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Stride towards bird given human name (7)


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'human name' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'stride towards bird' is the wordplay.
'stride' becomes 'step' (synonyms).
'towards' says to put letters next to each other (I've seen this in other clues).
'bird' becomes 'hen' (hen is a kind of bird).

'given' is the link.

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(Other definitions for stephen that I've seen before include "Author of The Shining" , "Chap" , "-- King, US horror writer" , "Male" , "Boxing Day saint" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish Times.
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