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Questions tagged [letters]

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

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Fastest way from 10 to 1 with everyone in between

I got inspired by this question from trolley813 to make this puzzle. How fast one can get from TEN to ONE, passing each number in between? The rules are simple: You are only allowed to change ...
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Fastest way from 8 to 7

Inspired by this great question by Uvc (actually, it's the same logic but with different words). How fast one can get from EIGHT to SEVEN? The rules are the same: You are only allowed to change one ...
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As easy as Three, Two, One… How fast can you go from Five to Four?

You have to reach Four from Five in the minimum number of tries with the following rules. You are only allowed to change one letter at a time. You have to keep the word length the same. At each step ...
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Alphabet riddle [closed]

For the sake of this question, the alphabet repeats itself after the letter "Z" and/or before the letter "A" What comes after the letters "H", "G", and the letter "Z" but before the letter "B".
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The most words that can be made by successively adding one letter to the original word?

What is the largest number of words that can be made by just adding one letter to the original word, where each iteration is a meaningful word? E.g. ...
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What's the key of this WW2 lock?

In the Imperial War Museum in London, there's a box with a Directional Padlock, no one has ever opened it, however they found a letter next to it but no one can open the box even with that letter. ...
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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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Shot in the heavens afar

A cloak blankets way overhead, Beginning the time for your bed. Remember my comfort and love Inviting the skies up above. Look! You can reach like a kite; Look and not burn from ...
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Oh, one short ode of love

I'm to grow in mind If now onto learning; And to show understanding, We cannot be blind. Where is the heart? :) Inspired by this (thanks @Bass!)
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Triple Cryptics

Here's an attempt at a new twist on cryptic clues. The following clues do NOT have a definition section. However, the wordplay is keyed in three different ways. Can you work out the words? User ...
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A quick cross word puzzle

This puzzle took me less than five minutes to compose. With luck it will take you about the same time to solve. cp dt ts Instructions Find two letters that, added to the above three pairs of ...
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Brainzilla Cryptic #2

I have been doing the 'broken words' cryptic puzzles on the Brainzilla website, currently up to the second puzzle. In this puzzle, you need to find words by combining the broken fragments listed. ...
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Suzankas Riddle

Here is a puzzle I have been trying to solve for a long time. It was given at work as a monthly puzzle but the solutions were never released.
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Why did I create this table? Counting letter frequencies maybe

This is a real puzzle, in the sense that I'm puzzled by what I've found. I stumbled upon a google sheet in my google drive. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/...
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Remove, mix, and take in: Cryptic Clues

Here's another cryptic game to play. The rules are as follows: A) Nine of the 27 clues are standard cryptic clues B) Nine clues are missing a word which is an answer from part A C) ...
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The Late Queen Gives in to Remorse - Reverse Hangman

Add a "C", I am what has been, Add a "G", I might be a queen, Add a "P", I'll turn away from sin Add an "L" and I may just give in. This is a Reverse Hangman puzzle, see here for an example. ...
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Longest sentence with each letter repeated n times

Inspiration: This question was inspired by Word sets with no repeating letters Rules: Sentences can be of any length. Every letter used in this sentence, must be used n times. n can be any number. ...
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Group Think Challenge 2

The list below are sets of related words which some of them has a letter clue. What are these groups of four? ---g- ---- ---- ---r-- --r-- ----- ---- -e-- -o--- ------ --- -l---- -u----...
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Winter Baubles, but no Spring Bling

My first is in winter, but never in spring, My next is in baubles, but never in bling. My third, it's been said, is in conflict and strife, My fourth's in your girlfriend and also your wife. My last ...
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In a blockset for my 2 year old: “Q” for…?

This "ABC Block Set" for my 2 year old has mostly recognizable images to represent each letter. For example, C is for "crab" and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Find words with the highest proportion of a single letter

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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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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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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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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5 Letter Word, Removing letters - Part 2

Following Part 1: Take away my second letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my third letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my fourth and fifth letters, I will still sound the same. ...
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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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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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A barking good movie [closed]

Add two letters to this #1 rated film to make its theme about man's best friend. What's the new movie title? Hints:
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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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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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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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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 ...