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Challenge the inventor to try and win £500 in Cambridge today

By Adrian Curtis

The inventors of Accentuate, Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell
The inventors of Accentuate, Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell

The man who co-invented one of John Lewis's best-selling board games of the year has issued a challenge worth £500 to shoppers at the Grand Arcade store.

Accentuate, which was invented by brother and sister team Graeme and Fiona Fraser-Bell, sees players repeat a quotation in a randomly-selected accent and teammates have to guess the accent they’re trying to mimic. Thirty accents – a third of them from the UK – are featured.

Anyone who beats the inventor Mr Fraser-Ball’s score of 14 points in John Lewis today (Wednesday) between 10am and 4pm, stands a chance of winning £500.

Shoppers taking part will be asked to say a famous quote in an accent for 30 seconds.

Mr Fraser-Bell believes Cambridge is the perfect place to showcase the game after a successful visit in November.

He said: “We did a day in Cambridge and it was a record day, as we sold 43 games. We had never experienced that responsiveness. People in Cambridge really got it and enjoyed it. The demographic is right for us; Cambridge is very cosmopolitan.

“It does well elsewhere, but particularly so in Cambridge. We are going to try and break the countrywide John Lewis record for for games sold in a day, which is about 103.”

It is predicted that Accentuate, priced £19.99, will be in the top three best-selling board games at John Lewis. In 2017, the game will be produced globally, with German, French, US and Canadian versions all in the pipeline.


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