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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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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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My prefix is food, my suffix is rude

I thought of this riddle myself. Feedback is appreciated. My prefix is food. My suffix is rude. My infix comes in rounds. I keep you off the ground. 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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Honeycomb: a hexagonal grid of letters

This puzzle consists entirely of one image, attached below. The image is large and you will need to zoom in to see some of the details. There is no hidden information, only what you can plainly see. ...
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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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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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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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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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Selective attention: an unusual game

There's a park behind the local basketball courts, where I like to go for quiet time. The other day, a group of thirty people arrived with a basketball as I was sitting down. One sat next to me, ...
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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 got ninety-nine problems - so here's another one!

To date, on Puzzling.SE I have contributed (counting: 10, 20, 30...) 99 problems to the site. So to mark my 100th, here's a massive meta-puzzle to celebrate the occasion! Task Solve the nine sub-...
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A Puzzle That Asks Why There's A Dryer in my Search Engine

The bag is not transmogrified. A hookah with some fizz inside. The snake, the bite. The words of pride.
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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 in ...
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I'm half of a hundred

I'm half of a hundred and both halves of a Belgian detective, two thirds of solar exposure and one eighth of an Age. If you know who I am, post your answer, plus your explanation for each of the ...
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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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“IQ” puzzles seem to be flooding this site

“IQ” puzzles seem to be flooding this site, so I reviewed a few and left some feedback. The answer to this puzzle is a single relevant word (8), with explanation of how you found it.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dirac notation for English

Dirac notation is very expressive: not only does it allow to write quantum states and operations more concisely, it can also be used to shorten written English words and phrases! Here are some ...
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Red Herring Redherring

Red herring redherringredh Redherri ngredh Red herrIng red HErrING reD heRring Red herRing rED herrINg REDHERRING rEd HErring reD HerRing Red hERriNg Red herring Red HerrIng rED hErrInG reD HerrIng ...
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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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Didn't you ask me for a crossword?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #forty-seven: "Wacky Sudokus" Here's that crossword you asked for... Sorry, what's that - you didn't ask me for a crossword?? TASK: Solve the puzzle ...
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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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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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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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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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This diagram needs a name!

This puzzle is a spin-off from the 'This new puzzle type needs a name' series. I have devised a new diagramming style. The examples below have been deliberately selected and ordered in a way that ...
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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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"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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What country am I? A 'Riley Riddle'

My prefix can be seen in the Greek alphabet, My suffix is a kind of tree, And my infix is something used to kiss. What country am I?
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Imagine a chess board, but seven-eighths wide

My grandfather wrote me this riddle on a napkin when I was 12. It took me more than a year to solve, but I got it eventually. He said I didn't get it until I had explained the sections, so explain ...
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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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Hint: Hint: Hint: Hint: Hint:

At 23 I am cold. But at 8 all I did was Hint: Hint: Hint: Hint: Hint:
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A burning sensation

What's the burning sensation in the following Limerick? ...
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The answer may not make sense to you

I am Half an idea Fifth of a cm Partly a reminder Fully a doctor And a desired statue Who am I?
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MASTERING Sudoku

Fill the grid with letters M, A, S, T, E, R, I, N and G. Standard Sudoku rules apply. Additionally, the words on the right-hand side must appear in the given orientation (across/down). Each word ...
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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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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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What is wrong with these puzzles?

I think teh puzzles on this site are too hard. I can’t figure out hardly none of them. The ones that look easy seem to get closed??? Can someone tell the reason? Here are some examples of puzzles ...
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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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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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