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

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Find the pattern in this encrypted sequence

Fill 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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What is a Measured Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Measured Word™. Use the ...
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...do as the Romans do

When in Rome, do as the Romans do...
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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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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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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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What is the missing letter in the 8th pie slice?

I came across a puzzle about a missing letter in a primary school exercise booklet for selective high school exams in Australia. The puzzle is the one shown in the picture below. It looks like the ...
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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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Find the longest string of words such that the (4 letter) end of one word is the start of the next [closed]

Here is an open-ended challenge. Find the longest series of English words such that the final four letters of word $n$ are the same as the first four letters of word $n+1$. Example (3 words) ...
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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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Two Bowls of Alphabet Soup

These are three different puzzles with a similar format - feel free to solve them separately! 1. H, J, K, M, N, U, V, W, X, and Y are. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, L, O, P, Q, R, S, T, and Z aren’t. 2. ...
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A quickie for the cryptic crossword enthusiasts: Here is the clue. / Cut cut! / What crazy, bloodthirsty creature remains? (5 letters)

Here is the clue. Cut cut! What crazy, bloodthirsty creature remains? (5 letters) EDIT I added the word 'crazy'. Apologies that I missed this out before. Please use typical cryptic crossword ...
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Find words with the highest proportion of a single letter [closed]

Thanks to JoeZ, pacoverflow, isaacg, Sp3000, Novarg, Ram, h34, and all those who contributed answers that have since been beaten. I've accepted JoeZ's answer since he has the most mentions on the list ...
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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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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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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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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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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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My first attempt at a Vowelburger™ puzzle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 9 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat at the linguistic restaurant - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! Meat ...
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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 identify each one from the description on the menu! Meat ...
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A phonetic Vowelburger™ Riddle

You can find the other Vowelburger™ Riddles here I ordered 5 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only at the linguistic restaurant - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! The buns ...
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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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Double-decker Vowelburgers™ -- 5 are meat, 1 is vegan

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle After making burgers with five and six layers, Vowelburgers™ has noticed that the customers have not been hungry enough to eat such massive burgers. We are ...
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Vowelburgers™ Chef's Special #3

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle. Hope you enjoyed our previous Chef's Specials: #1 and #2 Our chef went way ahead to prepare the biggest Vowelburger™ menu to date! There is a burger for every ...
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Six-layer Vowelburger™

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle Vowelburgers™ announced their Penta-decker Vowelburger™ two days ago and added to their menu yesterday. For today's burger, they decided to bring back in part ...
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Penta-decker Vowelburger™ #2

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle Yesterday, Vowelburgers™ announced their first ever Penta-decker Vowelburger™. They have made some simplifications to their manufacturing process and have created ...
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Penta-decker Vowelburger™

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle Vowelburgers™ is proud to announce the first ever Penta-decker Vowelburger™. This means six consonant buns sandwiching five vowel patties as shown: Here is the ...
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Vowelburgers™ Chef’s Special #2

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle The success of our first Chef’s Special has inspired our chef to add even more variety to your favourite Vowelburgers™ menu. The chef’s choice of the day consists ...
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Vowelburgers™ Chef’s Special #1

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle. Hope you enjoyed our Double Supreme variants. We at Vowelburgers™ are finding more and more ways to bring variety to the table. The chef’s choice of the day ...
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The Great Vowelburger™ Theft

You can find the first Vowelburger™ Riddle here Local Vowelburger™ business has been booming lately, which has been great for our CEO's retirement plans. Unfortunately, all those profits have ...
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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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Vowelburger™ Spite Bite

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here After a short legal battle with what we believe to be a bribed judge, we have been rebranded and forcibly merged into the all-consuming Vowelburger business. ...
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Vowelburgers™ for the Workers

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here. Another Vowelburgers™ restaurant is open! Their specialty? The burgers are specially made for specific occupations! While they are pretty simple: bun, meat,...
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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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Vozzellbaugor™ Surprise Fries

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here I’ve opened a new French restaurant named Vozzellbaugor™, an entirely original and unstolen idea. My restaurant has come out with a new line of food called ...
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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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Vowelburger™ Bread-lover's Double Supreme

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here. Vowelburgers™ has decided to start changing things up a bit for bread connoisseurs and they have started making the Bread-lover's Double Supreme with two ...
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Vowelburger™ Triple Supreme #2

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here and Ébe Isaac's Double Supreme Riddle. The local Vowelburgers™ recently started making Triple Supremes with two consonant buns sandwiching three vowel ...
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Vowelburger™ Triple Supreme

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here and Ébe Isaac's Double Supreme Riddle. The local Vowelburgers™ has added yet another a twist. They started making triple patty burgers where the patties need ...

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