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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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Investment advice

I'm considering investing my money with a London broker who offers excellent returns. But the only information I can find about the investment are two numerical codes: Deposits: 3.428571428571......
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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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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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What is a Triad Phrase™?

Now that you are familiar with Cyclone Phrases™ and Scalable Phrases™, let's look at another kind of phrase. If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Triad Phrase™. Use the examples ...
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My third Rebus puzzle

Solve the following rebus puzzle: L D BRIDGE See also (Rebus with Dracula) and (Another Rebus puzzle)
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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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A word pronounced like letters

Can you give me a word that when pronounced, sounds exactly like pronouncing some of the letters of the alphabet. For example The word TEEPEE sounds exactly like the letters T and P so TP, just as ...
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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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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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What is an Efficient Phrase™?

If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it an Efficient Phrase™. Use the examples below to find the rule. If you liked this puzzle, try others like it:     What is a ...
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Strange Short Stories

What’s special about each of these sentences? It's different for each sentence. Easy: A bad chef, mad like a jackal, made a damaged, half-baked milk cake a mile high. Tomorrow we’ll see pretty ...
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What is an Ascending Phrase™?

If a phrase meets a certain criteria, I call it an Ascending Phrase™. Use the examples below to find the rule. Tips: 1. Font and case do not matter. 2. No calculation is needed, unlike my last ...
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Our spies are listed, but which one is actually next to be hit?

Berlin, 1973 We knew that they were on to several of our people, but unfortunately we weren't sure which ones. Pulling them out before we were certain would needlessly disrupt important sources of ...
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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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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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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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This title is not the answer

When it comes to perspectives, the second is fun The third is just fine in a romantic tongue Without this, to say you have lots might be trouble In fact it's so helpful you might order double ...
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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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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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The hardest string of words to verbalise in english

To clear some confusion, this is just a riddle. I think maybe the size is whats intimidating some, but it can be solved as you would any other riddle. There are no new techniques used here. atop the ...
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Two lists of favorite words

My great aunt Edith keeps this list of her favorite words tacked on the refrigerator: Atlas Chance Detail Frost Hand Magnet Orange Ring Sand Tiger Winter Wolf My great uncle ...
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A grammatically valid sentence in English containing seven “that”'s in a row?

About 20 years ago on a forum now long gone, someone posted the above question. After people had had a chance to try it, he also posted the answer. I no longer remember the answer but really wish I ...
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Enough of this charade! A common property puzzle

Below are three sets of three words. Each word shares a common linguistic property. The words in each set share a nested property. Identify the properties and explain. Lift Beams Destroy ...
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Longest Word With *Only* Repeating Character Pairs

Inspired by and Opposite of: Longest Word without repeating character-pairs The challenge is to find an English word in which every character pair appears at least twice. ("Word" does not include ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Puzzle and riddle in one - what am I?

These letters are carved in groups on a wall as shown. You know an answer is needed to continue your journey, but no other instructions are apparent. ...
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Scrabble Impossibilities

The other day I was playing the popular board game with my good friend, Chet Manley. Though he had me on the ropes for most of the game, I finally had a 6 letter word that I slapped down on the board ...
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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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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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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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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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What can this rebus solve? How can this rebus be solved?

This is my first rebus, constructive suggestions are welcome. Enjoy! Mistake: the diagonal of the green circle on the right should be from the top right to the bottom left instead of from the top ...
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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 a Spanned Word?™

So, I've been "inspired" by JLee's great series of Word™/Phrase™ puzzles to make my own. (It's not stealing an idea if I call it "inspiration"!) As usual: each sentence contains two marked words, one ...
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Shortest sentence with two auto-antonyms

You have to use two words that are each their own opposite (auto-antonyms, contronyms, contranyms or whatever you want to call it) in the same sentence. This means that each of the two words in used ...
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Basic manners in the UK [closed]

You are a foreigner with heavy accent living in the UK. If you want to be polite getting off public transport, you can say a number and a letter to the driver. Which number and which letter?
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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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A reason to celebrate

Due to a communication breakdown and some misunderstanding, a truck with four boxes (pictured) full of valuables was left unguarded and unlocked door for exactly 1 hour in front of the bank. Each box ...
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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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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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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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Find a 6 letter word by its parts

I am a 6 letter word Letters 6-5-2 spell out a drink Letters 4-5-2-3 spell out a fruit Letters 1-2-6 spell out a pet Letters 3-2-6 spell out a pest The pest above often gets ...
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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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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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The Hangman Game Backwards Again

It's been a while since one of these puzzles (created by Alex, see here for the first) has shown up, and I thought some might enjoy another one. fill in an "n" - You don't need to throw me out into ...
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What is a Measured 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 Measured Word™. Use ...