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Merry Christmas – Here’s A Really Difficult Competition

by Aidan Elder | December 14, 2011

Ho ho ho!
No, the Kardashian sisters haven’t just walked into the Paddy Power offices, it’s that time of the year when I try to forget my underlying cynicism and dislike of anything corporate, religious or that tastes like brussel sprouts and start building up Christmas cheer. So yeah – hooray for Yuletide! Merry over-spending and over-eating one and all. As its Christmas, I’ve made this week’s competition extra hard and even an ability to Google or Wikipedia won’t save you this time. Obviously there’s no valid reason for the Christmas competition being tougher than the other ones – in fact, if I was feeling truly festive I should make it easier – but someone has to play the obligatory Scrooge role.

This week, I’m asking you to indentify the sportspeople in the below image. These four people have arrived early at the annual ‘Fancy Dress Christmas Party For Sports Personalities That Normal People Aren’t Invited To’ and they need you to tell them who they are. Well, narrative doesn’t make much sense, but the important part is you figuring out who they are and then telling me for your chance to win a Free Bet. There’s no real clue, but if you’re a semi-decent follower of the sporting world, you’ll have heard of everyone involved – there’s no-one particularly obscure or old school.

Win A Free Bet

Send your answers in to competitions@paddypower.com with the subject line ‘Yule Never Catch Me Out’ or some other god-awful Christmas based pun. Or alternatively, don’t bother, it makes no difference either way. This competition is going to use the ‘your most recent guess is the guess that counts for your final entry’ system which means you’re allowed to have more than one guess, but it’s your most recent guess that will be used for the purposes of deciding how many you got right. DO NOT PUT YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION – they will not count and they may give someone a clue or answer that they badly need to beat you. You can however use the comments for begging for clues or general Christmas chit-chat, but no serious answers to this competition please.

Because it’s Christmas and I’m perennially a bit drunk for the month of December, the prize this week will be 3 x £/€50 Free Bets. If more than three people get it right, all the answers will be put in an actual hat (I just bought a Christmas one – take a gander here) and three names will be drawn at random. Because I’m blowing my allocated budget on three prizes, there’s no prize-boosting shenanigans for sharing this competition on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, so really I’m just appealing to your nice nature in a bid to get you sharing the Christmas spirit across the social media interweb. Go on, there’s still time to make it onto Santa’s good list.

Get your answers in to me before 10am on Tuesday 20th December and I’ll pick out the winners not long after. If you’ve got any questions, stick them in the comments section or give me an e-holler on Twitter where I’m called @PaddyPowerAidan.

Best of luck one and all.

Obligatory Conditions
- Paddy Power decision is final. If you moan we’ll find out where you live and throw eggs at your house.
– Entrants must have a paddypower.com account and must be old enough to know that Cabbage Patch Dolls were once THE Christmas must-have. Fijit Friends? Pah!

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  1. Claire Taylor (@delibobble) said on December 14, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    For once my blonde head may just well know the answers…

  2. Michael Manning said on December 14, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    i hope i have got that right. the woman is hard

  3. johnny gee said on December 14, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Hopefully in early this time…………. GET THAT BUNNET BOUNCING!!!!!!!

  4. Davie said on December 15, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Is it Paul Doe, Kirsty Milczarek, Greg Fairley, and Jimmy Quinn???

  5. marty macfly said on December 15, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    craig bellamy

  6. paul c said on December 15, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    just after emailing my answers….do i need to send you another one Aidan??

  7. Aidan said on December 15, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Nope, you’re in the novelty Christmas hat

  8. Aidan said on December 15, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    I don’t think they’ll be at too many Christmas parties this festive season.

  9. Aidan said on December 15, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Nearly there Johnny G. Need a rethink on one and I think you know which one.

  10. Aidan said on December 15, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Good punt Michael, you’re in the novelty Christmas hat.

  11. Aidan said on December 15, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    That’s a stereotype-crushingly good performance Claire.
    You’re in the novelty Christmas hat.

  12. would like to win the free bet for once! said on December 15, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Any news on winner of previous competition

  13. hallamhash said on December 15, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    it was me ;-)

  14. ruairi mc said on December 15, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    Well Aidan, am i nestled snuggly inside the hat??

  15. Mary B said on December 15, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Think thats it, Any hints on the woman?? :)

  16. Robc said on December 15, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Not sure if I have the woman right???

  17. Davie said on December 16, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Have I made it in to the festive head warmer????

  18. pms said on December 16, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    ahhhhhh the woman man !!! any hints like?

  19. pms said on December 16, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    am i in the xmas hat then please?

  20. Smoggie said on December 16, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    The girl looks like Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud. Did she once finnish 3rd in an egg and spoon race at infant school in 1998, which would qualify her as a “sports person” and eligable for this competition?
    The one 2nd left I think is ex-East German shot put champion Fanny Schmeller, a notorious party pooper who didn’t bother with a fancy dress uniform.

  21. Johhny Gee said on December 16, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    I have the one in the gren and red dress down to two choices…. Mary Hinge or Betty Swollox…..

  22. stephen cooper said on December 16, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    Aidan, did I get them?

  23. sean ryan said on December 16, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    cheers sent mine on their

  24. max condron (@maxc1987) said on December 17, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    think i have 3 but dnt know the woman any clues

  25. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Yeah, it was announced last Tuesday.
    http://blog.paddypower.com/2011/12/13/and-this-week-lady-luck-fancies/

  26. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Yep Ruari, well done.

  27. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Nope, not really.
    As I said in the competition, she’s pretty mainstream, so you don’t need to be getting too obscure.

  28. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Didn’t seem to get your answer Robc. Did you email it?

  29. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Davie, you’re on the edge of the hat, but not yet in it.
    3 out of 4 as it stands.

  30. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    dear pms, you are currently 75% right and 25% wrong.

  31. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    Ha ha! He said Fanny Schmeller!

  32. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    Two out of four Stephen.
    I can’t give you too much more help, but I generally wouldn’t pay much attention to Smoggie’s ‘clues’.

  33. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Two out of four Sean.
    I’m also disappointed you think I’d put ‘some bloke out of Hollyoaks’ in one of my competitions.

  34. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Sorry Max. I have no clues for getting you a woman in either this competition or life in general.
    She’s pretty mainstream is all I’ll say.

  35. Johhny Gee said on December 18, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    Aidan, was my second effort enough to get me in the bunnet? Changed the female!

  36. Aidan said on December 18, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    It’s still wrong, but it’s a better guess.

  37. Joe Bray said on December 18, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    The Women is very difficult were any of my guesses right??

  38. Michael D said on December 19, 2011 @ 2:32 am

    Am I in the hat? one was a complete stab in the dark and another was just a flashback but couldn’t find any pic for proof

  39. Johnny Gee said on December 19, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I think I’ve cracked it this time…. If I haven’t got the girl this time it’s all downhill from here for me……

  40. Aidan said on December 19, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Joe – yep, you got the woman and you’re in the hat.

  41. Aidan said on December 19, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    You on 3 out of 4 Michael D.
    I can’t tell you too much more, but they are all actual sports people rather than people with connections to sport.

  42. Aidan said on December 19, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Still wrong Mr. G. I’m afraid.

  43. Steve said on December 19, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    have i got 3 right?

  44. Aidan said on December 19, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    It’s worse than that I’m afraid Steve. Two out of four for you.

  45. Aidan said on December 19, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    You’ve improved to 3 out of 4 now Steve.

  46. hello said on December 20, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    hello my name is tejon http://www.djarzt.de/

  47. We Have 3 Christmas Winners | Paddy Power Betting Blog said on December 20, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

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  48. Paul said on December 21, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    My god the women is a hard one, other 3 are easy

  49. Paul said on December 21, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    Can you tell me if my guess is right. I know the 3 males are right but the female is difficult. Can you tell me if she Plays a sport or may be a pundit

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