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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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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. ...
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Ollie really wanted the soup

Coworkers Eddie M. and Ollie G. are going to lunch. They're standing in line to get some soup and talking about their day. Eddie: ...long story short, we had to dig up the metadata from some ...
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Harriet's final exam

Harriet woke up in her dorm room and found a letter from the school's faculty, along with 12 small cards with some words written on them. Congratulations on completing the coursework in the ...
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Endless pain and Belgian ale

Endless pain with prosecutor is board game and peace garden place in anonymous organization (6) South German to a Spaniard is Hebrew month in alehouse with well-rounded finish (6) 100th ...
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Ornithogenic Turnover

Peptiberg: Hello, friend. Why do you look so pleased? Tippgeber: My friend just had a change of profession - from a divisive one to a constructive one. Peptiberg: Was it a smooth transition? ...
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2011 Olaskian riddle. [Fictional]

In the 2011 Olaskia, Jonathan woke up in the morning, ate his homemade breakfast, and drank 4 cups of water. Jonathan discovered some odd riddle-like message in the bottom of his refrigerator, the ...
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A transgenre puzzle with rowing

Capital city that matches [A-H]+, take out the first four and then add deux cents plus; crossing the Danube, you make your way north; stay on that route till the coastline comes forth. ...
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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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To Squanch or not to Squanch: That is the Squanch

I've been thinking about Squanchics (how we Squanch words) and language in general. I really Squanch that it matters not if Squanch uses words we are familiar with when they are Squanching or ...
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Close encounter of the orthographical kind

Over here! Hey! People! Thank goodness. I managed to escape. I was held captive in a Keerg spaceship hovering high above the continental United States. They pointed on different places on a map and ...
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The strange encoding

Good luck trying to solve this riddle. ...
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The numbers, Mason, what do they mean?

I'm made up of: __ colours of magic __ poules françaises __ gestation months __ nations playing rugby __ friends of Balthazar and also __ is imaginary squared __ six mod three __ ...
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I've messed up again. I'm such a failure

My brother always says that I can never do anything right. It looks like I've proven his point for him once again... I tried to create some IPA pronunciation guides, but I managed to put the letters ...
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Streaming live from Rio

Check out this list of destinations I compiled for my vacation. The content of the list is still a bit fluid, but the ordering should be correct now. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Baghdad, Iraq ...
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Spilled coffee on my puzzle

Some time ago I created a nice simple puzzle. It's a horizontal word grid with 22 letters and nine clues. However, I spilled some coffee on my notes and can no longer remember what numbers I wanted to ...
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Crime lords and valuables

Lost consciousness's rate of return is Spanish valuables in Swedish valuables. (5) The light side running a confused non-gay. (6) Stirring a Malay T for a grateful Spanish spirit. (6) Dear ...
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Cool language nerds won't hang out with me

It has long been my dream to be a part of the extremely exclusive Language Nerds' Club. Today, I walked into their clubhouse and stated my wish to become a bona fide member. See how I used Latin there?...
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Translation Train

Complete the following bizarre translations to figure out if I made this puzzle too difficult: $\mathbf 6$ $\rightarrow$ Sus Domesticus $\rightarrow$ ! $\rightarrow$ Auf Englisch.
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I live in a spaceship

I live in a spaceship that travels so 快地, along with a doctor who I find 真帅的, my features are 美丽, my name rhymes with 内力, it's my job to fix if the engine goes 坏了. Who am I?
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This one is about YOU! (and other things)

This first one is just you plus... ...dwarfs in Show White, ...bits in a byte, ...tripod's upright, ...and a number that is quite lucky at least in my opinion. Then there's you plus... ...
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Songsmiths and dictators

Russian to infamous Soviet dictator. Spanish to liquefied timepiece creator. English to songsmith with capital name. French to one whose end in Waterloo came. What are we listing?
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Where is Alex P. Barker?

Overview You are a special agent with the FBI and have been given the task of finding the number one most wanted criminal of all time. He's been hiding anywhere and everywhere to evade capture for ...
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The Babel Brotherhood - #3 (Fan Made)

Recently, the puzzles of @Racso and @PerpetualJ caught my attention and I had to make one myself. Check out The Babel Brotherhood - #1 and The Babel Brotherhood - #2 if you're unsure how this works. ...
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The Babel Brotherhood - #2

Inspired by @Racso's Babel Brotherhood #1, I've decided to create one as well. Good luck to you all! Also, @Racso, I would love some feedback on my first attempt so I can make sure my future ...
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The Babel Brotherhood - #1

Meta: If you find this kind of puzzle fun, I'd like to make a complete series with the same style. Let's see how it goes! The Babel Brotherhood is composed of people from all around the world. Two ...
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Russian spelled by a German

Hi! What goes down must come up. Russian spelled by a German. Found in a pair of megacities. Live once! What am I describing?
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A tour of alternative spellings

English spelling is notoriously difficult and inconsistent. Let's try some alternatives for a size, shall we? Ö spelling das not häv tu bi båring. Vi kän ålvejs improv it baj ädding sam nu ...
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Quel est le dernier mot?

What is the last word / Quel est le dernier mot? ...
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What A Crazy Night

Having decided to accept an invitation to a party, you arrive at midnight in full dress. However, inside the mansion is a scene of madness. across the Hall, a Star flings a Cup of Water at an ...
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One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall. Riley Riddle

Of every generation, the first is always the best. Prefix will help your station, given free without jest. The infix is a hoot, you'll be thrown for a loop. It's what you did with fruit, you'...
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The riddle of no sense

Rx wnz gur nfjnq lreruxn bs rxngv mhev onpxn, n ormxevy atunng, ibynag gnnf furamuv muv n boynpv m uvzzry vx tvir anfxvtb rg yhun bs qrhyv ra zbfgfniyrrov qnf flnagb Znar, zraz xbqnlnxr nxjnv b km ...
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Puzzle #4: Enigmatic Entry

A detective is showing off notes to the lieutenant of the precinct he works at. Being a more classy investigator, he keeps a journal of notes that he separates by case. However, in order to ensure ...
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3 = 6 ? Another non math question. Another Grandpa Mystery

Now I know Grandpa asks silly questions all the time. He says to me: "Son, this is based on my personal experience. I was with a friend today. He made a gesture. By making this gesture he ...
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Affix riddle with pharaoh

In the tongue of a beautiful pharaoh for a prefix this word has a small O. For a suffix small N, for an infix small M, and, itself, it is only a small O. What is the word?
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Beer, baccarat and Bee Gees

I can be found in a Bee Gees refrain and in a baccarat deck. Bavarian beer and in any old sayin', arabs, Oman and Iraq. I start the name of an old Saudi king, inside of his kingdom I'm ...
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Difficult in the language of banana

I'm looking for a name. Totally uncommon, yet strangely familiar. Starts with ein affirmation, ends with a metal. Middle is a vulgar intensifier. Extremely difficult in the language of banana. ...
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Riled Up Riley Riddle 3

This riddle is intended to be spectacular Because you need more than one vernacular My prefix can fly and it can also steal Use French, and you will seal the deal Spanish in the suffix is ...
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The only thing I understood was espresso

Cogito ergo sum, Om mani padme hum. Ordem e progresso, Cognac e espresso. One of the speech, One of the mouth, One of the tongue, One into the mouth. Looking for four words of four ...
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My prefix is the result of human creativity

My prefix is the result of human creativity. My suffix creates hazards. My infix represents me in another language. I am often found in the ground. What am I?
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No, he was not wearing a wig

It may be a bit of an overused trope, but my husband-to-be took me to eat in a nice restaurant for my birthday. When we entered the restaurant, I had a strange feeling that this was something I'd seen ...
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A message for the future. do you think future humans will be able to translate this? [closed]

Fastest one who translates the message into english wins this contest! (and answer question in title please)
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The Yerata number system

There are only a few words for numbers in the Yerata1 language. Here are all of them, in random order: imu tere nuopo rowintom rowintom rowintom imu tere nuopo re nuopo rowintom re nuopo nuobo imu ...
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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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I May Have Horns, But I Am Not the Devil

A big credit to @frodoskywalker for my riddle. Although the user did not write this riddle, one of their answers on this site served an inspiration. I will not show the particular answer, however, in ...
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Just another puzzle

Another puzzle.... it goes: ory-llo baste-bet-iram-el ↻-yang-to-lp? 32 3543 X442 Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: Hint 5: Hint 6:
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Little Pictures: Charlie's Lunch Edition

Charlie was at school- middle school, to be exact. He had begun to chat with others his age, and was starting to make some friends. In particular, he had found a female friend, which made him very ...
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Little shared property puzzle

What property do the things on this list share? 7 W Spring Yellow Rock Magenta Gas Shoulders Medium Examples of things not on the list: Solid Blue ...
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Can you solve this rebus puzzle 2?

Two separate words. Can you solve it?
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decrypt that runes

I am programming a game (minetest lotr subgame loth), and I want to include riddles I a rune language. I think the language should be understandable/resolvable. This is a little story about some ...