A quick puzzle to pass the time. Find the three word passphrase from the clues. You will know the answer when you see it.



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    $\begingroup$ Please note that you must be a fluent English speaker to solve this riddle. I, like most non-natives, miss the highly specific vocabulary. $\endgroup$ Oct 15 '20 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Zsolt Yes, the same applies to many English language based puzzles/riddles on this site. Fortunately we non-native speakers can enjoy other parts of the site. $\endgroup$
    – WhatsUp
    Oct 15 '20 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ @WhatsUp: Not complaining about having riddles that I just can't solve. The frustrating part is that I don't know beforehand, so I spend hours in a futile attempt. $\endgroup$ Oct 15 '20 at 20:16
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    $\begingroup$ @Zsolt I also had the same experience, so I don't spend too much time on these riddles now, thinking that it's probably beyond my English level. Perhaps there can be some tag that specifically indicates that a puzzle requires high level of English (or any language) skill. This might be discussed in meta or the chat room. $\endgroup$
    – WhatsUp
    Oct 15 '20 at 20:22

Each of these is

an anagram of a bird, minus its first letter.


Teal/Rail/Eagle; Falcon/Raven; Heron/Ibis; Oriole/Dipper; Brant/Swallow

So the passphrase is

found by anagramming those first letters: it's FOR THE BIRDS!

  • $\begingroup$ Excellent work! $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Oct 15 '20 at 3:02
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    $\begingroup$ OMG, that's fast! +1 $\endgroup$
    – user71418
    Oct 15 '20 at 3:08

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