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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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Pairs of Phrases

These phrases can be put into pairs based on a rule. Find the odd one out - your answer is the one that would match it. Before Boyfriend or admirer Brown or Pratt Characteristic of Santa Claus or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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The hangman game backward #5

Hangman game backward version 5 (Aggie's version was #4) - guess what was the question: fill in an "a" - It's a lethal to throw and it's destructive. fill in a "d" - It's brave, and it's strong. ...
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Unusual letter combinations 2

I really liked this puzzle so I made my own version of it! I'll give you an unusual set of letters which are present consicutively in one* word in the English language (and possibly its derivatives, ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What is a Tellygraph 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 Tellygraph Word™. Can ...
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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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What are T Words and M Words?

I have two categories of English words. (Some English words are in neither category, and some are in both.) Use the examples below to determine the categories' membership criteria and explain the ...
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On what basis have I split the alphabet into 4 sets?

I have split the 26 letters of the alphabet into 4 sets. Here they are: Set 1: $F G J L N P Q R S Z$ Set 2: $A M T U V W Y$ Set 3: $B C D E K$ Set 4: $H I O X$ Can you determine on what basis have I ...
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Can you figure out these Tom Swifties?

A Tom Swifty is a pun involving somebody saying something in a particular manner reminiscent of the thing being said. For example, from the Wikipedia article for Tom Swifty: "I'll have a martini," ...
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What is a Scientific Word™

If a word has a certain property, I call it a Scientific Word™. In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is a Scientific Word™. The sentences do not affect whether a ...
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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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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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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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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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Which is the missing word?

A M O U N T I N P U T S A B S O R B ? ? ? ? ? ? A M U L E T S I S T E R Which is the missing word to get the true answer? Note: There is only one English ...
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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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English phrase rebuses

Find three popular phrases: raport ga me hbianrdd = btwusoh
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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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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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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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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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What is a Close-by Word?™

This puzzle is done in honor of JLee's wonderful Words and Phrases series of puzzles. JLee must be really proud of us now. If a word has a certain property, I call it a Close-by Word™. In each of ...
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What word did I learn today?

Today I added a word to my vocabulary which is best described with a riddle: ...
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Find the phrases

There are 4 words: A, B, C, and D A and B are synonymous verbs. C and D are two letter words. A C D and B C D are English phrases (mostly American) with opposite meaning from each other. What ...
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Hangman- No misses left

**** No programs allowed. You must find the answer using your own brain. **** Your hangman game allows for 9 misses, but on the 10th miss, you're hanged! You don't want to be hanged. The letters ...
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The word is another word without core

Each of these phrases can be reworded into 2 words, one word is another word without core (middle letter). For example "Engrave the part of geological formation" contains "carve" and "cave". The core-...
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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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The ________ for Business Statistics

Your boss wants you to head up a new part of the company that will analyze business statistics. She wants an official name for it like "The Organization for Business Statistics" or "The Business ...
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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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Statements in Java

Each code block translates to a specific statement in English. There is a theme behind the statements. As code puzzles tend to be "easier" (relative to other PSE puzzles) than expected, it will not be ...
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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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Fill in the Dashes : Part 1 of 10

This is part of the Fill in the Dashes series of puzzles. Example : F_ in the B_ Fill in the Blanks Can you identify the idiom(s)/phrase(s) from english language ? 1) It t_ T_ to T_ 2) O_ in a B_ ...
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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 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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A Fairy Chess Ladder

This is yet a fairyly ordinary word ladder on the chessboard. Sequence: PAWN > KNIGHT > ROOK > QUEEN > KING Rules: Each step you can do ONE of the following: 1) Add a letter 2) ...
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Beneath the Waves

What is unique/unusual about the following strange couplet? a serene summer moon waxes over a wave-worn azure sea. an orca moans an arcane verse as mermen caress a venomous sea anemone.
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Who / what am I?

I can be in many places when you talk, and there is more to me than just intention. Some say I am bad. I mean, I am... but maybe you will understand that sometimes I am needed for a happy ending. ...
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Yet another backwards hangman

Insprired by the previous backwards hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), which was solved so quickly, I though I'd make another one. Hopefully slightly harder! Three solutions in a minute ...
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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 ...