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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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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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Longest Word made from Smaller Words

Objective: Find the longest word, which can be made from concatenation smaller words. Rules: * Words (and smaller words inside) must be findable at dictionary.com * Punctuation (for example ') does ...
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Longest Word With *Only* Repeating Character Pairs

Inspired by and Opposite of: Longest Word without repeating character-pairs The challenge is to find an English word in which every character pair appears at least twice. ("Word" does not include ...
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Better word search building - Filling Space

I have been unsatisfied with the quality of word searches I am producing. I've been filling the squares that are empty after the words are placed with random letters. Too many of the empty squares ...
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Longest Word without repeating character-pairs

What's the longest English word that doesn't contain the same two letters in a row more than once? Good word : too contains to ...
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What do these words have in common, and where?

What do the following have in common? India, black, $10^{-6}$, many, south (More or less the same process can be applied to all of them to get very similar and related results.)
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The hangman game backward #5

Hangman game backward version 5 (Aggie's version was #4) - guess what was the question: fill in an "a" - It's a lethal to throw and it's destructive. fill in a "d" - It's brave, and it's strong. ...
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Guess the book/movie?

What book am I talking about (this book has been made into a movie too)? 'c'lee_&_le_choke l8_(! - ial)ee Once the puzzle has been solved it will be easy to ...
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The Hangman Game Backwards Again

It's been a while since one of these puzzles (created by Alex, see here for the first) has shown up, and I thought some might enjoy another one. fill in an "n" - You don't need to throw me out into ...
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In yellows and blacks

In yellows and blacks, He often lives on racks, He loves none but Penny. Hint:
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Words with most and fewest syllables for given length?

What is the greatest and least number of syllables that a word of a given length can have? More precisely, for each word length from 1 letter to 20 letters, find words of that length containing as ...
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A bit of a retread

Here are a series of clues to two-word phrases. Anxious Sweets Prize Storage Tightly Packed Weapons Fly Flavor Container Cover Boring Performer Ominous Feeling Dishonest Track Spring Spud Ardent ...
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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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The Morality of Rice [closed]

This is a classic riddle of mine. Please read the scenario below for the setup. You are sitting around a campfire and a friend smiles and says: Sam: I have a riddle. Intrigued, you ask him what ...
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The hangman game backward #3

Hangman game backward version 3 - guess what was the question: fill in "d" - Your white shirt soaked with my blood but you wouldn't care. fill in "n" - It will be nice to have it on table or bedside. ...
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Two lists of favorite words

My great aunt Edith keeps this list of her favorite words tacked on the refrigerator: Atlas Chance Detail Frost Hand Magnet Orange Ring Sand Tiger Winter Wolf My great uncle ...
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Categories within Categories

Each of these sets of five words has an odd member out. The other four words fall under a specific category, which can then be further generalized with a single word. Once you discover each of the ...
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Egg Yolk Riddle

I remember this from when I was in highschool (or the dutch equivolant). The teacher of my english class proposed this riddle and a lot of people had it wrong but the answer was really simple. ...
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Enough of this charade! A common property puzzle

Below are three sets of three words. Each word shares a common linguistic property. The words in each set share a nested property. Identify the properties and explain. Lift Beams Destroy ...
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Equine musicians?

What is interesting about the following sentence? "Furiously, in back of shut portals, one in four silvery equids is only hiding many extra tidings of meadows, somewhat more craftily than normal," ...
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Backwards Hangman

All credits to @Alex for inventing this type of puzzle with the original and the sequel. Guess an "R" - I can only be spelled right. Guess an "F" - Lots of me took place in the world wars. Guess an "...
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Find the synonymous opposites!

Find a pair of English words each of which can be a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb such that: as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, they're opposite in meaning as verbs, they have the same meaning (I'...
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The hangman game backward #2

Hangman game backward version 2 - guess what was the question, with only 1 letter missing: fill in a "b" - I might lose control anytime, so keep me on my toes. fill in an "m" - my brothers are all ...
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Eight words: which one is different?

These eight words all have something in common, but one is slightly different. Which one? broad corn gain jar like mount range side To clarify, seven of these words have a specific property in ...
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difficile est saturam non legere

Well, my last question wasn't received that well, nevertheless I will make a better one, besides you will need all the answers you can get. vcejssnr Now I can't leave you with a stupid cryptogram ...
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The lamest rhyme I ever wrote

The lamest rhyme I ever wrote Was one involving Don Quixote. No, wait, a lamer one than that, The famous movie Chocolat. But maybe even lamer still, The butchering of "centre-ville". And ...
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Strange Short Stories

What’s special about each of these sentences? It's different for each sentence. Easy: A bad chef, mad like a jackal, made a damaged, half-baked milk cake a mile high. Tomorrow we’ll see pretty ...
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Beneath the Waves

What is unique/unusual about the following strange couplet? a serene summer moon waxes over a wave-worn azure sea. an orca moans an arcane verse as mermen caress a venomous sea anemone.
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Letter to the Editor

These are clues to two-word phrases that all have something in common: Sustainable power Fair-haired countess Nice bull’s-eye Furious swashbuckler Quiet spoon Peculiar heirloom Understated whiskers ...
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The hangman game backward

So, @JLee has posted a hangman game (Hangman- No misses left) on SE. I would like to create one too, but let's do it backward - guess what was the question, with only 1 letter missing: fill in an "a"...
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答えはまた二桁の数字、その3 (The answer is another two-digit number, #3)

A colleague at work gives you a slip of paper at work one day, with symbols written on it: ・のいろ・はおに・・ みほくへ・やしと・ち ・ま・り・・・・・ぬ ・るゑ・ひ・・を・け もわ・かせふ・よ・・ ・・こた・え・・・れ ・そ・・・・・つて・ あね・な・・・・さら ・・・...
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Find words with the highest proportion of a single letter

Thanks to JoeZ, pacoverflow, isaacg, Sp3000, Novarg, Ram, h34, and all those who contributed answers that have since been beaten. I've accepted JoeZ's answer since he has the most mentions on the list ...
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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 English word is always spelled incorrectly? [closed]

What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
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A US English riddle: My name is a state that is not my state. When I am downtrodden, my oppressors take risks

I came up with this riddle a few days ago. It's my very first riddle, so it shouldn't be too hard to crack. The two hints are: My name is a state that is not my state. When I am downtrodden, my ...
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Memory Enhancement Through Numeric Imagery - What is the longest or best coherent sentence/paragraph/story you can make?

The guy who recited 20k numbers of pi by memory alone used a system where he converted numbers into consonants and then grouped words or sentences together to remember a huge amount of numbers. Here'...
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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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Growing anagrams - What is the longest possible list forming a sentence?

This is a challenge for word-puzzle lovers. It might be a bit more of a game than a puzzle, but I think it is not limitless in it's answers, so a final answer could be found (eventually). What is ...
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Alphabet splitting extraordinaire!

Here are three ways of splitting the letters of the English alphabet into two groups: 1) ABDOPQR; CEFGHIJKLMNSTUVWXYZ 2) BCDGJOPQRSU; AEFHIKLMNTVWXYZ 3) DFHIJLNOPRTUVXYZ; ABCEGKMQSW In each case, ...
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Longest Calculator Word?

Current Best; Babingtonites = 5371207621898; 13 letters We all know from fooling around with a calculator at some point in our lives, the when we turn a calculator upside down we can make words. For ...
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Shortest sentence with 2 sets of synonyms?

Current Best: 13 characters This time I'm asking you guys to determine the shortest possible grammatically correct english sentence that includes 2 pairs of synonyms (different words that mean the ...
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Shortest sentence with two auto-antonyms

You have to use two words that are each their own opposite (auto-antonyms, contronyms, contranyms or whatever you want to call it) in the same sentence. This means that each of the two words in used ...
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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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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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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

I am a seven letter word. If you remove one letter from me my meaning does not change. If you remove two letters from me my meaning still does not change, and if you remove three letters from me, my ...
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A grammatically valid sentence in English containing seven “that”'s in a row?

About 20 years ago on a forum now long gone, someone posted the above question. After people had had a chance to try it, he also posted the answer. I no longer remember the answer but really wish I ...
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Too Many Damn Buffalos [closed]

"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" The sentence above is an actual sentence which makes perfect sense and is not wrong. The word "Buffalo" has three meanings: ...