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My prefix is round,

My suffix eats birds,

I come in many different colours,

What am I?


This is my third non-math puzzle, so feel free to point out if there are any flaws!

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  • $\begingroup$ Have to ask, having seen the accepted answer, what is going on with the suffix? How is it explained? $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jul 4 at 21:56
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Ah, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot with my original thought (and one shared by @Stiv and @Derek O):

My prefix is round,

BALL, as previously discovered by Derek O, is round

My suffix eats birds,

LOON: yes, the loon as in the bird doesn’t eat birds... but a loon is also a crazy person, and people definitely eat birds. This could be the reason for the wordplay tag, since I don’t see it used anywhere else in the puzzle.

I come in many different colours,

Balloons come in many different colours

What am I?

A BALLOON

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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, this is still all that's in my head... but that suffix...! :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 3 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ I guess a lunatic eats birds, anything from live birds - which is undoubtedly pretty crazy - to a piece of fried chicken! i didn't think this was the intention of the puzzle, but it seems like it might be... in retrospect, "ballcarrier" and my previous try "ballhawk" aren't totally convincing either..... $\endgroup$ – Derek O Jul 3 at 15:17
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, totally understand both of your comments here, haha $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Jul 3 at 17:18
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I think the answer might be

Piebald

My prefix is round,

Pie

My suffix eats birds,

Bald (Eagle), the bird of prey

I come in different colours,

Piebald = having irregular patches of two colours, typically black and white.

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  • $\begingroup$ I added the "many" so that the last line becomes: "I come in many different colours" $\endgroup$ – Culver Kwan Jun 27 at 10:39
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Are you a

Bowl?

My prefix is round:

According to OED, bow can mean "a curved stroke forming part of a letter (such as b or p)" or "a mental ring of scissors."

My suffix eats birds:

Owls eat birds

I come in many colors:

yes

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    $\begingroup$ Also incorrect. $\endgroup$ – Culver Kwan Jun 27 at 12:33
  • $\begingroup$ Owls are birds of prey and they eat small mammals but they do not eat other birds. $\endgroup$ – user67612 Jun 27 at 20:01
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I know this is not right . Still are you

Circus ?

My prefix is round

Cir means circle(which is round)

My suffix eats birds

Us -> we eat bird(chicken ..etc)

I come in many different colours

Circus is always colorful

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Could it be

Balladeer Meaning here

My prefix is round

ball Meaning here (ball is round)

My suffix eats birds

deer Meaning here Instance of deer eating bird

I come in many different colours

Balladeer are humans so they can wear different coloured clothes and look colourful and so they can be said to come in many different colours.

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    $\begingroup$ I think it's a stretch to say that deer eat birds. Eating something opportunistically is different than regularly eating something. $\endgroup$ – Derek O Jul 3 at 4:25
  • $\begingroup$ The frequency of 'eating birds' is not mentioned in the question. @Derek O $\endgroup$ – defectedWBC Jul 3 at 8:02
  • $\begingroup$ I understand it's a technicality... but if someone asked you "do deer eat birds?" what would you say $\endgroup$ – Derek O Jul 3 at 14:57
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It could be a

Ball python

My prefix is round:

Balls are round.

My suffix eats birds:

Pythons feed mainly on mammals, birds, and other reptiles.

I come in many colors:

Python breeders have developed many morphs with altered colors and patterns.

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Not a great answer

Ballhawk

My prefix is round

Ball is definitely round

My suffix eats bird

According to a site on internet, hawk is a bird which eats small bird.(do correct me if I'm wrong)

I come in different colours

Ballhawk Maryland Hat

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks a bunch, I'm a new comer. $\endgroup$ – Lakshay Sura Jul 3 at 15:27
  • $\begingroup$ No Problem! Welcome to Puzzling Stack Exchange! $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Jul 3 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, thanks to @Derek O for giving all of us the prefix. $\endgroup$ – Lakshay Sura Jul 3 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @QuantumTwinkie $\endgroup$ – Lakshay Sura Jul 3 at 15:30
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Is it

ballcarrier [first attempt: ballhawk]

My prefix is round

ball

My suffix eats birds

carrier aircrafts can often "eat" birds by sucking them into their engines.... [hawks also eat birds]

I come in many different colors

ballcarriers in American football come in many different colors, depending on the color of their team's jersey [ballhawks, those who make interceptions or steals in basketball, come in different colors depending on their team jersey]

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    $\begingroup$ Prefix correct! $\endgroup$ – Culver Kwan Jul 3 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ I'll give it another shot! $\endgroup$ – Derek O Jul 3 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ I've been trying to make rot13(ONYYBBA) work for a few days now but can't for the life of me find a suitable suffix that 'eats birds'... Perhaps you can? $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 3 at 5:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv dictionary.cambridge.org/zht/%E8%A9%9E%E5%85%B8/… $\endgroup$ – Culver Kwan Jul 3 at 12:14
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    $\begingroup$ @CulverKwan I also thought of rot13(ybba) as a suffix, but they eat fish, crustaceans, and smaller amphibians and don't eat birds (according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the authoritative resource on birds) so I eliminated this as an answer. If rot13(onyybba) was your intended answer, I am afraid this is a flaw in the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Derek O Jul 3 at 14:51
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Here goes nothing, are you a:

peafowl

My prefix is round:

peas are round

My suffix eats birds:

owls eat birds. Although the actual prefix is 'fowl'

I come in many colors:

peafowls (at least the males) are quite colorful

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  • $\begingroup$ Fowl also eat birds! Wild fowl, in particular. $\endgroup$ – Derek O Jun 27 at 14:56
  • $\begingroup$ Owls do not eat birds $\endgroup$ – user67612 Jun 27 at 20:02
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    $\begingroup$ @AryanBeezadhur The Internet begs to differ $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jun 28 at 10:25

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