Puzzler #7 – A Hawk by Any Other Name…

Note: My original puzzler #7 required a lot of decoding to get to the answers.  I have posted a new and improved version that you might want to look at instead: Puzzler #7 (New and Improved): Rename that Hawk.

Here’s something a little different.

In the table below there are two columns.  In the left column are some ‘old’ historical bird names that are no longer in common use and which you probably won’t find in modern bird books except perhaps as a historical aside.  In the right column is the encoded answer based on the ROT13 cipher (see the Puzzlers Page for instructions).  To prevent guessing by looking at the size of the answer I have added a few extra filler word to each answer.

You may have heard of some of these.  I probably would have got 3 maybe 4 out of 10 had I had to solve this without the advantage of being the puzzler author.  Feel free to post your scores but no spoilers please unless you use ROT13 to encode them.

Marsh Hawk abegurea abgznefu uneevre
Pigeon Hawk zreyva gur zntvpvna
Sparrow Hawk grrafl nzrevpna xrfgery
Chicken Hawk nalbs pbbcre funecvr erqgnvy unjxf
Grouse Hawk abegurea yvtugf tbfunjx
Goose Hawk xjnufbt aerugeba ernq onpxjneqf
Duck Hawk ybbxfyvxr-ryivf crertevar snypba
Fish Hawk juvgr-naq-oynpx bfcerl
Squirrel Hawk sreehtvabhf Unjx benal ebhtu-yrttrq
Starling Hawk abcrohg jbhyqag gungoravpr

Here is the ROT13 table that might make decoding easier:

Puzzler Clue/Answer Decoder

Puzzler Clue/Answer Decoder: find a coded letter in the table and replace it with the letter above or below it in the same column. For instance “Hello” becomes “Uryyb”. Numbers, punctuation and symbols don’t change.

PS: If you don’t feel like manually decoding each clue just go to www.rot13.com, copy the clue into the box and click the “Cypher” button.





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