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

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The hangman game backward #9

Hangman game backward #9 - guess what was the question: fill in "i" - a famous city in New York, Illinois and Nevada. fill in "o" - half of the population said to have experience being one. fill in "...
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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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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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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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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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Use a button instead of a wave

This recipe does not make any sense but each step has its own by-product. Add a letter and you'll have the shortest and the most ambiguous answer. Add a letter and you'll have 47 machine-guns. Add a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What am I? Series 1.1

I'm a letter. I am found in an elephant and oh! I am heard too, by a person sense of hearing! Sometimes, I am also used in a cartesian plane, or maybe used as a word to describe things are growing ...
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Can you find the pattern behind the proposed letter grouping?

Can you complete these groups or identify the pattern behind? Example 1: Group A : {A,C,E,G,I,....} Group B : {B,....} Example 2: ...
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The pound is not a finish

Starting with The pound is not a finish, apply all of the following modifications in the correct order to reveal a popular scientific fact: Remove one word. Remove ...
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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 ...
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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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Transforming Colors

Inspired by the increase of word ladders lately I found a fun one. Transform the color BLUE into PINK. No proper names.
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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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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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What is the missing letter?

there. I came across a puzzle about a missing letter in a primary school exercise booklet for selective high school exams in Australia. The puzzle is the one shown in the picture below. It looks like ...
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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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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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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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An unknown Cryptogram

I would like to say : vyycd gow mcgr uuey
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And yet you'll reunite

Your crush texted you: Met me there, tomorrow, 21th of July. Prove all your romance is true. Prove what you learnt in maths, computer science, litterature... and during all those years of studying ...
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Sorting a single number

What is the only number that, when written in English, gives a sequence of letters which is sorted alphabetically? (The original phrasing of the question was meant to be a bit less straightforward to ...
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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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Letter Swap: Mammal to Bird [closed]

I originally saw this as part of a NPR word puzzle set. Can you go from a mammal to a bird by changing only one letter? There is at least one answer for substitution and addition that I've found (...
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I'm not a fat hen

Start with the phrase   I'm not a fat hen. and perform the following steps in some order to find a famous quotation: Add a letter. Remove a letter. Add a word....
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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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Change a letter, add a letter

This is based on a word game that as far as I know was invented by my friend's Dad. The goal is to make as long a word as you can, starting from any three-letter word, using the following rule: You ...
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How fast can you “DOCK” the “SHIP”? [closed]

You have to reach DOCK from SHIP 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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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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Encoding Extreme - 1

You wake up. You are on a very small room. There is a paper on the floor, and you don't know how to exit. Can you decipher the note to escape? This is the note: ...
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Find me and learn the truth!

Figure out the jumble and set me free. Encrypt the below text and find me! C W G N W B V W L N V I B G O Q R U I Q Before you fall into the trap, I can help ...
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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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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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Introducing WorDonimoes$^2$

@Don Kirkby have designed a set of dominoes puzzles that they call Donimoes. You slide the dominoes like the cars in Nob Yoshigahara's Rush Hour puzzle, always along their long axis. I have altered ...
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Aim the lasers up

Start with the phrase “Aim the lasers up” and perform the following steps in some order to reveal a popular lyric: Break a word in two Change a letter Combine two words Rearrange the letters of a ...
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What's next in this letter sequence: A, H, I, M, O, T, . . [duplicate]

What would come next in this sequence, and what is the source? A, H, I, M, O, T, . . .
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Referring R to a person

How can R refer to a person only by adding a symbol? Conditions: You cannot add any letter with R. You can add only one symbol. (EXPLANATION IS NECCESSARY)
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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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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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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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What is the Longest Meaningful Sentence U can make Using single letters only? [closed]

Some Examples: I C U. S I M A B.
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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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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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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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Vigenère cipher [closed]

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ = 0-25 List of keys starting in order you need to use them. Comic Bacon Key Cipher: QWUA BT UICL Video on how to use the Vigenère cipher Hint: