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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In a plane crash who died?

In a plane crash somewhere, every single person died but two people survived. How is this possible?
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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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A Monster of A Riddle

On my own I am large, But give me fruit, Or an insect, Or even a flower, I'll grow small. Take any letter away and rearranged, You could have hundreds, Maybe an instrument, Perhaps one element,...
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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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English is so confusing! Can one word have two opposite meanings?

Having just recently moved to the United States from Japan with her family Miyo has been working hard trying to understand the English language. Miyo's parents encourage her to focus on reading and ...
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Find English words with Sound of V or W?

Search and find some English words which when written starts with o and when speaking they pronounce with sound of v or w lets see who ll find maximum words?
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'Scrambbled?' Pick the anagram

First time poster, puzzle is rather short: AEIOLN = KAOLINE OLT = JOLT AEILNTR = ??? Edit: One more example to help guide your way to my hoped for pattern (answers from before this may break, but ...
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Challenge: Longest x-height word/sentence

A common puzzle is to see how to make sentences from the same letters, or the longest word in alphabetical order, etc. see here for a list. Now 'the x-height or corpus size refers to the distance ...
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A rhopalic sentence of at-least 5 words, beginning with as long word as possible

Rhopalic sentences are sentences which have words whose length is one more than the previous word. eg: I do not hunt birds. I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing ...
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highest number of unique links in a chain of words

What sequence of words in the OED linked pairwise by spelling or pronunciation has the highest number of unique links? The spelling 'read' can be pronounced at least two ways, as in "Yesterday I read ...
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I'm trying something a little different

Solve and combine: 1.1 Pull me from the lion's paw and place me on the page! 1.2 ...
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A Ewe exception

Mr Roberts was looking for a pet. He visits the local pet shop to see his options. He enters the shop and is greeted by the pet shop owner, who doesn't speak English very well. Mr Roberts asks which ...
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Oh no, my library!

In my study I have a great collection of books of fine literature and pop fiction alike. Looks like Posling the Poltergeist has broken into my study and pulled another one of his practical "jokes". ...
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Ghotiy spelling

As some of you likely know, ghoti is an interesting spelling of the word fish. Using: ...
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Tick To… what does tock look like?

If tick looks like this: What does tock look like? Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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The unwriteable punctuation mark

What am I? I will never be written, that surely would be impossible. For thousands of years I was unused for practical purposes. Reputedly the Irish invented me? Nowadays I am often literally ...
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Word Tank-chain-wheel Challenge

My niece gave me this word wheels challenges the other day and I comes up with an alternative. Here's how this challenge works: Find a word that can form another word by moving its first letter ...
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How to pronounce this word? [closed]

After reading this question just yet, it reminded me of something my English teacher once told me. What is the proper pronunciation of the following word, and why? ghoti
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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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A confusing year to study

I'm a teacher at an Academy. I set my students the task of writing a history essay on a year BCE. One of my students, instead of giving me his year, gave me this slip of paper before walking out the ...
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Famous quotes transcribed wrong

Someone was listening to a bunch of famous quotes, but they wrote them down wrong! Figure out which ones they were listening to! They may not have written the whole quote. (not sure if the english tag ...
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An easily generated integer sequence

Find the next number in the following sequence. It is not purely mathematical but needs only an introduction to mathematics, as generally taught, to answer it and is not very convoluted. 5, 5, 4, 4,...
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A bizarre phenomenon in the English language

I've recently heard that: “Iambs are much more common in the English language than you might think — recent studies have shown that they appear over 100 times more than chickens, pigs and cows in ...
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The hangman game backward #9

Hangman game backward #9 - guess what was the question: fill in "i" - a famous city in New York, Illinois and Nevada. fill in "o" - half of the population said to have experience being one. fill in "...
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Dominoes With Letters

I have a set with 26 special domino stones. Every stone carries a lower case Latin alphabet letter and an upper case Latin alphabet letter: ...
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What four-letter word can have ER or EST added to the end to completely change its meaning?

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Think of a number beginning with [closed]

A while ago, I was watching a video about teaching children to count when these challenges suddenly occurred to me. Note that they may be easy in other languages (eg. in German you have: eins, zwei, ...
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What links these words together?

What non-standard and surprising property links the following words together? testing, ROM, Moore, Mealy, flip-flop, code, Microelectronics, rays, Widgets, plane Notes: The list is not exhaustive,...
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English phrase rebuses

Find three popular phrases: raport ga me hbianrdd = btwusoh
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Change a letter, add a letter

This is based on a word game that as far as I know was invented by my friend's Dad. The goal is to make as long a word as you can, starting from any three-letter word, using the following rule: You ...
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Large and in charge [closed]

Opened or closed, I continue to be. A mechanism of choice, But I can be beastly. I come in all shapes and sizes, Each with a common task. I cling to life by a thread, What am I, I ask? Added hint: ...
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Longest Palindrome [closed]

What is the longest palindrome created? For those who don't know A palindrome is a word or series of words that read the same forwards as backwards. For example: hannah A man a plan a canal Panama ...
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The hangman game backward #8

Hangman game backward #8 - guess what was the question: fill in "d" - It does something horrible to the sand and stones, but it did the opposite to us. fill in "f" - To some it's rapidly dangerous, ...
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Homophone Challenge

There are three words that sound the same But each has a different name One of the earliest words spoken by a baby, usually repeated twice. A part of speech hard to classify, sometimes used to show ...
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What phonetic word form can generate the largest number of valid English words when adding single vowel sounds?

If you take the phonetic word form /fl* (where * denotes any vowel sound), you can create (at least) 6 valid English words: flay, flee, fly, flow, flue, flaw. Which single-vowel phonetic word form ...
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Can a single sentence be made using words to, too, and two consecutively (one after the other) in the same sentence properly? [closed]

Without any restriction, can a single sentence be written or spoken using the words "to", "too", and "two" in the same sentence consecutively used (one after the other) and be proper? Please ...
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Can you think of any exceptions to the following rules? [closed]

A. The word ‘the’ is not used with the names of people. B. The past simple form of the verb is only used to describe finished events or states. C. The word ‘some’ is used in statements; the word ‘...
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Find the “odd one out” and explain why [closed]

i. I'm not used to the noise yet. ii. They used to work in a circus. iii. Didn't there use to be a shop there? iv. I never used to smoke. v. It didn't use to be so dirty.
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Hidden Words..!

Today i came across a cool picture that has SIX hidden words in it. I ended up with just 3. Can you able to find all the SIX words in it.? Here is it. Take a look at it.
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“In darkness it is me they dread.” Who am I?

No matter the road they tread, at the beginning I lurk. In darkness it is me they dread. I stalk and plot my strike, eager to finish my work. It is after their long hike - in the middle of their ...
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Phrasal Word Chains

Find the missing words in the chain, where consecutive pairs of words must form a phrase. For example, HOLY - - - - - - - - RUN has the solution The puzzle is based on the game show ...
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Almost a curse?

What am I? My last three letters serve to clarify.My first four letters are where famous people speak.Dropping all consonants, I am almost a curse. The solution is a single English word and, once ...
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The hangman game backward #7

Hangman game backward #7 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - If this is marked on the calendar, you might be in some trouble. fill in a "h" - Google picture of this, you'll find mostly ...
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Smallest quasi-pangrammatic number

A quasi-pangrammatic number is a positive integer whose English name contains at least one copy of each letter used to write all of the positive integers that precede it. 123456789 ("one hundred ...
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Help me translate this message

I was on my computer last night when, all of a sudden, a message popped up on my screen. The message consisted of nothing more than an image and the following message 2024 9251680 2777 763267036 ...
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Transatlantic road paint

In the US, text painted on roads reads bottom to top: AHEAD STOP In the UK, it reads like normal text: NO ENTRY ...
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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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Describe a large integer

What is the largest well-defined finite integer that you can exactly describe using unabbreviated English words (no symbols and no letters from other alphabets), with no repeated letters. Any ...
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Bridge words 2 - word pairs linked by their front and back

I made a puzzle earlier (Bridge words), and thought I'd make another (encouraged by a request from @VictorHenry). Find a pair of "bridge words" to fill in the gaps of the sentences below. Bridge ...
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Bridge words - word pairs linked by the front and back

Wanted to try out a new puzzle. Doesn't seem like an original idea, so the concept may already be out there. Please let me know if so and I'll put a link back to it. Also, not sure if it will be ...

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