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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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What is a Dual Word?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ series started by JLee If a word satisfies a certain property it is called a Dual Word. Here are some examples: Dual Words Not Dual Words BARRED BANNED ...
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A count's aunt goes to auditory specialist because of hearing issues [10], cryptic crossword clue

A single cryptic type cross word clue... A count's aunt goes to auditory specialist because of hearing issues. [10]
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Spie? Cryptic crossword clue

Cryptic crossword type clue Spie? (5,4) This is meant to be a clue that could appear in a cryptic crossword.
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What's the minimum number of five letter words that form a haiku, if it's possible at all?

Inspired by Wordle, I wondered if it's possible to have a Wordle game that forms a haiku? The question is in two parts: Is it possible to form a Haiku using only five letter English words (e.g. using ...
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Riddle - Name the Bee [closed]

What is the name of the Bee, Which flew all over the United States in its lifetime?
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FIND 4 sets of 5-letter words using these non-repeating letters: [closed]

Find 4 sets of 5-letter words using these non-repeating letters: N, C, A, V, M, S, E, Y, U, R, O, F, G, T, I, L, H, K, P, D
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Making multiple sentences out of 5 words [closed]

Given below are four or five letter english words. Total 5. Using all the 5 words exactly once, can you make at least 8 grammatically correct english sentences? M___ C___ T___ B___ N___ You can use ...
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Imagine a chess board, but seven-eighths wide

My grandfather wrote me this riddle on a napkin when I was 12. It took me more than a year to solve, but I got it eventually. He said I didn't get it until I had explained the sections, so explain ...
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A pointless riddle

Please explain all lines. I may seem small and useless Several letters but less than one In fact I am not here, not at all But I am near; up above. Good James made me famous So when he humbles ...
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Doubling Down - When a Good Idea Goes Bad

(Please note that this story is a work of fiction spun for the sake of the puzzle. It is based on little actual fact.) Back in the early 1940's, in the dead center of WWII, there was a bit of a ...
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Just this puzzle (notes on the fridge)

Found some notes scrawled on the fridge. What was I struggling with? Anger? Bother? Chafe? Destroy? Eradicate? Forget? Garden? Herb? Ingredient? Just this puzzle? Word tag - the answer is a word or ...
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A strange number pattern, isn't it?

This looks like a strange number sequence to me. Or is it? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 ? ? ? ? ? So what are ...
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Three More Adjacent Riddles ("this place of beauty")

(As before, the puzzle only makes sense/has a unique answer as a whole, but "easy ins" have been strategically placed.). Please explain every line rather than just the final 3 answers. I and ...
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On the Phone in the States

The answer is a relevant word or set of words.
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Three Adjacent Riddles

When I am two There is an Irrelevant Announcement Of surprise, with uff For I am really six or thirteen. When the sun rises Over this eastern shore Hesitating briefly Before quickly passing this small ...
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Four games played on a table

Four well-known games (using American rules/gameplay) are being played on a table... What is the game? What is the table? (Bonus: find a sugar) noses, pons, cons, transit, worries, postbase, embrown ...
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Five words, Five vowels, Five last names

These five words are from the Collins English Dictionary. Are also last names, And have one vowel difference in exact same location and same consonants in exact same locations. Example : Last Lest ...
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English word with the longest sequence of non-vowels

Challenge Find all English words that contains at least 9 non-vowels consecutively. Rules Definition of vowel: For the purposes of this puzzle, the only vowels are A, E, I, O, U. Non- vowels are all ...
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Describe your ability to solve this number sequence!

Here is a sequence of numbers: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, -, -, -, 10, 12 Can you fill in the three blanks and thus reveal your excellent puzzle-solving ability?
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What is a Compound Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Compound Word™. Use the examples ...
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Interrupting your day to bring you a puzzle

Please explain the following math. To start, here are some basic relationships - creative thinking may help (or not) 1) p < c < h < n1 <= n2 The pipe symbol is used as shorthand for ...
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Don't take these too literally (A British sensation)

Don't take these too literally. Homophones and other liberties are taken. My prefix is My prefix is found at a funeral My infix at any salon My suffix is found at a table My whole is just three ...
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We Need to Extract Frank’s Site Rankings

I asked my friend Frank to rank his favorite Stack Exchange sites from 1 (favorite) to 10 (least favorite). This is the feedback he left, but I got them a little mixed up and don’t know which he ...
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Eduardo's Krazy English Kwiz

Eduardo is having a dream the night before his English quiz. Actually it's a nightmare. His teacher hands him the quiz and says "Hello, Eduardo. To wake up confident and rested, just answer this ...
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Words with dual and opposing meanings

What is the word in each case? I can attach or cut. I can be virtual or real. I can approve or penalize. I can separate or entangle.
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No Sound in Space

I hear there is no sound in space. But you are not in space so should have no trouble solving these. (These are related/themed cryptic clues, more or less. They may or may not be valid or fair, in the ...
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What is a Sharp Word?

(Based off and inspired by JLee's What is a Word™ puzzles) What Is A Sharp Word? Word that conform to a specific rule are called sharp words. Here are some examples: Sharp Words™ Non-Sharp Words™ ...
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What is a Late Word?

(Based off and inspired by JLee's What is a Word™ puzzles) What Is A Late Word? Word that conform to a specific rule are called late words. Here are some examples: Late Words™ Non-Late Words™ ...
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What is a Mediocre Word™?

This puzzle is based off and inspired by the What is a Word™ and What is a Phrase™ series started by JLee and their spin-off What is a Number™ series. Main puzzle: If a word conforms to a special ...
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Country Outliers

You are given a note from a language nerd, which is: If Japan is 239, Then Germany is 4. Greece is 14, While Italy is 3. Now, Philippines has 412. But Norway has 2357! Now you are given 3 questions: ...
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What is a Number 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 Number Word™. Use the ...
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Hangman: Reverse Edition

Put a P, then Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva will turn a goddess into this. Put an R, you speak it more than writing it. Put a T, I become e-learning. Put a G, then I become a floor. If you're new to ...
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AnaCross: A crossword made of anagrams

This is a new type of puzzle I've devised: the AnaCross. Nothing new under the sun and all, I'm sure someone has made one before, but I've never seen it. The rules are pretty simple. At the end of ...
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Mathematics for the English major

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix I was looking at the unusual tag mixes post, and one of the ones listed is combinatorics and english. I thought "who's going to be ...
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Who is Mr. T and where does he work?

Update: To encourage completion of this puzzle, I've added spoilers to indicate any correct or incorrect answers so far. Also, it's possible to work on Part 2 while Part 1 is incomplete or partly ...
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With a little effort, one can prevail

What is common between the following words and names? (Inspired by this except that I actually know the answer to this one) Defeat Kleenex? Guanaco Nerdiest Sardar Ian McKellen Dingo Gun Diablo ...
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Largest set of words that don’t share letters [closed]

For instance, banana, excess, giggit, voodoo, pullup, myrrhy are six six-letter words that don’t share any letters with each other. This isn’t a heterogram puzzle: repeated letters within a single ...
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The Popular Letter Chessboard

You are given a Chess board with black and white squares. You must fill your Chess board with Merriam Webster English words, or other equivalent dictionnaries if you prefer such that each square ...
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Just a Normal Word

I am a word you see every day, I rhyme with conspicuous, I am an adjective, I actually sound a bit like the word biscuit, Just a bit. I love eating pizza, Or you can call someone who does that, Me.
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Hidden words in sentences

There is one word hidden in each of these sentences, what are they related to? I held the food to my lips. The den in the jungle lives the lion. High-quality biscuits are frequently requested. Most ...
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Wordmorphs IN SPACE!

The year is 21XX. Space tourism is easy and affordable. You decide to spend your next vacation hopping from planet to planet, hanging out with aliens and so forth. To that end, you rent a WordMorphian ...
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CSE Hex Cube Puzzle

I've been tackling this puzzle named "Hex Cube" from the CSE (Communications Security Establishment, the Canadian "equivalent" of the NSA) which comes with the instructions: "...
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My prefix is myself

My prefix is myself, My suffix comes second in competitions, My infix is two mountains side by side, I am a competition.
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What is a Parallel 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 Parallel Word™. Use the ...
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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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