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by Aidan Elder | April 25, 2012

Things have got a bit old school for this week’s blog competition. There are no maps, cryptic visual riddles or headlines that needs your touch of comedy genius. In another attempt to create a competition that can’t be ruined by Wikipedia or Google, I took a photo of my penny jar last night. If I was to sum up the competition with a not so catchy name, I’d call it ‘Look at these pictures of a jar full of coins and tell me how many coins are in there.’

It was initially intended to be a clever link to the crucial meeting of moneybags Manchester City and slightly less moneybags Manchester United on Monday, but the metaphor doesn’t really work and it’s mainly just a ‘Count The Coins’ competition. How high tech.

Your job is to tell me how many coins are in there. There’s 1 cent, 2 cent and 5 cent coins wedged into the container mainly gathered from stealing from Trocaire boxes. To give you the vague impression that you can use maths to work it out, the container is about three inches tall and two and a half inches wide. It’s the total number of coins in there I’m looking for, NOT the total value of the coins.

I know the answer, but none else does and no amount of bribery or flattery will prise the information from behind these lips. Although try some bribery or flattery and test my resolve. Here’s the picture.

Win a free bet

Put your answer in the comments section below. There’s only one guess per customer on this occasion, so use it wisely. Plus, it’s really easy to spot if one person is having more than one go, so spare yourself the hassle of chancing your arm.

If more than one person guesses a certain number, the person who guessed it first gets dibs on it and the other answer won’t be counted. Sorry, but otherwise things could get very messy and not even my hat of quiz-ending jeopardy could solve the problems created.

There you have it. It’s a simple test of a small bit of skill and a lot of luck. In the event no-one gets the right answer, the person who gets closest (either above or below) to the total will win.

The prize starts off as a £/€50 Free Bet, but it’s in your interest to whore this competition around the social networks of this world. Every time this tweet gets retweeted or this competition gets shared on Facebook, LinkedIn or the other ones, I’ll add one europound to the prize. You really should do it because (a) it’s the nice thing to do and (b) you might well be the person who benefits from the vast inflation of the prize.

Get your answers in before 10am on Tuesday 1st May. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner soon after. If you’ve got any questions, give me a shout on twitter where I’m @PaddyPowerAidan or in the comments section.

Best of luck to everybody.

– Customers must be over the age of 18, have a valid account and remember what a ha’penny was.
– Maximum size of the free bet will be €/£150.
– Paddy Power decision is final and moaning will be ridiculed.


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