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Questions tagged [word]

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

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A short, brutal riddle

Left alone, I'm a word with five letters. I'm honest and fair, I'll admit. Rearranged, I'm of no use to trains. Again, and I'm an overt place, warm and well lit. What am I?
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The Rube Wordberg Machine

Gah! I used to be the brilliant one at Verba Retorta University, but ever since that damned Professor Wordberg showed up, there's been nothing but trouble. And it's all his confounded machine's fault! ...
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When I grow up, I want to be

As our story begins, six children meet on a hot summer day. They are enjoying the end of their summer holidays before they must return to school. However, they have now reached the age where they must ...
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You've Probably Seen Me Naked

As an alphabet aficionado, I can make you laugh long into the night. As a make of Japanese vehicle, I can keep your surroundings clean and beautiful. As an execution apparatus, I make you laugh ...
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A Riddle Within a Riddle

MY friend, your luck has Turned. i've made tHIs Riddle and it is the best, anD "soon iT sHould bE solved. if it is not, then a QUIet miNd mighT let sEedS be Sown, within which idEas caN grow. ...
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My jokes may not make you smile, but at least my name will

Stolen from babies as soon as I'm born, Right from my maker by force I am torn Pale at first, weak, and infirm, Oh how I'll change in my ultimate form. Billions of creatures will toil away Changing ...
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I see my dog run

My dog chooses not to go after the highest bets. What is my dog's name? Bonus: What is my name?
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The Sands of Time

There are people who claim that they can look upon the land, and the land will speak to them. I recently got caught in a sandstorm, and particles of sand flew past my eyes. What is the desert saying? ...
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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

I am a seven letter word. If you remove one letter from me my meaning does not change. If you remove two letters from me my meaning still does not change, and if you remove three letters from me, my ...
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Are you clever enough?

I'm always in your thoughts, technically twice If displayed correctly, just to be precise If you see my left you will call me a con and it would tear me apart if you called me John Take down a note ...
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Where did Billy go to?

There are lots of happy animals living with me in my house. Yesterday I wanted to enjoy an animal-free afternoon: I looked at Skippy and said "Go to festival". And off he hopped. Then I sent Cookie ...
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Just a bunch of dudes

My prefix is dude. My infix is little dude. My suffix is too loud, dude. I'm a stand-up dude.
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Four-words (----||||)

Four-words : My first is indivisible , but not really. My second is a cloak worn by men , but in ancient Rome. My third is a cruel wicked person , but not a human. My fourth is about 20 quires , but ...
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Almost a curse?

What am I? My last three letters serve to clarify.My first four letters are where famous people speak.Dropping all consonants, I am almost a curse. The solution is a single English word and, once ...
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The Longest Word Made from Chemical Symbols [closed]

So, as you probably know, each and every element in the Periodic Table has its own unique chemical symbol, which is either one, two, or three letters long. For instance, Oxygen is represented as O and ...
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They all gave the same one word answer - What answer did they give? [closed]

Here's a slightly different, fairly easy one. Three men travel for almost a day across an unknown distance to a meeting point. One travelled by car, another by horse and the other by boat. When ...
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What's cold and hard and doesn't bend?

It's cold and hard and doesn't bend, Can bring a life to a speedy end: It's neither cruel nor kind nor nice. The answer, friend, is here: _____ Your faults and you it judges well: Too ...
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Solving the Same Riddle Twice

My prefix tries to scout out the concealed My suffix reacts to an electric field My infix has a rodent, but not in the middle .. But isn't there a better way to pose this riddle? My prefix ...
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Who are these two sisters?

Once each month I slept with you, But unfortunately I'm a young woman. I'll give it to you square: I'm rich! Halfway to perfect in an attack. My sister makes much less sense: Her ...
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How to get water from numbers?

With six, I'm a few of your counterfeit pounds. With twelve, in your body, and a body of water. With eighteen, a body of water to clear the ground. With twenty-two, taking a car swimming in a body of ...
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Riley Riddles in Reverse

In the all-famous Riley riddles, you have to guess one word from clues about its prefix, infix and suffix. Here, instead, You get three words. You must find one solution word that you can attach.....
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Word that is fun. Nine and one

Starts with a name, ends with a name Starts with a charge, ends with a charge Starts with an element, ends with an element Would be fun to guess this one! (May be more than one?)
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A burning sensation

What's the burning sensation in the following Limerick? ...
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Inning with exits

Ice pie with mile. It'll eye something big. Inning with exits. Met a land, would use. Try kit with a Mal. It & it makes a sound. Answer is one word.
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Name the 25 Ants

When solving the Contagious Ants on a Meterstick problem, puzzlers often overlook the fact that ants are sophisticated creatures with names, dreams, and personalities. ...
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A Boring Riddle

What is the one-word solution to the following riddle? Backward in your leg, forward in red ink. Stung, piece and digit. What is the link?
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I never knew my words could speak!

This is an entry to the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #25: wordplay. "These words! – they come falling free; / speech: daft here, deft there..." — Emrakul You know, I've kept some words....
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What is the missing word?

On the roadside last week, I found what appears to be a page from a farmer's journal. Although the spelling and grammar might not be 100% correct, I can easily read all but one word of it. There is a ...
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What am I? I always play fair

What am I? A word of 6 letters, I always play fair Minus my first I am cold Minus my last and jumbled, I'll give you a massage Jumble my whole, You'll learn nothing from me I always ...
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Bob has never been a M before

Bob has never been a M before. He boards a plane in his home state. Shortly after takeoff, he becomes a M. Nobody else on the plane is a M. When he arrives at his destination, he's no longer a M. ...
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What am I? I am in theaters and computer programs

I am in theaters and in computer programs I sometimes throw things, and at other times help fix broken parts. When away I might reject you, but on election day you are sure to hear from me. ...
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A dirty limerick

What word is described by the following limerick? A place where the lions may roar? A place you attend after four? The usual sense Will shortly commence Exploding with colors galore! I ...
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I'm quite famous nowadays, mostly because of my owner

I have: An anagram that sharpens your imagination An anagram that doesn't ask for your permission An anagram that is not very original An anagram that is not very important What am I?
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I've been everywhere, man

I am a knight facing a plight My dearest one of all Lives in a tower and won’t come out Unless her name I call I went to pick her up today And though my mind was set To do so, as I ...
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Clue Web #1 - Let's start

This may not be perfect and I have no idea how it should be tagged to be honest but... Here's an idea for a word puzzle. A clue web! You get 4 clues for each of the outer labels (A1, A2, etc.) on ...
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One 'double agent' two-step on a waltzing floor

I'm in a jam – cornered I am! – No clue 'bout where to go Here's what went down, a pretty gown Some wine, a French chateau She whispered underneath her breath "Come dance with me and ...
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You will have to pray!

This riddle is so easy that I already have created another one. Just in case. Anyway, please avoid wild guesses. For sure I am queer and out of place Are you still here? Go start the chase But ...
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Remove my last letter and I could become lethal

My first 2 letters represents a male. My first 3 letters represents a female. My first 4 letters represents a great male. My whole represents a great female. Which word am I describing?
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The Importence of Proper Spelled and Grammar

Most accomplished autohrs are aware of the critical importance of proper grammar and spelling. The the neccessity of riting one's ideas succinctly, appropriately, and without error is parmaount. ...
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Riddle… I am like a dear halo

I am like a dear halo, Plucked from a rainbow, A tight noose brings me to life, With the repeated stab of a knife, Old grief of the elephants, Holy like the elements, I penetrate a scar of my soft ...
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Difficult in the language of banana

I'm looking for a name. Totally uncommon, yet strangely familiar. Starts with ein affirmation, ends with a metal. Middle is a vulgar intensifier. Extremely difficult in the language of banana. ...
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You can order them, and keep them

Each clue gives TWO words, which give a letter; the letters can be combined to form two more words, which share a special property with all of the decoded clues. All of forever. (8) It's big enough ...
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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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An easy riddle for you

Have fun with this one! I hope it's a pleasant rest stop for your mind :) Listen for this word! For it begins with a high And ends right on cue?
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Mrs. Malaprop Reads A Riddle

I, Mrs. Malaprop, will recite an original riddle, perspired by this puzzle. Each of lines 1-5 inscribe a part of a word, put them together in sequins to get the one-word answer to the riddle. First ...
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A Riddle of Mine

I came up with this riddle a few years ago, and so far very few people have been able to solve it: Think of a four-letter word (“_ _ _ _”) such that adding an A to the beginning (“a _ _ _ _”) changes ...
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“The Unfinished ________ Waltz”

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. Above is the sheet music for the universally acclaimed "The Unfinished ________ ...
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I am … not a political riddle

I am. With the left wing, I seek to ban suffragettes. With the same right wing, I'm for a third party. Remove that wing from me, and I'll be leaving. Make one of me Dutch, and I'll join the ...
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A notable collapse

Larry Leprechaun was dancing on a table, but keeping balance, he was not able. Falling, he nearly did _____ himself, and wailed "__ __!" while some guy said "Give this __ __" . Find one word, ...
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A word puzzle about complimenting one's appearance

Think of a unit of measurement. Now rearrange its letters and read them out loud to form a sentence (an example would be u r a b, meaning "You are a bee"). Make sure the sentence compliments someone ...