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Words where “ea” = “ay”

There are 5 words in the English language (6 if we count "Eamon") where the letter combination "ea" makes an "ay" sound rather then an "ee" sound. What are they? If you already know this please don't ...
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Complicated Mixture Problem

A woman has a pot that contains a mixture of sand, salt, sawdust, and iron filings in it. She needs to separate all the different parts, how does she do it?
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Program rebus (VBA)

The code snippet below in VBA contains all the clues to find an old movie quote. Who said it, and in what movie? ...
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What areas of math are related to both $\pi$ and $\varphi$? [closed]

What areas of math are related to both $\pi$ and $\varphi$? There are at least two answers.
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Google ngram puzzle No 2 (and they are getting tougher!)

Encouraged by the reasonable success of my first ngram puzzle Assassinate Shakespeare! I've decided to explore the idea further. Here is a new ngram. Your task is to reproduce it exactly by entering ...
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Important days in history… and to come!

The other day I decided I wanted to come up with another simple puzzle before releasing another toughy on puzzling.SE. I came across an interesting series of dates that I wanted to share and see if ...
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I Come from a Different Family

This riddle was inspired somewhat by the "No Bake" Riddle, and the subsequent discussion regarding the creation of an American-English tag. That should serve as a first hint, others will be added as ...
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Various cross-sections of platonic solids

We're going to take the 5 platonic solids (tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron) and suspend them in various ways (we'll assume that they are solid and of uniform density). ...
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The Torero (Bullfighter)

I have dealt with the bull many times The first was the first of the titans And the second was the second of the sword. The third was the first of the fallen And the fourth was the second of ...
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Which are the missing dates?

Here are the dates for a series of events. As you can see, some of the dates are missing. What are the missing dates. And what happened at these dates? $~~~????,~ 1914,~ ????,~ 1939,~ 1958,~ ????,~...
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Eight remarkable places

Something very remarkable connects the following eight geographic places. What is it? Bodaybo (Russia) Cape Horn Christchurch (New Zealand) Cocos Islands Ghanzi (Botswana) Honolulu Punta Peclas (...
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More than a riddle

I was, for the most part, created to accompany something else. It would seem like I'm just playing second fiddle to a jive-talking glory hog, but that's not actually the case; we both wound up being ...
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What could be it?

It was too 6-6-500, then I've decided to 1009 it with more color, but it became too 54-1-500. What could be it?
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a prime number behind a picture

Over the time people collect tons of characters in movies, songs and games. I'm sure you don't need to know all of them neither for the resulting prime number. Here are my first 2 hints. Yes, two, ...
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A wordsmith's bravado

The following clues lead to a famous quote. Can you tell me what the quote is, and how you got there? Emily Dickinson has decided that something of ours is swiss. Laura Regan's 2002 one-...
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Mathematics related anagrams

Which two mathematics related words are anagrams of ALERTING and ALTERING and RELATING?
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A Shakesperian inverse alphametic

Every digit (in base-10 representation) stands for a letter, different digits stand for different letters. 233 + 8519 + 954 = 9706 The whole is a famous ...
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Slumdog millionaire (8)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Slumdog millionaire (5)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Slumdog millionaire (7)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Slumdog millionaire (9)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Slumdog millionaire (10)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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We are epic, we are everywhere

Part 1 We are epic, we are everywhere. We hide in shadows, we give you nightmares. We are your nemesis, we are a dynasty. We cause diseases beyond imagination or dream. We are ...
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Recover book titles and suggest more books

I am working on a series of book-trivia puzzles. Given an excerpt from the book directly mentioning the book title, players are asked to fill in the title. Example Given the excerpt ...now we ...
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You've Probably Seen Me Naked

As an alphabet aficionado, I can make you laugh long into the night. As a make of Japanese vehicle, I can keep your surroundings clean and beautiful. As an execution apparatus, I make you laugh ...
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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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Slumdog millionaire (14)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Granted, these are obscure

Nothing's shocking through the looking glass. Shade with teeth. In your face manslaughter. Weird revolution turned on. Commercial entertainment product 3. What am I?
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Sequence dependent on my place and the time

I am on place A, somewhere in the United States of America. If I go to the Southwest, my sequence starts as following: 3880181, 967089, 299246, 212635, 194944, ... If I go to the Northwest, my ...
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Slumdog millionaire (13)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Riddle from Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention

As posed by Frank Zappa and Don Pardo on “Saturday Night Live” in 1976: “I am gross and perverted I'm obsessed and deranged I have existed for years But very little has changed ...
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Sort the pictures and guess the next one

There is a logical relation between these pictures that gather them all together. Can you sort them and guess what picture can be the next one? Hope this is an innovative and interesting puzzle. ...
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Sequence dependent on my place

I currently stand on point A, somewhere in Europe. When I do my sequence here and if I start with 25, I get the following sequence: 25, 13, 7, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, x, ... When I step a few metres to ...
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A Favorite Film Cryptogram

Warning: This puzzle contains major spoilers regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Do not proceed unless you are okay with that! I have a new friend, Valerie -- we just became acquainted recently ...
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Again: State the rule!

This puzzle continues the puzzle "State the rule!". State the rule behind the following partition of letters, and fill in the questionmarks. (The puzzle has a clear and justifiable trivia-type ...
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Slumdog millionaire (1)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show "Who wants to be a millionaire?" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Wants_to_Be_a_Millionaire). You might have heard or read ...
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Slumdog millionaire (12)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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The square of 43

I am a square, I am made in the year square of 43, also, 106 years after my second child was born also, in a year with the number 43. People pay with me a square amount of dollars....
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“Love” letter number three

That was too easy. I solved it during physics, although I did let some of my internet friends take a crack at it, since they seem to enjoy puzzles. You need practice. (Admittedly, so do I.) Here’s a ...
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Love letter number two

Dearest Zipporah, I apologize for the delay. I finally deciphered your message. While I had hoped it was you that sent the letter, I was glad to see that it indeed was your father's name that you ...
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Alternate rankings for the same data

Jill and Suzie are given the same data set and instructed to rank each entry, but they are not allowed to rank the data using the same criteria. Jill goes first and has no trouble at all. She easily ...
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I'm far from perfect. Who Am I?

I am far from perfect Though perfect is like me I acted like an idiot On live late night TV You could say I am a cat With stripes of orange and black But I am more an angry bull For flags make ...
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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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Bursting with… broad-mindedness

If 2010THADFA + 2014IFTH = WHAT IF?, 1996RE + 2012NE = SANTA FE, 1987INTHWO + 2002HA = IT TAKES TWO, 1975THWI + 1994BEANTHBE = HOME, then (in increasing order of difficulty) 2007XA + 2009NETONO = ?,...
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Rosenkreuz and Guilderstein have Fled

You are the powerful prince El-Tham of Merkand, and to display your power and largesse, you allow a number of foreign alchemists and mystics to inhabit your court. However, this morning the rooms of ...
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A curious little planet

Somewhere in this universe, there is an extremely tiny planet covered entirely in water. The only inhabitable surface on The entire planet is a raised Platform that keeps the animals on the planet ...
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What is this symbol? [closed]

No backstory or hints here. Just a symbol. What does this symbol mean? Any theories are welcome too.
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Name me, Who am I?

I am who I am, Returned to the world, To Save or to Damn, My banner's unfurled. So many names I have, But one always true. No golden Calve, But worship you do. My people, they came. Their weapon ...
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A cipher and a book…?

Long time no see! Hello Stonehenge!(I mean PSE) A man named Kasiski gives you a letter that reads this: Yssy uztzt t hzbvhqfhew wphivzwim mt tbdnhp wnvjchimzos agi qirmmpfmhwp ho uwtbg mt youzme ...
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State the rule!

State the rule behind the following partition of letters, and fill in the questionmarks. (The puzzle has a clear and justifiable trivia-type solution.) ...