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COMPETITION: There’s a Free Bet to be won if you’re smart and lucky

by Aidan Elder | October 31, 2012

I’m a SEO marketing genius! Not only does my competition provide literally seconds of enjoyment to literally few very people every week, but it’s also a dab hand at climbing those Google rankings.

Last week I coined the phrase ‘reverse French tomato horn’ as part of some not very funny joke. I don’t know what a reverse French tomato horn is, but it sounds vaguely dirty. Within days, it was being searched for on Google and in the end was the joint 20th most searched for time for people coming to the blog last week. Quite the achievement for a raunchy sex act that hasn’t been invented yet.

Back to the quiz anyway and it was a tough week. I got very few correct answers. So few in fact, if we gathered all the people who sent in correct answers together, we wouldn’t even have enough to field a rugby union team. We’d probably still beat Scotland though.

The answers to last week’s competition and flimsy justification for my choosing them are as follows:

#1 That’s a dance aka a ball; then there’s the island of Timor, a place perhaps most famous for being the home of East Timor; that’s picture of late 80s and early 90s dance and drug-taking fad known as a ‘rave'; that’s two chickens, but more specifically – according to my Google images search two ‘hens’.

Stick them altogether and you should have got Baltimore Ravens.

#2 They were a set of legs (belonging to Lindsay Lohan would you believe?), but in particularly they were tights; that’s Dennis Haskins, possibly best known as Principal Belding in crap 90s kids sitcom, Saved By The Bell – he’s there to represent the notion of a headmaster, often shortened on this side on the pond to ‘Head’ [trust me, there are a lot of representations of ‘head’ on the internet and that’s about the most viewer friendly]; the last one was tricky. Yes, it’s a dog shaped charity box, but it’s on the set of a TV show and therefore can be more generally referred to as a ‘prop’. Sorry about that, it was a tricky one.

Stick those altogether and should have got Tight Head Prop.

#3 That’s Rachel Green from Friends, but when she’s not setting women’s hairstyle trends on camera, she’s more commonly known as Jennifer Anniston and most probably ‘Jen’ to her friends; then there’s Hollywood powerhouses and family tree Michael and Kirk Douglas, which is meant to represent ‘son'; that’s a rather good picture of a bum or as the Americans like to say ‘butt'; the final picture are some buttons, switched to the ‘on’ position.

Weave them into one phrase and should have landed upon Jenson Button.

#4 We start with a few ships, also known as a ‘fleet'; that’s perennial liar and therefore future policitian, Pinocchio, who’s best known than being more wooden than Keanu Reeves – just; and we finish with a picture of a town – Tipperary, Co. Tipperary I’m told but I’ve never been.

That should have got you to League 2 up and comers, Fleetwood Town.

Well done if you got them all and bad luck if you didn’t pay enough attention at school to get a full house. The name drawn out of the rather sparsely populated hat of quiz-ending jeopardy belongs to Dermot O’Neill. He wins the Free Bet which has been inflated to €69. Oo er – reverse French tomato horn indeed.

Congratulations Dermot and bad luck everyone else. We’ll have more competition fun tomorrow.


Whose Career Is It Anyway? has the week off. He got a little bit worked up towards the end of Super Sunday, said a few things he probably shouldn’t and I’ve taken the decision to withdraw him from the duty this weekend while my investigations into what exactly a ‘reverse French tomato horn’ is continue. That means this week the Competition With No Name returns after a long spell down at the quiz job club.

It’s simple. Well, not simple, more ‘easy to understand’. Each of the images below roughly corresponds with a syllable that makes up part of a name or phrase associated with the world of sport. Your job is to decipher the vaguely cryptic clues, string them together and give me the four answers I was trying to communicate. There are examples of what I mean around the blog, but I can’t find them at the moment.

Don’t worry if you have failing eyesight, if you click on the image, you’ll see a bigger version.


Send your answer to with the subject line ‘I know what a reverse French tomato horn is’. Or don’t, it doesn’t really make any difference to your entry.

DON’T PUT YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION – you’ll only be helping an opponent and giving me license to take the piss out of you. You’re allowed more than one guess, but please note that only your most recent guess will count. So if you happened to get four out of four first time out, then have a rethink and only get three out of four – tough noodles – that one is gonna count.

The prize starts off as a E/£50 Free Bet, but will grow by one euro or pound for every time this tweet gets retweeted or every time this competition gets shared on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn. That should boost the fund rather substantially and you might win that prize, so you should definitely do it. In the event we get more than one person with all four correct answers, the winner shall be drawn from my hat of mystery.

Get your answers in before 10am on Tuesday November 6 and I’ll announce the winner soon after. You can use the comments section for begging for clues or general observations on life, but NO ANSWERS please. If you want to contact me, you can do so using the Twitter machine where I’m @PaddyPowerAidan.

- Customers must be over the age of 18, have a valid account and been around long enough to remember the nightmare of having to untangle an audio cassette using only a biro and your enduring love of Sonya.
– Maximum size of the free bet will be €/£150.
– Paddy Power decision is final and moaning will be gleefully ridiculed in public.


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  1. terry ocallaghan said on October 31, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    rubbish! Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:37:32 +0000 To:

  2. MagnusLombard said on October 31, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    Hi Aidan

    A little ‘spooked’ that I have my entry in so soon. Have I made it into your witches hat at the first attempt?

  3. Ab84 said on November 1, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I think i’m retarded!

  4. dermot said on November 2, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    was a bridge too far crossed.

  5. Tebbisimo said on November 2, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Ah man…..just number 2 left to get!!

  6. Aidan said on November 2, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    You’re there Magnus. It’s a very sparsely populated hat at the moment too.

  7. Aidan said on November 2, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    There’s an easy test to check if you are Ab84.

    If you go onto various sports blogs wondering if you’re retarded, the chances are you are.

  8. Aidan said on November 2, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I don’t know what’s being asked here …

  9. Aidan said on November 2, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    That one has proved tricky alright Tebbisimo.

    I can’t give clues, but it does require some abstract thinking.

  10. brybulmer said on November 2, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    am i in the hat aidan or do i need to examine my number 2?

  11. Aidan said on November 2, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Yes, brybulmer, you’re going to have to give it the Gillian McKeith treatment.

    3/4 out of four ain’t bad, but it won’t get you into this week’s hat.

  12. Tebbisimo said on November 2, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    I hope you realise you have single-handedly made me do absolutely no work today! To stop me from getting fired…I’m hereby begging for clues. What the hell is in the last picture in number 2, what is it pointing to?! The dog?! The notion of charity?! The act of theft?! Ahh you know what, I’m just going to end it. Goodbye cruel world..

  13. Aidan said on November 2, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    My sincere apologies to Tebbisimo and the global economy in general. I will notify the ECB and tell them to revise downwards the forecast for Q4.

    No clues, but you are focusing on the correct part of the picture. The dog is what the arrow is pointing at.

    You just need to explore all the possible symbols that dog represents and which one is relevant to this particular answer. Simples … maybe.

  14. Tebbisimo said on November 2, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Ok, and the fact that those are Lindsay Lohan’s legs is not the point here right? Yeah…yeah, I’d spot those anywhere Aidan

  15. Dermot said on November 3, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    Number 2 has me more stumped than stumpy stumperson of stump road in stumpville, while hes sitting on a tree stump.

  16. Dermot said on November 3, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    As soon as i said that i think i figured it out, am i in the hat Mr. Aidan sir?

  17. Keef said on November 4, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    After some scratching of the head for the second one, I have emailed an answer. Any good, or is more scratching required ?

  18. Paul said on November 5, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    Nbr 2 is driving me nuts !

  19. Aidan said on November 5, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Well Mr. stumpy stumperson of stump road in stumpville, while hes sitting on a tree stump, it ;s turns out you’re not that stumped as you have secured your place in the headgear.

  20. Aidan said on November 5, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    Keef, I’m not familiar enough with your nocturnal activities to speculate what the appropriate level of scratching should be, but when it comes to your head, you can stop as you’re in the hat with the full house.

  21. Aidan said on November 5, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    Sorry Paul!
    I hope shortening a 6 letter word to 3 has eased the pain somewhat.

  22. Mark O'Connor (@bohsmark) said on November 5, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    Uimhir a trí, I found that a oiche bainne cailini dubh

  23. Kishan said on November 5, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Number two is killing me, who is that geezer in the middle?!!

  24. Kishan said on November 6, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Am I in???

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