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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 Cursive 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 Cursive Word™. Use the ...
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Sharp or surprising?

Sharp BR C CH DH H N PR V W Surprising BL CR FL GL KN L M SH SL SN ST THR T Both sharp and surprising B R S Question Is GR sharp, surprising or both? Why?
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Simple and political question [closed]

I'm a man who rule my country, I'm the only rule my country, While others are my troops, my commanders, and my commoners, My system was "one-person". What am i?
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My First Mosquito Bite

Help! I just moved houses into an area with many mosquitoes. However, I haven't been outside all week - ever since the first bump appeared on my skin. What's happening to me? Is this some weird sort ...
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Place a single ring on the soil, Place a fir [closed]

Place a single piece of ring on the soil, Place a first stick vertically on above of a single piece of ring, Place a second stick vertically on below of a single piece of ring. What symbol did you get?...
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“Place a single square on the soil, place a firs…” [duplicate]

Place a single piece of square on the soil, place a first stick vertically on above of a single piece of square, place a second stick horizontally on above of the first stick, What symbol did you get?
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Why will my friend have to grow his beard out?

Knowledge required for this riddle: English-language proverbs. My friend Leonard came to me with a problem the other day. He said, “Tanner, I want to have a clean-shaven face. But every time I use a ...
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Wherever I May Roam 2000

(01) I never give a single hair to the carder (02) shrunken by boob, I try even harder ...
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This is simple: Just fill in the blank

Newspaper Headline Insect Researcher Carroll Appleton alongside grandson Adam discover underground wormhole networks. Recover ________ earthworms. Fill in the blank. Following are the choices ...
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Cannibalistic Words

Drawing from the word pool below, find the twelve Cannibalistic Words. (Note the no-computers and logical-deduction tags.) WILD _ _ ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐ PENS ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐ _ _ DEED _ _ _ ☐ ☐ _ _ _ BLED _ _ ☐ _ ...
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Can you follow Directions?

Unemployed? Lk no further! Are you: Able to follow directions? Able to read Flowcharts? Highly motivated? Able to count on your hands and feet without utilizing your big toes and thumbs? Well ...
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Add Chocolate for Taste

Today I have another puzzle for the community. I will warn that some of the hints are obvious while others are not. You'll need a bit of lateral thinking to complete this one! I hope you all enjoy it; ...
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A New Simple Riley

I have created another Riley in my down time today and I hope it is neither too easy, nor hard. As always, good luck to all of you, and have fun! I see the prefix, a letter you seek; look to the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Words with most and fewest syllables for given length?

What is the greatest and least number of syllables that a word of a given length can have? More precisely, for each word length from 1 letter to 20 letters, find words of that length containing as ...
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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 Paper 6 Autumn This list is not exhaustive; I may ...
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Longest Calculator Word?

Current Best; Babingtonites = 5371207621898; 13 letters We all know from fooling around with a calculator at some point in our lives, the when we turn a calculator upside down we can make words. For ...
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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 note:...
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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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Regular Expressions

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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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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 ...
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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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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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Reverse Hangman

Add "g", and I may end early in the morning. Add "b", and I may end late in the afternoon. Add "t", and you better listen while you do it. Add "y", and it can come in a bundle. Answers should ...
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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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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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Elementary vowel equations

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