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Nice one! Here is my solution:


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An animal is a Cardinal Animal™ if They are called Cardinal because


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Righteous head of a snake that is a snake, Aback, held in a fish that is not a fish. Now, I'm beauty in disguise, Despite being, to most, nightmarish. Second connection


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The words are I imagine the number pattern is And so perhaps the next line could be


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Your friends are: You can meet my small friend at -1. You can meet my American friend at -2. You can meet my very rare friend at -3. One of my friends is quite silly. One of my friends is very proud. One of my friends is usually preferred warm, but the opposite is sometimes necessary. One of my friends sometimes sits, but then bad things happen to him. But ...


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The final grid looks like this: The four kinds of clue, less obscurely described, are: The extra gimmick is that Three of them are resolved by So here are the clues and their solutions. They are marked "1", "2", "R" or "B" with the obvious significance. Indications of who solved each clue are necessarily imprecise since they were discussed in TSL chat ...


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Challenge 1: Fit the four yellow birds into the tray, no overlapping. Rotation and reflection are allowed. Challenge 2: Fit the four yellow birds and the blue piece into the tray, no overlapping. Rotation and reflection are allowed. Challenge 3: Fit the four yellow birds and the red piece into the tray, no overlapping. Rotation and reflection are allowed. ...


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In the poem, ... The first stanza ... The second stanza ... The third stanza ... The final answer ... Finally, the title ...


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Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: Step 6:


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Deductions 1. Charley's favorite only needs 3 unique letters 9. Dad's favorite starts the same as Charley's 3. Fred is a big fan of birds 6. Mary's starts with the same letter as Fred's 7. Heather likes mythical creatures 11. Peggy's was swimming in the water 13. Kyle's shares 3 letters with his name At this point the remaining animals are Aardvark, ...


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The Animals What a menagerie! I hope you find them all soon! Do you need help putting up posters? Your 17 animals are: The Clues The answers for 1a and 1b can be found by: The answers for 2a and 2b can be found by: (From Silenius) The answers for 3a and 3b can be found by: (From Silenius) The answers for 4a and 4b can be found by: (From Techidiot) The ...


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You are ... My prefix prefix comes from near the Med my infix infix is slightly weird my suffix suffix is brightly coloured I am something sweet which may be sprayed Mint, orange or pear


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I think you should probably head for The animals' significance is From these we yielding and hence I guess the fourth image Aha, The last few "don't seem to fit at first" because


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I also came to the accepted answer, via a slightly different method.


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The three animals are... (Credit to Deusovi for nailing the format right away and for the bovine answer. Thanks to KeyboardWielder for the hint on #2.) Alternate answer for #2:


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My four parts to lap the clay My four parts are sugarcoated My two parts looking stars My two parts are the high minaret and my one innocent part kill ky bees Tell me who I am Hope this is near to your answer.


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Grid 1: Grid 2: Grid 3:


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First person Solution method: Solution: i.e. Second person Solution method: Solution: Edit: huh, it turns out that "Hey, I thought for a second that I recognised him, but I didn't..." is meant to clue us to something similar but not quite the same as what we've just found. So the actual solution is Third person Solution method: Solution: You ...


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Answers: Animals: http://bestforpuzzles.com/lists/animals/6.html Feline Food: Original Test:


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Perhaps Tippgeber's friend was a and upon treatment by became a In case it isn't clear, Many thanks to


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I think the kidnappers are ... Yes, that's not a very accurate description of the position. My explanation for this location is: There is an alternative solution, though:


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I can get: An image:


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The answers to the test are: The bold letters in these answers ... Beastly Gerbil has found the answers to the test and the link to the last surviving page of the journal, so please give him credit by upvoting his answer. The conflicts described in the journal are ...


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The answers to the test I believe are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. so we finish with: Giving Or So now we have to find the next two entries While I was AFK, @MOehm worked out (upvote his answer too!) So the next two entries will be


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Are you Rotated around, I am still the same, Reflected about, I am still the same, In three other birds, you’ll find me each time, What songbird am I? Last seen a while ago. This is my message to you-ou-ou. Title


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Answer: Bonus: Previous partial answer, from when I thought 3-letter words needed to be animals: Or, if the 7 sub-animals do not need to be distinct, a path of 6


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I hope my initial thoughts for your puzzle are I hide as a puzzle in Malaysian spoon, Bounding sturdy monument and sturdy wood. Upside-down in common marsupials' and rare antelopes' front, I'm a gesture, or three, for good.


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Wrap-up: The Making Of The Baffling Birdcage This is not a solution to the puzzle, but provides notes from its poser. This type of answer has been approved by the community. Caution: This post may contain spoilers. Inspiration The main inspiration for this puzzle was the fortnightly challenge, obviously! I wasn't quite sure how to use the 'animal' theme ...


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Completed Answers Thanks to @Chris Cudmore, @Volatility, and @M Oehm for key contributions, and to OP for guidance and a fun puzzle. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.


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