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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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A powerfully, powerfully, powerfully written number sequence

Find the missing terms a17 , a19 and a22 of the sequence, 15 , 20 , 13 , 2 , 20 , 17 , 17 , 19 , 19 , 15 , 14 , 4 , 21 , 4 , 20 , 17 , a17 , 19 , a19 , 15 , 14 , a22 The sequence uses only basic ...
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Please help Solve!

Retrospectively, Professor Siwel did Quite well with his follow-up representation, Currently utilized by generation X. The first clue given was: "A clue, the only uppercase letters that you need to ...
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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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The hangman game backward # 11

It's been a while! Hangman game backward #11 - guess what the question was: fill in "c" - Some said I'm black, others said I'm white. Either way you'll find it hard to lose me. fill in "j" - You ...
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Can you find who I am?

I look like a boat does from above I'm sensitive I'm often painted around the edges I'm likely to be beaten in a fight My name is used by a company to revolutionize their industry Make me wet and I'll ...
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Is this the first riddle?

Ten million pies in a year Or so it seems to my ear. I'm around when you want more, But the smallest sliver is in store. I'm here if you want to fight. Silver is a lovely sight. I approve: ...
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Answer This Daily Puzzle

Source of Puzzle Can you name a three letter English verb that becomes its past tense simply by moving the first letter to the end?
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Overheard while hiking

I was hiking in the desert this weekend and saw two people coming the other way. We nodded and smiled as we passed, and, as sometimes happens in these situations, I overheard a snippet of their ...
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Stupor automobile-correct

I recentle bought a new phon. I cet the local tew Auctralee, and auph I went. It wauc good tew hav a new phon. I wauc then praumpted and wethe I wanted predictiv tecct, and the trabl ctated. Every ...
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What's the longest sentence you can make using only 2-letter words? [closed]

The sentence has to be grammatically correct, and probably shouldn't be too nonsensical. Here are a few examples: Is he in on it? Is it to be me? Ma, Ed is in my gi! Note: This puzzle will ...
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Any twelve year-old can answer this question

Come up with a question between five and ten words long with an answer that contains more than three times as many unique words as the question, does not contain any of the question words, and does ...
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A Plethora of Plurals

Please find words that have the following properties: A word that becomes its plural when the letter "s" at the end is dropped. A word that becomes its plural when the first two letters are swapped. ...
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Getting ready Ana for the puzzle - The UTILISING C Moment!

All you need to do is, try figuring out the people who called Ana. This is a story from a very famous incident happened with a friend of mine and we call it UTILISING C - (C for the weird call she ...
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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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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a comet!

Ummm... this is a little embarrassing, but I need a bit of help with my homework... I got a riddle from English class, which I have no clue where to start deciphering: Air I miss, comet I be, ...
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What is the name of a word such as “Wheat” or “Spit”?

What is the name of a word such as "Wheat" that when you remove the first letter, it is still a word, down to two letters? Ex: Wheat, Heat, Eat, At... Spit, Pit, It. What is the longest such word, ...
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Paragraph curiosity

What is curious about this paragraph? Alright, I'm not going to make it lipogrammatic: 'Here, have seven e's!' Just in case, I'll put every letter in - ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ! So, it must be ...
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What is a Hanging 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 Hanging Word™. Use the following ...
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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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The Word Web - Clue Sixteen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue Inspiration from here. A lot of credit to @Scimonster here; we created this puzzle together. "Aha!" you exclaim, finally spotting the door - it'...
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You've used me, haven't you?

A simple, one sentence riddle which I'm confident will **** your brain sideways. I have another part and may be started many different ways, though three of which can be completed by changing letters....
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Opposite Abbreviations

What common word in the English language has two common abbreviations in opposite directions? Hint: A more explicit hint: A further clarification: This is taking a while to crack, so, here's an ...
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The Framework of a Riddle

I am a single word. one of me is spelled the same as many of me but many of me is said differently than one of me.
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One syllable words with many vowel sounds

I'm not entirely sure how to word this, but what is the largest set of one syllable words you can find in which every phonetic sound is the same except the vowel? For example, 'arc', 'orc', and 'irk' ...
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A Great-Aunt's Cryptic Invitation

My great-aunt is one of those stuffy old ladies whose house looks like it was transported intact from the 1950s. It always smells a little like mothballs, and the amount of framed embroideries and ...
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Word with the largest number of different phonetic vowel sounds

Which English word has the largest number of different unique phonetic vowel sounds in it? I will only count one vowel sound per syllable. To make it more like a competition, if two people get the ...
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Largest number of eɪ sounds in a word

This is a simple puzzle about English words. Which English word has the largest number of eɪ sounds in it? The phonetic sound /eɪ/ is the same as the letter "A" or the "ay" in day or the "eigh" in "...
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A riddle in James Still's “River of Earth”

I'm working on paper for SAMLA 88 on riddles in James Still's novel River of Earth. There is one I can't seem to find an answer for. It goes like this: First green and then yeller, (sic. yellow) ...
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Find the pattern in these numbers [closed]

3, 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, 3 How did I get those numbers and how do I get more that fit the pattern?
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The new employee [closed]

Recently, the principal at my school announced that he would be hiring a new staff member. He told us that if we could figure out what he was, and what subject he would be teaching, we would receive a ...
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What is the Sparsest Word?

Side note: If you know a better way to describe an anagram that doesn't use all the letters except for "words within the word" or some other lengthy phrase, please let me know. I considered asking ...
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I'm not your clone

I can bring good, when only one you own Leave me hanging, I'll be fine alone For your amusement, I could be thrown And I won't break, I'm tough like stone By your friends, I could be ...
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To be, or not to be - What is the question?

I just wanted to test my encryption skills with this wonderful community that seems to be able to crack almost any code! I've made a few codes before, but almost always, they were encoded several ...
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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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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 do a House, a Garden, and a River all have in Common?

What do a house, a garden, and a river all have in common? The answer should be clear, as you think on it every night.
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What is a Nonvocal 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 Nonvocal Word™. Use ...
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What is the smallest set of letters that can spell any integer? [closed]

Today my 9-year-old nephew told me that he can spell any integer in English using only 9 letters. This is how he's doing it: ...
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What is an Uptight™ 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 Uptight Word™. ...
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Medicine search

So, I have been suffering from something which I have no idea about. I only know that I am not well. Thus, I visited a doctor who examined me and wrote something on a piece of paper. I took the paper ...
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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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A Missing Vowels Mishap

How exciting! Your first day as a BBC intern, and you get to meet the Victoria Coren Mitchell! You take a deep breath as you walk up to her dressing room, not wanting to sound like a crazed, nervous ...
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And the rest is hstr!

This is an entry in the 14th Fortnightly Topic Challenge. Ha, nice, a new fortnightly challenge. What's more, it is about history! It seems that people didn't like sports that much, huh? Fortunatly, ...
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The Vowel Eater II

Here's a quote from a very famous book with all the vowels and punctuation removed. Can you re-assemble it? wndrfvbnchngdnthnghtltmthnkwsthsmwhngtpthsmrnnglmstthnkcnrmmbrflnglttldffrnt (Hat-tip.)
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The Vowel Eater

Here's a quote from a very famous book with all the vowels and punctuation removed. Can you re-assemble it? ...
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What's “gopher wood”?

Originally published by me on the internet ca. 2003. No trace left on Google, so you get a clean slate. Drenched with sweat from hard labor in the field, Noah loosened his girdle and complained, &...
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The hangman game backward #10

Hangman game backward #10 - guess what was the question: fill in "t" - I'm common among human; not quite among animals. fill in "p" - I'm related to things you dream of: car, money, summer! fill in "...
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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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Line with all alphabets? [closed]

What is your smallest line which consists of all the letters at least once? (which all alphabets(a-z) are used). Please write the meaningful line.
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Five-letter English word that contains only two distinct letters

Is there any 5-letter English word that uses only 2 distinct letters?

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