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Questions tagged [letters]

A puzzle which involves the manipulation of individual letters within words.

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Monoalphabetic Game Theory

This is a third puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here: #1, #2. Last night, I went over to my friend's house for our monthly game night. After we ...
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Monoalphabetic Geometry

This is a second puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here. A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ and one symbol has been replaced ...
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I send you all to the Connect-Wall

Here's a random code-wall for you though; I think of it as unfair to the point of impossible, but some people of this site never cease to surprise me. You need to split the 16 words into 4 groups, ...
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Monoalphabetic Equation

A set of letters has been replaced by $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$. Following are some of the words that consist of those letters, and their meaning: $abc = a\ title\ (n.)$ $abcd = a\ title\ > ...
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Areas of Focus: Cryptic Clues

What follows are fifteen standard cryptic clues to solve. The catch is, I've removed the letter count from each clue. To help you out, note the following: No answers have the same number of ...
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Guess what letter conforming each word

This is an entry in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet. 1 letter only could be mean anything. With an additional letter in front, could be used as medicine component and something ...
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Unusual letter combinations

This is an entry in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet. English spelling is very strange. Sometimes you encounter words with letter combinations that would seem entirely ...
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Values of words

If: SCORE = 7 NUMBER = 10 ZEBRA = 16 QUESTION = 17 RAINBOW = 12 AXOLOTL = 14 Then: ANSWER = ?
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A long riddle: My First is in Apple but not in Lear, …

My First is in Apple but not in Lear My Second is in Fiona and also in Flower My Third is in Integrate and also Interrogate My Fourth is in Neon and Never an "E" My Fifth is not coffee, of course not ...
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Optimize a keyboard for one-finger typing

The ubiquitous QWERTY keyboard layout works well enough for ten-finger touch typing (though Dvorak proponents may disagree). But what if you're typing a text message on a mobile phone? Those fiddly ...
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Lyckety-Splyt gets some Deli

This here's my song, G, 'Bout when I was hongry: I went to the deli In harlem. They sell me A sandwich so smelly, Thought I was in Delhi. They put grits of hominy On top of pastronimy. Nine bucks? ...
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My teacher gave me a puzzle one day

I told my teacher that I liked riddles and puzzles. As a matter of fact, I introduced him to the Puzzling Stack Exchange! Then, he got a sheet of paper, asked for a pen, and when he found one (I didn'...
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K, L, M, K, L, M, … what is the pattern? It is not what you first think

Everyone knows the J Family. It is the family where the names of the three sons and three daughters of Mr and Mrs Jameson each start with the letter J. Three Boys: Jordan; Jasper; ...
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Moans to Rocky in 4 moves?

In his novel A Case of Need, one of Michael Crichton's characters claims that the classic word‑ladder‡ "MOANS to ROCKY" can be made in 4 moves (5 lines total). But the book does not ...
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What happened to the teacher?

One day, you go to school to find that your teacher is gone, and there is a substitute teacher instead. The substitute says, “Sadly, Mrs. Chunflower can not make it today, but she told me to still ...
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The Vowel Sudoku Challenge

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 Here is a partially filled in Sudoku-like board involving the five vowels: As with real Sudoku, no vowels in any 9-square box or along any 9-...
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What's the best life advice you would give to a child in Hex Speak? [closed]

This puzzle involves coming up with a sentence using any of following: characters: ABCDEF (+5 points) numbers: 0123456789 (+3 points) numbers disguised as letters: OILSTRG (0,1,1,5,7,12,6) (+3 ...
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Confused… why?

Finish of bronze or finish of gold. Uncurse my bluff and the way will be told. In fiction and fact, at the edge of the grave. I'll fit in a tux if I see where you pave. I'm a dragon's start—a ...
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Two letters can form so many things

I am only two letters, in troth, But expanded, I can be more than both. I might be here on behalf of a holy one, Or one that's full of shops and houses. I might be the shell of a noun or a brand, Or ...
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Latter treed $\longrightarrow$ letter trade

In a twist on consonant sameness, each clue leads to a pair of words that swap their vowels to reveal a common phrase. Example The clue Latest, forested (6, 5) has solution latter, treed $\...
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Yes, leaves turn different tones

A throw back to my very first puzzle here on Puzzling SE, you have to complete the steps listed for each bolded phrase to reveal a secret quote! 1. Yes, leaves turn different tones. Find the ...
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Finding the murderer

There are six suspects "Siva", "Durga", "Ekagra", "Naman", "Aniket" and "Manish". Amartya has written the murderer name in secretly in his diary in a mysterious way as "DVVPQ". Police were unable to ...
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How many 5+ letter words can you find?

NYT does a word hive in every Sunday edition, and I quite enjoy it, so I decided to make my own, using the same rules. Check it out: If you're unfamiliar, here are the rules. You may only use the ...
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Referring R to a person

How can R refer to a person only by adding a symbol? Conditions: You cannot add any letter with R. You can add only one symbol. (EXPLANATION IS NECCESSARY)
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Message for You:) #2

I got a letter from someone today. There was no name or address of sender but only some scrambled letters: Inside the letter the text was written: Message for You:) and below that was scratch-able ...
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Use a button instead of a wave

This recipe does not make any sense but each step has its own by-product. Add a letter and you'll have the shortest and the most ambiguous answer. Add a letter and you'll have 47 machine-guns. Add a ...
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Creepy video on Youtube, with secret cipher built in

This showed up in r/deepintoyoutube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1ExfbH4Jew I've posted it around, and no one has solved it. I believe it is a cipher for a couple of reasons, at the end 26 ...
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Reverse Hangman

Add "g", and I may end early in the morning. Add "b", and I may end late in the afternoon. Add "t", and you better listen while you do it. Add "y", and it can come in a bundle. Answers should ...
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The hangman game backward # 11

It's been a while! Hangman game backward #11 - guess what the question was: fill in "c" - Some said I'm black, others said I'm white. Either way you'll find it hard to lose me. fill in "j" - You ...
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Clink Clank Clunk

Known as number one Found on the edge of Trinidad and Denmark Tool for filling six pockets What's missing? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Group think challenge

What missing member/s does each group have? The first letter sets of related words are as ff: S E W (?) $\checkmark$ S W S (?) $\checkmark$ T I M R (?) $\checkmark$ S S T T (?) $\...
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Additions & Twists

Start with a word. For each line below, add one letter to the last word, then anagram, to get a word that means: pitch fleet slowly anent public adverse What word did I start as and what words did I ...
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Sorting a single number

What is the only number that, when written in English, gives a sequence of letters which is sorted alphabetically? (The original phrasing of the question was meant to be a bit less straightforward to ...
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Transforming Colors

Inspired by the increase of word ladders lately I found a fun one. Transform the color BLUE into PINK. No proper names.
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Build words starting with one letter [closed]

Start with a one letter word. Then add one letter (anywhere) at a time to create another word. (So the second word will be 2 letters, third word woulld be 3 letters and so on). Get to at least 7 ...
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Lead into IRON! really?

Now that the word LEAD was turned into GOLD in only three steps (kudos n_palum) can you turn the word LEAD into IRON changing one letter at a time creating new legit 4 letter words (from Dictionary) ...
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Turn Lead into GOLD

Can you turn the word LEAD into GOLD in five steps or less? You can change or replace one letter at a time only. The newly formed word must be a legit word in a recognized dictionary. Of course you ...
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Aim the lasers up

Start with the phrase “Aim the lasers up” and perform the following steps in some order to reveal a popular lyric: Break a word in two Change a letter Combine two words Rearrange the letters of a ...
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I'm not a fat hen

Start with the phrase   I'm not a fat hen. and perform the following steps in some order to find a famous quotation: Add a letter. Remove a letter. Add a word....
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Are you wishful for bees?

Start with the phrase Are you wishful for bees? and perform the following steps in some order to find a famous phrase: Add a letter Add a word Break a word in two ...
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Thaw Sue's cold dog

Start with the phrase Thaw Sue's cold dog and perform the following steps in some order to find a famous question: Add one letter Add one letter Change one letter ...
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I behave and am armed

Starting with I behave and am armed, do all the following in the correct order to reveal a famous American history quote. Remove one word Remove two ...
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Yes, your fat ma is hers

Inspired by Elephants always get four mice. Start with the phrase Yes, your fat ma is hers and perform the following steps, in some order, to find a famous quote: ...
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Elephants always get four mice

Starting with Elephants always get four mice, do all the following in the correct order to reveal a popular phrase: Replace one word with its antonym Delete one ...
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The pound is not a finish

Starting with The pound is not a finish, apply all of the following modifications in the correct order to reveal a popular scientific fact: Remove one word. Remove ...
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Dead Letter Drops

Start with a word. For each line below, drop the indicated number of letters from it, rearranging if necessary, to form a word with the (probably cryptical) meaning given. The first line clues your ...
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If you think I'm lanky now

If you think I'm lanky now, I used to be even more sinewy. They took away a part of me. Not wanting to lose more, I became an even bigger skinflint. Then they cut out my right eye—what ...
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You think YOU have it bad?

Let me tell you about MY life: They took from me something near to my heart. I crossed the Atlantic, my short became long, but I was still essentially myself. I gave up heroin. I introduced ...
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Vigenère cipher [closed]

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ = 0-25 List of keys starting in order you need to use them. Comic Bacon Key Cipher: QWUA BT UICL Video on how to use the Vigenère cipher Hint:
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A quick, easy mistyped question

Waht is the appareytln ewird solution to this mestyrious arndom question? Note: Everything you need to solve the question is above, and when you get the solution it should be quite obvious that you'...