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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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19-year old me was into geography

My mother recently found an old puzzle I made over 20 years ago. It's a Finnish-language word search with a geography theme. (Note that we have a precedent for allowing non-English puzzles here.) ...
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Dessert at Vowelburgers™

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle Vowelburgers™ has just announced a new dessert menu, with 12 different varieties of sandwich cookie. Can you figure out the desserts, and what they have in common?...
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Translation from Tangkhul to English - Linguistics problem

Background: Tangkhul is a language spoken in the northernmost district of the Indian state of Manipur. Like Manipuri (or Meitei) and many other languages of Northeast India, Tangkhul is related to ...
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This bird is so popular, many countries around the world share a name with it

There's a bird, it's very popular. Several IRL Earth countries (more than 2) around the world share a name with the same bird, although the relation between the country name and the bird is not ...
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Write a sentence that is true in one language and false in another

This "puzzle" is open-ended and I don't have an answer in mind. But it's not a good fit for any other StackExchange, and I bet puzzlers will enjoy it, so here it is. Reading about nominalism,...
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Emoticon text code

I found this text on my phone. Is there a genius out there that is able to tell me what this means? Edit: I received a similar message again: Edit II: A new message... it's all Greek to me:
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Anyone Seen My Snorkel?

This is part 54 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. mqoı ugw7qж , zqv qw o h6ım v6ınɔ ugwo7 | zo 78վn £þxm εıqm conxnøqxw v8կox h6ımw , დnɔ þn 7დvn ...
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Her upper body is his lower body

He and she are the opposite. But her upper body is his lower body. If the upper body is him, the lower body is her. When they cross the sea, the two become humans with the same tail. Who are they? ...
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What are Relational, Naming and Petite words?

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. Relational, Naming and Petite Words™ satisfy some properties that ...
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curious inflection of English words

The agent-noun form of lingerie is frank. The present-participle form of military actions is lying. The past-tense form of sheep is permanent. The past-participle form of six-pack is urn. ...
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Symmetries – a Quadritaisho puzzle

This is part 43 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a Quadritaisho puzzle. Divide the grid into rooms by drawing borders along ...
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A hive buzzing with words

A turtle that goes into battle on a cart. (16) That which is overshadowed by the front. (10) A vital component of gaining speed. (12) A time measuring device that has gained wisdom through the ages....
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Golden Ape Peculiarity

In the wild he reigns, a colossal beast, From Skull Island, his power unleashed. Climbing skyscrapers, a towering sight, This mighty ape, a legendary might. What is very similar between the ape from ...
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Futuristic navigation

This is a 3-part puzzle. Parts can be solved out of order, but, in the end, parts must be put together in order they appear (1, 2, 3) to solve the whole puzzle. Parts are independent from each other. ...
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Two similar animals

Can you find the 2 similar animals that has it's names scrambled in this text? laneeatkajswliuotikes Please take note of the tags. Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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A string of letters (M-I)

Your goal is to place a 4-letter English word somewhere in the string of letters below. There's only one word that fits. ...
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This is a message encoded in a rather obscure foreign language. What language is it and what's the riddle's solution?

The following message contains a riddle written in an encrypted form of a rather obscure language lacking a literary standard that is rarely spoken today. What does it mean and what is the solution to ...
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A connecting wall for series 1?

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #12: mobile-friendly puzzles. Resolve the novel connecting wall below into six groups of four connected words and discover the puzzle's hidden theme....
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You will meet someone, and he will throw your father in a deep fryer

You are going to meet someone special. You'll love him, I swear. But there are some things you need to know about him first. If he says you're going to be liberated, bring a jacket. He always has a ...
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What is the number of ways to spell French word « chrysanthème »?

As many people know, theoretically a lot of words have more than one way to be spelled. I just want to provide a single example from English language: the word "fish". As Bernard Shaw noted, ...
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What word am I describing?

Here's a puzzle answerable using only one word in the English language with five letters based on the following text. स्तैन् ब्लीवस् सैवी Hint 1: Yaan ka'ap'éel capas ti' le talamilo'. Hint 2: ᐊᐃᑉᐸᖓ ...
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Longest English homophone/heteronym chain

English has many words that have multiple pronunciations for the same spelling (heteronyms) or multiple spellings for the same pronunciation (homophones). What is the longest chain of unique spelling/...
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International youth meeting

The following youths participate at the international youth meeting: John from the USA, 14 years old Pierre from France, 13 years old Stefan from Germany, 15 years old Marten from the Netherlands, 11 ...
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Word and number connection

Connect these following words/phrases: Best regards Hatsune Miku Unofficial Miserable Heaven Rubber Meat To the following numbers: 63 4649 56 152 39 .59 29
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First Prize: Wisdom of 1972

Clues: [contextual images] Q: Lei parla inglese? A: ♂ [25 puzzle pieces with letters inside] [I] [S] [N] [U] [P] [N] [R] [I] [S] [N] [C] [I] [S] [N] [I] [I] [E] [O] [C] [L] [L] [E] [O] [C] [L] ...
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Five element puzzle

Born from water sun stone be B. Five elements are ki. The first give three, the rest he. In five symbols, eight see. From them form, evidently That which is written for thee.
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Themed Boggle Grids Continued

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #7: Board games. Click here for the rules. Here are some more themed Boggle grids that I created or discovered. Some of these may be references to ...
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They are all K-verbs

Find the missing verb. G: Fold, Break, Pry D: Reduce, Vibrate, Rob B: Soak, Subtract, Thrash J: Sleep, Squeeze, ? Subtle Hint: Moderate Hint: Decisive Hint: Very Decisive Hint:
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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 21): Color of the Bells

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > A Motley ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 9): International Christmas Crossword

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Languages ...
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Cookie Unionization

My Christmas cookies are gone! When I came into the kitchen this morning, the box was empty. All that remained were a few crumbs and this note: We absconded. You never saw that coming, did you? Well, ...
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Clues don't lie?

What are we? I am a b-ball player in a... (9) My prefix is a French degree, My infix is in Britain, misleadingly, My suffix is above you, But my whole is behind. (6) A country that recently changed ...
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Gathering for fraternities and sororities

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words I've already got two crosswords for the challenge. Recently, the fraternities, the sororities and I worked together to make a ...
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What does the neo-futurist poetry mean?

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #4: Cross-*non*-words May 4 be in 6. May the ...
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Strange Glyphs From Another Time

The following glyphs were recently uncovered at a dig site, which have stumped cryptographers and linguists alike. These symbols are guessed to be some sort of ancient language, but nothing is yet ...
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Di Ritorno (I think?)

I am return. In other news, use Eurovision rankings. Also, here's the weekly spelling list (etymologies inclusive): psephology, Greek caixinha, Portuguese auftaktigkeit, German gopak, Russ. from ...
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Terminal 00 sacred words / witch id riddle, [closed]

I found this website angusnicneven.com, dug through it and found a page witch requires a witch ID and sacred words. The page I found this text on is https://angusnicneven.com/...
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Formal Languages

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx Emmy prefers when you are formal. Tua’s fathseir ▢▢▢◯▢ ◯▢◯▢▢ They jotú in cheress ▢▢◯▢▢▢◯ Duge where some were ...
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Emotional Depth

Clifford in his 35th book? (4 3) Shrek's pep? (4 6) So-called "Sidney"'s sadness about cookie inevitability? (Pardon my French) (7 5) What do these characters display? ...
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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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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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