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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A fish story on aymara language

Interesting story I stumbled upon: Aymara is a South American language spoken by more than 2 million people in the area around Lake Titicaca. Among the speakers of Aymara are the Uros, a fishing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trivial cipher + some linguistics

I think that the title says enough. I would like to apologise for probable mistakes, but I hope I did not do them in the cipher and they should not matter much in the second part. What does it mean?: ...
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Where I am going for vacations?

"Yes we can" More personal In another language Which country am I going to for vacations? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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The hangman game backward #10

Hangman game backward #10 - guess what was the question: fill in "t" - I'm common among human; not quite among animals. fill in "p" - I'm related to things you dream of: car, money, summer! fill in "...
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“A both ways word”

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“Hidden fish”: old riddle

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A-maze-ing Wordsearch

This is an entry to the 12th fortnightly challenge You and your party realize that you possibly shouldn't have crossed the mad wizard at the black tower when all your vision goes pink and pale. When ...
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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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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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Youre a big drinker right? Can you interpret for the drunk?

Be gentle! I'm trying something new... I'd like a full translation/interpretation, and bonus points if you spot the pattern. I expect it'll be easy as pie so think of it as a race. A VERY drunken, ...
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Vier Rows Siete Colonnes

Ausfüllen the espacios vides ...
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An Amazing Palindrome

My friend told me she was thinking of a word. It can be seen left to right, right to left and upside down by the English, French and Japanese and still be palindrome (A sequence of characters which ...
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English is so confusing! Can one word have two opposite meanings?

Having just recently moved to the United States from Japan with her family Miyo has been working hard trying to understand the English language. Miyo's parents encourage her to focus on reading and ...
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I am PAKISTAN, but also ISTANBUL. Who am I?

I am PAKISTAN I am ISTANBUL I am KYRGYZSTAN Who am I?
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Mother in law is the daughter of mother in law

A Male and a Female were sitting on a bench in a garden. The Gardener asked the Male, "What is your relation with this Female?" the Male replied, "Her mother-in-law is the daughter of my mother-in-law....