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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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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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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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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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PSE Advent Calendar 2022 (Day 3): Okay everybody, from the top!

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2022. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > My brother ...
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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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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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PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 6): It's a beautiful day for a ballgame

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > It's the ...
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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 #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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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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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™ #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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Release the "Q" ball

Hit the "I" ball at such an angle that it creates a chain reaction which ultimately dislodges the "Q" ball. Whenever the ball in motion hits a stationary ball, the ball in motion ...
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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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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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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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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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Two mystical trees

Behold, the mystical Tree of B: Notice that every path from trunk to canopy forms a word. You should see 16 words (from left to right: BLOOM, BLOOD, BLOWN, BLOWS, BLAND, BLANK, BLASÉ, BLAST, BROOK, ...
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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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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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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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Another pseudo-IQ question

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody People keep asking me if there's anything between me and my good friend Ingrid Deduction... Well, it's... complicated... We go ...
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Order the cities, then find which one is not described

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #14: Think inside the (very small) box!. Here are four cities, each of them in a different country. What you need to do is the following. Figure ...
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How did my younger 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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A Trivial Pursuit #04 (Art and Literature 1/4): Threesome

This is part 4 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. QUE STI ONS SEC@ND L@TR V@LUME B@ANWELL’S AUTHO@ ...
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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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Alphabetic string theory

According to alphabetic string theory, the words we see are merely the visible portions of highly convoluted loops of multi-dimensional alphabetic string. For example, here is what we see in our space-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Catching the "L" train

This is a more difficult version of an earlier puzzle. Hit the "C" ball at such an angle that it creates a chain reaction which ultimately dislodges the "L" ball. Whenever the ...
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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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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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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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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 #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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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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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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