Founded in 1893, Dundee play at Dens Park.
− The funniest word in the English language is fartlek (an athletic training regime); other funny words include furphy, pratfall, parp and firkin.
− The smiley face, first used by Harvey Ball, is yellow because the logo was influenced by Kolobok, a yellow spherical being in an East Slavic fairy tale.

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New competition

Posted by Admin on January 27, 2009

If you’re up for it … let’s have a little competition.

All I want to know is: what was the ‘best’ text message you sent or received in January 2009.

For the best messages AQA is giving away five versions of its excellent book, Brilliant Answers. Featuring the most brilliant answers on subjects ranging from Russell Brand to Dangermouse, from holy handgrenades to the world’s most bizarre experiments, Brilliant Answers is an unputdownable compendium of essential and not-so-essential facts and opinions for everyday life in the UK.

The competition is open to anyone and is simple to enter. To enter, just email the text to smsblack@googlemail.com, with the subject line ‘Competition’, or forward it to +44 (0)7957 197817, before the closing date of February 13th.

Your text could be a marriage proposal, a new job offer, a joke or a brilliant answer from AQA. If it is good enough it will be one of five winners of the Brilliant Answers book.

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More about Brilliant Answers

brilliantanswersWith 13 chapters covering food and drink, nature, celebrities, sport, language, travel, sex and the pick of the odd unanswerables and most bizarre, Brilliant Answers is AQA’s madcap fans and ingenious answer gurus at their very best.

Find the answers to such questions as:
− What is the best type of biscuit to make a mattress from?
− I want to write a film script which makes me millions, what should it be about?
− Which British football club has no letters from the word ‘football’ in its name?
− What is the world’s funniest word?
− Why are smiley faces yellow?*

Answers:
− The best type of biscuits to make a mattress from would be fig rolls or strawberry Newtons. They would be soft, but still provide some back support.
− Based on the top-grossing films, your script should be about a young wizard and a robot looking for a ring on a pirate ship which sinks. Good luck.
− Dundee is the only British football club that has no letters from the word ‘football’ in its name. Founded in 1893, Dundee play at Dens Park.
− The funniest word in the English language is fartlek (an athletic training regime); other funny words include furphy, pratfall, parp and firkin.
− The smiley face, first used by Harvey Ball, is yellow because the logo was influenced by Kolobok, a yellow spherical being in an East Slavic fairy tale.

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Competition …

Posted by Admin on January 22, 2009

I’m thinking of running a competition … what do you think? I think it’ll be for something like the best / funniest / worst text message that you’ve sent or received. I’ll try and get some decent prizes and then away we go.

I’m hoping that if we do this, we’ll end up hearing about how someone proposed by text message (and was accepted, naturally) … or stories of being rescued from up a hill … or maybe your son/daughter sent you something funny and cute. Perhaps you’ve used one of the many services that use SMS and that’s helped out. You know, you won the local pub quiz thanks to one of the question and answer services … or they helped you get a job. Maybe it’s something really functional that really helped. A friend sent you a message telling you that the trains weren’t running well and it stopped you being two hours late for work.

Anyway, we’ll have a think and let you know.

Whatever we do decide, I’m afraid the prize won’t be that trophy at the top (it’s the FA Cup for those of you that don’t recognise it).

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