According to taspedia, a soccactuary is a person who uses actuarial skills to predict the outcomes of soccer matches.

Are you the 2014 World Cup Soccactuary?


To win this esteemed title, you must answer Part 1 of the question correctly and score the highest number of goals in Part 2:

Part 1

In 2014 FIFA World Cup, at the end of the round-robin tournament (and before the knockout stage) where the number of teams is reduced to 16, if you were to write down all possible permutations (note: not combinations) of the 4 teams that will eventually become Winner, Runner-Up, Third Place and  Fourth Place, how many such permutations will you get?

Part 2

Predict the 2014 FIFA World Cup Winner, Runner-Up, Third Place and Fourth Place. 4 goals are awarded for correctly predicting the Winner, 3 goals for Runner-Up, 2 goals for Third Place and 1 goal for Fourth Place. You must score at least 1 goal.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup results are as follows:

Winner: Germany

Runner-Up: Argentina

3rd Place: Netherlands

4th Place: Brazil

From all the submissions with correct answer to Part 1, the highest number of goals scored in Part 2 is 4.

There are actually 2 people who submitted correct answer to Part 1 and score 4 goals in Part 2.

Based on the time of submission, the winner for our competition is Nian Sern. Congratulations, our new Soccactuary Nian Sern!

Instructions on how to claim your prize money will be emailed to you. Please reply to the email within 2 weeks, failing so the prize will be carried forward to the next competition.

Check your answer here.  Must first sign in to see.

The 2014 World Cup Soccactuary will win a cash voucher of RM100. The Cutoff Time (1st Cutoff Time) for this competition is 28 June 2014 23:59 (KL time), before the kickoff of the round of 16.

As our website was down for a few days since evening of 27 June 2014, many of you could not submit your entry.

In view of this, we are granting an additional Cutoff Time (2nd Cutoff Time), being 4 July 2014 23:59 (KL time) for everyone to submit their entry.  To be fair to those who submitted before the 1st Cutoff Time, you may submit again and you are entitled to 2 valid entries, one before the 1st Cutoff Time and another one between the 1st and 2nd Cutoff Time.

Do submit early as we do not exactly know why the website went down and there is no guarantee that it will not happen again.

Please use the submission form below to submit your entry.

  1. To qualify for the competition, you will need to either work in an actuarial related role or studying in a university majoring in an actuarial related course. We will verify the identity of the winner based on the information submitted in the entry form.
  2. You may submit more than 1 time. However, your valid submission is your latest submission before each Cutoff Time.
  3. Your email address will not be published to protect your privacy. You may optionally choose to use a nickname if you do not want your real name to appear in the Roll of Honour. Your real name is however required so that we can verify your identity and to make sure that each person is only entitled to 1 valid submission.
  4. Only one valid submission per person per Cutoff Time (although you may submit more than 1 time if you change your answer before Cutoff Time, please also see 2 above). We reserve the right to disqualify you if we discover that you submit more than 1 entry using different email addresses and/or fake name.
  5. One winner will win RM100 cash voucher. Please note that in the unlikely event, there may be no winner at all (for example no one getting Part 1 right and scoring at least 1 goal).
  6. Winner will be announced on this page at the end of 2014 World Cup.
  7. In case of dispute, our decision is final and binding.
  1. The winner must correctly answer Part 1 and score the highest number of goals in Part 2 (with at least 1 goal).
  2. In the event of a tie between 2 or more players, the winner is the person who submitted the winning entry the earliest.

Honour Roll

The following people submitted the correct answer to Part 1 (in the order of submission, showing only first 10 and ignoring the number of goals in Part 2):

  1. Nian Sern
  2. Lim Yu Wei
  3. soyabean
  4. Lee Chee Sin
  5. Hugo Boss
  6. someone1234
  7. Lok
  8. kokweng
  9. Lawrence Wong
  10. Mavis Ng

Also see the all-time Top 10 Brain Teaser Solvers.

Modified 7/14/2014 by Loo Hai Teh

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