French hunters of 'golden owl' still baffled 25 years on

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The location in mainland France of a gold and silver statuette of an owl, the prize of an armchair treasure hunt elaborated in a book of 12 riddles, continues to elude a determined group of players 25 years after they first began searching for the precious object, and almost ten years since the death of the author who devised the puzzle.

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Somewhere in France there lies buried a small bronze statuette of an owl in flight. Whoever finds it is promised not just the prize of the original sculpture made of gold and silver, but the kudos of having won the world's longest-running treasure-hunt, reports BBC News.