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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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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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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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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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Transforming letters into words

I found this weird-looking puzzle in the 2007 Tournament of the Towns. For each letter A to Z, I allot a specific English word containing (but not necessarily starting with) that letter. Then I write ...
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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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An Indonesian Vowelburger™ Riddle

Ok, so this is a bit embarrassing. I just found out about the whole Vowelburgers™ thing, and I just realised that a Vowelburgers™ Restaurant opened next door. Of course I had to get one. They were ...
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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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Michel's cryptic kana

My friend Michel is at it again. Today I found this email in my inbox: Subject: おいじゃくしゃあむう いみしゃあ りょん ぎをえしゃきょお てば おんない あきわんのんこお しいしゅう ぞびいけえ るう りゃいじい るう りょん わぐ えきゃ。お うてにょいつ うた ごりゅえや ごんをいれんや ううせえにょうさいじゃ ...
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Reading 2424 in Japanese

Celebrating twenty-four! The answer is numerical. Hint: Ambiguous Hint:
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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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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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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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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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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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Conspiracy Theories

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. I think a friend of mine sent me a letter. However, I can't seem to decrypt his message. I'm worried about ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Find the hidden message in this weird array

This puzzle is from my best friend. ? ? 0 ? ? ? ? ? 1 3 0 1 8 2 0 Figure out the answer. Do not ignore any of the tags! Find out the numbers replaced by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sentence with 5 letter words [closed]

Can you make a sentence only using words of exactly five letters? It must be a grammatically correct sentence.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

I am a seven letter word. If you remove one letter from me my meaning does not change. If you remove two letters from me my meaning still does not change, and if you remove three letters from me, my ...
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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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