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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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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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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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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 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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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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Trivial cipher + some linguistics

I think that the title says enough. I would like to apologise for probable mistakes, but I hope I did not do them in the cipher and they should not matter much in the second part. What does it mean?: ...
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Little Pictures: Charlie's Lunch Edition

Charlie was at school- middle school, to be exact. He had begun to chat with others his age, and was starting to make some friends. In particular, he had found a female friend, which made him very ...
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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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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, ...
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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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I Come from a Different Family

This riddle was inspired somewhat by the "No Bake" Riddle, and the subsequent discussion regarding the creation of an American-English tag. That should serve as a first hint, others will be added as ...
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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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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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Little shared property puzzle

What property do the things on this list share? 7 W Spring Yellow Rock Magenta Gas Shoulders Medium Examples of things not on the list: Solid Blue ...
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The Wizard's Spellbook

One day in the 1620's, you discover a cave. Deep in the cave, you discover a door. Behind the door, you discover a hall. Deep in the hall is the wizard's house. Lit by candles, a large leather bound ...
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Can you solve this rebus puzzle 2?

Two separate words. Can you solve it?
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A pet rabbit called Belle

I have a pet rabbit. Her name is Belle. Most people think she is French (because Belle means "beautiful" in French, and my, this rabbit is beautiful) but she is not. Her fur was also painted Rainbow ...
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Affix riddle with pharaoh

In the tongue of a beautiful pharaoh for a prefix this word has a small O. For a suffix small N, for an infix small M, and, itself, it is only a small O. What is the word?
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Yet another backwards hangman

Insprired by the previous backwards hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), which was solved so quickly, I though I'd make another one. Hopefully slightly harder! Three solutions in a minute ...
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2011 Olaskian riddle. [Fictional]

In the 2011 Olaskia, Jonathan woke up in the morning, ate his homemade breakfast, and drank 4 cups of water. Jonathan discovered some odd riddle-like message in the bottom of his refrigerator, the ...
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What can I be? (Second attempt)

I exist in many languages In these languages, I exist in many forms In the most common language, I am defined as breathable In an ethnic group which has the same name as a programming ...
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More Russian Nesting Words

Consider the words he, mother, and smothered. These words form a series, each nested in the next: he, mother, smothered. Such a series can be encoded with a clue consisting of the following: ...
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Soar High for You? No Way!

Me and my fellows upon a time, Have earned the championship in our prime. Alas! That time has passed, my dearest fren', But we are still often used, according to Ben. Soar high for ...
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A Stulano family

Shortly after embarking on your trans-oceanic voyage, you meet an extended family who speak Stulano.* Although you don't share a language, they quickly "adopt" you as one of their own. You pass a ...
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The Yerata number system

There are only a few words for numbers in the Yerata1 language. Here are all of them, in random order: imu tere nuopo rowintom rowintom rowintom imu tere nuopo re nuopo rowintom re nuopo nuobo imu ...
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The hangman game backward #6

Hangman game backward version 6 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - I am a magical device that you can convert energy with the tip of your fingers. fill in a "g" - You can hear, under one ...
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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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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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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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The strange encoding

Good luck trying to solve this riddle. ...
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You can't see this rebus riddle

It is a rebus, fine But also a riddle It must be a sign Spoken but seen a little
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My First Mosquito Bite

Help! I just moved houses into an area with many mosquitoes. However, I haven't been outside all week - ever since the first bump appeared on my skin. What's happening to me? Is this some weird sort ...
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Largest number of eɪ sounds in a word

This is a simple puzzle about English words. Which English word has the largest number of eɪ sounds in it? The phonetic sound /eɪ/ is the same as the letter "A" or the "ay" in day or the "eigh" in "...
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The writing is on the wall for these hieroglyphics

My mother, turning 80 this month, is convinced that anyone born into Generation Z will not be able to decipher the following. This is an ancient form of communication called "Cursive" [kur-siv], ...
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Such pride, such strength

19th; cobra, melancholy, like, talk. Reverse of 23; anger, the gathering, create. Intelligent adjective; gain, gone, under reverse. Never work; below, before 20, the gooseling. Go figure... ...
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Soapbox on a street corner

When I was walking today, I came across a man standing on a soapbox. He was broadcasting his view to the world, and though he was speaking in English, I couldn't understand what he was going on about. ...
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The hangman game backward #9

Hangman game backward #9 - guess what was the question: fill in "i" - a famous city in New York, Illinois and Nevada. fill in "o" - half of the population said to have experience being one. fill in "...
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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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The Babel Brotherhood - #2

Inspired by @Racso's Babel Brotherhood #1, I've decided to create one as well. Good luck to you all! Also, @Racso, I would love some feedback on my first attempt so I can make sure my future ...
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Translate a new language

You are given the task as translator for a new language. There is no dictionary but you are given the following translations to help you. kisha dogafam kotirash ‘Someone has shot the squire.’ ...