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Three 8-letter words with at least 23 different letters

I have literally dozens of wordsets containing 22 different letters, but haven't been able to crack 23, and DEFINITELY not 24. Can you do it? Here are as many of mine as I feel like posting, to get ...
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'SILVER' -> ‘LESIRU' and 'GOLDEN' -> 'LEGOND', so 'NATURE' -> what?

I found this problem in an Indian Highschool Reasoning Olympiad. (image) If 'SILVER' is coded as 'LESIRU' and 'GOLDEN' is coded as 'LEGOND', then in the same code language how 'NATURE' will be coded ...
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Can you find the missing letters?

A pattern of letters has had letters 10 through 20 deleted. Your job is to find out what letters should go in spots 10-20. Here is the pattern: a, b, c, d, d, d, f, e, f, _, _, _, _, _, _, _, _, _, _, ...
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Order the cities, then find which one is not described

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!. Here are four cities, each of them in a different country. What you need to do is the following. Figure ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #07 (Geography 2/4): String Theory

This is part 7 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. If e* t* u* v* w* x* y* is H... What relevant (if ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #04 (Art and Literature 1/4): Threesome

This is part 4 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. QUE STI ONS SEC@ND L@TR V@LUME B@ANWELL’S AUTHO@ ...
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Quordle: Killer Guess

The last time I played Quordle, I didn't perfectly match any of the four words on my first guess. But my first guess did give me enough information to fully deduce the solution. (Note that a solution ...
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Alphabet snake, master of camouflage

The alphabet snake is a master of camouflage. It finds a section of text in an old book or newspaper... ...crawls upon it... ...and disappears. Now see if your camouflage skills can match those ...
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Only Connect - all at once!

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #9: Game/Quiz Shows. Did you see the glitch on Only Connect last Monday?* The one where all four of the rounds got merged into one?! Effectively, ...
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Patrick Terne Wants to Be a Millionaire

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #9: Game/Quiz Shows. Sergeant Sequence had it all sussed out at last - his nemesis Patrick Terne was funding his criminal operations via an enormous ...
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Whose garden centre did we visit?

So my mum and I were in a garden centre the other day, run by a large British organisation. Of course, garden centres sell all kinds of things, including home decoration. They had some jarred candles ...
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Known for my code

I am known for my code. If you add a letter before my last one, my first three letters are never eaten by my last five letters. What is my first letter?
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Themed Boggle Grids Continued

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #7: Board games. Click here for the rules. Here are some more themed Boggle grids that I created or discovered. Some of these may be references to ...
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Using sentence, turn intense into incense; what tool do I need?

Puzzle What tool do I need to turn intense into incense, using sentence? The same tool can turn dated into demented, using statement. Hints (Kudos: the accepted answer was published before the hints.)...
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Right turn only puzzle

Here is a grid with 24 spaces filled with letters. Pick any place to start your travel in the grid taking right turns only. You must get to all remaining 23 spaces but only once. By doing so create a ...
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Dangerous affection

This word means "(ability) to impose affection", good or malicious. But if broken apart, the spelling of the parts would mean "to witness damage". What is this word?
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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 3): Okay everybody, from the top!

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > My brother ...
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Beatboxer? Get on the tiles!

The three overlapping ellipses form seven curved regions - place one tile in each region so that the tiles in any one ellipse can be re-arranged into an eight-letter solution to the corresponding clue!...
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Catching the "L" train

This is a more difficult version of an earlier puzzle. Hit the "C" ball at such an angle that it creates a chain reaction which ultimately dislodges the "L" ball. Whenever the ...
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Release the "Q" ball

Hit the "I" ball at such an angle that it creates a chain reaction which ultimately dislodges the "Q" ball. Whenever the ball in motion hits a stationary ball, the ball in motion ...
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We're just hanging out, man

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #3: Pencil and Paper Games I'm a bit unsure who to ask about this... You see, there's this guy I know. I say 'know' - we're not close mates, come ...
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Avoid consuming broken cereal?

Please allow me to lead you on a merry dance through the following original puzzle (for which you will need to work out exactly which way to proceed). The question is: What type of dance is it? The ...
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Pigpen Tic-Tac-Toe

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #3: Pencil and Paper Games Introducing a new tic-tac-toe variant of my own devising (at least I haven't found an equivalent anywhere online). ...
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Swimmers' favouritism towards letters!

This puzzle is about five professional male swimmers In 2004, after swimming for 200 m and 400 m separately, Michael Phelps started disliking double E but liked the letter I. He then started reading ...
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An IQ test for the brave

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody $$ \begin{array}{|c|c|c|} \hline \text{Cr} & \text{Br} & \text{Rl} \\ \hline \text{Je} & \text{Ud} & \text{Ft} ...
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Another pseudo-IQ question

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody People keep asking me if there's anything between me and my good friend Ingrid Deduction... Well, it's... complicated... We go ...
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Now I've boxed my ABC's

Well, almost. Can you figure out my letter-classifying system, and where to put W, X, Y, and Z?
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Longer Than Usual

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx One for my fellow mapheads and pub quiz fans... There are many puzzles on PSE which use one-or-two-letter ...
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Two mystical trees

Behold, the mystical Tree of B: Notice that every path from trunk to canopy forms a word. You should see 16 words (from left to right: BLOOM, BLOOD, BLOWN, BLOWS, BLAND, BLANK, BLASÉ, BLAST, BROOK, ...
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The Moon and the Great Wall

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx Instructions for this modified connecting wall: In the connecting wall below, each item as written contains one ...
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IATA Airport Abbreviations

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx I had a visit yesterday from my good friend Major M. Provement. I say 'good friend' but he can actually be pretty ...
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Excellence? Perfection? Success?

What are you striving for? ACENT / CENOS / AEGNTT / ACGNNOTT EEEJNSWY / AEEHIMNPRSW / AACHILNNORRT / AAEERLW / KNORWY / AGIINRV / AACEHMSSSTTU / AAEINNNPSVY / EGGIOR / CCCEINOTTU / AALMNRY ...
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A message, for you only!

The image below holds a secret. The question is: Which letter should replace the question mark and why? Hints:
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A Serious Tale of Two Countries

The seven regions formed by the intersecting ellipses are each home to exactly one of the seven tiles. Can you place the tiles so that those in each ellipse can be rearranged to solve the ...
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FIND 4 sets of 5-letter words using these non-repeating letters: [closed]

Find 4 sets of 5-letter words using these non-repeating letters: N, C, A, V, M, S, E, Y, U, R, O, F, G, T, I, L, H, K, P, D
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What are the next three letters in the pattern "OTTFFSS"? [duplicate]

This is a very easy puzzle when the reasoning clicks: What are the next three letters in the pattern "OTTFFSS"? So what are they? HINT:
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What are two eleven letter words with distinct letters?

By this I mean two 11 letter words that contain 22 different letters. Do words like these exist?
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4x4 word grid optimization

Given that each letter in the English alphabet has a position: $$a = 1, b = 2, ..., z = 26$$ Can you place 16 different letters such that: Each row, column and diagonal forms a 4-letter valid English ...
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Find the pattern in this encrypted sequence

Fill in the question mark in the sequence: tfgz, aqt, its, pxoii, xhfa, nlif, nxi, ezfzh, cqiob, ctcm, swyvyus, frifri, zpfhdz, bfkztlkk, mhztmbx, rzboekb, ? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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...do as the Romans do

When in Rome, do as the Romans do...
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What sequence of letters am I thinking of? (Or: Introducing "Bulls")

1. Warmup "I'm thinking of three letters," I grinned, "in a particular order, and with no repeats." "Are they DRL?" "Well, you guessed one correctly." "Are ...
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Themed Boggle Grids

Inspired by this puzzle, I created (or discovered) these grids. Within each Boggle board is a set of words with a common theme. To make a word in Boggle, connect some letters horizontally, vertically, ...
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Increment and shift the points, to the cipher!

I just thought of a cipher, here's how it goes: Input strkey intkey Output Hello World! abc 9 ƉƦƭƭưšƘưƳƭƥŢ Crack this cipher i'm happy 13 ŧʦƖ˕ƅ˄ƇˆƏˎńʃƘ˗ƌˋƍˌƗ˖ńʃƇˆƍˌƔ˓ƌˋƉˈƖ˕ POW! !@@#$^&*() 2 ...
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Spin the letter-squares!

Spin the letter-squares! A 5x3 grid of letters, e.g., a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o can be rearranged by spinning either the 3x3 section centered at the second letter of the second row (in this case ...
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His ring and her digits

A young lady named Thea decided to change the traditional codes and asked her boyfriend to marry her at the Eiffel Tower. As he loves puzzles, she said while showing him this text, "rightly ...
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Can you solve this sortpher?

(Sort-cipher, heh heh.) This is a follow-up to "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4] If, indeed, "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4], then can you reverse-engineer ...
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Spin the letter-cogwheels!

Two rows of five horizontal cogwheels each are installed in a wall. Each cogwheel has five cogs protruding from the wall at any time. On each of these cogs is printed a single letter or a blank space. ...
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"Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4]

If "Bill mops." = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] and "Bees sting." = [1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 4] then "These make up words like feathers make birds." = [?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, 1, ?, ...
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Twenty Questions - a visual puzzle

"Okay, are you male?" "Yes. 19 left." "Are you alive?" "Well, that's... complicated..." "Okay, are you real?" "No – 17." "17? You're ...
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Words with a letter sound at the start but not the letter

Here is a fun little word puzzle. The task, for as many letters of the alphabet as possible, is to find words that have the sound of the name of a letter at the start but which don’t start with that ...
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