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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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Density type puzzle 3

Another puzzle in the spirit of this puzzle. Enjoy! Final answer: (8,7,4) Hint Hint 2
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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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What is a BS 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 BS Word™. Use the ...
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Zed's Order: Breakfast at Elon's

My friend Elon and I constantly irritate each other. He recently built himself a rather respectable restaurant – a sort of bed-&-breakfast, minus the beds. Last week, he asked if I could ...
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Zed's Phone: Failure to Communicate

My friend Beto and I constantly buy things for one another. One day, he gave me a strange-looking phone and said it was my birthday gift (My birthday wouldn't be until 3 more months). He said he ...
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Remove last letter 4 times, get a real word each time, starting word is a car model [closed]

The best I tried so far: Ford Explorer Explore Explor - not real Explo - not real Expl - not real
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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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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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Triangle for a triangle

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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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Unidirectional letters flow

GOAL: Write a letter in each square such that every group of four contiguous squares is a four-letter existing English word (i.e. it can be found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary). RULES: The ...
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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 ...
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Can you find the missing words?

Given that: $ \begin{gather} \ \text{ art}\hspace{1em}\Leftrightarrow\hspace{1em}\text{phi} \end{gather} $ Can you figure out the words that are missing? $ \begin{gather} \text{imps}\hspace{1em}...
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Hey, Hey! Listen!

"So, I've got a friend. You haven't met him yet, so I'll tell you about him. Hey, are you listening? I'll quiz you! Sound fair? This guy, he's a bit of a trouble maker. At work, when something goes ...
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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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One Another - Rebus puzzle

Solve the following rebus puzzle: ONE ANOTHER ONE ANOTHER ONE ANOTHER ONE ANOTHER ONE ANOTHER ONE ANOTHER See also (Rebus with Dracula) and (...
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Falcon Circus, Prologue: The Twins

You get home from work, grab the mail, take off your coat, and sit down on the couch with the TV on the news. "Bills, bills, junk..." you sift through your mail, and stop to look at a very colorful ...
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The hangman game backward #6

Hangman game backward version 6 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - I am a magical device that you can convert energy with the tip of your fingers. fill in a "g" - You can hear, under one ...
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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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Zed's Note: Famously Infamous

My friend Al and I constantly bicker. One time, he proudly boasted that he can crack any cipher ever written, so I put out a little wager: if I can stump him with any cipher I write, he would have to ...
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Longest Word without repeating character-pairs

What's the longest English word that doesn't contain the same two letters in a row more than once? Good word : too contains to ...
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Incomplete Word Rectangle

This is an incomplete word rectangle: When completed, every row will contain a common English word with four letters, and every column will contain a word with five letters. All of these are common ...
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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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What is a Structurally Sound 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 Structurally Sound Word™...
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Time for some proverbs!

Can you find these proverbs? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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Add Chocolate for Taste

Today I have another puzzle for the community. I will warn that some of the hints are obvious while others are not. You'll need a bit of lateral thinking to complete this one! I hope you all enjoy it; ...
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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 middle length riddle

You wouldn't be here without me I am feared by many and obsessed over by some I can purify you by shocking you with an ordeal People might call me amicable but you should stay away from me I ...
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Such pride, such strength

19th; cobra, melancholy, like, talk. Reverse of 23; anger, the gathering, create. Intelligent adjective; gain, gone, under reverse. Never work; below, before 20, the gooseling. Go figure... ...
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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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I am used to keep people out

I am used to keep people out Divide me in half to gain access Replace access's end to discover your history Replace history's beginning to meet your end What is it I am talking about?
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Word ladder island (formerly dead-end)

Following on from CodeNewbie's question "From Puzzling to Stack Exchange", I thought I would set a problem of my own using the same rules: Rules: In any move, you can either replace a letter, add a ...
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Can you name the Product Code™?

Given the product codes of 10 fruits and vegetables in the chart below, can you figure out the product code of Broccoli? $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{...
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Word sets with no repeating letters

I know a set of six 4-letter words without repeating a letter (i.e. using 24 different letters). Here is an example: Are there sets of words with no repeated letters and having four 6-letter words? ...
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9 (plus or minus various things) is the opposite of 8

Find a word, whose pattern is such that is fits the nine letters as follows. Then change it accordingly so that its pattern becomes eight letters as follows respectively. ...
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What is a Counterfeiting Word™?

This puzzle 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 Counterfeiting ...
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Moans to Rocky in 4 moves?

In his novel A Case of Need, one of Michael Crichton's characters claims that the classic word‑ladder‡ "MOANS to ROCKY" can be made in 4 moves (5 lines total). But the book does not ...
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Word Rectangle #2

As with my previous puzzle, this is an unfinished word rectangle: Can you fill in the blanks? When completed, every row will contain a common English word with five letters, and every column will ...
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What is an Outside 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 an Outside Word™. Use the examples ...
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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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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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What is an Unbeecoming 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 Unbeecoming Word™. Use ...

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