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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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The Green Glass Door, Revisited

I'm sure you've all heard of the famed Green Glass Door: A butterfly can go through the door, but a moth can't. A sheep can go through the door, but a horse can't. etc. However, I have found a door ...
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My Friend James

I have a friend named James*. James is the victim of an unfortunate circumstance which prevents him from doing something that most of you can do. Which unfortunate lack of ability would explain the ...
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A journey through letters and numbers

In the year 2407476658354979366708415043923125501315337890943021769230219230892355006879909214795402102204224, as cosmopolitanism is in the air and companies are more than ever bound to ...
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Room 11: Bits and pieces of Chinese history

Credit: Brandon X. This is part of a larger riddle room puzzle. Other rooms: Room 213 You have just woken up. You recall the night before, being driven from your home to a luxurious hotel by some ...
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Piece de Resistance - Five Flowers with One Missing

Five - Flowers with One Missing This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five ... Removing the silver matter, you see this ...
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Is there a name for this kind of anagram?

I was thinking about anagrams and I was wondering if there was a name for anagrams that keep the relative order of the letters, but instead rearranges them by moving the starting point of the word and ...
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What is my clock telling me to do?

My two year old played with my calendar clock, and while it still shows the correct time, now it tells me my name, where I work, and also something I should do, which I'd rather not. What is it? ...
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What is the answer to this analogy? [closed]

I was doing some questions and got stuck on this problem. Gamble is to risk as... a. hazard is to peril b. plot is to predict c. force is to reject d. embrace is to encroach ...
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Translate a new language

You are given the task as translator for a new language. There is no dictionary but you are given the following translations to help you. kisha dogafam kotirash ‘Someone has shot the squire.’ ...
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Military Weapon System

To access the Military Weapon System we need to enter a multi-language password with a keypad. There is a clue for the above selection and we can front attack it but maybe there is a trial limit. ...
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Diminished Decrees

Diminished Decrees Before including a letter in any word, the inhabitants of this town check how much the letter is worth. Town Decrees: 1: Each enizen of this lan is prohibite from estroyin thins ...
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Translate this “especially important” note from “War with the Newts”

Language-identification questions are off-topic on linguistics.stackexchange.com, or I would have posted this over there. Since it's also a puzzle, I figure puzzling.stackexchange might appreciate it. ...
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What's my name and how did I construct my signature?

I recently changed my signature and have started rolling it out on forms. Here's the new one in a couple of versions so you can see the range of unimportant vs. important characteristics. What's my ...
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iEnglish word and its secret Puzzle [closed]

Many students pass their A-Levels (UK), High School Degree or their countries' equivalent. Most of them passionately have to study mathematics and in one of their courses, they might have heard: ...
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Setting up the trap

Start with eleven in one e four e six; add what is missing from otherhood, oke, icks; improving position, go upwards by one; mix up for organs, remove fifty-one. Add to the end an ...
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Common Marsupials and Rare Antelopes

Following the surge of riddles from senpais: this by jafe, and this by Rand al'Thor I hide as a puzzle in Malaysian spoon, Bounding sturdy monument and sturdy wood. Upside-down in common ...
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Rebus with 20 song titles

Guess the 20 song titles depicted above.
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Where Mongol herds graze

One of us – largest outside polar regions; another one's island's shared with Indonesians; a third one is found at the edge of the first, a break from the dryness to quench people's thirst....
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Chinese Idiom Crossword Puzzle

Here's a crossword puzzle about Chinese idioms. Horrible Scream Hundred-year-man Scare-cry nature Big tree wind I'm so sad Ghost and God cry Hit ground and cry to sky Earth good ...
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Chinese Poem Crossword Puzzle

Hiii Here is a crossword puzzle about Poems! 1: Do you love me? 2: Mid-autumn barbecue 3: Ching Ming so many rain 4: Ghosts come from rain, Emperors come from clouds 5: I want to beat west 6: Eight ...
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Alphabet II: Unified Alloy Bonds

As always, good luck! Caution your tongue, the king you will abide. Scribe! Yes sire? The new table will arrive soon! Seat it left of seaside. Hints The ...
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 8)

After tapping on the wall, it opened automatically. Inside was another corridor - as damp as the previous one. "Eww!" exclaimed Cyrus. At the end of the corridor, a huge stone tablet blocked the road. ...
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Alphabet I: Prove it!

The sentence below is out of alphabetical order, but can you prove it? As always, good luck! All because blue cheese fell happily. Hints The language tag is used to denote that the puzzle has ...
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What is a Russian 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 Russian Word™. Use the examples ...
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A pet rabbit called Belle

I have a pet rabbit. Her name is Belle. Most people think she is French (because Belle means "beautiful" in French, and my, this rabbit is beautiful) but she is not. Her fur was also painted Rainbow ...
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Geography at the pixel level

(enlarged version) The answer is a group of islands.
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What is a Samsaran 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 Samsaran Word™. Use the examples ...
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Part pokemon am I

Part pokemon am I, or perhaps two, But not to belie, what I think of you. I’m often confused, with low ‘r camping Or expressly used, when overbar adding. What am I? Hint 1 ...
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Some numbers are more equivalent than others

          ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL    BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS    ...
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What will the Frenchman say?

An Englishman, a Frenchman and a German are speaking. First the Englishman says : "M". Then the Frenchman says : "M" as well. And the German also says : "M". They all agree and decide to ...
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Emojional cryptic crossword

ACROSS 3. 🌟½☥🐪🚫👣 (9) 7. 🏆❌🖽⚔️ (3) 8. ½🍔🇫🇷🌊🏢 (6) 11. ♉½🇬🇷✉️ (3) 12. 🔫⭐⏺️♥️🗽🎭 (5) 13. 🍈♥️🇨🇴🏙️⏮️🍟🔚💐 (6) 14. 👂♀️🦌💰 (5) 16. 🎩👦♻️🐴🦄☝️🗾🏝️ (6) 19. 🐏💪🔀 (3) ...
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Word-Letter Ladder

Inspired by this What is the longest word you can form by using other words arranged in alphabetical order, and making a ladder out of their letters. Example: (8 letters - Identity) ...
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What do I want for lunch?

I’ve crafted a new puzzle for the community; good luck to you all!
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Bro's password… must've forgotten

My overseas friend has forgotten the password to his SackExpunge account, and the only information he wrote down about it was this: Username: LiveSound Password: ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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Real life puzzle: Unknown alphabet or shorthand

User JellicleCat posted this on linguistics stackexhange a few years ago. None of us were able to come up with a satisfying answer but most seemed to agree that it was an idiosyncratic cipher or ...
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Another subway puzzle

Inspired from this, here's my metro puzzle From Mickey's home you've started As Caesar would say: "nojk vo gpbypiph novodji" You then took the lower-rainbow-line Missed your appointment with ...
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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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Never shall we die…!

Here now the accounts of the nine pirate lords And one impostor amidst them all Here now their voice and story And which impostor to die The first of all is the chief of all Hidden by ...
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The Late Queen Gives in to Remorse - Reverse Hangman

Add a "C", I am what has been, Add a "G", I might be a queen, Add a "P", I'll turn away from sin Add an "L" and I may just give in. This is a Reverse Hangman puzzle, see here for an example. ...
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Headless horseman claims new head

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid so that each of the coloured squares contains exactly four different letters. Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in ...
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Colourful cryptic

No numbers in this grid. The clues are grouped into 12 squares by the location of the word's first letter. No guesswork is needed – if you have the correct answers, there's only one way to fit ...
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An untouchable time traveller

I'm needed by a doctor to travel through time, Or a player looking for their keys. When on the plane where the great answer resides, I'm part of the whole Strategy. I can be found in a ...
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The mother of all age-of-the-captain riddles

A few days ago, as I was delving into the mess in my grand parents' attic, I found an impressive ancient book that was written in a language that I had never seen before. "This book is a collection ...
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Which Sport? A non math question

This relates to a sport, a great accomplishment. It is a word.
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Stocks and shares: Another Grandpa Mystery

In his retirement Grandpa likes to manage his own investments. He studies global company stocks, their earnings, products, dividends all kinds of statistics and numbers and makes his buy choices ...
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What is a Trimpar 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 Trimpar Word™. Use the examples ...
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Unusual letter combinations 2

I really liked this puzzle so I made my own version of it! I'll give you an unusual set of letters which are present consicutively in one* word in the English language (and possibly its derivatives, ...
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What does “seeivgehnt” mean?

A few weeks earlier, I thought of this rebus: seeivgehnt and it could be interpreted as: What common phrase does it mean?