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

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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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The Curse of the Ancients

The night has grown fearful. It has been a fortnight since the rising - when the dead have begun to shamble out of their graves, hunting and preying on sleeping men and women and children. The people ...
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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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A firm farewell - Rest in piece

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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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Who's missing from this glorious Poem of Dynamic Words?

I'm where you keep your most private possessions With a small adjustment, I'm always on the move Again, and I'm one of you, lacking aggression Once more, at my end, my son has something to prove If ...
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The egocentric one

Here is the next one for you. I recommend using a list for this. Oh, almost forgot to tell you that it's freaking easy. Have fun! Even if tiny I call you tall The first two lines contain no hint at ...
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Holy as the elements

Everybody should be able to solve this one! You might try to pet me or kick my butt but you can not touch me no matter what If you gave me presents I'd leave you for sure but take what's around me ...
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Uh oh, the propeller fell off

I was rummaging through a trunk in the attic when I found this vintage game. It is some sort of pinwheel or propeller mounted on a board. The propeller has a cryptic series of letters painted on it, ...
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Superhero words!

Quietly walking among us are words which are actually superheroes in disguise! Just as Diana Prince spins around to become Wonder Woman, some seemingly ordinary words can spin around to reveal their ...
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Rolling Dice puzzle

The answer is a six-letter word. Here's an attempt at a text version, but you're really better off looking at the picture. Rolling Dice To get a full tour, you must be a man of many faces and ...
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Name that Sandwich

Light, soft and healthy is me mirrors are all over these if finding gold is rather dismal I sit next to the one in Pepto-Bismol Different letters here is your goal somewhere to go with an ...
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Can you crack the Magic Diary's encrypted message?

Can you help find the hidden message in this encrypted text? A young Science student / Stack-Exchange enthusiast stumbles upon a magical encrypted diary of a fellow he has always admired. He finds ...
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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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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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Riley Riddles in Reverse, batch 2

"post some more sometime :)" -- user @Dragonrage in the comments of Riley Riddles in Reverse Here's another batch of "inverted" Riley riddles. These still work exactly like the ones before: You ...
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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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Have You Heard My New Riddle?

A stirrup I own that no stallion can wear. I am not a smith though an anvil I bear. My hammer? No Middle Earth dwarf gives a care. With diamonds or pearls adorned may I be. The heart of my ...
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As easy as Three, Two, One… How fast can you go from Five to Four?

You have to reach Four from Five 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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Which US city is it?

This is a more advanced punzzle with a first level based on the same concept as this one. Each of the questions below is answered by the name of a US city which could be pronounced in a way that has ...
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Nine is the limit

My first is in a bank, My second is an evergreen, My third is for your benefit My fourth is in a store, My fifth is identical, If you've found the pattern What is my sixth? Those ...
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Word of the Day #1

Test run of a possible series of "word of the day" riddles! With a light source, I resemble a star; Once fortified, I'm alone at the bar. Then, come the fifth, I shall sail away - Tell me, what am ...
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V for Vendetta - Who am I?

This link here shows how many "Who am I?" riddles we already have on this site. Obviously, there are many of them and they're mostly riddles describing an object in some funny way. On checking the ...
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Fully-Firstable Anagram Sets

Okay, first let's define some terminology: Anagram - Oh come on, how are you on Puzzling.SE if you don't know this one? Anagram Set - a list of words that are all anagrams of eachother, e.g.: ACTS ...
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Cryptic Five-words (-----|||||)

Inspired by Aggie Kidd's redux of the original "Four-words" puzzle by Prem, I decided to create a similar "Five-words" puzzle. Some clues are intentionally somewhat vague and/or misleading, to keep ...
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My Anagram is Coming

Here is another one of my classic puzzles (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). Me, I'm telling you something, My anagram is coming, My other anagram is to make something different. My Second anagram'...
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The sands of life are running out

The one I obey, my dear commander Keep on running I will not slander For I know you will follow my lead Call me in if you are in need If one commands the other will follow That's the deal, one has ...
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Compound word cousins

Find a single word answer with the property that compound words formed from the answer have a word in common with compound words formed from each of the following : Text version: ...
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Fastest way from 8 to 7

Inspired by this great question by Uvc (actually, it's the same logic but with different words). How fast one can get from EIGHT to SEVEN? The rules are the same: You are only allowed to change one ...
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So Many Homophones?

A twist on my previous puzzle So many anagrams. Instead of finding anagrams for the blanks you have to find two homophones/homographs(bat-bat, and doe-dough) that fit into the provided blanks. Note: ...
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What in the shells is this puzzle?

Clergyman's wife tells story of picking up a muscle. Solution: $\require{color}\definecolor{hint}{RGB}{1,124,233} \small\color{hint}{\textsf{5 words}}$
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Immovable object

I have a long history from east to west, to some I'm the worst and others the best. With a core made of resin I dance and I flutter, no one judges me when I speak with a stutter. I may be an object ...
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I can ruin a party

I can ruin a party Showing up uninvited Though some are pleased to see me When they get real excited Even those who would first shun me Won't mind meeting me again, Or after certain indications They'd ...
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My front was revered in olden times

My front was revered in olden times. My back brings life to many. My middle is not really correct. What am I? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3
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What is the “linguistically hardest” number less than $10^9$?

The linguistic hardness ($LH$) of a natural number is the ratio of the amount of letters in the writing of this number in English to the amount of its digits. For example, $LH(1234) = 7.75$, as: $$...
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How long can two words be if they make up a larger word (challenge)

I came up with this little game. Basically we have to write a word using small caps and big caps so that the small caps write a word and the big caps write a word (in their original order), for ...
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Longest Word without repeating character-pairs

What's the longest English word that doesn't contain the same two letters in a row more than once? Good word : too contains to ...
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A Puzzle Like Deja Vu All Over Again

Part of the Community Metapuzzle. The word in the puzzle below is also the word needed here. Deadline's tight, got worthless outworn pap. Noxious ill-timed rot with dreary crap. "Edit tonight!" ...
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A star made of dice

This puzzle is based on another one called Stella di dadi (dice star) from a popular Italian puzzle magazine. However there have been some modifications to make this puzzle a bit a lot harder. ...
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I may also be found in your body

My infix won't tell you a thing, But you can find me from the rest: My suffix sounds exactly like me, And my prefix is already half known. In wood or wire, what am I?
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Worlds. My first ever riddle

I say plenty but never with sound; Free to say anything, yet always bound. I like to be kindled but never kindling. I'm always turned yet the same way round. Born from a tree, but not in ...
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Word Tank-chain-wheel Challenge

My niece gave me this word wheels challenges the other day and I comes up with an alternative. Here's how this challenge works: Find a word that can form another word by moving its first letter ...
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Farmer needs to get his word across the river

In the spirit of the classic river-crossing puzzles: ...
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Step into the Octagram

The diagram below shows a partially-filled "octagram". Step into it, if you dare! At every vertex in a long word. Flowing into every vertex are two short words. Anagrammed together, these two short ...
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A Massive and Torrid Affair

Is my first part a bargain? Be careful! Not quite. My next, when it's scarlet, means something's not right. My third: to police, an invaluable tool Can my last bit be neutral? It can't, as a ...
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A crumbled, jumbled poem

I wrote a beautiful, verbose poem for you all, but Riddler went and scrambled the whole thing up! Can you figure out the order of the lines and put it back together again for me? And while you're at ...
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A Quick Easy Riley

I've hit a road block with my story riddles and need to refresh my mindset; therefore, I am writing a quick and easy puzzle for the community to solve. Good luck to all of you! Look for the prefix, ...
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The road to El Dorado reconstructed from fragmented accounts

You are seeking the route to the lost city of El Dorado. You have assembled several historical accounts from explorers who claim to have reached it. Unfortunately, the accounts are incomplete, ...
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My cousin's odd farm

I recently went to visit my cousin, who runs a farm. But when I got there, things were a bit, well... odd: His 10 horses had 24 legs, yet they could all walk normally. For his 30 workers he had 6 ...
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Another four-liner: By myself I can be quite persuasive

By myself I can be quite persuasive. With a letter out front, I'm powerful. With two behind, you'd better act fast. With three out front, I bring great suffering. What is this strong word?