Questions tagged [english]

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

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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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Can you provide a hint on how to solve this Hex Cube puzzle?

I've been tackling this puzzle named "Hex Cube" which comes with the instructions "Can you decipher the message? You should be able to if you go back to basics and use a little bit of ...
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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 fact I usually ...
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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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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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Can you crack this multiple-shift cipher?

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

Which country’s name is hidden in the lines below? ...
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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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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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Rebus puzzle “cancelled”

I have a rebus puzzle I can't figure out. The word "Cancelled" is written with the "CAN" angled downwards and the "CELLED" angled upwards : D E L ...
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From Puzzling to StackExchange

This is a variation of a game I used to play with my friends in my childhood. You are given a starting word, and using the following operations, you have to reach the target word. The solution that ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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And and… and. And.?

This is a cool riddle, which my Maths teacher taught our class, 25 years ago. I still remember it and find it very cool. Can you create a perfectly valid English sentence, which makes perfect sense, ...
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One of these words is not like the others, one of these words just isn't the same!

Can you believe it? I had a great list of words that all go together, and someone stuck in a word that doesn't belong. Can you take it out for me? addict affect conflict extract inject object ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Find words with the highest proportion of a single letter

Thanks to JoeZ, pacoverflow, isaacg, Sp3000, Novarg, Ram, h34, and all those who contributed answers that have since been beaten. I've accepted JoeZ's answer since he has the most mentions on the list ...
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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 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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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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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 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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From jafe to El-Guest

Largely inspired by From Puzzling to StackExchange by CodeNewbie From jafe to El-Guest jafe > cafe > cate > cete > cet > get > gest > egest > e gest > e guest > el guest Rules: In any move, you ...
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Five words with one vowel difference

Can you find a set of 5 words in English which all differ by just one vowel? This is easiest to explain with an example: Batter. Better. Bitter. Botter. Butter Close, but "botter" isn't a real ...
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Longest sentence where all words are anagrams of each other

Won, now own. Rules: A “word” is an entry on dictionary.com. A “sentence” is any text that is grammatically correct, has a complete meaning in the English language, starts with a capital letter and ...
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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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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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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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