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COMPETITION: Do it, cos this time there’s a £/€100+ Free Bet up for grabs

by Aidan Elder | November 13, 2012

I’ve been called a lot of names this week. That’s not news. I’m called a lot of names most weeks, but this was different as it was largely down to the difficulty of the Competition With No Name.

Yeah, it was tough, but you can blame my colleague Rob for that as he got the first draft of too easily and enraged by the sight of his smug face, I made it much tougher than it had been. The answers, complete with flimsy explanation are as follows:

#1 It’s Smith And Jones. In particular, I was looking for Smith’s first name, which is Mel. The next picture is Matt ‘Handsome Devil’ Damon who is probably now best known as Jason Bourne. Picture three is somehow a politician, Boris Johnson. That was the reddest of red herrings however as I was after the name of the famous pub in the background, which is the Old Vic or the ‘Vic’ as I’m sure I can remember many a bad actor call it in a worse cockney accent. That last one is Winston Churchill and it’s a double clue. He was a Tory and he’s doing the V for Victory sign.

Stick them altogether and you get Melbourne Victory.

#2 Picture one is the Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California. You don’t really need to know that because I was using merely to highlight it’s extreme gradient, which some would call ‘steep’. The next one is a magazine cover featuring Elle ‘the slightly more wrinkly body than it was’ McPherson. That last picture is a ‘chase’.

That should have got you to Steeplechase.

#3 You needed a bizarrely good knowledge of random geordies and Jewish relgious rites. I would imagine the Venn diagram of people that applies to has a tiny cross section.

First up, that’s Donna Air – remember the Air part. That’s Richard Branson. To some he’s a Dick, but I reckon he’s really good friends call him ‘Rick’. That weird rabbi/scissors/baby combo refers to the Jewish covenant of circumcision also know as a ‘Bris’. It’s far less divine, but the last picture is a car getting a ‘tow’.

Stitch them together (and use your imagination a bit) and you should have got Eric Bristow – the darts legend currently munching on koala balls in the jungle.

#4 I know I’ll get slated for this, but here goes.

The first part is kind of a red herring. That’s Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, but specifically, the Green Monster which is a famous 11 metre high wall at the stadium. The second picture is there to communicate the concept of a ‘lab’ and that last picture of a woman in a hammock on a sunny beach is an attempt to portray the notion of ‘ease’.

I you figured out what I was doing, then you should have got Wallabies. Sorry about that.

Number four was what tripped up lots of people. We got lots of people nailing three of the four, but only two people nailed it. They are MagnusLombard and KeenBean and because they were the only two people with a full house, they’ve agreed to split the £120 Free Bet down the middle and give them a £60 Free Bet each.

Well done lads, you’re both inspirational.

There may be more competition fun soon.


I took a week off from wrecking your heads. I wish I had a better excuse, but in reality I was denying allegations from Jeremy Paxman that this was ‘a hugely popular and thoroughly researched quiz’. Regular quiz-players will recognise that for the lie it is, but you know how rumours get around.

Anyhoo, I’m back now and so is The Competition With No Name. 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 would say this week is quite tricky, but you can blame Rob for that as I ran a few clues by him and he got them too easily. Feel free to troll him on the internet.

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 ‘Let us once again dice with cryptic death’. 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:

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 20 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 remember Paxo from his long-haired hippy days on the BBC Breakfast News.
– 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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