Stephen Hawking Big Answers Competition Ts and Cs

Terms and Conditions

The Big Questions Puzzle




1              This is a competition for a first prize and 5 runner up prizes to be revealed. To enter, applicants must correctly deduce all ten answers to the ‘Big Questions Puzzle’ quiz available on from 20 September 2018 – 16 October 2018 and submit their answers via an online form from 10.00am BST on 16 October 2018.

2.            The winner and runners up will be selected from the correct entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions based on the following criteria: the first entrant to correctly answer all ten questions will win the first prize, the following 5 fully correct answers submitted will each win 1 of the 5 runner up prizes. The winner and runners up will be selected by Josh Kirklin, creator of the puzzles, whose decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

3.            There is no purchase necessary to enter.

4.            The competition opens at 12:01am BST on 16 October 2018 and will close once we have verified that 6 entrants have correctly answered all 10 puzzles or on 31 December 2019, whichever is the sooner.  Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

5.           The winner’s and runners up names will be published on after the competition closes.  The winner and runners up may see their names posted on the Company’s (see below) website and on other websites and social media accounts.

6.            The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, and USA, except employees of the Company, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families. 

7.            Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.

8.            The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

9.            The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the competition without notice but will try to avoid creating any undue disappointment.  No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.  If a winner or runner up is unable to accept their prize or cannot be contacted, the Company reserves the right to select another winner.

10.          The Company will make available the name and county of the winner and runners up to anyone who requests this information by writing to the Company at the address shown below.

11.          The Company is the data controller of Personal Data that it collects in the course of running the competition and will use the Personal Data in accordance with the Company’s Privacy Notice It will use such Personal Data for the purposes of running the competition and delivering any prize(s) and will delete it after a reasonable period from the end of the competition. “Personal Data” means names of entrants and other details provided by them (e.g. email addresses, telephone numbers) for the competition.  The Company will not share such Personal Data with any third parties except for the purpose of delivering the prize(s). 

12.          Where entrants have opted-in to receive communications from the Company, the email addresses of entrants will be used by the Company in accordance with its Privacy Notice to send news about books, products and promotions and to invite entrants to participate in surveys.  Entrants will be given the option of opting out in those emails if they don’t want to receive any further communications.

13.          By entering the competition entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14.          This competition is being organised by Hodder & Stoughton Limited of Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ (“Company”).

15.          These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.