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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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....
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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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I'm trying something a little different

Solve and combine: 1.1 Pull me from the lion's paw and place me on the page! 1.2 ...
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The Naming of Parts

5) I turn the whole; the part turns. 9) I turn the part; the whole turns not. 0) Five turning circles has the part; four the whole. What is the whole? What is the part? As always, a good ...
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Breaking up is fun to do

A quick one for language fortnight. A few days ago, my girlfriend broke up with me. We were never really right for one another, and I knew it was coming, but of course it still stung a bit. And ...
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HAs YOU BRaIN CoNFUSION?

CaN YOU AsCErTaIn WHAt IS UNUSUAl As CoNCeRnS ThIS PArAgRaPH? SURe, YOU CaN NoTiCe OBVIOUS AlTeRaTiONS In ClAsSiC PHRaSe CHoICeS. WHY UPPEr CaSe SO OFTeN? HAs OP BRaIn CoNFUSiON? HAs YOU BRaIN ...
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Elle Rend Le Coeur Plus Amoureux

"Protected... Always... Semimetal" I woke - I think - with those words in my mouth. I was in an odd state of mind and the words tasted strange in my mouth. I was not speaking a language of my country ...
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A Greek cipher about 2 lovers

One man and one woman once loved each other very much. But there was always something or someone who came between them and they had to eliminate that person or thing. One was so beautiful, the world ...
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A mysterious telephone message

You arrive home after an exhausting day. Tossing your bag in a corner of the room, you greet your roommate, who is lounging on the sofa playing a video game. "Any messages?" you ask. "Just one," he ...
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The Language Genie

My friend Arie has a toy called a "Language Genie". If you give it a word in English, it will pick four different languages and find the translation of the English word in each language. Then it makes ...
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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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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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Future or past, depending on the country

Depending on the country, I either describe the future or the past When describing the past, I am usually kept secret I am also used during a meeting, but sometimes I contain a meeting.
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The deadly fish!

For some, I am just fish For others however, I'm deadly In Japan, I can be both, or neither. When two letters are changed, I turn from killing into healing one What am I?
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A play with words

If my right side is law and my left clumsy, What is fine, then? (Please explain your reasoning) Answer:
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How to pronounce this word? [closed]

After reading this question just yet, it reminded me of something my English teacher once told me. What is the proper pronunciation of the following word, and why? ghoti
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And and… and. And.?

This is a cool riddle, which my Maths teacher taught our class, 25 years ago. I still remember it and find it very cool. Can you create a perfectly valid English sentence, which makes perfect sense, ...
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Michel's mysterious message

The following text-message exchange took place yesterday between me and my friend Michel: M: Çorâ ârb fyk! Çî bwæ rœt nœ mæ þœśol? Ap kôx so śêm am śêmipat ø jûp? Aś wæ śadwol ap îp lakrœ am tœmb! ...
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The German Terrorist

The CIA has arrested and interrogated a German terror suspect who was trying to enter the country with a Syrian passport. The suspect is low on the totem pole, but he does have information that Daesh ...
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The jewel's legacy (part 2)

This story begins in The jewel's legacy (part 1). After some research about the host of the party, Mr. Xavier Change, you discover he has several houses or mansions, and one of them is near New ...
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Second attempt of “¡Otro idioma! :)”

I'm going to try again with the "other languages" scheme. This time, I think the format makes sense. Right now you see me Ahora no me miras 今、見ません Who am I? Rough translation (Still a valid ...
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Help me with our discovery!

Recently, the grandfather of one of my friends died, and I helped him clean up the storage room he used. We found a lot of cool stuff there (well, he was alive during the occupation time in the second ...
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¡Otro idioma! :)

Courtesy to @question_asker. Muchas preguntas Muchos pesos por bueno Tú estás aquí. ¿Qué soy? (I believe this is a rather simple one.)
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The hangman game backward #9

Hangman game backward #9 - guess what was the question: fill in "i" - a famous city in New York, Illinois and Nevada. fill in "o" - half of the population said to have experience being one. fill in "...
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The Crossword from 240BC

Use the following clues to solve the crossword: Down 1. Loud emotional repetition 2. Commonly a Catholic praise hymn 3. <...
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An Italian rebus

How is Giovanni doing? lunedì martedì mercoledì giovedì sabato domenica
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Where am I? A scene of death

Hint (for those of you who are stuck): In this question, I have given a total of 5 hints (or even more). Once you have the answer, please include how these hints worked.
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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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What alphabet is this?

You find yourself trapped on a strange planet, whose residents use an English alphabet made of English symbols. You are given a piece of paper with the following sentences in it. ...
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The hangman game backward #8

Hangman game backward #8 - guess what was the question: fill in "d" - It does something horrible to the sand and stones, but it did the opposite to us. fill in "f" - To some it's rapidly dangerous, ...
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Homophone Challenge

There are three words that sound the same But each has a different name One of the earliest words spoken by a baby, usually repeated twice. A part of speech hard to classify, sometimes used to show ...
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Where have you gone Señor Santa Claus?

Santa is exhausted, so he drops off his reindeer at the marked location below. He tells them he will be strolling the large divided meadow if they need him. Where is Santa, and why? Please reference ...
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What phonetic word form can generate the largest number of valid English words when adding single vowel sounds?

If you take the phonetic word form /fl* (where * denotes any vowel sound), you can create (at least) 6 valid English words: flay, flee, fly, flow, flue, flaw. Which single-vowel phonetic word form ...
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Can you think of any exceptions to the following rules? [closed]

A. The word ‘the’ is not used with the names of people. B. The past simple form of the verb is only used to describe finished events or states. C. The word ‘some’ is used in statements; the word ‘...
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Sequence dependent on my place

I currently stand on point A, somewhere in Europe. When I do my sequence here and if I start with 25, I get the following sequence: 25, 13, 7, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, x, ... When I step a few metres to ...
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The hangman game backward #7

Hangman game backward #7 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - If this is marked on the calendar, you might be in some trouble. fill in a "h" - Google picture of this, you'll find mostly ...
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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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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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Figure out the language

I recently watched a documentary where they talked about messages sent into space and how they imagined aliens figuring out how to understand them. They used math and geometry in clever ways. I ...
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Mixed Backwards Hangmen

My previous backward hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), was still solved too quickly, so I thought I'd make another tweak to make it a bit more tricky. This time, whatever the bizarre ...
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Yet another backwards hangman

Insprired by the previous backwards hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), which was solved so quickly, I though I'd make another one. Hopefully slightly harder! Three solutions in a minute ...
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The longest word that includes numbers that can be changed with letters in different languages

Let me take the English word "stone" as an example: Replacing the string "one" by the corresponding number "1" allows me to write stone as st1 In Dutch, "stone" is translated to "steen" and "one" ...
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The ANEMONE puzzle

The word ANEMONE has only seven letters, but four syllables; this gives $1.75$ letters per syllable on average. Can you find another English word with that is not a proper name that has at least ...
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Message to Survivors

Your spaceship pulls out of uberdrive (a new transportation mode that has overtaken hyperdrive in the space exploration market) and you find yourself gazing at the beauty of Earth for the first time ...
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The hangman game backward #6

Hangman game backward version 6 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - I am a magical device that you can convert energy with the tip of your fingers. fill in a "g" - You can hear, under one ...
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The Magician's Card Game

A magician by the name of Jason carries a deck of cards with him everywhere he goes. He has a game where you can say any phrase and a specific card will correspond with that phrase. The goal of the ...
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I Come from a Different Family

This riddle was inspired somewhat by the "No Bake" Riddle, and the subsequent discussion regarding the creation of an American-English tag. That should serve as a first hint, others will be added as ...
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Find the longest string of words such that the (4 letter) end of one word is the start of the next

Here is an open-ended challenge. Find the longest series of English words such that the final four letters of word $n$ are the same as the first four letters of word $n+1$. Example (3 words) ...
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“No Bake” Riddle

I'm quick, I'm easy You can make me in a jiffy I'm on a farm I'm in your kitchen I'm in the pasture I lay, I rot, in more places then one I'm smelly, but I'm also very tasty I have nicknames but I ...
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What is a Composite Word™?

Here are some Composite Words™: ...