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Puzzles that crucially depend on some feature of the English language or that only work in an English formulation.

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Can you crack this multiple-shift cipher?

The below is the cipher that is to be cracked : ...
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Find the country name

Which country’s name is hidden in the lines below? ...
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Spelling Bee Bee Bee

I once attended an English-language spelling bee where a speller, during her turn, repeated the same letter three times in a row, and she was judged to be correct. She spelled the word perfectly, ...
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What order to they go?

Below is a list of clues, in no particular order: Home Forever At 7:00 PM Frequently Annoyingly Speedily One order is the correct order. What is this order, and why is it the "correct" ...
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What is a Foldable Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Foldable Word™. Use the examples below to find the rule. $$ % set Title text. (...
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Food containing its reverse

When forwards, I am a type of food. When backwards, I am something contained within the food. What am I?
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What gets past the bluegrass bulge?

Sort of in the style of that old classic, ‘What goes through the green glass door?’ What gets past the bluegrass bulge? Blue does, but green doesn’t. Grass does, but glaze doesn’t. Bulge does, but ...
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My first attempt at a Vowelburger™ puzzle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 9 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat at the linguistic restaurant - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! $$ \def\S#1#...
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Another phonetic Vowelburger™ Riddle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 7 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only at the linguistic restaurant - help me identifing each one from the description on the menu! $$ \...
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What is a BS Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a BS Word™. Use the ...
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What is a Computer Phrase™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a phrase conforms to a special rule, I call it a Computer Phrase™. Use the ...
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What is a Rotting Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Rotting Word™. Use the ...
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Can you find the missing words?

Given that: $ \begin{gather} \ \text{ art}\hspace{1em}\Leftrightarrow\hspace{1em}\text{phi} \end{gather} $ Can you figure out the words that are missing? $ \begin{gather} \text{imps}\hspace{1em}...
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What is a Vowelreuben™ Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Vowelreuben™ Word™. Use ...
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A phonetic Vowelburger™ Riddle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 5 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only at the linguistic restaurant - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! The ...
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Can you name the Product Code™?

Given the product codes of 10 fruits and vegetables in the chart below, can you figure out the product code of Broccoli? $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{...
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A greeting with my successor

Myself, my last, my first, head off, constant. What am I? Hint
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Here is the Answer, Now Solve!

Using a certain rule, I can express "THIS PHRASE IS VALID" as "KZZK GZISKV ZK PSDZV". What is this rule, and how did I come to it? Hint/Note: Non-native English speakers may have a more difficult ...
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What is a Plot Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Plot Word™. Use the ...
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What is a Baguette Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Baguette Word™. Use the ...
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What is an ?????? Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an ?????? Word™. Use the ...
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9 (plus or minus various things) is the opposite of 8

Find a word, whose pattern is such that is fits the nine letters as follows. Then change it accordingly so that its pattern becomes eight letters as follows respectively. ...
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What is an HTM Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an HTM Word™. Use the examples below to find the rule. $$ % set Title text. (...
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Unidirectional letters flow

GOAL: Write a letter in each square such that every group of four contiguous squares is a four-letter existing English word (i.e. it can be found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary). RULES: The ...
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Zed's Dance: Disarray and Cabaret

All this talk about my friends and I... it's about time I announced myself for a change! I'm kinda nervous about this because — let's face it — I'm an odd-ball. Take, for example, the ...
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Logic Puzzle - Alphabet splitting extraordinaire! sequel

A group of Gobos is discussing how to divide the Scrabble tiles into two groups. Here is what they suggested. ADFHJLMOQSUY; BCEGIKNPRTVWXZ ABFKLMPVWY; CDEGHIJNOQRSTUXZ AGIJKQXZ; BCDEFHLMNOPRSTUVWY_ ...
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What is the longest word made with mostly affixes? [closed]

What is the longest word you can make that is mostly made up of affixes (prefixes and suffixes)? For example, Retestings would work, but it's not a long word. The word has to have only one ...
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Zed's Order: Breakfast at Elon's

My friend Elon and I constantly irritate each other. He recently built himself a rather respectable restaurant – a sort of bed-&-breakfast, minus the beds. Last week, he asked if I could ...
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What is a Counterfeiting Word™?

This puzzle is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule I call it a Counterfeiting ...
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Spelling Beelzebub

I've recently been banished to a land of eternal torment. Nevertheless, the first thing I do each morning is still to solve the New York Times Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, here they don't give out the ...
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Zed's Phone: Failure to Communicate

My friend Beto and I constantly buy things for one another. One day, he gave me a strange-looking phone and said it was my birthday gift (My birthday wouldn't be until 3 more months). He said he ...
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Triangle for a triangle

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Sentence with 5 letter words

Can you make a sentence only using words of exactly five letters? It must be a grammatically correct sentence.
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Zed's Note: Famously Infamous

My friend Al and I constantly bicker. One time, he proudly boasted that he can crack any cipher ever written, so I put out a little wager: if I can stump him with any cipher I write, he would have to ...
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A loyal traitor

Two countries are at war, Albekistan and Uzbania. The leader of the Albekistanian army asks, "Who ___ me?". The Uzbanian army's leader replies, "I ___ you!" She is promptly shot by her own army for ...
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Well-known American figure with Roman numerals

Which well-known American figure has an 8-letter name, with 6 consonants and all of them are Roman numerals?
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“bees” -> “hive” in 5 letter changes or fewer

Example of "warm" -> "cold": warm worm word cord cold Notice that it's a real word each time. Can you get from "bees" -> "hive" in 5 letter changes or fewer?
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Density type puzzle 4

In the spirit of this puzzle, here's another (with dice!). Enjoy! Final answer: (8) Hint
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Density type puzzle 3

Another puzzle in the spirit of this puzzle. Enjoy! Final answer: (8,7,4) Hint Hint 2
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Hangman game backward #12

Time to get back to Puzzling! Hangman game backward #12 - guess what the question was: fill in "a" - In some area it proves to be a big problem to kids / teens or even adults these day, which ...
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Remove last letter 4 times, get a real word each time, starting word is a car model [closed]

The best I tried so far: Ford Explorer Explore Explor - not real Explo - not real Expl - not real
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What do Abraham and Levi each like?

Abraham and Levi are two friends who like many of the same things, but sometimes their preferences can diverge. Given the examples below, determine what governs their curious differences of opinion. ...
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Bill and Dan's Journey

What is this story about? (Apologies if at the end I improperly announce the answer.) Bill and Dan bravely ventured forth, eagerly hiking towards a notorious outcrop. Traipsing through the water ...
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Foul Psychology Question

According to our psychology examination, Mr. X Is afraid of heights as well as the cookie monster under his bed (1) Prefers to work late into the night (2) Has 20/20 vision with perfect ...
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What do we call not being behind on time but rather “stuck” or with the times? [closed]

Behind on time, and haven't caught up. No one cares, except those who's time is stuck. Stuck where? Not behind. It's stuck with the times. mention: it's only 1 word note: I have no idea what's the ...
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What are T Words and M Words?

I have two categories of English words. (Some English words are in neither category, and some are in both.) Use the examples below to determine the categories' membership criteria and explain the ...
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Who / what am I?

I can be in many places when you talk, and there is more to me than just intention. Some say I am bad. I mean, I am... but maybe you will understand that sometimes I am needed for a happy ending. ...
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Time for some proverbs!

Can you find these proverbs? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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iEnglish word and its secret Puzzle [closed]

Many students pass their A-Levels (UK), High School Degree or their countries' equivalent. Most of them passionately have to study mathematics and in one of their courses, they might have heard: ...
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A Fairy Chess Ladder

This is yet a fairyly ordinary word ladder on the chessboard. Sequence: PAWN > KNIGHT > ROOK > QUEEN > KING Rules: Each step you can do ONE of the following: 1) Add a letter 2) ...

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