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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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Beware of raining cephalopods

The picture depicts a real traffic sign painted in South Africa. It was intended to be an official traffic sign - but the painter, being unfamiliar with them, painted this according to the brief he ...
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Watching out over my domain

What is the word? Watching out over my domain Angry, behold my train Zooming forth with refrain Oh, I see you What am I? How many hints can you find? Hint: Hint: Hint:
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FIND 4 sets of 5-letter words using these non-repeating letters: [closed]

Find 4 sets of 5-letter words using these non-repeating letters: N, C, A, V, M, S, E, Y, U, R, O, F, G, T, I, L, H, K, P, D
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An animal, posed in a poem

I might sound fe_ _ _ _ Yet I'm in the opposite. Do not count my _ _ _ _s It was one originally. But you can spell out A bright star in me! And please be sure that you're Going to the right direction! ...
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A wall of friendly, smiling rileys?

My prefix is another country, known for me, My infix is a response, not dangerously, My suffix is a scream, or a rush, for memes, And my whole is the key. My prefix is in this clue, My infix is at ...
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An image filled with circles

Here is an image. My question is simple: what is this? (As a side note, I did not invent this, and it was not intended by its creator to be a puzzle.) PS: If you believe you have solved it, see if ...
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I am the leader of the alphabet [closed]

A simple one-liner: I am the leader of the alphabet. What am I?
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Reading 2424 in Japanese

Celebrating twenty-four! The answer is numerical. Hint: Ambiguous Hint:
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One in a million: a musical charm

Here's a simple riddle I came up with myself. If this puzzle already exists elsewhere on the Web, please forgive me, I didn't know about it. As a whole, I'm charmed. Remove two letters from the start ...
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Language Barrier - A study on languages

(Author Note) A while ago I made some puzzles for a now defunct puzzle hunt project, here's one of them. The answer to this (and some other puzzles of said hunt) is two words. The puzzle itself is ...
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This One Goes With Five

This one goes with five What is the following Rebus? Hint
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What is a gksrnrdj 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 gksrnrdj Word™. Use the ...
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Massively multilingual Euro crossword

The clues in this crossword are in 18 different European languages: English, Belarusian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, ...
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What dictionary is Wordle based on?

The US Scrabble dictionary only has 9,000ish 5 letter words, of which a good portion are plurals, and then there's the list of "dead" words in the code and then most of these words are not &...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 11): What Child – Er, Game Is This?

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > I. The story ...
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A week around Europe

I've recently returned from a week of travelling around Europe, visiting a different town or city in a different country on each day, choosing my destinations according to an underlying pattern. I've ...
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I thought morse code was dead?

My computer went on the fritz earlier today and all of my messages were being sent in what looked like morse code. I recorded a few test messages to confirm my suspicions once the anomaly ended and to ...
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Exploring the Myrmidon's Hive

While getting stuff from the basement, you find a panel concealing a tunnel leading into a myrmidon hive. This discovery, along with the overall freshness of the tunnel, prompts you to go find out if ...
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Left wanting more

This is part 14 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. This is the final puzzle in the series and solving it requires knowing the answers to the previous puzzles. Previous ...
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Three riddles of a common (and repetitive) format

What do you call it when a historically discredited means of contraceptive is vindicated by new research? I was just looking over my son's book report on speed reading strategies; what are you doing ...
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You should mind your P's first

This should be short and sweet. Given his strength, he must be the almighty. Given his health, he must use ointments. Given his status, should we board his ark? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: ...
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Prefixes of French words in the Princeton linguistics challenge

Source I am unable to come up with a complete solution. No outside knowledge is said to be required for the solution to this puzzle. My observations: words which are not without a prefix only have ré ...
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Fire and Vengeance

"Daring" Ashe surveyed the towering structures and stagnant open spaces of the Temple of the Giraffes, licking her lips. On a previous expedition she'd sneaked away a bejewelled treasure, ...
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Bread is bread but

Bread is bread but what bread you can't eat? Bridges are bridges but what bridge doesn't connect two landmasses? Paper is paper but what paper you can't write on? Candies are candies but what candy ...
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Answer to the question: "Who Wins?"

Crié ala caleverti miku'ilatmo doci pramilerfu Hint: Non-Youtube description of video contents (for accessibility/posterity purposes):
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I saw what's yours

Pair up the following ten words: Arabic french fries gray monthly ninety-nine paying rent smooth whatever yellow Hint, added later: Another hint, added even later: Another hint, added even later:
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An Assortment of Letters

Can you figure out how I've split the below letters into their groups? Group 1 Group 2 D H L S F P T Y Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 C D H J N P V W Y L T M S B R Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group ...
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Country Outliers

You are given a note from a language nerd, which is: If Japan is 239, Then Germany is 4. Greece is 14, While Italy is 3. Now, Philippines has 412. But Norway has 2357! Now you are given 3 questions: ...
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Simple language rebuses

What 2-word associates with this rebus? (actually not a rebus) also: What word associates with this rebus? Hints:
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What is a Number 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 Number Word™. Use the ...
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Hangman: Reverse Edition

Put a P, then Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva will turn a goddess into this. Put an R, you speak it more than writing it. Put a T, I become e-learning. Put a G, then I become a floor. If you're new to ...
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Wordsmiths & Wyverns

You awaken in a foul crypt with only the following items at your disposal... ROPE, BOOTS, AMULET, MAP, FLAIL, CHAIN, CUP, BELL, STAFF, RING, CODEC, RUM, FLUTE You also have the following tools. Awl (...
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What do these three towns have in common?

What do these three towns have in common? "Dublin", "Blackpool", "Chernobyl".
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Decipher the language

An alien planet called EMJ-26 has an alphabet that has letters switched around. Their language is identical to english but they use different letters. Here are the names of some countries on earth ...
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PRINCESS CONNECT! wall

I wanted to make an anime-themed visual connect wall, but chickened out from including copyrighted images...so here is a much harder version of it, that is also no longer visual. Never tried to make a ...
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First Riddle Attempt

My prefix is young. Is also a clipping. And will likely never have a crush. My suffix is well known and multiply defined in mathematics. It is defined in Geometry, Arithmetic operations, Group Theory ...
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Where does my friend live? 7

Other questions in this series can be found here. My friend, Jimmy, is a puzzle creator. He posted this for his country on a social media account. 972 mulini a vento rossi con croci bianche ciascuno ...
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What do "(מ)" and "(ש)" mean in an Israeli cryptic?

I was looking at the Hebrew cryptic crosswords in a recent copy of the Israel newspaper ידיעות אחרונות, and I noticed that some of the clues had "(מ)" or "(ש)" — or sometimes both —...
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Professor Panini's Password

You should have woken up this morning squealing with excitement. As a historical phonology student, you will be among the select few accompanying the renowned Professor Panini on one of the first ...
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Just or hoax - who is he?

In one language just, in another language Hoax. Who is he? HINT:
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What is a North-America™ 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 North-America™ ...
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Alien Language Test Run

Given the following sentences... The being ate the Earthling Chwtwobattaxkof kwmwhtiesh kielokebbexkof They are ordering the Earthling Vophanihdiezh kielokebbexkof I serve a dinner Bsazakiehdiazh ...
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What is the shortest English–language sentence which contains 25 unique letters? [closed]

There is a lot of literature on the subject of short English pangrams, that is, sentences that contain every letter. But I am curious what the shortest, or at least some of the shortest, sentences are ...
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Wordmorphs IN SPACE!

The year is 21XX. Space tourism is easy and affordable. You decide to spend your next vacation hopping from planet to planet, hanging out with aliens and so forth. To that end, you rent a WordMorphian ...
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my prefix can turn to sand, my suffix is at hand

my prefix can turn to sand my suffix is at hand my infix is a French end the whole is a famous movie
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A simple dare from Columbia

Yesterday a colleague of mine from Columbia asked me what's the special common feature between the numbers $1$, $\phi$, $2$, $6$ and $10$. My brain did take about 8 seconds to figure it out, which ...
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Can you translate these sentences from an unknown language?

This is a puzzle based around a fictional language. The goal is to learn the language well enough to provide a close English translation of the 4 goal sentences. You do this by cross referencing the ...
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Spelling Bee Bee Bee

I once attended an English-language spelling bee where a speller, during her turn, repeated the same letter three times in a row, and she was judged to be correct. She spelled the word perfectly, ...
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A word becomes imaginary

I'm important in geometry If you add a letter, you get the German translation If you re-order the letters of the English word and add brackets () and multiply, it becomes imaginary If you re-order the ...
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Computer Puzzle - Arithmetic Of The Day

Harou, a Japanese teacher in the school, noticed a ship made of paper outside her office. When she unfolds the paper, she saw something strange. There is something that looks like a riddle, followed ...
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