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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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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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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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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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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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What can this rebus solve? How can this rebus be solved?

This is my first rebus, constructive suggestions are welcome. Enjoy! Mistake: the diagonal of the green circle on the right should be from the top right to the bottom left instead of from the top ...
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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 is an Ipsum 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 an Ipsum Word™. Use the examples ...
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Rebuses with an unknown symbol

Each picture features the same unknown symbol. What does it mean? Where would you place it fit in the final answer?
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Say My Name Please

People, demons, deities-- These three love to follow me. Starving, penniless--where reside thee? I may satiate or be half your need. Cupboards, crumbs, committees-- Those are different ...
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I before E, except in the following sentences:

"I before E" is a common mnemonic that is taught for spelling certain English words, but this mnemonic is often wrong, as pointed out in this Language Log post. The aim of this question is to create ...
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What crime have we committed?

We start in a city that rhymes with angina, the masculine form, add in what's drunk in China, then take phylum's first six, of the minor kind, components will make what in our hand we find. ...
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Soar High for You? No Way!

Me and my fellows upon a time, Have earned the championship in our prime. Alas! That time has passed, my dearest fren', But we are still often used, according to Ben. Soar high for ...
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This one is about YOU! (and other things)

This first one is just you plus... ...dwarfs in Snow 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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I am a Russian ay

I am a Russian ay, ah, in the English way! For many is to say, the booty's ours, hooray! I am an English ay, ah, in the Russian way! For many not to say, and all is quite okay! ...
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The Seven Siblings

PREFACE This is a more lively try on "Where do I want to go next?" riddles, hope you like it! THE PUZZLE Hi, here are us, the seven siblings, but one is missing! The brothers: A: Let's introduce ...
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Alternating Audio Waves

Try solving this cipher from these strange memos: Memo 1 Welcome Comet, today's Thisbe plus Russell here! Memo 2 Reading outlaws loudness. Memo 3 Retro memo: Berlin today upheld voting ...
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Is there a hidden message this old Polybius listing?

I recently watched this video about the mythical arcade game Polybius. It's a well-crafted investigation that thoroughly debunks the myth, but there's a segment in which the investigator suspects a ...
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Frenchman claims new victim

A notorious French contract killer has taken another high-profile victim. The following clues describe the time of year of the attack, the weapon used, the place in which the hit was made, and the ...
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He told me to order plainly or leave

A shortened friend in German hell, a youthful rose at speed of c. I ask you, barman, can you tell: What will my order likely be?
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10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X

10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X Can you solve the puzzle in this expression? You must only replace the 'X' to solve this puzzle. You must not add, remove, rearrange or modify any of the other characters. 'X' ...
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Find the phrases

There are 4 words: A, B, C, and D A and B are synonymous verbs. C and D are two letter words. A C D and B C D are English phrases (mostly American) with opposite meaning from each other. What ...
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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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Longest word conundrum

The longest word in the English language is the name of a Welsh town. Can you spell it?
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Ideological rebus

The answers form one word. #1 #2 #3 #4 Hint for #3: Image credits: clue 1 #1: dtstuff9, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue 1 #2: See Li, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue 1 #3: Mingle Media TV, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue ...
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A rare glimpse into a puzzlesmith's workshop

Note: The introductory text is only for flavour. All information needed to solve the puzzle is in the images below. Feel free to skip ahead to where it says "puzzle starts here". Prologue It was a ...
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Monoalphabetic Geometry

This is a second puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here. A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ and one symbol has been replaced ...
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Monoalphabetic Equation

A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$. Following are some of the words that consist of those letters, and their meaning: $abc = a\ title\ (n.)$ $abcd = a\ title\ > ...
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Basic manners in the UK [closed]

You are a foreigner with heavy accent living in the UK. If you want to be polite getting off public transport, you can say a number and a letter to the driver. Which number and which letter?
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Multi Talented Individual

With the help of some of my friends, I can do the following: break things apart into pieces (verb) stop people from arguing with one another (noun) make some really strong ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Self Answering Puzzles [closed]

Give the right guess in an English sentence self answering puzzle offer that contains eighty four words, one hundred and nineteen syllables, ten As, two Bs, five Cs, seven Ds, fifty nine Es, fifteen ...
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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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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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The strange encoding

Good luck trying to solve this riddle. ...
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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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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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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?...