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A puzzle which involves the manipulation of individual letters within words, or letters by themselves.

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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 words 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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How fast can you ruin a Scrabble game?

Consider a standard game of Scrabble® using the csw19 dictionary. Many board-states exist where ZERO possible next moves exist. That is, no combination of 1-7 remaining letters can make a legal move. ...
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Puzzling Paragrams

Paragrams (the basis of word-ladder puzzles) are word relations formed by changing a single letter to change the meaning of a word. For example, you can make letter a little better, fifty more nifty, ...
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Resource to solve messed up words which have spaces in the wrong places

I'm wondering if there are any online tools that solve not properly spaced words By not properly spaced words I mean something like mynei ghbor isapo pular softw areen ginee r if spaced properly, ...
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Interesting transformation of English letters

English letters are transformed like so: B → V C → S E → E H → N T → T Now what does P transform to and why?
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An Assortment of Letters

Can you figure out how I've split the below letters into their groups? Group 1 Group 2 D H L S F P T Y Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 C D H J N P V W Y L T M S B R Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group ...
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Vowelburger™ Downtown Brown

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here Business has been slow this past year. As such, we've decided to create and market a whole new burger for faithful customers. May I remind you, we still hold ...
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Rare but Abundant in Hill and Hole

I am uncommon, But a worthy goal. Rare but abundant In hill and hole. Who am I? You may already know the answer, so the task is not to answer the riddle per se, but to solve the following 'What is a ...
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Sponsored by a riley riddle

What 6 letter word has the same properties? The whole makes harm, 5 letters makes me displeasured, 4 letters makes me a national greenhouse, 3 letters, makes me a wooden canvas. 2 letters is in a ...
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The Vowelburger™ Incident

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle Last week, after English class at school, a few friends and I went to the local Vowelburger™ to get some lunch. Feeling hungry, we decided to order 13 burgers ...
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Vowels, consonants and Mathematical Shapes

Your aim is first to select at least three different mathematical shapes. For instance, you could select "a losange", "a disk" and "two lines". You must then ensure that ...
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Unusual Vowelburgers™

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle and the variations thereof I got these Vowelburgers™ on discount, and they have a little different mouthfeel than others. Why is that? Patty Vowelburger™ A Ink ...
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28 Minutes Later

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms I open my eyes to find myself lying in a bed in a white room. Sitting up is difficult, as a tangle of wires and tubes are attached to my arms ...
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Vowelburger™ Inside-Out Burger

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here and Ébe Isaac's Double Supreme Riddle. The local Vowelburgers™ has added a new item to their ever-expanding menu, the Inside-Out Burger! This peculiar ...
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Give me an R and I'll run!

Give me an R and I'll run Give me an AR and I'll come running Give me a T and I'll stop you from moving Give me a D and I'll make you move Leave me alone and I'll send you in different directions! Can ...
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Homemade Vowelburgers™

They're simple Vowelburgers™, but they are great for munching on while watching TV. Meat Vowelburger™ A LA E Ogre I Job O Marvel U Malibu
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A Full Spread of Vowelburgers™

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle I ordered some Vowelburgers™ abroad, but every menu had a printing error, so the restaurant just got rid of them. Regardless, they had something for everyone, ...
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What is an Ants Letter™?

This is a variant on the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee. If a letter conforms to a special rule, I call it an Ants Letter™. Use the following examples below to find the rule. Ants™ ...
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Wordsmiths & Wyverns

You awaken in a foul crypt with only the following items at your disposal... ROPE, BOOTS, AMULET, MAP, FLAIL, CHAIN, CUP, BELL, STAFF, RING, CODEC, RUM, FLUTE You also have the following tools. Awl (...
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A Harsh Vowelburger™ Critic

You can find other Vowelburgers™ Riddles here. Once a restaurant renowned for its delectable burgers, the customers of the Old Consonant's Diner have been noticing the quality of food slowly slipping ...
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Largest set of words that don’t share letters [closed]

For instance, banana, excess, giggit, voodoo, pullup, myrrhy are six six-letter words that don’t share any letters with each other. This isn’t a heterogram puzzle: repeated letters within a single ...
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The New York Time's "Letter Boxed" Puzzle (spoiler)

WARNING: I solved this puzzle and posted a solution below. I'm posting this more for muse. Hello! I don't know if anyone's enjoyed this puzzle on The New York Times website, but I find it rather fun. ...
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Fill grid with Bs

Here is a letter grid: Here are the rules as to how to manipulate the letters in the grid: A marker starts at the first square. For each move you can move the marker one square either up, down, left ...
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Simple letter subs with a twist!

Here's your typical letter substitution puzzle that you can solve, no tricks. But even so, there's a twist! Decipher this and find out the hidden message! xhtm tm ytxeanyyq nofxhea wdccye mf jerfje ...
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Auferonyms - Words Inside Words

I have hidden something from my nemesis Aufero inside other words. The rules are that I can only add one or more letters to a word inside that word (not at the beginning or end), I can only add a ...
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Five from three -- what am I?

Another puzzle in the tradition of five from four: I am three, but my second can be any of the five. My first is placed above you. My second believes itself normative. My third is of wild popularity. ...
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Letter Equations: if '7 D of the W' means '7 Days of the Week', what do the following mean?

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In the spirit of simultaneous equations

Solve the following word/letter/number equations: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear ...
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Captain Clumsy's crooked 'compass'

Sigh. Captain Clumsy is making my life a misery… again. Recently, I installed a brand-new 'simple' navigation device – one I had invented myself – on his ship. And he clearly didn’t listen to my ...
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Can you crack this multiple-shift cipher?

The below is the cipher that is to be cracked : ...
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Equally shaped words

QUAFF . TINT . SHEET . WORLD . SAME . GRAPH SNUBS - LOSS - LETTER - CRATER - WRYLY - KIWI There's a strange sort of equivalence between these two sets of words. I'm sure it boils down to a single word,...
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Help - I think my computer's broken!

I wrote a little computer program to count letter frequencies. Don't worry you don't need to know anything about computers! Except of course for Googling, Wikipedia, etc. So, for example, the ...
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I bet u can not find the word/phrase hidden in this post!

there Is a word/phrase Nefariously inserted into this question/post. Can you find it? i do indeed hope this puzzle will fasinate you Or at least Retain your interest for a while! i Really enjoyed ...
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