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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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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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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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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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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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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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A phonetic Vowelburger™ Riddle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 5 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only at the linguistic restaurant - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! 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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A Puzzling Family

Ben is brother to Pat; Daisy is sister to Tori; Gail has two big brothers: Carl and Kyle, who look very similar. They all stay close to town, don't like to venture out. But then there's the other ...
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What does “seeivgehnt” mean?

A few weeks earlier, I thought of this rebus: seeivgehnt and it could be interpreted as: What common phrase does it mean?
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Lingual Trinity

Mr. E. L., Mr. E. E., and Mr. R. K. met together. Mr. E. L. shows a word, 6 letters, all capital. In Mr. E. E.'s vision, the word means "wine." In Mr. R. K.'s vision, the word means "...
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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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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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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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Close encounter of the orthographical kind

Over here! Hey! People! Thank goodness. I managed to escape. I was held captive in a Keerg spaceship hovering high above the continental United States. They pointed on different places on a map and ...
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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 things ...
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An Italian rebus

How is Giovanni doing? lunedì martedì mercoledì giovedì sabato domenica
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Diminished Decrees

Diminished Decrees Before including a letter in any word, the inhabitants of this town check how much the letter is worth. Town Decrees: 1: Each enizen of this lan is prohibite from estroyin thins ...
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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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Which Sport? A non math question

This relates to a sport, a great accomplishment. It is a word.
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A Multilingual Meal

I came up with this one many moons ago but just now got around to sharing it. You're going out to brunch with your polyglot friend, and, when you ask him what he would like, he says, "I'll have the ...
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The only thing I understood was espresso

Cogito ergo sum, Om mani padme hum. Ordem e progresso, Cognac e espresso. One of the speech, One of the mouth, One of the tongue, One into the mouth. Looking for four words of four ...
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Just or hoax - who is he?

In one language just, in another language Hoax. Who is he? HINT:
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Literally Riley

My prefix sounds of lines My infix's on signs My suffix's hat's askew I'm Spanish, it's true What word am I?!
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This Riddle Should Be Easy

I am a word with rhyming parts, Each part a word if spoken aloud. The first is to bully The last is to steal And spoken together, a pleasant meal. What am I?
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What is a Horsethorn 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 Horsethorn Word™. Use ...
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A Rattling Tale

(I apologise for the length of this story and poor formatting of the dialogue. There are some pretty long questions at /questions/tagged/story, so I figured they are not banned. If you feel it is too ...
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A fish story on aymara language

Interesting story I stumbled upon: Aymara is a South American language spoken by more than 2 million people in the area around Lake Titicaca. Among the speakers of Aymara are the Uros, a fishing ...
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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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Why should we all run away?

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Is there a hidden message this old Polybius listing?

I recently watched this video about the mythical arcade game Polybius. It's a well-crafted investigation that thoroughly debunks the myth, but there's a segment in which the investigator suspects a ...
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What kind of people can answer this riddle?

What kind of people can answer the following riddle? Call a=1, b=2, and so on. What is the longest common English word that can be made from only prime letters?
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Multilanguage generalization of “What number is that? Asks Grandpa”

This is a multilingual generalized follow-on to "What number is that? Asks Grandpa", which I restate as: "What is the smallest positive English integer N, for which if you take its WORD anagram and ...
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Yet more consonant sameness

Never one to revile the practice of doing the same idea as everyone else here is another consonant puzzle Consonants remain in same order and the vowels shuffle so for example Lone Star State Cabs is ...
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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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A riddling rhyme: Far

You are far away yet you are near, You are far away yet I can hear, You were rather close now you are not, You sent me a message of that I got, You are far away yet I can see, You're looking for a ...
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Where I am going for vacations?

"Yes we can" More personal In another language Which country am I going to for vacations? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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Is there a name for this kind of anagram?

I was thinking about anagrams and I was wondering if there was a name for anagrams that keep the relative order of the letters, but instead rearranges them by moving the starting point of the word and ...
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Endless pain and Belgian ale

Endless pain with prosecutor is board game and peace garden place in anonymous organization (6) South German to a Spaniard is Hebrew month in alehouse with well-rounded finish (6) 100th ...
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Songsmiths and dictators

Russian to infamous Soviet dictator. Spanish to liquefied timepiece creator. English to songsmith with capital name. French to one whose end in Waterloo came. What are we listing?
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The Babel Brotherhood - #3 (Fan Made)

Recently, the puzzles of @Racso and @PerpetualJ caught my attention and I had to make one myself. Check out The Babel Brotherhood - #1 and The Babel Brotherhood - #2 if you're unsure how this works. ...

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