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Right, let’s start off with a double apology. First up, sorry about not replying to your queries in the comments section over the course of the last week. My arms were in a cast after an overly enthusiastic rendition of Gangnam Style went wrong at a Christmas party. Secondly, sorry – last week’s competition was tough. Way tougher than I actually intended.
A handful of people managed to crack open the nebulous trifle that is my head and provided all four answers, but before all that, here’s my attempt to justify the supposed logic behind my thinking:
#1 That’s Top Gear’s resident geek, James May; that’s a pub, sometimes referred to by pretentious people like me as an ‘inn'; that’s some seats on an airplane, commonly known as a ‘row'; that is Megan Fox in her undergarments on a billboard and a billboard is more generally classified as an ‘ad’.
If you got those cryptic clues, you may have stuck them all together and got Maine Road – former home of the coin-throwers of Manchester City and still in fact a road, if not a stadium.
#2 It’s tricky, but that picture of someone getting overpriced petrol is suppose to represent ‘filling’ or ‘to fill’ your car; then there’s Mel Gibson playing Hamlet probably saying something anti-semitic to a ‘skull'; the final picture is the brilliant Ari Gold from Entourage (I’m not sure why he’s holding a massive water-pistol.
Piece them together and hopefully you got Phil Scolari, former Chelsea manager and newly appointed manager of Brazil.
#3 That’s a candle, but in particular the ‘wick'; that’s some woman doing something known as beachcombing or to ‘comb’ the beach; that’s Harry Potter and he’s got his wand in his hand (stop giggling); that final picture is an exam, but as the red marks are intended to communicate the notion of ‘errors’.
Put them altogether (and use some creative license) and you should have landed upon Wycombe Wanderers
#4 That’s Michael Jackson, or as he probably liked to be called in certain situations, Mickey; that’s Chinese communist revolutionary Mao Zedong, also known as Chairman Mao, but there’s more than one Mao, so you might say there’s Maos; they’re a pair of hands, but they’re more specifically cupped in the shape of a ‘cup’.
That’s supposed to represent the phrase Mickey Mouse Cup, a label you could apply to many competitions, but I intended as a dig at the ever pointless Capital One Cup.
As I said before, there were a few correct answers, so many that I had to dust down my hat of quiz-ending jeopardy and throw all the people with a full house in. After giving all the names a good shuffle, the one that popped out belongs to Paul Meyers. Thanks to everyone’s sharing this competition on the various social media, he wins a Free £116 Bet. Well done Paul, you deserve it for being so bloody smart. Bad luck everyone else, especially if you happened to be one of the very few other people who got 4/4.
There’s more, less difficult competition fun on the way.
Sorry there was no competition last week. I was over at the Emirates Stadium collecting an award for creating the ‘Best Blog In The World. Ever’ (that may not actually have been title of the category). I know I have previous when it comes to making up outlandish excuses to explain why I didn’t do a competition last week, but that’s not one of them. It’s true. Stop laughing. We won an award and everything. I got drunk and then fell asleep on my hotel bed with a full bottle of water that spilled everywhere and it looked like I wet the bed. But I didn’t. Honest mum.
Anyhoo, I’m back now and hopefully that mattress has dried off so it’s time for a little bit of The Competition With No Name in your life. If you haven’t played before, don’t let the lack of a catchy title put you off.
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. I think this week is pretty easy and I should know because I made it that way so I could begin to worm my way back into your good books.
Don’t worry if you have failing eyesight, if you click on the image, you’ll see a bigger version.
Send your answer to email@example.com with the subject line ‘I am less than convinced about the bed-wetting excuse’. 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.
As I skipped last week, I’ve got prize budget coming out my ears. This week’s edition is for a BUMPER £/E100 Free Bet. But that’s not all. The prize will grow by one euro or pound for every time this tweet gets retweeted:
Here's a chance to win a Free more than £/€100 Bet if you're clever and lucky: http://t.co/1Fh0x2ep Retweet to increase the prize ; )
— Paddy Power Blog (@paddypowerblog) December 4, 2012
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 December 11 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 paddypower.com account and have reached an age were bed-wetting is entirely unacceptable.
– Maximum size of the free bet will be €/£150.
– Paddy Power decision is final and moaning will be gleefully ridiculed in public.