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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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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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Basic manners in the UK [closed]

You are a foreigner with heavy accent living in the UK. If you want to be polite getting off public transport, you can say a number and a letter to the driver. Which number and which letter?
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3 = 6 ? Another non math question. Another Grandpa Mystery

Now I know Grandpa asks silly questions all the time. He says to me: "Son, this is based on my personal experience. I was with a friend today. He made a gesture. By making this gesture he ...
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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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Harriet's final exam

Harriet woke up in her dorm room and found a letter from the school's faculty, along with 12 small cards with some words written on them. Congratulations on completing the coursework in the ...
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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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The Green Glass Door, Revisited

I'm sure you've all heard of the famed Green Glass Door: A butterfly can go through the door, but a moth can't. A sheep can go through the door, but a horse can't. etc. However, I have found a door ...
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Russian spelled by a German

Hi! What goes down must come up. Russian spelled by a German. Found in a pair of megacities. Live once! What am I describing?
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Plural-ling plurals

On one recent car trip my mates and I were discussing the endlessly fascinating world of English Language. When one of us brought up the famous "octopus plural becomes octopi" it started a whole gamut ...
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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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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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Beer, baccarat and Bee Gees

I can be found in a Bee Gees refrain and in a baccarat deck. Bavarian beer and in any old sayin', arabs, Oman and Iraq. I start the name of an old Saudi king, inside of his kingdom I'm ...
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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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Envisage the Answer

Little bat went on a trip recently and met with four friends who were of different species. They wrote the following poem in his honor and, as an extra surprise, they hid inside it. Can you find them? ...
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The thousand-year enigma

Three two and five versus one five and three twos, sellable merchandise made out of these clues, latter being northern the first's in the east, country's name one thousand years back at least. ...
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What does this translate to? - The game #1

The above picture translates to: ...
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10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X

10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X Can you solve the puzzle in this expression? You must only replace the 'X' to solve this puzzle. You must not add, remove, rearrange or modify any of the other characters. 'X' ...
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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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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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No, he was not wearing a wig

It may be a bit of an overused trope, but my husband-to-be took me to eat in a nice restaurant for my birthday. When we entered the restaurant, I had a strange feeling that this was something I'd seen ...
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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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Multi Talented Individual

With the help of some of my friends, I can do the following: break things apart into pieces (verb) stop people from arguing with one another (noun) make some really strong ...
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Say My Name Please

People, demons, deities-- These three love to follow me. Starving, penniless--where reside thee? I may satiate or be half your need. Cupboards, crumbs, committees-- Those are different ...
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Frenchman claims new victim

A notorious French contract killer has taken another high-profile victim. The following clues describe the time of year of the attack, the weapon used, the place in which the hit was made, and the ...
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Part pokemon am I

Part pokemon am I, or perhaps two, But not to belie, what I think of you. I’m often confused, with low ‘r camping Or expressly used, when overbar adding. What am I? Hint 1 ...
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Weird WhatsApp message

Today I found by internet an artist that does commissions. I wanted to get drawn a map for one of my role playing games. First I tried to call him (there's a lot personal info on the website I found ...
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I've messed up again. I'm such a failure

My brother always says that I can never do anything right. It looks like I've proven his point for him once again... I tried to create some IPA pronunciation guides, but I managed to put the letters ...
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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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Computational Linguists

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1.Computational Linguists In order to help me boost my paltry grades, the professor of my computer class has given me an extra credit ...
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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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Please help me find myself

When I am in the sea, I'm always falsy When you add it, you can finally see me! When you take a drink with me, people say I'm a fool - but I always drop the l. hint: hint 2: last hint:
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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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Goose Gone Fishing

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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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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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Vier Rows Siete Colonnes

Ausfüllen the espacios vides ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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An astronomical saw

In very similar manner, only one is successful, spending his wealth, a fruit for his health. What misery causes. Who am I? Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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What is a Richi 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 special rule, I call it a Richi Word™. Use the ...
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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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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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The Babel Brotherhood - #1

Meta: If you find this kind of puzzle fun, I'd like to make a complete series with the same style. Let's see how it goes! The Babel Brotherhood is composed of people from all around the world. Two ...
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Ollie really wanted the soup

Coworkers Eddie M. and Ollie G. are going to lunch. They're standing in line to get some soup and talking about their day. Eddie: ...long story short, we had to dig up the metadata from some ...
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Monoalphabetic Equation

A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$. Following are some of the words that consist of those letters, and their meaning: $abc = a\ title\ (n.)$ $abcd = a\ title\ > ...
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Translation Train

Complete the following bizarre translations to figure out if I made this puzzle too difficult: $\mathbf 6$ $\rightarrow$ Sus Domesticus $\rightarrow$ ! $\rightarrow$ Auf Englisch.
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Name That… Name?

A ton of shackles trapped in ice A black man who is green seems nice A group of two Englishmen with love for different girls A man of small units makes chemists go for a whirl People don't take ...
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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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Math in Space (without the help of celebrities)

When life is finally discovered in another solar system, the government sends a bunch of pop-culture celebrities as ambassadors to meet and greet these newfound organisms. In this new planet system, ...
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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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Riled Up Riley Riddle 3

This riddle is intended to be spectacular Because you need more than one vernacular My prefix can fly and it can also steal Use French, and you will seal the deal Spanish in the suffix is ...