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A puzzle that heavily depends on linguistic features; for instance it may concern foreign languages, or only work in some particular language, or be built around a peculiarity of the English language.

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What is a Russian 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 Russian Word™. Use the examples ...
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A pet rabbit called Belle

I have a pet rabbit. Her name is Belle. Most people think she is French (because Belle means "beautiful" in French, and my, this rabbit is beautiful) but she is not. Her fur was also painted Rainbow ...
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Geography at the pixel level

(enlarged version) The answer is a group of islands.
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What is a Samsaran 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 Samsaran Word™. Use the examples ...
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Part pokemon am I

Part pokemon am I, or perhaps two, But not to belie, what I think of you. I’m often confused, with low ‘r camping Or expressly used, when overbar adding. What am I? Hint 1 - ...
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Some numbers are more equivalent than others

          ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL    BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS    ...
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What will the Frenchman say?

An Englishman, a Frenchman and a German are speaking. First the Englishman says : "M". Then the Frenchman says : "M" as well. And the German also says : "M". They all agree and decide to ...
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Emojional cryptic crossword

ACROSS 3. 🌟½☥🐪🚫👣 (9) 7. 🏆❌🖽⚔️ (3) 8. ½🍔🇫🇷🌊🏢 (6) 11. ♉½🇬🇷✉️ (3) 12. 🔫⭐⏺️♥️🗽🎭 (5) 13. 🍈♥️🇨🇴🏙️⏮️🍟🔚💐 (6) 14. 👂♀️🦌💰 (5) 16. 🎩👦♻️🐴🦄☝️🗾🏝️ (6) 19. 🐏💪🔀 (3) ...
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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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What do I want for lunch?

I’ve crafted a new puzzle for the community; good luck to you all!
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Bro's password… must've forgotten

My overseas friend has forgotten the password to his SackExpunge account, and the only information he wrote down about it was this: Username: LiveSound Password: ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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Real life puzzle: Unknown alphabet or shorthand

User JellicleCat posted this on linguistics stackexhange a few years ago. None of us were able to come up with a satisfying answer but most seemed to agree that it was an idiosyncratic cipher or ...
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Another subway puzzle

Inspired from this, here's my metro puzzle From Mickey's home you've started As Caesar would say: "nojk vo gpbypiph novodji" You then took the lower-rainbow-line Missed your appointment with ...
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 4)

Cyrus opened the box carefully. Inside there was a strange totem made of metal. Cyrus decided to keep it. Suddenly, a cupboard opened by itself, and showed a secret passageway. Cyrus grabbed other ...
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Never shall we die…!

Here now the accounts of the nine pirate lords And one impostor amidst them all Here now their voice and story And which impostor to die The first of all is the chief of all Hidden by ...
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The Late Queen Gives in to Remorse - Reverse Hangman

Add a "C", I am what has been, Add a "G", I might be a queen, Add a "P", I'll turn away from sin Add an "L" and I may just give in. This is a Reverse Hangman puzzle, see here for an example. ...
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Headless horseman claims new head

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid so that each of the coloured squares contains exactly four different letters. Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in ...
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Colourful cryptic

No numbers in this grid. The clues are grouped into 12 squares by the location of the word's first letter. No guesswork is needed – if you have the correct answers, there's only one way to fit ...
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An untouchable time traveller

I'm needed by a doctor to travel through time, Or a player looking for their keys. When on the plane where the great answer resides, I'm part of the whole Strategy. I can be found in a ...
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The mother of all age-of-the-captain riddles

A few days ago, as I was delving into the mess in my grand parents' attic, I found an impressive ancient book that was written in a language that I had never seen before. "This book is a collection ...
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Which Sport? A non math question

This relates to a sport, a great accomplishment. It is a word.
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Stocks and shares: Another Grandpa Mystery

In his retirement Grandpa likes to manage his own investments. He studies global company stocks, their earnings, products, dividends all kinds of statistics and numbers and makes his buy choices ...
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What is a Trimpar 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 Trimpar Word™. Use the examples ...
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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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What does “seeivgehnt” mean?

A few weeks earlier, I thought of this rebus: seeivgehnt and it could be interpreted as: What common phrase does it mean?
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Rebuses with an unknown symbol

Each picture features the same unknown symbol. What does it mean? Where would you place it fit in the final answer?
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What is an Ipsum 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 Ipsum Word™. Use the examples ...
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What can this rebus solve? How can this rebus be solved?

This is my first rebus, constructive suggestions are welcome. Enjoy! Mistake: the diagonal of the green circle on the right should be from the top right to the bottom left instead of from the top ...
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What crime have we committed?

We start in a city that rhymes with angina, the masculine form, add in what's drunk in China, then take phylum's first six, of the minor kind, components will make what in our hand we find. ...
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Say My Name Please

People, demons, deities-- These three love to follow me. Starving, penniless--where reside thee? I may satiate or be half your need. Cupboards, crumbs, committees-- Those are different ...
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Frenchman claims new victim

A notorious French contract killer has taken another high-profile victim. The following clues describe the time of year of the attack, the weapon used, the place in which the hit was made, and the ...
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Soar High for You? No Way!

Me and my fellows upon a time, Have earned the championship in our prime. Alas! That time has passed, my dearest fren', But we are still often used, according to Ben. Soar high for ...
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He told me to order plainly or leave

A shortened friend in German hell, a youthful rose at speed of c. I ask you, barman, can you tell: What will my order likely be?
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Alternating Audio Waves

Try solving this cipher from these strange memos: Memo 1 Welcome Comet, today's Thisbe plus Russell here! Memo 2 Reading outlaws loudness. Memo 3 Retro memo: Berlin today upheld voting ...
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Time to ring in the new year with an enchanting puzzle

--This text is 30 characters--
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I am a Russian ay

I am a Russian ay, ah, in the English way! For many is to say, the booty's ours, hooray! I am an English ay, ah, in the Russian way! For many not to say, and all is quite okay! ...
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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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Decode the letters from a criminal organization

Last Saturday (2018-12-08), the Brazilian police caught those letters written by the bosses of a big brazilian criminal organization in jail intended to be delivered to their men in the streets. The ...
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Longest word conundrum

The longest word in the English language is the name of a Welsh town. Can you spell it?
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Ideological rebus

The answers form one word. #1 #2 #3 #4 Hint for #3: Image credits: clue 1 #1: dtstuff9, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue 1 #2: See Li, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue 1 #3: Mingle Media TV, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue ...
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Monoalphabetic Geometry

This is a second puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here. A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ and one symbol has been replaced ...
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Monoalphabetic Equation

A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$. Following are some of the words that consist of those letters, and their meaning: $abc = a\ title\ (n.)$ $abcd = a\ title\ > ...
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A rare glimpse into a puzzlesmith's workshop

Note: The introductory text is only for flavour. All information needed to solve the puzzle is in the images below. Feel free to skip ahead to where it says "puzzle starts here". Prologue It was a ...
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The Seven Siblings

PREFACE This is a more lively try on "Where do I want to go next?" riddles, hope you like it! THE PUZZLE Hi, here are us, the seven siblings, but one is missing! The brothers: A: Let's introduce ...
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Basic manners in the UK [closed]

You are a foreigner with heavy accent living in the UK. If you want to be polite getting off public transport, you can say a number and a letter to the driver. Which number and which letter?
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Multi Talented Individual

With the help of some of my friends, I can do the following: break things apart into pieces (verb) stop people from arguing with one another (noun) make some really strong ...
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Caught splinging at work

Én, to, tre, shabam, go ahead an sprim that man! Kvin, ses, sep, setresk, saw him spling off on his desk! Nove, dez, onze, spling, not setresk is such a thing! Treize, quatorze, ...
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The thousand-year enigma

Three two and five versus one five and three twos, sellable merchandise made out of these clues, latter being northern the first's in the east, country's name one thousand years back at least. ...