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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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An abundance of one-line Rebus puzzles

Solve the following ten one-line Rebus puzzles: AGE BUT marri Ag e wWoOlOfL "24 Hours" TRADI$~$ TION HEAD ACHE WHEATHER SGEG TOSYOBSYOBWN ALL world
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The English Department

After walking through the computer science department, the tour entered the English department. The interior was very spartan, and the only thing I could see was a pinboard with the following items: ...
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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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Don't get caught by the Hang Man

Bringing back the Backwards Hangman (created by Alex, see here for the first). fill in an "f" - The devil may carry. fill in a "d" - Probably has glasses. fill in a "c" - Popped at the party. fill in ...
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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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What is it in my eyes that will result in humanity's demise?

The following stanzas Are hints to the answer Each a part of the end Their piece they defend I am found out in the ground I can be bought by the pound I'm put on the line So in the end you ...
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What is a Single 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 Single Word™. Use the ...
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Hangman- No misses left

**** No programs allowed. You must find the answer using your own brain. **** Your hangman game allows for 9 misses, but on the 10th miss, you're hanged! You don't want to be hanged. The letters ...
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Children's riddle

I have a 6-year old niece who is beginning to understand the English language (our native language is Spanish). A few days ago I came up with a short riddle and I want to try it before giving it to ...
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What is a Structurally Sound 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 Structurally Sound Word™...
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Incomplete Word Rectangle

This is an incomplete word rectangle: When completed, every row will contain a common English word with four letters, and every column will contain a word with five letters. All of these are common ...
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Unusual letter combinations

This is an entry in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet. English spelling is very strange. Sometimes you encounter words with letter combinations that would seem entirely ...
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Find the link between these everyday words?

You have to simply step forward and find the common link between these words: age, date, drill, go, hole The correct link works in the exact same way for each of the words.
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Second-rate spelling

Find the longest word which can be spelled with the second letters of a group words in alphabetical order. An example with incomprehensible (16 letters): a...
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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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What is an Odd Word™?

If a word has a certain property, I call it an Odd Word™. In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is an Odd Word™. The sentences are for context only, and do not ...
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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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What is a Vain Word™?

This is inspired by the What is a Word/Phrase™ puzzles originally created by JLee. If a word has a certain property, I call it a Vain Word™. In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one ...
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Between two walls

For each box, the given words can be divided into four groups of four words each, according to some criteria. The names of the resulting categories can in turn be used to find out a final two-word ...
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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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What is a Tellygraph 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 Tellygraph Word™. Can ...
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What is a Scientific Word™

If a word has a certain property, I call it a Scientific Word™. In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is a Scientific Word™. The sentences do not affect whether a ...
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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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Yet another backwards hangman

Insprired by the previous backwards hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), which was solved so quickly, I though I'd make another one. Hopefully slightly harder! Three solutions in a minute ...
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I am used to keep people out

I am used to keep people out Divide me in half to gain access Replace access's end to discover your history Replace history's beginning to meet your end What is it I am talking about?
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Word sets with no repeating letters

I know a set of six 4-letter words without repeating a letter (i.e. using 24 different letters). Here is an example: Are there sets of words with no repeated letters and having four 6-letter words? ...
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Extension of Four Is Cosmic

The fact that four is cosmic, at least in English, is quite well discussed. However, what if we instead took a number and then took the first letter of its word form that number and converted it to ...
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Two Bowls of Alphabet Soup

These are three different puzzles with a similar format - feel free to solve them separately! 1. H, J, K, M, N, U, V, W, X, and Y are. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, L, O, P, Q, R, S, T, and Z aren’t. 2. ...
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What is a Fantastical 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 Fantastical Word™. Use ...
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What rule have I used to split the alphabet?

I've split the 26 letters (actually 25 letters) of the English language into two groups using a particular rule. Can you say what is the rule that I've used? First Group: A D E F G H K L M N O Z ...
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My fourth Rebus puzzle

Solve the following rebus puzzle: J O K E U See also (Rebus with Dracula) and (Another Rebus puzzle) and (My third Rebus puzzle)
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Longest *Sentence* With Only Repeating Character Pairs

BACKGROUND I asked a question about words: Longest Word With *Only* Repeating Character Pairs The goal was to find a word where every character pair was repeated at least once. This was vulnerable ...
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A Mqze of Miszpeked Worfs

I have another maze for you to do. This one is english, the last was computer-puzzles. But you see, they may look like the opposite of mazes, but you can find a way to enter and exit, and thus win. <...
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Longest $Scramble Sentence$? [closed]

Before we begin, allow me to define what I call a Scramble Sentence, A Scramble Sentence is a grammatically correct sentence, where at least 1 other permutation, of the letters in the sentence, ...