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The Guardian recently ran a short article about the success of a group of birdwatchers. What was the brilliant headline for the article?
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Did the headline contain the words: bird? watch? watcher?
Is the species of birds relevant? the location?
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Tobasi,
Did the headline contain the words: bird? watch? watcher?
NO

Is the species of birds relevant? the location?
YES, NO
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Well if it was The Sun or The Mirror i'd go for Tits but given that it's The Guardian i guess not

Is there a pun involved? Is the species of bird native to the UK? Is it migratory? Is the bird small e.g robin sized or larger like a crow?
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Peter,

Well if it was The Sun or The Mirror i'd go for Tits but given that it's The Guardian i guess not
CORRECT!

Is there a pun involved?
YES

Is the species of bird native to the UK?
YES

Is it migratory?
NO

Is the bird small e.g robin sized or larger like a crow?
LARGER
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Is it a waterfowl? A bird of prey? A ground bird (like a grouse or chicken)? A songbird?
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Blazing,

Is it a waterfowl?
NO

A bird of prey?
I WOULD SAY YES

A ground bird (like a grouse or chicken)?
NO

A songbird?
NO
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Eagle? Kestral? Hawk? Osprey? Buzzard? Falcon? Harrier? Kite?
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Peter,

Eagle? Kestral? Hawk? Osprey? Buzzard? Falcon? Harrier? Kite?
NO
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Hobby? Goshawk?

Was there success in some sort of competition or did they just spot a particularly rare bird?
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Peter,

Hobby? Goshawk?
NO

Was there success in some sort of competition or did they just spot a particularly rare bird?
NO COMPETITION, DETAILS NOT REALLY RELEVANT
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Peter,

Was there success in some sort of competition or did they just spot a particularly rare bird?
I CHECKED AND THEY DID SPOT SOME RARE BIRDS.
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Is the name of the bird the word being punned on? Is it more than one word?

Condor?
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Condor,

Is the name of the bird the word being punned on? Is it more than one word?
YES, NO
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Owls?

Like, for instance, "Nightowls" [Birdwatchers staying up at night to spot nightowls]
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Is the Crow relevant?
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I think Birds of Prey come under the generic term Raptors could the pun be something to do with Rapture?
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Guys,

Owls? Crows, Raptors, Rapture,

NO
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By bird of prey do you mean the sharp taloned hooked beak variety (raptor) or another bird that preys on animals or insects?

My mother told me recently she saw a magpie take an injured sparrow in her back garden. Is it a magpie?

What about the bustard? (lots of potential puns here and i know that they are being reintroduced to the UK)

Heron?

Does the bird feed on mammals? fish? insects? other birds? Does it take live prey or feast on carrion ?
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By bird of prey do you mean the sharp taloned hooked beak variety (raptor) or another bird that preys on animals or insects?
SEE ANSWER BELOW

My mother told me recently she saw a magpie take an injured sparrow in her back garden. Is it a magpie?
NO

What about the bustard? (lots of potential puns here and i know that they are being reintroduced to the UK)
NO

Heron?
NO

Does the bird feed on mammals? fish? insects? other birds? Does it take live prey or feast on carrion ?
FISH
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Kingfisher?
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...or any kind of seagull?
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Grainbeer,

Kingfisher ...or any kind of seagull?
NO
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puffin?
petrel?
pelican?
flamingo?
cormorant?
albatross?

if none of the above - sea bird or fresh water fowl?
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Beroean,

puffin?
petrel?
pelican?
flamingo?
cormorant?
albatross?

NO

if none of the above - sea bird or fresh water fowl?
FRESH
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swan?
duck?
goose?

rare bird?
a name that is not commonly known?
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Beroean

swan?
duck?
goose?
NO

rare bird?
NOT REALLY

a name that is not commonly known?
I AM SURE YOU WILL KNOW IT
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hmmm...

Osprey?
Bittern?
Snipe?
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Egret?
Loon?
Anything to do with golf? Like "Group Sees Rare Birdie on Golf Course"?
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B AND B

Osprey?
Bittern?
Snipe?

NO

Egret?
Loon?

YES, NO

Anything to do with golf? Like "Group Sees Rare Birdie on Golf Course"?
NO
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Ee Great?

Were the twitchers Scottish / Northern Brits?
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Beroean,

Ee Great?
NO

Were the twitchers Scottish / Northern Brits?
NO
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A play on the word "regret"? As in "No Egrets"?
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Travis,

A play on the word "regret"? As in "No Egrets"?
YES
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Travis,

As in "No Egrets"?

ON THE RIGHT LINES BUT THAT IS NOT THE ANSWER
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Egrets I've had a few but then again to few to mention?

Je ne egret rien?

Or more simply any music theme?
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Peter,

Well done you got it.

* * * SPOILER * * *

The headline reads:

Egrets, we've had a few, birdwatchers say.

See the story at the bottom of this page:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/mar/15/11

I thought it was a clever headline. I hope you liked it too.

More details on Lateral Thinking Puzzles and my books can be found here:

http://destination-innovation.com/lateral_thinking_puzzles.cfm

Paul Sloane
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Very nice Paul. The Guardian wouldnt be noted for it's witty headlines but that was a good one.

I've always thought that newspaper headlines could provide lots of puzzles and I once considered running my own favourite as a puzzle but it required certain knowledge of soccer so i didn't think it would go well.

Can't recall which paper but it was a report on Glasgow Celtics shock cup defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle some years ago, the headline read "Super Cali Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious" . You gotta love that.
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Peter,

Good one. One of my favourite headlines was about cuts in library budgets in Essex. The headline was:

Book Lack in Ongar
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...That's sad, my friend just did an Egyptian painting for an art class with egrets on it, and in hieroglyphics he wrote "Egrets, I've had a few"

I was going to write that down in my question, but I thought it was a bit too far-fetched. Darn those gut urges! Lol
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Hm, I don't understand Pauls answer to my first question then.
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Tobasi,

Hm, I don't understand Pauls answer to my first question then.

The key part of the headline is - Egrets, we've had a few. The pun and the humour does not involve the words bird or watcher, so if I had said Yes to your question it would have led you down a wrong path I think.
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OK, I agree.
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Some of these newspaper headlines are apocryphal, but this one was genuine and remains my all-time favourite:

Incest More Common Than Thought In United States
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An Italian left-wing newspaper, well-known for its witty headlines and for its sharply critical attitude towards the conservatism of the catholic Church, on the occasion of the election of the present Pope chose the following front-page headline:

The German Shepherd
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This was found on a sports site, referencing an upcoming baseball game in which the Los Angeles Angels' Bartolo Colon (pronounced "ko-LONE") would be pitching:

Royals To Get A Taste Of Angels' Colon

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