Questions tagged [language]

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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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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Knit one purl one

Actually the title is completely misleading because this has nothing to do with knitting. Here is the actual puzzle. Pull one. Cost two. Get off one. Off the top of one. Keep one up. Bite one. Drag ...
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Remember the 60s? Far-out man!

Can you convert the following to my unusual currency? 1.25, 1.75, 2.75, 3.25 Having done that, can you explain why some people think the smallest of these is somehow the biggest - at least as far I'm ...
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Longest intelligible sentence with words of two or fewer letters [closed]

The task is to find the longest intelligible and grammatical English sentence containing only words of two or fewer letters. To limit the possibilities, you may use only the following words: Single ...
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Lingual Trinity

Mr. E. L., Mr. E. E., and Mr. R. K. met together. Mr. E. L. shows a word, 6 letters, all capital. In Mr. E. E.'s vision, the word means "wine." In Mr. R. K.'s vision, the word means "...
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Make this equation correct

Using your creativity, conversion skills and adding one letter (anywhere) to both sides, make the following equation correct. Same letter must be added to both sides. V I E N T = D Hint Check the ...
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A Voynichian Challenge

Background: what follows is not a foreign language. Rather, it is a symbol-based code of English. You could think of it as falling between semaphore flags, which use a symbol per letter, and Shavian, ...
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A Puzzling Family

Ben is brother to Pat; Daisy is sister to Tori; Gail has two big brothers: Carl and Kyle, who look very similar. They all stay close to town, don't like to venture out. But then there's the other ...
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Good family relationship

Mr.K's message: It's a beautiful day outside! Geese are flying. Remember that my favorite seafood is squid? It's best served with Java waterdropwort! Let's eat them next time we meet, dad. Also note ...
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My first attempt at a Vowelburger™ puzzle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 9 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat at the linguistic restaurant - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! $$ \def\S#1#...
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Another phonetic Vowelburger™ Riddle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 7 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only at the linguistic restaurant - help me identifing each one from the description on the menu! $$ \...
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What is an IHC. 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 an IHC. Word™. Use the ...
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Multilanguage generalization of “What number is that? Asks Grandpa”

This is a multilingual generalized follow-on to "What number is that? Asks Grandpa", which I restate as: "What is the smallest positive English integer N, for which if you take its WORD anagram and ...
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A phonetic Vowelburger™ Riddle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 5 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only at the linguistic restaurant - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! The ...
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My friend's dad gave her a puzzle to solve, and I've never seen anything like it, any help would be greatly appreciated

I am admittedly not a puzzle person, but I have never seen anything like this, and I am at a complete loss. I have spent an embarrassing amount of time on some weird theories. Any help would be an ...
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What is a Royal Word™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ and What is a Phrase™ series started by JLee and their spin-off What is a Number™ series. $ \begin{gather*} % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE ...
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A Multilingual Meal

I came up with this one many moons ago but just now got around to sharing it. You're going out to brunch with your polyglot friend, and, when you ask him what he would like, he says, "I'll have the ...
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Literally Riley

My prefix sounds of lines My infix's on signs My suffix's hat's askew I'm Spanish, it's true What word am I?!
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Up, down, left, right

Right 1. Stop behind fashionable content (6) 4. Wingspan is chosen to cover language for left clues (8) 10. Former students crossed feet and consumed metal compounds (9) 11. Six losses to start with? ...
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A Balanced Breakfast

An European mathematician likes to have a balanced breakfast every day. It always includes whole milk and exactly one ingredient out of the list below: Butter Cheese Yoghurt What is the ...
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A set of eight related to eight

The 36 words below comprise a set of eight related to eight, a set of seven related to seven, a set of six related to six, and so on. Which word belongs to the set of one? ...
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A joke riddle about a serious thing

My prefix means to work together, and when written in full words, it means something almost rectangular. My infix is neves semit thgie semit enin in Italy, and when written in full words, it means ...
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Will you halte zu mir?

Part number one? I'll never Tell, but when you figure it out, drop the last L Part two is straightforward, though a little crass: give the plural form of what comes out your ... The ...
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Sum, Drug, Goo?

What comes next in the following sequence of words? Sum, Drug, Goo, ... ? Notes to rule out incorrect methodologies: Once you find the right idea to answer, there is one unique and clearly ...
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A Cryptic Crossword in Indonesian Language (TTS Kriptik Bahasa Indonesia)

The cryptic crosswords are actually new for me and I even struggled to solve one as English is not my first language. So I decided to look for a cryptic crossword in my language, Indonesian... And I ...
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What is a Fascia 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 Fascia Word™. Use the examples ...
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On The Subject of Regular Crazy Talk

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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How to rephrase a sign text with a limited alphabet, but retain the meaning and humor?

I am creating a goofy sign for a pool using a vinyl letter set, which contains a limited alphabet of upper and lower case letters: AAABBBCCDDEEEFFGGHHIIIJJKKLLMMNNOOOPPQRRRSSSTTUUVVWWXXYYZZ ...
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What is a 9th K-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. I also want to thank a math teacher who shared this riddle when I ...
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Dear Hans - the old letter

During one of your late-night studies at library you found a piece of paper, which was used as a bookmark. You opened it and read its content. It seemed to be one of these post-war letters that never ...
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Help required stealing Christmas presents

Archibald, Beatrice, and Chrysostomus were finally at the end of their journey, at the entrance of the much sought-after room. To get there, they already had sneaked past the guards, crawled through ...
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What time is it?

Bon Giorno! 5 20 14 5 4 14 5 16 15 9 26 9 14 9 1 3 9 20 1 13 5 20 1 13 What time is it!?
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What is a Horsethorn 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 Horsethorn Word™. Use ...
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Sentence with 5 letter words

Can you make a sentence only using words of exactly five letters? It must be a grammatically correct sentence.

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