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Questions tagged [letters]

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

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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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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 ...
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Determinant of Word Matrix

Challenge: Create a 3x3 matrix of letters (NO REPEATS) such that the determinant of the matrix forms words from the 'multiplications'. For example, in a simple 2x2 case, take the matrix $\begin{...
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The hangman game backward #6

Hangman game backward version 6 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - I am a magical device that you can convert energy with the tip of your fingers. fill in a "g" - You can hear, under one ...
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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

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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Longest sentence where all words are anagrams of each other

Won, now own. Rules: A “word” is an entry on dictionary.com. A “sentence” is any text that is grammatically correct, has a complete meaning in the English language, starts with a capital letter and ...
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Find the missing letters

This should be an easy puzzle. Replace the x in the below with letters to make 6 valid 5-letters English words (no proper nouns or abbreviations) both vertically and horizontally. This puzzle will ...
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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 ...
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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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I alone describe many things

I alone describe many things. Add a letter and I become the perfect fit. Add one more and I've hurt many. Drop a letter to make me all natural. What am I talking about?
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Use the graph to find the clues. Use the clues to name the movie star

I like trying to invent new types of puzzles. I hope this one works. How to answer Using the graph, find the clues and say what they are. Using the clues, name the star. Explain how the diagram led ...
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Not much to this one, once you've understood it

A O E A O T F L A T O A _ R R A C O A O M R Y Y E _ Fill in the missing two letters. Notes Please explain why, in the context you have discovered, these are the only two possible answers and there ...
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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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Riddle from the one-eyed king

Complete me one way - if you do this to friends, you must have many enemies. Complete me another - if you're tough you'll do this to your enemies. Yet in a third way - with this you can keep your ...
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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 Where Every Character Pair Repeats $n$ times

BACKGROUND This is essentially a combination of two puzzles: Longest *Sentence* With Only Repeating Character Pairs (which has been shown to be infinite) Longest sentence with each letter repeated n ...
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Longest *Sentence* With Only Repeating Character Pairs

BACKGROUND I asked a question about words: Longest Word With *Only* Repeating Character Pairs The goal was to find a word where every character pair was repeated at least once. This was vulnerable ...
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Longest Word With *Only* Repeating Character Pairs

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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Better word search building - Filling Space

I have been unsatisfied with the quality of word searches I am producing. I've been filling the squares that are empty after the words are placed with random letters. Too many of the empty squares ...
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Longest Word without repeating character-pairs

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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The hangman game backward #5

Hangman game backward version 5 (Aggie's version was #4) - guess what was the question: fill in an "a" - It's a lethal to throw and it's destructive. fill in a "d" - It's brave, and it's strong. ...
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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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Rhythmic riddle poem

This poem has a symbol, and the symbol is a pea; It goes all through a tunnel, and the tunnel is a hole. Now the poem is so eerie, and it's slipping in an eel. "Hem-hem," said Mrs Umbridge, with ...
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The hangman game backward #3

Hangman game backward version 3 - guess what was the question: fill in "d" - Your white shirt soaked with my blood but you wouldn't care. fill in "n" - It will be nice to have it on table or bedside. ...
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Three curtailments

I. I can separate two high places. Remove one letter, and I can separate two high places. II. I can connect two high places. Remove one letter, and I can connect two high places. III. I can ...
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Alphabet Puzzle (Skipped Letters)

The number of letters skipped in between adjacent letters of the series going backwards increases by one. OIGDC OMJFA OMKIG ONLKJ According to this, when we start from back, the difference should ...
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Reverse Hangman at double difficulty

So I was there, playing Hangman with my friend, when I found myself in a bit of a tough situation. I'd guessed five of the seven letters, and thus needed to get the last two. But I only had three ...
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Backwards Hangman

All credits to @Alex for inventing this type of puzzle with the original and the sequel. Guess an "R" - I can only be spelled right. Guess an "F" - Lots of me took place in the world wars. Guess an "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the next word in this sequence?

What word follows AMPLE in this sequence: REDDEN SEAM PLEA REARED DENSE AMPLE ?
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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 ...