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

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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 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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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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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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A quick, easy mistyped question

Waht is the appareytln ewird solution to this mestyrious arndom question? Note: Everything you need to solve the question is above, and when you get the solution it should be quite obvious that you'...
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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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You think YOU have it bad?

Let me tell you about MY life: They took from me something near to my heart. I crossed the Atlantic, my short became long, but I was still essentially myself. I gave up heroin. I introduced ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eric Andre had a dream

Eric Andre had a dream. What did he dream? Hint $\downarrow$ (the answer does require knowledge, though I'd assume it's pretty common to know about it) Not part of the puzzle. TL;DR This is my ...
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The hangman game backward # 11

It's been a while! Hangman game backward #11 - guess what the question was: fill in "c" - Some said I'm black, others said I'm white. Either way you'll find it hard to lose me. fill in "j" - You ...
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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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Quoting a four-letter word

What word is quoted in the middle of this 7- word line of 4-letter words?     _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ &...
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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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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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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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Which image is the answer?

Which of these four images is the result to the above and why?
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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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Group think challenge

What missing member/s does each group have? The first letter sets of related words are as ff: S E W (?) $\checkmark$ S W S (?) $\checkmark$ T I M R (?) $\checkmark$ S S T T (?) $\...
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Clink Clank Clunk

Known as number one Found on the edge of Trinidad and Denmark Tool for filling six pockets What's missing? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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A Great-Aunt's Cryptic Invitation

My great-aunt is one of those stuffy old ladies whose house looks like it was transported intact from the 1950s. It always smells a little like mothballs, and the amount of framed embroideries and ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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™. ...
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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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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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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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Make me a hexagon!

I came in my office this morning, and there was a piece of paper on my computer screen where I could read: Make me a hexagon! On my desk, there were four plastic letters: t, a, n and h. All ...
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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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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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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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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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Can you figure out the christmas message?

Some puzzle-makers have decorated their Christmas tree. They have used glue to stick a letter to each Christmas ball. Every letter can only be found on one certain color of Christmas ball. But oh no, ...
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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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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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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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Reverse hangman #12

Put in an "H", and you'll find that not many actually chase it. Put in a "C", this free and you're clean. Put in a "P", looks like you got it dirty. Put in an "L", it's small, but some things go in ...
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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 ...