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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 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 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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