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Samurai776 (Samurai776)
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Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 12:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There are many well-known Xs, but if you ask me, the most ridiculous involves a bird.

(X is not meant to be taken literally. It stands for something. What?)
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Bird - a real bird? Something (or someone) whose namesake is a bird? An image of a bird? A team or group named after a bird?
Samurai776 (Samurai776)
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Bird - a real bird? This. Something (or someone) whose namesake is a bird? An image of a bird? A team or group named after a bird?
Noel (Noel)
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Is X just a noun?
A noun + descriptive words(e.g. "pink ponies" or "men who eat spaghetti")?

Is X a gerund (an -ing noun)?
A gerund + descriptive words(e.g. "sightings of ufos," "hangings of criminals")?

Does X refer to a person? An object? A situation? An idea/concept?

Is the bird a small one (e.g. robin, hummingbird, cardinal, wren)? Or a large one (e.g. flamingo, emu)? Or something in between (e.g. ducks)?
Samurai776 (Samurai776)
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Is X just a noun?
A noun + descriptive words(e.g. "pink ponies" or "men who eat spaghetti")? This one.

Is X a gerund (an -ing noun)?
A gerund + descriptive words(e.g. "sightings of ufos," "hangings of criminals")?

Does X refer to a person? An object? A situation? An idea/concept? Closest to the last one.

Is the bird a small one (e.g. robin, hummingbird, cardinal, wren)? Or a large one (e.g. flamingo, emu)? Large. Or something in between (e.g. ducks)?
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Is X a riddle? A puzzle? A palindrome? A story? An anagram? A mondegreen? A pun? A play on words?
Noel (Noel)
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Is the bird a:
Flamingo?
Heron?
Egret?
Dodo?
Emu?
Ostrich?
Penguin?
Condor?
Eagle?
Rhea?
Stork?

If none of the above, can it fly?
Does it typically live in the desert? temperate climates? Tropical climates?
Is it usually associated with water?
Is it a bird of prey?
Samurai776 (Samurai776)
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Is X a riddle? A puzzle? This. A palindrome? A story? An anagram? A mondegreen? A pun? A play on words?

Is the bird a:
Flamingo?
Heron?
Egret?
Dodo?
Emu?
Ostrich?
Penguin?
Condor?
Eagle?
Rhea?
Stork?
/b{None of these.}

If none of the above, can it fly? Yes.
Does it typically live in the desert? temperate climates? Tropical climates?
Is it usually associated with water? This one.
Is it a bird of prey? Not sure if "bird of prey" would be the right term, but it's definately carnivorous.
Kayleetonkslupin (Kayleetonkslupin)
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I would have guessed penguin, but you said no, and penguins don't fly. *sigh*

Cormorant? Some other fish-eating bird?
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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Albatross?
Biograd (Biograd)
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Oh, and is X "classic lateral puzzles"?

But as an aside, after reading the puzzle statement, but before seeing the answers that had already been given, I thought of that song about "the bird is the word"--that is certainly one of the most ridiculous songs, and it involves a bird.
Kayleetonkslupin (Kayleetonkslupin)
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*facepalm* And I bet Woodworm's right...

Assuming Woodworm's got it, "X" = lateral thinking puzzle? Classic lateral thinking puzzle?
Samurai776 (Samurai776)
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Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 9:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Albatross? Yes.

Oh, and is X "classic lateral puzzles"? Indeed.

***********Spoiler***************
We all know the puzzle where the guy kills himself after eating albatross, but it always bugged me how ridiculous those circumstances were, even to those accustomed to lateral thinking puzzles.
Woodworm (Woodworm)
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I agree: the albatross classic is surely the most ridiculous puzzle ever devised. To be honest, if I'd thought of it, I would have thought it much too far-fetched to run it here.

But we haven't yet solved Gregory's puzzle (right above this one) which looks even more outrageous. ;-)

Nice one, cheers.
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Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, a good idea. But then, I'm not sure it is the most ridiculous puzzle. Just think about the lighthouse keeper who comes home and switches off the light... nobody ever gives any reason why he should do so... he simply must have gone crazy. The setting of the albatross puzzle is very far-fetched, but at least everyone has a reason to do what he does.
Noel (Noel)
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Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've always thought that the one with the midget surface performer was pretty darn ridiculous, myself.

Great puzzle!
Noel (Noel)
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oops, sURFACE was supposed to be CIRCUS.

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