A Sunday Telegraph quiz team, boosted by a ringer – author Vikram Seth – beat some of the finest literary minds in Fleet Street to win the Pen MediaBiz quiz, writes Dominic Ponsford.
Various teams from the world of letters paid £1,000 a table to take part in the event at the Savoy to raise money for international writers’ group Pen.
A tie-breaker question had to be used to separate The Sunday Telegraph, The Times and The Daily Telegraph teams.
Sunday Telegraph executive editor Con Coughlin and his colleagues were the fastest to tell quizmaster Clive James that it was Mae West who said: “A man in the house is worth two in the street.”
The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and Daily Mirror were among other national newspapers to enter teams.
Coughlin said: “We are delighted to have won in our first year of entering and it goes to prove that apart from being the best newspaper, we are also the brightest.”