Questions tagged [language]

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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Can you solve this rebus puzzle 2?

Two separate words. Can you solve it?
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International Hunger Crisis

Study the Inkblot Test. Read the anecdote. Determine the name of the establishment. Blots are not necessarily scaled relative to each other. So I was really {3} one day, so {3} off to get me a {5}...
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I run on the edge of a diamond

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different. I love to swim and dive. You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside. I changed my name when ...
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A globetrotting riddle, with a twist

This is an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1. First time doing an FTC, so let me know what you think. Let's take a little trip around the world, shall we? Make sure to ...
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Weird WhatsApp message

Today I found by internet an artist that does commissions. I wanted to get drawn a map for one of my role playing games. First I tried to call him (there's a lot personal info on the website I found ...
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Thousand dollars puzzle poor women [duplicate]

A poor woman and a rich woman are talking about music. The poor woman says she has studied music and can find a song with any name in it. The rich woman says "OK, if you can find a song with my son'...
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Craft the longest Scrabble sentence

This is another challenge along the same vein as similar challenges that have shown up on this site, requiring the puzzle to craft the longest possible sentence given a specific requirement. What is ...
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National Language

This is an entry into the Fortnightly topic Challenge: 35 Bob has had a few weird experiences with different people. Can you tell what is happening here? The final answer will tell you, why English ...
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Computational Linguists

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1.Computational Linguists In order to help me boost my paltry grades, the professor of my computer class has given me an extra credit ...
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WmK: Oh, Life Relax Please!

"Oh, Life Relax Please!" is the title of a book about yoga that my Grandfather gifted me. This Wordmorph K is inspired by his love of wisdom and knowledge. If you are not familiar with this kind of ...
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Wordmorph K: An Introduction

Let me introduce you to a game I invented called Wordmorph K (WmK). You may have played a variation of this game in the past. WmK Rules: 1) The objective is to transform the "Start Word" to the "...
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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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The Wizard's Spellbook

One day in the 1620's, you discover a cave. Deep in the cave, you discover a door. Behind the door, you discover a hall. Deep in the hall is the wizard's house. Lit by candles, a large leather bound ...
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Just Read My Lips

Do you know the game I play? I think that it's quite fun. Find the rules that bind it, and you just might find the one. This puzzle's for lovers once kissing - and a missing thing used for ...
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Yet more consonant sameness

Never one to revile the practice of doing the same idea as everyone else here is another consonant puzzle Consonants remain in same order and the vowels shuffle so for example Lone Star State Cabs is ...
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Shortest ancient devout filmy literal

Here are linked clues: An ancient alphabet Related to an association between measures of a circle Part of a title of an English movie of an auto-biopic An abbreviated form representing loyal/...
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This Riddle Should Be Easy

I am a word with rhyming parts, Each part a word if spoken aloud. The first is to bully The last is to steal And spoken together, a pleasant meal. What am I?
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I am the smallest, only a hand

I am the smallest part, only a hand, yet I stand in front of the Almighty. Before water, I am a sea, yet I live in a city. I am the tenth, and the one after me can hold things. What am I? ...
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Using only the first three letters of the English alphabet

Find an English word which is three letters long beginning with t using only the first three letters of the English alphabet Now do the same using the same three letters but for a French word You may ...
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Name That… Name?

A ton of shackles trapped in ice A black man who is green seems nice A group of two Englishmen with love for different girls A man of small units makes chemists go for a whirl People don't take ...
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what do these words have in common

libro, livre, libre, leabhar, kirja, iphepha What do these words have in common?
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The Word Chain! [closed]

You must create a sentence that is grammatically correct, each word must begin with the last letter in the word before. The first word must start with the last letter of the last word. This sentence ...
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Please help me find myself

When I am in the sea, I'm always falsy When you add it, you can finally see me! When you take a drink with me, people say I'm a fool - but I always drop the l. hint: hint 2: last hint:
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Is this a Riley? No, it is a Tylo!

With three I'm a worker With four I'm against you With seven I have an anagram that steals With all eight I save you Inspired on @tyobrien template
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A riddling rhyme: Far

You are far away yet you are near, You are far away yet I can hear, You were rather close now you are not, You sent me a message of that I got, You are far away yet I can see, ...
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My little sister & I [closed]

Inspired by several recent questions about siblings. My little sister was born a day¹ after me. Yet, we are not twins. I love her very much. Now the question: Where am I? EDIT: yes, the intended ...
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In Excess of “IX”es

My prefix? A choice always off'ring the best. My suffix? An action afflicting the rest. My infix? Detectives that take me to test, And speak me out loud, where oft I'm at my best. Hint:
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Aki's favorite game

After introducing you to my new little friend Aki, it's time to reveal what his favorite game is! What is the new hobby of the little Aki? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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What can I be? (Second attempt)

I exist in many languages In these languages, I exist in many forms In the most common language, I am defined as breathable In an ethnic group which has the same name as a programming ...
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Decipher the message

Message: 2519977! 61 1315079 799! clues: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_alphabet https://translate.google.com/
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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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A Stulano family

Shortly after embarking on your trans-oceanic voyage, you meet an extended family who speak Stulano.* Although you don't share a language, they quickly "adopt" you as one of their own. You pass a ...
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The writing is on the wall for these hieroglyphics

My mother, turning 80 this month, is convinced that anyone born into Generation Z will not be able to decipher the following. This is an ancient form of communication called "Cursive" [kur-siv], ...
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I eluded the Romans

My law precedes humans', though discovered by metal, I am the first element, though don't look at tables, Sometimes you can find me in a dictionary, but be careful... You don't want me ...
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An astronomical saw

In very similar manner, only one is successful, spending his wealth, a fruit for his health. What misery causes. Who am I? Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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When I grow up, I want to be

As our story begins, six children meet on a hot summer day. They are enjoying the end of their summer holidays before they must return to school. However, they have now reached the age where they must ...
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You go wherever you go today

A conclusion to my entries in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids. This metapuzzle incorporates the three previous puzzles in this series: Desert Irrigation Project I am an ...
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The Doom of us all

ᚱᚨᚷᚾᚨᚱᛟᚲ The battle grounds are soaked in sweat Blood red embers stain the sky The father of the beasts is dead Flickering flames dance farewell, Like a swan, red as blood. The war is over. My ...
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Plural-ling plurals

On one recent car trip my mates and I were discussing the endlessly fascinating world of English Language. When one of us brought up the famous "octopus plural becomes octopi" it started a whole gamut ...
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Use us, fop. All kin ill

Behold a set of ten anahomophonagrams: expressions taken from well-known idioms, song lyrics, and pop culture, converted to like-sounding words and then reordered into new expressions. For example, <...
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Deer-hunting in Mesak

The following are ten sentences in the Mesak language: ...
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The Semur number system

The following is a list of 11 numbers in the Semur language¹ in a randomized order. Ten of them represent the first ten prime numbers. The remaining number is the sum of two other numbers on the list. ...
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Make a sentence with the most different uses of the same word [closed]

Background I recently stumbled across the following grammatically correct sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. This sentence relies on the fact that the ...
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Is it possible to find a word ending in every letter-vowel combination?

Take your five vowels and add each letter of the alphabet in front of them i.e. AA,BA,CA,DA. This should give you 130 different letter combinations. Is it possible to find an English word(not ...
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Longest autological loop?

A word is said to be autological if it describes itself. This can be a property of both nouns and adjectives; for example, "noun" is a noun and "pentasyllabic" is pentasyllabic. We can also construct ...
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Not the only one

I am one, but not the only one. If you deify me, I leave. If you do something else to me, I give wisdom. If you take me, you are doing something that starts with me. What am I? Hint:
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90% of people will fail this puzzle!

Those of us who have a Facebook account probably have lots of connections in it. Some are actually real, but then there are the rest of them -- the ones that use Wiktionary instead of real ...
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Mysterious note at the United Nations

Mysterious note at the United Nations Location: UN headquarters Date: Unknown You have just had a presentation on world wide economic reform which would be enforced by the UN. It felt good! The ...
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Brown Bear vs. Black Rhino

I once tried to create an interesting trivia question, where cheating with Google wouldn't help you. I think I did rather well. I do realise that posting this question here completely defeats the ...