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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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I Almost am a Chicken

I almost am a chicken, Not quite a famous horse. Confined to my domain, I'll help you see the course. I almost am contagious, Not quite a Youtube part. Use a pencil when you're ready ...
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What is a Homeless Word™?

Based on the What is a Word/Phrase™, If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Homeless Word™. Use the following examples below to find the rule. $$ % set Title text. (spaces around the ...
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Maximum number of the same word in an English language sequence (punctuation allowed) [duplicate]

An old school boy riddle is how to to have 5 x "and" in sequence and yet still make grammatical sense. The answer is that a man saw a sign advertising Dogs and Cats for sale. He commented that ...
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Proverbial Soup is good for the Soul

There are twenty-one(21) well-known, historic, correct English proverbs below and one(1) that is slightly incorrect when compared to the historically correct version. Astute observers will notice that ...
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Is this a puzzle? If so, what is the solution?

In the 2032th xkcd comic Cueball utters a sentence that may (and probably does) contain a word puzzle. [Cueball and Megan standing together, musical notes hanging in the air as if music is ...
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Hey, Hey! Listen!

"So, I've got a friend. You haven't met him yet, so I'll tell you about him. Hey, are you listening? I'll quiz you! Sound fair? This guy, he's a bit of a trouble maker. At work, when something goes ...
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Falcon Circus, Prologue: The Twins

You get home from work, grab the mail, take off your coat, and sit down on the couch with the TV on the news. "Bills, bills, junk..." you sift through your mail, and stop to look at a very colorful ...
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Bird is NOT the word!

I can't get into my computer. It's password protected, you see, and I got hit by a cement truck this morning in front of the Compound Word Store. Luckily, I have this nifty cheat sheet. It was ...
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Deliver the mail, though yours is not gold

You pray they don't curl, part of them likes to be twirled, and youngsters are thrilled to give them a whirl. They be trusty companions, take you through the Grand Canyons, or across the entire world. ...
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Such pride, such strength

19th; cobra, melancholy, like, talk. Reverse of 23; anger, the gathering, create. Intelligent adjective; gain, gone, under reverse. Never work; below, before 20, the gooseling. Go figure... ...
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Little Pictures

Today I've decided to make puzzles using images because that's easier for me to do than think of a sub-par riddle. A note about these: no, they do not necessarily pertain to a famous saying. Rather, ...
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Little shared property puzzle

What property do the things on this list share? 7 W Spring Yellow Rock Magenta Gas Shoulders Medium Examples of things not on the list: Solid Blue ...
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How can 15 become 3?

This is not a mathematical puzzle. How can 14 become 7? 10 becomes 1, but can also become 2. 13 becomes 8, and 8 becomes 10. 6 stays as 6 under this thinking. Hint 1: Since answer was found, OP ...
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Moans to Rocky in 4 moves?

In his novel A Case of Need, one of Michael Crichton's characters claims that the classic word‑ladder‡ "MOANS to ROCKY" can be made in 4 moves (5 lines total). But the book does not ...
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The Vowel Sudoku Challenge

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 Here is a partially filled in Sudoku-like board involving the five vowels: As with real Sudoku, no vowels in any 9-square box or along any 9-...
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Wild Flash Graphics, Bro!

I've had many tricks played on me, but to my credit, I'm rarely so green anymore. I used to pack quite a punch, things even got spicy with a mom. I'll post a video greeting if and only if I'm in ...
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Confessions of a Riddle Junkie

I'm $\bbox[#fff9c3]{\color{#fff9c3}{\textbf{NO PEEKING!}}}$ and I am alcoholic. I sometimes also take pot; it makes me kind of casual. And crack too, because it makes me highly skilled. As you can ...
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An Old English Rap

I'm an old-fashioned word that is rarely used an example of Latin and English fused Charles Lever used me, so did Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - wow, the plot thickens! You may be forgiven for ...
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WmK: Oh, Life Relax Please!

"Oh, Life Relax Please!" is the title of a book about yoga that my Grandfather gifted me. This Wordmorph K is inspired by his love of wisdom and knowledge. If you are not familiar with this kind of ...
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Wordmorph K: An Introduction

Let me introduce you to a game I invented called Wordmorph K (WmK). You may have played a variation of this game in the past. WmK Rules: 1) The objective is to transform the "Start Word" to the "...
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Why Alexa Shouldn't Teach Non-Native English Speakers About Idioms

They cost ≈ $0.00833333333333333333333333333333 each. (9) -_----_-_----- Go! Intentionally fracture your fibula! ...
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Regular Expressions

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A brief int counter

The following infinite sequence is used by those taking first steps in maths. 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 3, 4, 5, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ? Find the next number.
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What is the name of this puzzle?

The English dictionary, as you may know, is a highly mutable entity. While removing words such as irregardless might be considered a good thing, others, such as ...
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What is a Scanning Word™?

Based on the What is a Word/Phrase™, If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Scanning Word™. Use the following examples below to find the rule. $$ % set Title text. (spaces around the ...
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Elementary vowel equations

Challenge Solve the following equations by converting to standard form (see below): ** eeeeee = aeeeeiiiouu ...
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Wherever I May Roam 2000

While the riddle is solved, a few lines are still unanswered. If you want to have a go, be my guest. If nothing happens for a while, I'll complete the answer post. ...
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A middle length riddle

You wouldn't be here without me I am feared by many and obsessed over by some I can purify you by shocking you with an ordeal People might call me amicable but you should stay away from me I ...
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What is the famous phrase?

The following words have synonyms that build a famous phrase: along huge skill appear big duty What is the famous phrase?
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Logical English Riddles [duplicate]

Someone's mother has four sons. name of three sons are north,east,west, what is the name of the fourth son can anyone tell?
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Ghotiy® Puzzle #1

Considering how @Chowzen is starting a new puzzle series that’s pretty amazing, why not bring back one from last year? For this puzzle’s inspiration, check this question out. What does the following ...
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When are the verbs “divide” and “multiply” synonyms, rather than antonyms?

The answer has nothing to do with multiplicative inverses / reciprocals.
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Transforming letters into words

I found this weird-looking puzzle in the 2007 Tournament of the Towns. For each letter A to Z, I allot a specific English word containing (but not necessarily starting with) that letter. Then I write ...
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Find the ascending words from the clues

Ascending words are the words which its letter are written in ascending order. Each clues below, refers to an ascending word. Example : Type of meat = "beef". If we sort the letters [b,e,e,f], the ...
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Make a sentence with the most different uses of the same word [closed]

Background I recently stumbled across the following grammatically correct sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. This sentence relies on the fact that the ...
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Single Speak - Meta Edition

Followup to my previous Single Speak puzzle, this time I decided to follow the path of the original Double Speak puzzle by adding a metapuzzle. Like in the previous time, the answer to each riddle ...
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How Many Policemen?

A friend of mine presented this nifty little puzzle, he said it's from Round Britain Quiz. It goes like this: An athletics competition, arranged periodically, rewards a medal to 79 winners, 47 ...
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Numbers in dictionary [duplicate]

Each number from 1 to 5,000 are written in formal english (e.g. two hundred eleven,one hundred thirty five etc.) and then listed in alphabetic order (as in dictionary, where spaces and hyphens are ...
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ASCII art troubles

Please look further only if you're 18+ and not of a sensitive disposition. The puzzle consists only of the image above. If it doesn't look sharp enough, you can click on it to enlarge it. There's no ...
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Single Speak - Twice the same word

I've checked out the Double Speak puzzle and really liked it, and hoped to get more of it, which I did. My thirst has not been sated though. Because of that, I've devised a collection of 20 riddles ...
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Double Speak Clearing House - More phrases that need rewording

When I was making this puzzle, I actually made far more Double Speak puzzles than I wound up combining into the resulting metapuzzle. I'd rather they not go to waste, so here they are. As with the ...
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The word is another word without core

Each of these phrases can be reworded into 2 words, one word is another word without core (middle letter). For example "Engrave the part of geological formation" contains "carve" and "cave". The core-...
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Double Speak - Phrases that need rewording

Each of these phrases can be reworded into a Double Speak phrase. A Double Speak phrase has two homophones together in the same phrase. For example a "Warrior's time of rest" could also be called a "...
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thouse chant is non sum

I am manifold but called always the same. With the following told Do you know my name? I have a horny filiation I come in rather short notation You know a pond where I tranquilly float ...
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What Does Igor's Letter Say?

Igor arrived at the national convention of scientists with a bit of a conundrum. "My boss gave me this message," he tells his associates, "but says he can't for the life of him figure out what it says....
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A word pronounced like letters

Can you give me a word that when pronounced, sounds exactly like pronouncing some of the letters of the alphabet. For example The word TEEPEE sounds exactly like the letters T and P so TP, just as ...
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What word did I learn today?

Today I added a word to my vocabulary which is best described with a riddle: ...
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Find a 6 letter word by its parts

I am a 6 letter word Letters 6-5-2 spell out a drink Letters 4-5-2-3 spell out a fruit Letters 1-2-6 spell out a pet Letters 3-2-6 spell out a pest The pest above often gets ...
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The fight of words; not swords

A period of increasing trouble and decline began with the reign of Commodus. Commodus' assassination in 192 triggered the Year of the Five Emperors. There was an ongoing quarrel between these emperors ...
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Order order everywhere

Something strange happened yesterday night. It is about a chain of images that I saw while sleeping, in dreams. The following are the sequences I saw: At 1 am, ...