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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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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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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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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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My First Mosquito Bite

Help! I just moved houses into an area with many mosquitoes. However, I haven't been outside all week - ever since the first bump appeared on my skin. What's happening to me? Is this some weird sort ...
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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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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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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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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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Common Linkception

Each of the following list of words have a common link. Each of those common links are they themselves another group with a common link. Can you find each common link and the meta-common link? Age,...
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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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What is an Endless Phrase™?

I've been itching to try and make one of these for a while since JLee started posting them. I feel like this one might not be challenging enough, but I'll see what you guys make of it. The following ...
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English Logic Puzzle [closed]

On this site, I found this: "If some Smaugs are Thors and some Thors are Thrains, then some Smaugs are definitely Thrains." Options: TRUE, FALSE, NEITHER The answer given is FALSE. However, I ...
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Two Bowls of Alphabet Soup

These are three different puzzles with a similar format - feel free to solve them separately! 1. H, J, K, M, N, U, V, W, X, and Y are. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, L, O, P, Q, R, S, T, and Z aren’t. 2. ...
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The Framework of a Riddle

I am a single word. one of me is spelled the same as many of me but many of me is said differently than one of me.
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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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Who is John's favourite painter?

John being his usual self forgot the name of his favourite painter. He went to the Oracle for assistance but inadvertently walked in on her while she was busy eating pie. Angry at the interruption, ...
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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 a Fantastical 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 Fantastical Word™. Use ...
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Find the synonymous opposites!

Find a pair of English words each of which can be a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb such that: as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, they're opposite in meaning as verbs, they have the same meaning (I'...
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WmK: Oh, Life Relax Please!

"Oh, Life Relax Please!" is the title of a book about yoga that my Grandfather gifted me. This Wordmorph K is inspired by his love of wisdom and knowledge. If you are not familiar with this kind of ...
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Fill in the Dashes : Part 2 of 10

This is part of the Fill in the Dashes series of puzzles. Example: F_ in the B_   $\Rightarrow$  Fill in the Blanks Some of the words will be juxtaposed as in: B_ F_ in the  &...
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Word-Letter Ladder

Inspired by this What is the longest word you can form by using other words arranged in alphabetical order, and making a ladder out of their letters. Example: (8 letters - Identity) ...
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Longest Calculator Word?

Current Best; Babingtonites = 5371207621898; 13 letters We all know from fooling around with a calculator at some point in our lives, the when we turn a calculator upside down we can make words. For ...
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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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Maximum number of the same word in an English language sequence (punctuation allowed) [duplicate]

An old school boy riddle is how to to have 5 x "and" in sequence and yet still make grammatical sense. The answer is that a man saw a sign advertising Dogs and Cats for sale. He commented that ...
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Cyclical sentences

Are there any sentences that could be written on a cylinder and merge their finish into their start, such that they form a valid sentence no matter where the reader begins?
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Make a sentence with the most different uses of the same word [closed]

Background I recently stumbled across the following grammatically correct sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. This sentence relies on the fact that the ...
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The new employee [closed]

Recently, the principal at my school announced that he would be hiring a new staff member. He told us that if we could figure out what he was, and what subject he would be teaching, we would receive a ...
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Categories within Categories

Each of these sets of five words has an odd member out. The other four words fall under a specific category, which can then be further generalized with a single word. Once you discover each of the ...
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No food in the fridge

What eight letters did the little boy say when, whilst looking for an afternoon snack, he realized that there was no food in the fridge? Hint:
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Numbers in dictionary [duplicate]

Each number from 1 to 5,000 are written in formal english (e.g. two hundred eleven,one hundred thirty five etc.) and then listed in alphabetic order (as in dictionary, where spaces and hyphens are ...