Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Answers to "It's Puzzle Time"

A baker’s product in two varieties: one is savoury and can be buttered; the other is sweet. Change the first letter of this food to reveal the name of a coastal bird. (PUFFIN = E)

A bird that knows when a dog is happy.  (WAGTAIL = O)

A chess piece that’s also a bird. (ROOK = M)

A nocturnal container for jam. (NIGHTJAR = C)

A famous wizard of times gone by. (MERLIN = J)

A gulp, the action that brings food down the oesophagus. (SWALLOW = N)

A piece of cutlery this bird has for a beak. (SPOONBILL = G)

A piece of thin card half-encrusted with corundum crystals with an abrasive function is almost this bird’s name; simply change one of the vowels. (SANDPIPER = D)

A pinch on the bum, or a large waterfowl?  (GOOSE = A)

A type of carpet, a slang term for intercourse, or a seabird. (SHAG = Q)

Crooner Mr. White, and a banded decorative form of quartz.  (BARYONYX = W)

Extreme fear of needle?  (TERRAPIN = Z)

Five + five ruins.  (TENREC = S)

Mythical beast that can kill with its stare.  (BASILISK = X)

One of a pair of fantastic knockers.  (GREAT TIT = P)

One tin + one tin.  (TOUCAN = R)

One way of cooking an egg, and also another. The first involves water but no oil, the second requires a lot of time.  (POCHARD = B)

Pelvis + vowel + bread + vowel + Quixote or Juan. (HYPSILOPHODON = U)

Remove the bee from Snoopy’s breed. (EAGLE = H)

Replace one vowel in the name for a child with an unknown father. (BUSTARD = L)

Reptile that looks after a computer screen.  (MONITOR = Y)

Sounds like a dinosaur named after Mr. Fawlty.  (BASILOSAURUS = T)

Take the ‘R’ from something you rue, a small white heron have you.  (EGRET = F)

The youngest of the princes, and his grandmother’s official initials.  (HARRIER = I)

There was once one in a Pyrus, but you might want to ask Steve Coogan’s famous character instead.  (PARTRIDGE = K)

We have been spotted by the picture-taking device. (CAMARASAURUS = V)


A=Canada goose x Greylag goose hybrid (Branta canadensis Anser anser)

B=Pochard (Aythya ferina)

C=European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

D=Green sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

E=(leucistic) Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)

F=Great white egret (Casmerodias albus)

G=Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

H=Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

I=Montagu's harrier (Circus pygargus)

J=Merlin (Falco columbarius aesalon)

K=Chukar (Alectoris chukar)

L=Great Indian bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps)

M=Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

N=Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)

O=Pied wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)

P=Great tit (Parus major)

Q=Atlantic shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

R=Keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

S=Lowland streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus)

T=Basilosaurus isis

U=Hypsilophodon foxii

V=Camarasaurus lentus

W=Baryonyx walkeri

X=Green basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)

Y=Bosc's monitor (Varanus exanthematicus)

Z=Balkan stripe-necked terrapin (Mauremys rivulata)

1 comment:

Neil said...

Never got back to you on the species. Rather proud of myself that I worked out that the goose was an Anser X Branta hybrid however.