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If you say farewell twice
You'll find this one under
Watch it real close
Then lightning - no thunder

Can you help me determine what the name of this riddle is?

Hint #1

The answer to the riddle is a woman's name - not a very common one though

Hint #2 (kind of spoiler-y)

The woman is probably a golfer, if you think about line 2 of the riddle in the right way.

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Ah, the answer is:

BIRDIE

If you say farewell twice
You'll find this one under

'Farewell twice' is Bye bye. 'Under' that (as in, after it) you can put the word "Birdie' to make a film title and expression: "Bye Bye Birdie'. 'Birdie' is also a golfing term for a ball holed 'one under par' (i.e. in one shot fewer than the difficulty of the hole might suggest).

Watch it real close
Then lightning - no thunder

If you are 'watching the birdie' you are having your picture taken by a photographer (it's something the photographer might commonly say to ensure you are looking at the camera). Then he/she presses the flash ('lightning') and your portrait is immortalised in film!

Furthermore, this satisfies the title and first hint since:

Birdie is a girl's name (albeit perhaps more common among older generations).

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  • $\begingroup$ That's exactly it. Great solve! :) $\endgroup$ – Nico Nov 26 '19 at 18:20

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