There are four 'who's' in this story - LRC, granny, the huntsman and the wolf. It's hard to imagine a lead that didn't include all four, which most of you did. The obvious choice for first "who" is LRC. You might also lead with the huntsman since his is the decisive action. Leading with granny? Not likely since her victimhood is clearly subordinate to LRC. None of your leads begin with the wolf. Such a lead might read something like:
A wolf was killed yesterday after eating alive a young woman and her grandmother. A huntsman saved their lives by cutting the wolf open.
I would call that an acceptable lead, if not an obvious first choice, since the wolf is the engine of the story. Let's use our wolf lead to explore the Art of the Lead. A lead like this illustrates the nature of news writing. It does not include a number of colorful and interesting details, but it does not **contradict** those details. That is, this account may be bare bones, but it will prove consistent with any of those details if they are presented later in the story. For instance, a reader of our wolf lead might assume that the wolf was immediately killed by his being cut open and only by the act of cutting him open. Not so. Apparently being filled with stones at the instigation of Little Red Cap causes the wolf's death. A close reading of the first two sentences shows that the lead does not misrepresent the facts of the story as they emerge later on. Of course, we might choose to put more of those colorful details higher up, resulting in this lead:
A wolf was killed yesterday after eating alive a young woman and her grandmother and then falling asleep in the grandmother's cottage. According to authorities, a huntsman attracted by the wolf's snoring saved the lives of the women by cutting the wolf open with a pair of scissors. (48 words)
Little Red Cap, one of the victims, suggested filling the wolf's stomach with stones, which resulted in his death.
At this point, you might "go chronological": "Little Red Cap met the wolf earlier in the day...," fleshing the story out.
Now let's see how many words it takes you to include the key details.
1) A huntsman came to the rescue of a young girl and her grandmother when he heard unusual sounds coming from her house.
8) A wolf ate a little girl with a red cap in the woods one day by disguising himself as her grandmother, who he also ate
10) A young girl and her elderly grandmother were attacked by a wolf