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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 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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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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The Survivors of Dictionaria

STORY: The land of Dictionaria was once a utopia where all words lived together in perfect harmony. Words respected each other and the big words always found a place among their smaller compatriots. ...
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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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The Case of the Missing Kitten (Part 2)

After solving the kidnapper's riddle, you realize that you have no clue how to get in touch with him. You wait until the end of the specified fortnight, and sure enough, you receive a phone call. "I ...
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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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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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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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My suffix is short for the place where you are…

My suffix is short for the place where you are, My infix for who, My prefix for where you can learn about what's Mistaken for me in a crowd at least two. To echo a riddle that's ...
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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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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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Bill and Dan's Journey

What is this story about? (Apologies if at the end I improperly announce the answer.) Bill and Dan bravely ventured forth, eagerly hiking towards a notorious outcrop. Traipsing through the water ...
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I Want Some Ice Cream

This is similar to the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. Giving credit where credit is due. I was sitting at Landra Hort's Mystery Ice ...
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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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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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Don't get caught by the Hang Man

Bringing back the Backwards Hangman (created by Alex, see here for the first). fill in an "f" - The devil may carry. fill in a "d" - Probably has glasses. fill in a "c" - Popped at the party. fill in ...
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Single Speak - Meta Edition

Followup to my previous Single Speak puzzle, this time I decided to follow the path of the original Double Speak puzzle by adding a metapuzzle. Like in the previous time, the answer to each riddle ...
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Egg Yolk Riddle

I remember this from when I was in highschool (or the dutch equivolant). The teacher of my english class proposed this riddle and a lot of people had it wrong but the answer was really simple. ...
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A unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds? Inexorably!

With great economy and without superfluous, exaggerated, flowery speech, please elucidate how to determine clearly and precisely what the beautiful, ornate, stupendous Word Of The Day is. My extreme ...
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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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Double Speak Clearing House - More phrases that need rewording

When I was making this puzzle, I actually made far more Double Speak puzzles than I wound up combining into the resulting metapuzzle. I'd rather they not go to waste, so here they are. As with the ...
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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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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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A new threat to an old man

Old man Geppetto was feeling bereft; It was only a week since young long-nose had left. He’d be back in a month from his trip to Iraq, But the old man just missed him and wished he was back. His ...
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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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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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What is it in my eyes that will result in humanity's demise?

The following stanzas Are hints to the answer Each a part of the end Their piece they defend I am found out in the ground I can be bought by the pound I'm put on the line So in the end you ...
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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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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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Another Rebus puzzle

Solve the following rebus puzzle: I I I I I I I I I ___________ O O See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebus
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Pangram sentence

Create a pangram sentence by replacing the 26 dots with the 26 letters of the alphabet (different dots, different letters): ...
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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's an ...
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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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A Geography-ish Riddle

Here's another riddle of mine, albeit one that's not as hard: The name of which national capital city sounds as if it's composed of two Greek letters?
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Foul Psychology Question

According to our psychology examination, Mr. X Is afraid of heights as well as the cookie monster under his bed (1) Prefers to work late into the night (2) Has 20/20 vision with perfect ...
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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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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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Unconventional Opposites

We all know that many words can be made opposite by adding 'un' or 'ir' in front, but have you ever heard of opposites made by adding other letters in the middle? I've given the letters that you ...
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Between two walls

For each box, the given words can be divided into four groups of four words each, according to some criteria. The names of the resulting categories can in turn be used to find out a final two-word ...
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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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A Quindectet of Letter Sequences!

I've been working hard on trying to solve the missing letters in this puzzle by qwertylpc, but I've discovered that in trying to figure out the lists his clues are coming from, I've come up with ...
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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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'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 ...
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The Word Am I (Riley riddle)

This Riley I hope you like! Out there, out there, my prefix you cannot find An endless line, a stanza, is what my infix is Lost one in many, and my suffix I become The word am I, as you are ...
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Twenty nine-letter words

I took twenty 9-letter everyday English words from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, broke them into sixty 3-letter pieces and ordered the sixty pieces alphabetically: ...
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A bit of a retread

Here are a series of clues to two-word phrases. Anxious Sweets Prize Storage Tightly Packed Weapons Fly Flavor Container Cover Boring Performer Ominous Feeling Dishonest Track Spring Spud Ardent ...
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When are the verbs “divide” and “multiply” synonyms, rather than antonyms?

The answer has nothing to do with multiplicative inverses / reciprocals.
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Single Speak - Twice the same word

I've checked out the Double Speak puzzle and really liked it, and hoped to get more of it, which I did. My thirst has not been sated though. Because of that, I've devised a collection of 20 riddles ...
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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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The fight of words; not swords

A period of increasing trouble and decline began with the reign of Commodus. Commodus' assassination in 192 triggered the Year of the Five Emperors. There was an ongoing quarrel between these emperors ...