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A puzzle whose answer will be a word or a set of words but not a phrase or sentence.

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It sounds dirty but it is not

It sounds dirty but it is not In fact, very innocent It is wet, long and slimy Some find it magnificent What is it?
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Double Decay: The Fish

I am a fish Remove my first, and I might be a thief Remove my second, and you will divide Remove my third, and you will see much pain Remove my fourth, and I am measured by metres Remove my fifth, ...
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Two living things

We are two living things. Part of one of us is another living thing. Another part of one of us is something all people use. One part of one of us contains motion and another part of one of us contains ...
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The Alchemist's Cauldron

This is Part II of a series. Part I can be found here: The Alchemist's Grimoire Again told from the perspective of my fantasy self. The story is not needed to solve the puzzle, but may contain some ...
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What flies when it's born, lies while it's alive, and runs when it's dead? [closed]

A riddle I came across: What flies when it's born, lies while it's alive, and runs when it's dead? What is the answer to this?
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A word for an evil thief, when read backwards, becomes valuable (by definition)

This word, that will take god's gift to you away from you, when read backwards, is something of sentimental value.
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The Alchemist's Grimoire

Told from the perspective of my fantasy self. The story is not needed to solve the puzzle, but may have some useful tidbits. So earlier today, I finally decided to sit down with my newest party ...
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Describe your ability to solve this number sequence!

Here is a sequence of numbers: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, -, -, -, 10, 12 Can you fill in the three blanks and thus reveal your excellent puzzle-solving ability?
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What is this puzzle?

$$\huge\text{This puzzle is _______}$$
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My wish that I can't see

There's fire outside. The world is collapsing, it's over. It's not going to be just fine; it's never going to be. I sing nothing. This is not of mine. $\sin\theta \sec\theta$ is all I have, even ...
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What's the optimal strategy for Wordle?

Wordle is a game by Josh Wardle in which you try to guess a 5-letter word in at most six attempts. After each guess, the letters which are not in the word are highlighted in grey, the letters which ...
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Help! I need somebody

A friend sent me the following puzzle and claimed that with a bit of general knowledge (or compensatory research skills) and creative thinking I could arrive to the answer. Alas, the puzzle exceeds my ...
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Seasonal and visual

I'm new here, but I guess this is terribly easy. One clue: Further indication, removing the "enigmatic" nature of puzzle:
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What's a Tricky Word™?

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Tricky Word™. Use the examples below to find the rule. Tricky Words Not Tricky Words RHYTHM ELEPHANT GIRL BOOK GYM STUFFED STRENGTH WEAKNESS ...
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Estimating Time

Here is a descending sequence of seven puzzles sorted from large to small. If you work on one a day, you should finish within a week. So let’s say two weeks to be safe. The sequence is also ascending ...
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Swarms of Codes

Since the days of old, codes have been devised and utilized to various ends: to relay secret messages, to identify friend from foe, or to record secret formulae. What ancient dark art is at work here? ...
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Why does "If it's ready made, this will get me down! (5)" clue REACH?

If it's ready made, this will get me down! (5) This is from the Metro newspaper cryptic crossword for Dec 14, 2021. I already had R _ A _ H, so the answer was fairly obviously REACH and this was ...
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You never know what you will find when

While digging through his old credit card bills, What word is that?
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Sixy word of the day

I'm a word with a certain number of letters: Perhaps the first day for wearing new sweaters? Putting in something with that number of sides. As for what that number is, it's implied. Another meaning, ...
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Higher education runs on me, A noun or a verb I can be, With my first letter gone, I’m a fit, on and on

Higher education runs on me, A noun or a verb I can be, With my first letter gone, I’m a fit, on and on This riddle has a five letter word lock and it is was grandpa and I want to open it.
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And we could all use a little change

"Sometimes, I feel like I could use some change in life." "Prudent thought. Know, however, that to change one must first destroy." "How am I supposed to do that?" "...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 18): A Reunion, and Christmas Decorations

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > I lived ...
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What is a Spike Word™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ series started by JLee If a word satisfies a certain property it is called a Spike Word™. Here are some examples: Spike Words™ Not Spike Words™ MAGNUM ...
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The urban gardener

You are the urban gardener of Wordtown and you would like to plant a letter at each intersection (marked with "#") such that every street becomes a familiar word. Horizontal streets must ...
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Which State is this

Which state does the following riddle describe? A kingdom that deceives perception It is an illusion Entry by Magic potion
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Just for fun (it's fair)

Try make sense of the image below. The answer is ten letters in total. Hint: Hint2: Note: I added a (4) and an (8). It doesn't affect the puzzle.
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We are both identical and contrary

Our head has two parts The first part doesn't go well with Paris and should watch what they drink. The second part may not be silent but doesn't have anything new to say. Together, they are a drop of ...
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Bad news keeps coming in

This rebus directs you to a 7 letter word. If you solve this, you might be able to solve It's a small word after all! What is the word? Hint Hint 2
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It's a small word after all!

Text version This noun Is a 10 letter word Which is also a 6 letter word Which is also a 2 letter word Which is also a single letter too! No abbreviations or acronyms.
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Self-Referential Crossword

Text clues: Scratched (6) Snow sport (6) Maui and Oahu? (6 7) Pimento container (5) Celebrated singer (4) Guest (7) Old world warblers (9) English king, briefly (6 4) Stick (5) Cutting tools (4) Left ...
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The commanding Riley

My prefix is a form of money. My suffix has electrical charge. My infix is your abbreviation. Altogether I command. What am I?
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My prefix rids sinning, my suffix is swimming

I thought of this riddle with my sister. Feedback is appreciated. My prefix rids sinning. My suffix is swimming. My infix is cheeky. And where I live its weedy. Who am I?
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The grass is greener on the other side (it's a matter of perspective)

What word is hidden in this image?
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12:41 puzzle: colorful geometry

The answer is a 4-letter word. I will not be giving any hints. This puzzle is very old. The puzzle is solved using only the image (no clues to the puzzle in title or description).
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A Riddle of Subtraction

You might have to use some creative thinking for this riddle. Start with the one which has 4 Take out the 7 and you end up with an 8. Start with one which has 5 Take out the 7 and you end up with a ...
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I often come from nothing, who am I?

I often come from nothing My worth cannot be inherited or given Put me in a winning position And my success is still not guaranteed What I give you has no utility But it's something you wouldn't want ...
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An unwavering force... What do you get?

An unwavering force. Without it, you would not be here. What do you get when you take it away?
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Please focus, now

Take the helm, be present, remove your bib, and do not blink for the Dane is coming and you must have your witz about you. Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 (enigmatic-puzzle spoiler)
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Don't take these too literally (A British sensation)

Don't take these too literally. Homophones and other liberties are taken. My prefix is My prefix is found at a funeral My infix at any salon My suffix is found at a table My whole is just three ...
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A tripled riddle [closed]

Take the blackest of pits that yearns for the light See the fruit that it has for distance and night Now warp the fruit's name and turn up the bass And what is the answer you pull from this chase? ...
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Reflex and complex

My prefix is a part of a reflex My infix is very complex my suffix is more than two but the whole thing is not true What am I?
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...do as the Romans do

When in Rome, do as the Romans do...
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The answer is stranger than you think

From a word of five letters Take out the ten Scramble the remaining letters And you will get back to ten Hint:
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My whole is not my whole, but to post this riddle seems like my whole

My prefix is my prefix My suffix is my suffix My infix is my infix My whole is not my whole, but to post this riddle seems like my whole.
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Don't Play With Me, Riley

My suffix’s prefix’s prefix’s suffix My prefix’s suffix’s suffix’s prefix My infix’s prefix’s suffix’s infix Don’t play with me Who am I?
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Weather or not?

Ladies and Gentlemen. This is Ralph Prat in Bismark, North Dakota, bringing you the daily weather forecast. The weather is better here than in Iowa, or maybe it isn't. Honestly, I just began working ...
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A Riddle That Is 100% Pain

Unseeded with marsh flower is he This youth approaching sanctity. Complexion bad, in lard rolls he. "Permit me", that was what I said In answer as I chopped his head. The answer is a single ...
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The six letters that could?

I’ve been working with word searches a lot lately and it gave me an idea for a short but hopefully fun little puzzle. Let’s take a word like scones, and let’s break it down into as many words as ...
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Rootin' Tootin' Riley Riddle

Its suffix sounds like a slithering snake. Its prefix is given again in green grass. Its infix appears as an arbitrary article. Its whole rhymes with whence it does pass. It's a ...
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A Grand Game (Find two words)

Find 2 relevant (but not strictly related) words using a logical method. One ends in 'R', the other in 'E'. The method should be one which leads to the exact and specific letters for each word (no ...

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