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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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Quel est le dernier mot?

What is the last word / Quel est le dernier mot? ...
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Cool language nerds won't hang out with me

It has long been my dream to be a part of the extremely exclusive Language Nerds' Club. Today, I walked into their clubhouse and stated my wish to become a bona fide member. See how I used Latin there?...
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Monoalphabetic Geometry

This is a second puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here. A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ and one symbol has been replaced ...
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Deer-hunting in Mesak

The following are ten sentences in the Mesak language: ...
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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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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 a Russian ay

I am a Russian ay, ah, in the English way! For many is to say, the booty's ours, hooray! I am an English ay, ah, in the Russian way! For many not to say, and all is quite okay! ...
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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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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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Where is he Hiding?

My friend Bob is an alien, and he is evading capture by the United States government. His native alien language is one in which the letters of each word in a sentence are superimposed on each other, ...
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Ornithogenic Turnover

Peptiberg: Hello, friend. Why do you look so pleased? Tippgeber: My friend just had a change of profession - from a divisive one to a constructive one. Peptiberg: Was it a smooth transition? ...
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A word pronounced like letters

Can you give me a word that when pronounced, sounds exactly like pronouncing some of the letters of the alphabet. For example The word TEEPEE sounds exactly like the letters T and P so TP, just as ...
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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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Where Mongol herds graze

One of us – largest outside polar regions; another one's island's shared with Indonesians; a third one is found at the edge of the first, a break from the dryness to quench people's thirst....
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Rebus with 20 song titles

Guess the 20 song titles depicted above.
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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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Rebuses with an unknown symbol

Each picture features the same unknown symbol. What does it mean? Where would you place it fit in the final answer?
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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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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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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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Creepy video on Youtube, with secret cipher built in

This showed up in r/deepintoyoutube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1ExfbH4Jew I've posted it around, and no one has solved it. I believe it is a cipher for a couple of reasons, at the end 26 ...
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Time to ring in the new year with an enchanting puzzle

--This text is 30 characters--
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To Squanch or not to Squanch: That is the Squanch

I've been thinking about Squanchics (how we Squanch words) and language in general. I really Squanch that it matters not if Squanch uses words we are familiar with when they are Squanching or ...
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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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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 hangman game backward # 11

It's been a while! Hangman game backward #11 - guess what the question was: fill in "c" - Some said I'm black, others said I'm white. Either way you'll find it hard to lose me. fill in "j" - You ...
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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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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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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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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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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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A transgenre puzzle with rowing

Capital city that matches [A-H]+, take out the first four and then add deux cents plus; crossing the Danube, you make your way north; stay on that route till the coastline comes forth. ...
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A rare glimpse into a puzzlesmith's workshop

Note: The introductory text is only for flavour. All information needed to solve the puzzle is in the images below. Feel free to skip ahead to where it says "puzzle starts here". Prologue It was a ...
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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 ...
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Crime lords and valuables

Lost consciousness's rate of return is Spanish valuables in Swedish valuables. (5) The light side running a confused non-gay. (6) Stirring a Malay T for a grateful Spanish spirit. (6) Dear ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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A journey through letters and numbers

In the year 2407476658354979366708415043923125501315337890943021769230219230892355006879909214795402102204224, as cosmopolitanism is in the air and companies are more than ever bound to ...
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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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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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The Seven Siblings

PREFACE This is a more lively try on "Where do I want to go next?" riddles, hope you like it! THE PUZZLE Hi, here are us, the seven siblings, but one is missing! The brothers: A: Let's introduce ...
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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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Never shall we die…!

Here now the accounts of the nine pirate lords And one impostor amidst them all Here now their voice and story And which impostor to die The first of all is the chief of all Hidden by ...
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Colourful cryptic

No numbers in this grid. The clues are grouped into 12 squares by the location of the word's first letter. No guesswork is needed – if you have the correct answers, there's only one way to fit ...
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Piece de Resistance - Five Flowers with One Missing

Five - Flowers with One Missing This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five ... Removing the silver matter, you see this ...
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What can this rebus solve? How can this rebus be solved?

This is my first rebus, constructive suggestions are welcome. Enjoy! Mistake: the diagonal of the green circle on the right should be from the top right to the bottom left instead of from the top ...