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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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Find the most MissSpellable word, but in a good way?

Most MissSpellable Word - English? I'm not a native English speaker but I tend to keep an eye on my spelling and grammar. I recently misspelled "throw" as "throe", which, to my surprise, was a real ...
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Soapbox on a street corner

When I was walking today, I came across a man standing on a soapbox. He was broadcasting his view to the world, and though he was speaking in English, I couldn't understand what he was going on about. ...
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What's wrong with this line in a baking recipe book?

A cookie-baking recipe book (this one, specifically) has the following instruction in it, which is incorrect in a single spot: If you have a fan-assisted oven, you will need to reduce the recipe ...
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Quick riddle because I haven't for a while… Hopefully it makes sense even with all the sounds-likes

I was once this until I was no, I did this just an hour ago, You'll hear it if you're asked to wait, or if you're told that you are late. What is it?
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Spanish rebus puzzle

I need help in solving this picture riddle in Spanish language.
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Stupor automobile-correct

I recentle bought a new phon. I cet the local tew Auctralee, and auph I went. It wauc good tew hav a new phon. I wauc then praumpted and wethe I wanted predictiv tecct, and the trabl ctated. Every ...
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Why should we all run away?

1̡̻̜͎̰͍̺̞̦̗͔̣̘͕͇̩̦̩̽͛̒̅̅̉̉̋͟-̨̧̬͈͓̲̰̦̙̺͙͚̩͈ͦͤ̂̂͂ͦ̾ͨ͆͗̔ͧ͘5̸̸̹͚̬̠͕̞̖͎͚͔̖͍͑͊̂̇ͯͪ̀͠͝ͅ-̶͓̫̝̗̞͚̲̯̹̼͑̐͂̃ͭ̍͆̃͒ͥͭ͊͝1̷̶̛̪̝̺̗͚̮̥͎͇̰̣̻͍̰͕̭ͨ̀͋ͣ̈́ͥ̿̽͑͐̊ͩ͊̅̓͞ͅ;̸͖͈͖̯̦̝̞͚̄̎̆̄̔ͧ̋̿̀͞ ...
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Insecurity to the Party

Lord Gray has invited you to the annual ball at his mansion. But being a socially awkward person, there's nothing you could dread more than being called upon to dance in a huge bright hall filled with ...
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What's the longest sentence you can make using only 2-letter words? [closed]

The sentence has to be grammatically correct, and probably shouldn't be too nonsensical. Here are a few examples: Is he in on it? Is it to be me? Ma, Ed is in my gi! Note: This puzzle ...
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A Palindrome Challenge

Write a sentence that has the following properties: Is a palindrome Is true Can be used as a template to generate an infinite number of sentences which are both palindromes and true As a bonus, ...
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What kind of people can answer this riddle?

What kind of people can answer the following riddle? Call a=1, b=2, and so on. What is the longest common English word that can be made from only prime letters?
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Nested Analogies

Your puzzle is solving a nested analogy, where the goal is to find the word that fills in the final blank, based on the answer to the analogy in parentheses. An example: sky:blue::(bird:worm::cow:...
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How to read English words, written in cirilic?

I met this picture on Youtube. There are Cyrillic letters, which doesn't fit into any Cyrillic language I've seen. First, I thought it is just random letters combinations, but then I noticed that, ...
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Japanese puzzle 2

My name is Stack reader. Let's have a talk! こんぐらじゅれしょんず! ゆうかんなうこみゅにけついんじゃぱにず。 Wait, you didn't understand me? I thought I was speaking properly but I guess I still have to work on my ...
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Japanese puzzle 1

Here are 3 Japanese symbols. 竜 : Dragon 昇 : Rise up 拳 : Fist Can you find the video game related word I am looking for by using only these 3 symbols as clues?
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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 ...
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Paragraph curiosity

What is curious about this paragraph? Alright, I'm not going to make it lipogrammatic: 'Here, have seven e's!' Just in case, I'll put every letter in - ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ! So, it must be ...
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Word connection squares!

This puzzle is in the spirit of Word connections, but is a more elaborate version of the same idea. In each puzzle, you have a square of seven words of the following form: ...
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More Russian Nesting Words

Consider the words he, mother, and smothered. These words form a series, each nested in the next: he, mother, smothered. Such a series can be encoded with a clue consisting of the following: ...
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Magic Time-travelling Baktun Wheel

I have an ancient mayan friend who emailed me the other day: From: BalajChanKawiil@google.az To: puzzleguy@google.com Subject: Hey! Hey how are you! I was wondering if you were ...
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Word connections

I am trying a new kind of puzzle so feel free to leave constructive comments and opinions! Thank you! The objective of this puzzle is to connect 2 words by using a chain of words that connects each ...
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Russian Nesting Words

Consider the words a, rat, and aerate. These words form a series, each nested in the next: a, rat, aerate. Such a series can be encoded with a clue consisting of the following: synonyms of the ...
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No strings attached? Think twice! Which music video features a bird tied to a string?

It's 198-two. I might be a white cocka-two. Feeling caged, I try to brake free, from the 19th to the 21st: two seconds. Only one thing on my mind, not two; stupid line between me and my cage too: ...
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Word sets with no repeating letters

I know a set of six 4-letter words without repeating a letter (i.e. using 24 different letters). Here is an example: Are there sets of words with no repeated letters and having four 6-letter words? ...
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A Christmas rebus

-Overheard at a party last night- "First, to my French friends: I wish you a "Joyeux Noël"! - ... - ... - ... - And finally, to my Spanish friends: "Feliz Navidad"! - Oh, and to you, ...
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What was the child sent to buy?

One day Mrs Busy was throwing a dinner party for her friends with tastes as refined as hers. Amid preparations she noticed that she was missing a few important things, but didn't have the time to go ...
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What English word is always spelled incorrectly? [closed]

What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
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The professor's mouthful

"I beg your pardon?" I spluttered. "You study what?! That sounds like a tongue-twister." She repeated it, and I asked what it meant. "I study the cause of the naming conventions of insects." What ...
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Vacation at P.U.Z.Z.L.E

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge (language + visual). All you can think about since your last P.U.Z.Z.L.E. operation, is a well deserved vacation. Fortunately there is currently a prize ...
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What is a Composite Word™?

Here are some Composite Words™: ...
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Words that are both anagrams and synonyms of each other

The puzzle is to find pairs of English words (A,B) such that A and B are both synonyms and anagrams of each other. For example, theater and theatre (which are the British and American spelling of the ...
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What does this text mean?

Please help me decipher the text
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The Framework of a Riddle

I am a single word. one of me is spelled the same as many of me but many of me is said differently than one of me.
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A deeper phrase of the linking tongue - a Quest through the Mind of a Respected Madman

These words! --they come falling free; speech: daft here, deft there, in that old, linking tongue. We take these precious signs and tones, play them on our organs grand, sing them in our voices ...
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One syllable words with many vowel sounds

I'm not entirely sure how to word this, but what is the largest set of one syllable words you can find in which every phonetic sound is the same except the vowel? For example, 'arc', 'orc', and 'irk' ...
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Word with the largest number of different phonetic vowel sounds

Which English word has the largest number of different unique phonetic vowel sounds in it? I will only count one vowel sound per syllable. To make it more like a competition, if two people get the ...
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Largest number of eɪ sounds in a word

This is a simple puzzle about English words. Which English word has the largest number of eɪ sounds in it? The phonetic sound /eɪ/ is the same as the letter "A" or the "ay" in day or the "eigh" in "...
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What is a Veteran Word™?

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Veteran Word™. Use the following examples below to find the rule: Here is a CSV version: Veteran WordsTM, Not Veteran WordsTM AGENT, ASSISTANT* ...
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A Strange Correspondence

I voted to delete some questions on another SE site from two users due to them being garbled nonsense.* However when I got to the sixth I thought something looked suspicious, it looked to me like an ...
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Linguistics: Japanese Squares

These are the squares from 1 to 100 in Japanese kanji: 百、六十四、十六、九、八十一、三十六、四、一、二十五、四十九 Which is which? If you already know Japanese/Chinese numbers, then sorry, this puzzle is not for you. Needless ...
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Confusing holidays

Tired of playing games, you decide to take a holiday. You first location, you wander about for a bit, completely lost in the crowds until finally the relative you were supposed to meet spots you. ...
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Demons' Dungeon

After winning the Fairy Logician's competition, you are reverse-summoned to a room with 5 portals at equal distances from each other. They are all locked,but fortunately, there is a logical demon in ...
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A Letter: When Sherlock meets Moriarty

After the flight, I returned to my flat, 221b, Baker Street. I knew that Moriarty was at my place. There were some muddy footprints outside my room. But not just a single person, 2 or 3 people. I ...
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Hearken, now, and listen close!

Hearken, now, and listen close; I have so much to tell. Now lend an ear and do your job; you surely will excel. To find my hidden message, gaze on every word herein. While skimming through it ...
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What is a Sound 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 certain rule, I call it a Sound Word™. Use the ...
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What do a House, a Garden, and a River all have in Common?

What do a house, a garden, and a river all have in common? The answer should be clear, as you think on it every night.
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A tour around the world - what am I in America?

In the Netherlands, I am a symbol of religionBut in Germany I would decayIn France, if I move you, I am dishonestAnd in Sweden, I like to fish all day But what am I in America?
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Can you name this town? [closed]

I am a town in the state of Karnataka in India. The first two syllables of my name means 'man, hero or a person' in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. The next four syllables translate to 'lion' ...
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Waiting for . . . Godot?

A Discovery In Samuel Beckett's absurdist play, Waiting for Godot, two characters wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. His identity has long been the point of ...
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Vier Rows Siete Colonnes

Ausfüllen the espacios vides ...