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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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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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Transforming letters into words

I found this weird-looking puzzle in the 2007 Tournament of the Towns. For each letter A to Z, I allot a specific English word containing (but not necessarily starting with) that letter. Then I write ...
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Room 11: Bits and pieces of Chinese history

Credit: Brandon X. This is part of a larger riddle room puzzle. Other rooms: Room 213 You have just woken up. You recall the night before, being driven from your home to a luxurious hotel by some ...
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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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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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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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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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Stocks and shares: Another Grandpa Mystery

In his retirement Grandpa likes to manage his own investments. He studies global company stocks, their earnings, products, dividends all kinds of statistics and numbers and makes his buy choices ...
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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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Hangman game backward #12

Time to get back to Puzzling! Hangman game backward #12 - guess what the question was: fill in "a" - In some area it proves to be a big problem to kids / teens or even adults these day, which ...
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Not the only one

I am one, but not the only one. If you deify me, I leave. If you do something else to me, I give wisdom. If you take me, you are doing something that starts with me. What am I? Hint:
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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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Ideological rebus

The answers form one word. #1 #2 #3 #4 Hint for #3: Image credits: clue 1 #1: dtstuff9, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue 1 #2: See Li, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue 1 #3: Mingle Media TV, CC-BY-SA 2.0 clue ...
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When are the verbs “divide” and “multiply” synonyms, rather than antonyms?

The answer has nothing to do with multiplicative inverses / reciprocals.
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My prefix is the result of human creativity

My prefix is the result of human creativity. My suffix creates hazards. My infix represents me in another language. I am often found in the ground. What am I?
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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 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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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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What is an Ipsum Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Ipsum Word™. Use the examples ...
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What is a Trimpar Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Trimpar Word™. Use the examples ...
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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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What English words contain the vowel letters, a, e, i, o, and u, with fewest consonant letters?

What English words contain the five vowel letters, a, e, i, o, and u, with fewest consonant letters? Facetious and abstemious contain the five in alphabetical order, and each contains four consonant ...
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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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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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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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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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Unusual letter combinations 2

I really liked this puzzle so I made my own version of it! I'll give you an unusual set of letters which are present consicutively in one* word in the English language (and possibly its derivatives, ...
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The numbers, Mason, what do they mean?

I'm made up of: __ colours of magic __ poules françaises __ gestation months __ nations playing rugby __ friends of Balthazar and also __ is imaginary squared __ six mod three __ ...
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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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Decode the letters from a criminal organization

Last Saturday (2018-12-08), the Brazilian police caught those letters written by the bosses of a big brazilian criminal organization in jail intended to be delivered to their men in the streets. The ...
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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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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 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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Streaming live from Rio

Check out this list of destinations I compiled for my vacation. The content of the list is still a bit fluid, but the ordering should be correct now. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Baghdad, Iraq ...
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Why should we all run away?

1̡̻̜͎̰͍̺̞̦̗͔̣̘͕͇̩̦̩̽͛̒̅̅̉̉̋͟-̨̧̬͈͓̲̰̦̙̺͙͚̩͈ͦͤ̂̂͂ͦ̾ͨ͆͗̔ͧ͘5̸̸̹͚̬̠͕̞̖͎͚͔̖͍͑͊̂̇ͯͪ̀͠͝ͅ-̶͓̫̝̗̞͚̲̯̹̼͑̐͂̃ͭ̍͆̃͒ͥͭ͊͝1̷̶̛̪̝̺̗͚̮̥͎͇̰̣̻͍̰͕̭ͨ̀͋ͣ̈́ͥ̿̽͑͐̊ͩ͊̅̓͞ͅ;̸͖͈͖̯̦̝̞͚̄̎̆̄̔ͧ̋̿̀͞ ...
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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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Wordmorph K: An Introduction

Let me introduce you to a game I invented called Wordmorph K (WmK). You may have played a variation of this game in the past. WmK Rules: 1) The objective is to transform the "Start Word" to the "...
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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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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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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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French encoded message

A friend of mine gave me this enigma. As I am pretty bad with enigma, I am asking for your help. Here it is LEEN¤¤RAOPI¤¤ADEUS¤DC¤HQODCEOEL¤A¤T¤¤LNUEA¤PMPASNIG ...
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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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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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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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What is a Russian Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Russian Word™. Use the examples ...
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I live in a spaceship

I live in a spaceship that travels so 快地, along with a doctor who I find 真帅的, my features are 美丽, my name rhymes with 内力, it's my job to fix if the engine goes 坏了. Who am I?
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Common Marsupials and Rare Antelopes

Following the surge of riddles from senpais: this by jafe, and this by Rand al'Thor I hide as a puzzle in Malaysian spoon, Bounding sturdy monument and sturdy wood. Upside-down in common ...
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Find the phrases

There are 4 words: A, B, C, and D A and B are synonymous verbs. C and D are two letter words. A C D and B C D are English phrases (mostly American) with opposite meaning from each other. What ...
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Just Read My Lips

Do you know the game I play? I think that it's quite fun. Find the rules that bind it, and you just might find the one. This puzzle's for lovers once kissing - and a missing thing used for ...