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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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Bro's password… must've forgotten

My overseas friend has forgotten the password to his SackExpunge account, and the only information he wrote down about it was this: Username: LiveSound Password: ...
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Find the synonymous opposites!

Find a pair of English words each of which can be a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb such that: as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, they're opposite in meaning as verbs, they have the same meaning (I'...
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A Voynichian Challenge

Background: what follows is not a foreign language. Rather, it is a symbol-based code of English. You could think of it as falling between semaphore flags, which use a symbol per letter, and Shavian, ...
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Another subway puzzle

Inspired from this, here's my metro puzzle From Mickey's home you've started As Caesar would say: "nojk vo gpbypiph novodji" You then took the lower-rainbow-line Missed your appointment ...
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Just another puzzle

Another puzzle.... it goes: ory-llo baste-bet-iram-el ↻-yang-to-lp? 32 3543 X442 Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: Hint 5: Hint 6:
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Mysterious note at the United Nations

Mysterious note at the United Nations Location: UN headquarters Date: Unknown You have just had a presentation on world wide economic reform which would be enforced by the UN. It felt good! The ...
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In yellows and blacks

In yellows and blacks, He often lives on racks, He loves none but Penny. Hint:
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WmK: Oh, Life Relax Please!

"Oh, Life Relax Please!" is the title of a book about yoga that my Grandfather gifted me. This Wordmorph K is inspired by his love of wisdom and knowledge. If you are not familiar with this ...
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Word-Letter Ladder

Inspired by this What is the longest word you can form by using other words arranged in alphabetical order, and making a ladder out of their letters. Example: (8 letters - Identity) ...
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Longest Calculator Word?

Current Best; Babingtonites = 5371207621898; 13 letters We all know from fooling around with a calculator at some point in our lives, the when we turn a calculator upside down we can make words. For ...
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Mother in law is the daughter of mother in law

A Male and a Female were sitting on a bench in a garden. The Gardener asked the Male, "What is your relation with this Female?" the Male replied, "Her mother-in-law is the daughter of my mother-in-law....
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Make a sentence with the most different uses of the same word [closed]

Background I recently stumbled across the following grammatically correct sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. This sentence relies on the fact that the ...
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Categories within Categories

Each of these sets of five words has an odd member out. The other four words fall under a specific category, which can then be further generalized with a single word. Once you discover each of the ...
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Better word search building - Filling Space

I have been unsatisfied with the quality of word searches I am producing. I've been filling the squares that are empty after the words are placed with random letters. Too many of the empty squares ...
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Is it possible to find a word ending in every letter-vowel combination?

Take your five vowels and add each letter of the alphabet in front of them i.e. AA,BA,CA,DA. This should give you 130 different letter combinations. Is it possible to find an English word(not ...
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Military Weapon System

To access the Military Weapon System we need to enter a multi-language password with a keypad. There is a clue for the above selection and we can front attack it but maybe there is a trial limit. ...
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Quick riddle because I haven't for a while… Hopefully it makes sense even with all the sounds-likes

I was once this until I was no, I did this just an hour ago, You'll hear it if you're asked to wait, or if you're told that you are late. What is it?
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I am PAKISTAN, but also ISTANBUL. Who am I?

I am PAKISTAN I am ISTANBUL I am KYRGYZSTAN Who am I?
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What do a House, a Garden, and a River all have in Common?

What do a house, a garden, and a river all have in common? The answer should be clear, as you think on it every night.
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Backwards Hangman

All credits to @Alex for inventing this type of puzzle with the original and the sequel. Guess an "R" - I can only be spelled right. Guess an "F" - Lots of me took place in the world wars. Guess an "...
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 4)

Cyrus opened the box carefully. Inside there was a strange totem made of metal. Cyrus decided to keep it. Suddenly, a cupboard opened by itself, and showed a secret passageway. Cyrus grabbed other ...
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Mixed Backwards Hangmen

My previous backward hangman (created originally by Alex, see here), was still solved too quickly, so I thought I'd make another tweak to make it a bit more tricky. This time, whatever the bizarre ...
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I May Have Horns, But I Am Not the Devil

A big credit to @frodoskywalker for my riddle. Although the user did not write this riddle, one of their answers on this site served an inspiration. I will not show the particular answer, however, in ...
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No strings attached? Think twice! Which music video features a bird tied to a string?

It's 198-two. I might be a white cocka-two. Feeling caged, I try to brake free, from the 19th to the 21st: two seconds. Only one thing on my mind, not two; stupid line between me and my cage too: ...
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Good family relationship

Mr.K's message: It's a beautiful day outside! Geese are flying. Remember that my favorite seafood is squid? It's best served with Java waterdropwort! Let's eat them next time we meet, dad. Also note ...
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Answer This Daily Puzzle

Source of Puzzle Can you name a three letter English verb that becomes its past tense simply by moving the first letter to the end?
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How to pronounce this word? [closed]

After reading this question just yet, it reminded me of something my English teacher once told me. What is the proper pronunciation of the following word, and why? ghoti
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Longest autological loop?

A word is said to be autological if it describes itself. This can be a property of both nouns and adjectives; for example, "noun" is a noun and "pentasyllabic" is pentasyllabic. We can also construct ...
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What do I want for lunch?

I’ve crafted a new puzzle for the community; good luck to you all!
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What phonetic word form can generate the largest number of valid English words when adding single vowel sounds?

If you take the phonetic word form /fl* (where * denotes any vowel sound), you can create (at least) 6 valid English words: flay, flee, fly, flow, flue, flaw. Which single-vowel phonetic word form ...
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Another phonetic Vowelburger™ Riddle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 7 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only at the linguistic restaurant - help me identifing each one from the description on the menu! $$ \...
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Michel's cryptic kana

My friend Michel is at it again. Today I found this email in my inbox: Subject: おいじゃくしゃあむう いみしゃあ りょん ぎをえしゃきょお てば おんない あきわんのんこお しいしゅう ぞびいけえ るう りゃいじい るう りょん わぐ えきゃ。お うてにょいつ うた ごりゅえや ごんをいれんや ううせえにょうさいじゃ ...
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Can you think of any exceptions to the following rules? [closed]

A. The word ‘the’ is not used with the names of people. B. The past simple form of the verb is only used to describe finished events or states. C. The word ‘some’ is used in statements; the word ‘...
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Memory Enhancement Through Numeric Imagery - What is the longest or best coherent sentence/paragraph/story you can make?

The guy who recited 20k numbers of pi by memory alone used a system where he converted numbers into consonants and then grouped words or sentences together to remember a huge amount of numbers. Here'...
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Decipher the message

Message: 2519977! 61 1315079 799! clues: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_alphabet https://translate.google.com/
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Alphabet II: Unified Alloy Bonds

As always, good luck! Caution your tongue, the king you will abide. Scribe! Yes sire? The new table will arrive soon! Seat it left of seaside. Hints The ...
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Spanish rebus puzzle

I need help in solving this picture riddle in Spanish language.
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The riddle of no sense

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What does this text mean?

Please help me decipher the text
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The professor's mouthful

"I beg your pardon?" I spluttered. "You study what?! That sounds like a tongue-twister." She repeated it, and I asked what it meant. "I study the cause of the naming conventions of insects." What ...
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Find the hidden message in this weird array

This puzzle is from my best friend. ? ? 0 ? ? ? ? ? 1 3 0 1 8 2 0 Figure out the answer. Do not ignore any of the tags! Hint:
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One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall. Riley Riddle

Of every generation, the first is always the best. Prefix will help your station, given free without jest. The infix is a hoot, you'll be thrown for a loop. It's what you did with fruit, you'll see ...
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What's my name and how did I construct my signature?

I recently changed my signature and have started rolling it out on forms. Here's the new one in a couple of versions so you can see the range of unimportant vs. important characteristics. What's my ...
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Puzzle #4: Enigmatic Entry

A detective is showing off notes to the lieutenant of the precinct he works at. Being a more classy investigator, he keeps a journal of notes that he separates by case. However, in order to ensure ...
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How to rephrase a sign text with a limited alphabet, but retain the meaning and humor?

I am creating a goofy sign for a pool using a vinyl letter set, which contains a limited alphabet of upper and lower case letters: AAABBBCCDDEEEFFGGHHIIIJJKKLLMMNNOOOPPQRRRSSSTTUUVVWWXXYYZZ ...
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iEnglish word and its secret Puzzle [closed]

Many students pass their A-Levels (UK), High School Degree or their countries' equivalent. Most of them passionately have to study mathematics and in one of their courses, they might have heard: ...
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 8)

After tapping on the wall, it opened automatically. Inside was another corridor - as damp as the previous one. "Eww!" exclaimed Cyrus. At the end of the corridor, a huge stone tablet blocked the road. ...
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What A Crazy Night

Having decided to accept an invitation to a party, you arrive at midnight in full dress. However, inside the mansion is a scene of madness. across the Hall, a Star flings a Cup of Water at an ...
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How to tell somone at random you want to speak with him using only numbers and the first 4 letters of the Alphabet? [closed]

There’s a token on Ethereum which seems to be very famous according to the number of peoples using it and the amount of money collected. But yet, Googling the function names as well as the ...
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Can you name this town? [closed]

I am a town in the state of Karnataka in India. The first two syllables of my name means 'man, hero or a person' in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. The next four syllables translate to 'lion' ...

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