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

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Vowelburger™ Riddle

(A new kind of riddle) I ordered 5 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! Meat Vowelburger™ A weak E cyst I succeed O secured Y ...
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The most words that can be made by successively adding one letter to the original word? [closed]

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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Piece de Resistance - Two Boxes, Two Boxes of Letters

Two - Boxes, Two Boxes of Letters This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five ... Out of Character: Finally, a ...
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The hangman game backward

So, @JLee has posted a hangman game (Hangman- No misses left) on SE. I would like to create one too, but let's do it backward - guess what was the question, with only 1 letter missing: fill in an "a"...
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Vowelburger™ Double Supreme #1

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here The local Vowelburgers™ restaurant added a twist to compete its sales with the other branches. They started making double patty burgers where the patties ...
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The hangman game backward #2

Hangman game backward version 2 - guess what was the question, with only 1 letter missing: fill in a "b" - I might lose control anytime, so keep me on my toes. fill in an "m" - my brothers are all ...
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Can you name the Country Code™?

Given the country codes of 10 countries in the chart below, can you figure out the country code of Brazil? Country Country Code™ Netherlands AKC Gibraltar GID Finland HGB Zimbabwe HHE Israel JFB ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 4)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! After cracking the code, you catch a flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Being on a long flight ...
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Longest sentence with each letter repeated n times [closed]

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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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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Longest Word With *Only* Repeating Character Pairs [closed]

Inspired by and Opposite of: Longest Word without repeating character-pairs The challenge is to find an English word in which every character pair appears at least twice. ("Word" does not include ...
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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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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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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\ > abc\ (n.),...
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Can you name the country code?

As an hommage to @eyl327's "can you name the country code?" puzzles. Here is one more: Given the country codes of the 10 countries in the following table, can you figure out the country code of ...
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What is an Uptight™ 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 an Uptight Word™. Composed ...
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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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What is the smallest set of letters that can spell any integer? [closed]

Today my 9-year-old nephew told me that he can spell any integer in English using only 9 letters. This is how he's doing it: ...
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How did my little sister survive?

In a far other universe, my little sister was trapped in a cave. Surprisingly for humans, in this universe, all caves are electronic. This electronic cave had nothing but 5 buttons, two little screens,...
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The Hangman Game Backwards Again

It's been a while since one of these puzzles (created by Alex, see here for the first) has shown up, and I thought some might enjoy another one. fill in an "n" - You don't need to throw me out into ...
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literally no idea

Clues What a conductor gives to an out-of-tune player? You perform this in Spring Sung by musical miners? Those behind bars keeps tabs on this Sounds something like a big colourful Spanish bird ...
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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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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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Longest Word without repeating character-pairs [closed]

What's the longest English word that doesn't contain the same two letters in a row more than once? Good word : too contains to ...
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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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Can you Turn MI to MU?

Using the letters M, I, and U, which can be used to create words. Can you turn MI into MU using in each step one of the following rules: Insert a U to the end of a word ending in I. e.g: MI becomes ...
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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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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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Secondary Alphabetical Order

Here are the final 16 Official Letters of the Secondary Alphabetical Order: .. .. K, L, A, I, U, G, R, H, N, F, B, X, O, Q, J, Z If you can figure out the rest of the order, the first ...
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Can you name the Country Code™? (#2)

Given the country codes of 10 countries in the chart below, can you figure out the country code of Brazil? Country Country Code™ Russia NSR Sudan GDA United States BIE Argentina EGS Mongolia BNM ...
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This Vehicle Needs Real Fuel!

I just got a brand new, fancy car! The problem is that it keeps telling me it needs REAL FUEL to function! I took a look inside the tank between both of the "Real Fuel Drums" and both of the "Gas-to-...
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Don't get caught by the Hang Man

Bringing back the Backwards Hangman (created by Alex, see here for the first). fill in an "f" - The devil may carry. fill in a "d" - Probably has glasses. fill in a "c" - Popped at the party. fill in ...
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12 more blackboard puzzles (letter puzzles)

I have previously posted number puzzles. This time it's letter puzzles. Some clues have a Harry Potter theme. Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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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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Five from Four - What am I?

I am four, but my second can be any of the five, though not sometimes. My first is final. My second often warns of danger. My third is what you are in the middle of right now. My fourth cannot be ...
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Find the missing words

With inspiration from Detiva's puzzle. Find words to fit the clues. Each "X X X" should be replaced with the same three letters. Pattern Clue X X X _ _ _ _ level _ X X X _ _ _ spread _ _ ...
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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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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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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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Famous Last Words (or Escape the Concatenation Camp)

Word War II has been raging for years, and many innocent words have been rounded up into concatenation camps (which is certainly a death sentence). Thus far, you've managed to evade detection but many ...
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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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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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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 letters from a ...
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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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Vowelburger™ Double Supreme #2

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here After the success of their first Double Supreme menu, the local Vowelburgers™ restaurant decided to increase the variety. Patty Vowelburger™ ?? insects ?? ...
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Vowelburger™ Double Supreme #3

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here The local Vowelburgers™ restaurant increased the variety of their Double Supreme burgers yet again. Patty Vowelburger™ ?? fish ?? music ?? vegetable ?? ...
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With different vowels, what am I?

With an A, I might be a programming trick. With an E, I'm really not sure. With an I, I'm just a wee babe. With an O, I'm often stopping. With a U, I'm a guy you can meet. What am I?
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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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Word Matrices, Level 2

This puzzle is based on NeedAName's recent puzzle, Determinant of Word Matrix. The challenge: Create a $3\times3$ matrix of distinct letters (i.e. no repeated letters) with no vowels in the ...