Questions tagged [word-property]

For puzzles which ask the solver to determine a hidden property of certain words (or phrases), given a set of words with that property and usually also a set of words without it for comparison. Puzzles with this tag often have titles of the form "What is a [...] Word™?"

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What's the longest radiation-hardened Scrabble word?

Let's define a radiation-hardened word (a homage to radiation-hardened quines in programming) to be a word that, with any one letter removed, is still a valid English word. For example, "seat&...
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Eduardo's Krazy English Kwiz

Eduardo is having a dream the night before his English quiz. Actually it's a nightmare. His teacher hands him the quiz and says "Hello, Eduardo. To wake up confident and rested, just answer this ...
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Words with dual and opposing meanings

What is the word in each case? I can attach or cut. I can be virtual or real. I can approve or penalize. I can separate or entangle.
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Three columns of words with weird spacing

I recently discovered among some old papers a page that I'd printed out. I'm pretty certain it's a puzzle, but I don't have the answer for it and cannot guarantee that I have all the rules for it ...
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What is an Amoeboid 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 like to call it an Amoeboid Word™....
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Odd-one-out of RACECAR, MURDRUM, SAGAS, ATTACK, and REPAPER

The secret agency Tycoon emailed a code to its agent 006. They are "RACECAR, MURDRUM, SAGAS, ATTACK, and REPAPER". Leaving one which is fake, all other words have something in common. Can ...
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What is a Disguised 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 like to call it a Disguised Word™....
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Longest "Cycle" word chain [closed]

Linked to This word chain will come back to me. That puzzle got some very creative answers and comments. Although the puzzle itself took some work, I found it very interesting. So here is a more ...
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What is an ABC 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 ABC Word™. Your ...
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How are the words "cool", "dummy" and "married" related?

The 4 rows of words in the table below are each formed by following one rule. Group Word 1 Word 2 Word 3 1 save scar trap 2 adore argue boy 3 cool dummy married 4 lovely mockery underdog What is ...
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What is a StraightforWord™?

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 StraightforWord™. If not, it is called a Convoluted Word™. Here are some ...
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What is a Dime 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 Dime Word™. Here are some examples: Dime Words™ Not Dime Words™ KARMA ECHO ...
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What is a Late Word?

(Based off and inspired by JLee's What is a Word™ puzzles) What Is A Late Word? Word that conform to a specific rule are called late words. Here are some examples: Late Words™ Non-Late Words™ ...
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Commonality between these words 2

My friend sent me an email this time. I had only just woken up, and was very sleepy (my head actually dipped down many times, but that helped me with this new problem.) It went like this: Well, well, ...
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My prefix is a god, better known as arthritis

Take away half of me, I become unnatural But give me your honey, I'll become an animal I may ruin your day But I'll always be followed by a ray ... And my prefix is a god... although Google thinks he'...
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Part of me leads to my own recognition

My whole is a path to finding a solution, Yet part of me leads to my own recognition. Herring has forever been one of my top tools, I've always loved using it, especially against fools. What can one ...
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Commonality between this contiguous list of words?

Whilst walking home from a long shopping trip, my friend sent me a text, which read: Hey, Brainiac! I remember that time you won 4 spelling bee's in a row, so here's something to scratch your brain ...
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What is a Mediocre Word™?

This puzzle is based off and inspired by the What is a Word™ and What is a Phrase™ series started by JLee and their spin-off What is a Number™ series. Main puzzle: If a word conforms to a special ...
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A mysterious list of words [duplicate]

What property do the following words have in common: gnat, green, one, onyx, rail, roof? Can you find another word that has the same property?
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Rare but Abundant in Hill and Hole

I am uncommon, But a worthy goal. Rare but abundant In hill and hole. Who am I? You may already know the answer, so the task is not to answer the riddle per se, but to solve the following 'What is a ...
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What is a Row Word™?

This puzzle 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 is satisfied by a following rule, I call it a Row word. ...
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Sponsored by a riley riddle

What 6 letter word has the same properties? The whole makes harm, 5 letters makes me displeasured, 4 letters makes me a national greenhouse, 3 letters, makes me a wooden canvas. 2 letters is in a ...
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What is a Filipino Word™?

This puzzle 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 goes to a special rule, I call it a Filipino™ word. Here ...
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What is a Salon 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. All the Salon Words below have a feature in common with them that none of ...
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What is a Flamenco 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 satisfies a certain property, it is called a Flamenco Word™. ...
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What is a Number 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 Number Word™. Use the ...
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What's an Oedipus word?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Oedipus Word™. Use the examples below to find the rule. Oedipus Words™ ...
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One, Two, Three Words

Each column has a group of words with a commonality. I call it 1, 2, 3 words. What are they? 1 2 3 Twitter Parler Facebook Roti Pita Chapati Euro Dollar Pound Two Three Five Poetry Prose Novel ...
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Can I have a 'P' please, Bob?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #51: Non-rectangular grids. For the avoidance of doubt, while the puzzle set-up is based on a real quiz show, the exact scenario described here is entirely ...
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What is a Jeeves 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 Jeeves Word™. Use the ...
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Which team has my football?

Which of these two teams is the right place for football? team A team B birdsong birdseed butthead butthole handoff handset handover handshake outfall outburst outwith outhouse overspill ...
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A Group of Partygoers

Feeling adventurous, I decided to have a party, so I invited my friends: Astrid, Connor, Clinton, Lewis, and Michael. What's my name? There could be a few possibilities, but there's only one right ...
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Fun with homonyms

In each example, can you replace ??? with the same word? I had to ??? the ??? to a series of tests. Upon seeing the ??? in her painting she shed a ???. They were too ??? to the door to ??? it. The ...
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Don't like those synonyms

Stand alone I am someone with authority Add a "B" or an "H" or an "L" All three are synonyms of each other Who am I?
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What is an Area 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 Area Word™. Use the ...
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Fun with Letters, Words and Sentences? [closed]

I have a game, but first, I need to explain how it works. Take a sentence, completely meaningful. Suppose the sentence is, "Yes, yesterday we ate the meal sometime at night". In this ...
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Words have value

"HELLO World" has value 12, while "Puzzles are great" has value 223. What is the value of "Puzzling StackExchange" ?
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What is a TEXT 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 certain rule, I call it a TEXT Word™. Use the ...
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What is a Prebus Word™?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix (Somewhat in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.) If a word ...
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A Cryptic Property

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix After solving the following cryptic clues, find the following properties: A major property that all ten words share. A minor property ...
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What is a Quotidian 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. It seems that it's a rite of passage on PSE to make at least one of ...
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What is a Shifting 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 has a certain property, I call it a Shifting Word™. You can use ...
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What is an Immiscible 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 Immiscible Word™. If ...
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Anagrams, synonyms and antonym

You may have seen word puzzles where two words are given and the puzzle asks you to transfer one letter from one of the words to the other creating two words that are synonyms. For example: Smarts ...
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What is a Fair Word?

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Fair Word. If it does not conform to this rule, I call it an Unfair Word. Here is a list (not exhaustive) of some Fair Words and Unfair Words: Fair ...
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What is an Icy 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 Icy™ word. Here is a ...
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My Secret Cabal

I'm in a cabal so secret and nefarious that very few of its members even know they are members. Our ranks include: Former Seattle police chief Carmen Best Physician and diplomat Deborah Birx Writer ...
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Who sang this? It wasn't Carol

I There I Underneath I More Make All I There And Underneath I There Santa With I More Make All I I And Underneath I To I To etc. Question Can you remind me who had a hit with this song? It's about ...
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What is a Rainbow Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Rainbow Word™. The ones given here ...
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What is a Date 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 Date Word™ word. Here is ...

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