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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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Defeat by Me; Your Destiny

Sometimes we play catch; Though you'd hope it more like fetch. I'd be the second; an honorable mention. Indeed it'd be, as if I've spent my life in detention. You'd know where, if you found the ...
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The Riddle - I Could be Used in Many Ways

In whole, you may use me in the measuring. With my $1^{st}$ & $2^{nd}$ part, you may use me in the coloring. With my $2^{nd}$ & $3^{rd}$ part, you may use me in the casting. ...
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The arrow of time flies in reverse

Here is the puzzle: (Click on the image to see a larger image.) Overview: This is a word graph. The nodes are short words, the edges are long words. Whenever an edge (i.e., a long word) connects ...
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Hope You're Happy in This!

Inspired by The Riddle - I Could be Used in Many Ways by Conifers :D My whole is usually shown in a tree. About my $1^{st}$ and $2^{nd}$ parts is fond. About my $2^{nd}$ and $3^{rd}$ parts, ...
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An Untimely Rebus For Your Puzzlement

Now with eye-popping graphics! (Hey, it's my first rebus.) Text version: $$ \begin{matrix} light-speed & & & & here\\ & & ? & & \\ \end{matrix} $$
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Who got some sun on the voyage?

We meek internationalists go on a little afternoon voyage Who got some sun on the voyage? Hint #1: Hint #2: Hint #3: Hint #4:
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Word of the Day #2

Test run, take two. The first run went well, so let's keep it up! For your second riddle, things might just get trickier - With some common bond, things might just get stickier! When I'm with a group ...
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Unstoppable force

I'll start to count while you solve this problem, and just relax here at the top of my column. Everywhere I go I let out a good whistle, but don't mess with me cause I carry a pistol. Typically ...
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No shovels, please!

$ \color{red}E $ Second time skimming through Beatles residence Sandwich way What do these clues point to? Looking for a single word answer. This puzzle is a hint for Ah, the old SE ...
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This is for Duck

As promised I have crafted a homonym riddle just for @Duck. With the recent spike in homophone riddles, I figured it was time. I finally figured out what word to use, so can you tell me which word it ...
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So Popular, What am I?

Pursued by many, hated by few, It's amazing how much I can do. Creation, enlargement, or despise, Tell me now where you keep your eyes. Life or death, on different fronts, I am the goal of many hunts. ...
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Uh oh, now the boards are missing!

I found another trunk in the attic, with more of those vintage propeller games. This time, I've got propellers, but no boards. Is it possible to figure out the whole board from just the propeller? ...
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Large and in charge [closed]

Opened or closed, I continue to be. A mechanism of choice, But I can be beastly. I come in all shapes and sizes, Each with a common task. I cling to life by a thread, What am I, I ask? Added hint: ...
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A Soupçon of Rebus Recreation

It's a rebus puzzle. You know what to do. What single English word do these symbols represent?                 Part of a metapuzzles entry: I, for one,...
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What's the hidden word within the poem?

Hidden within the following poem is a word. I would provide more clue as to how to decipher each letter in the word, but perhaps I'm already giving away too much. Let's see if you can get it! If I ...
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Words with most and fewest syllables for given length?

What is the greatest and least number of syllables that a word of a given length can have? More precisely, for each word length from 1 letter to 20 letters, find words of that length containing as ...
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Four degrees of separation (I make billions #8)

Four degrees of separation (I make billions #8) In a typical two part connect-wall puzzle, you are given 16 words which have 2 degrees of separation from the final answer. The first degree of ...
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I Hope You Like Connect Walls! #2

Like last time, find the links then connect it to a Puzzling SE tag. ...
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Falcon Circus, Prologue: The Twins

You get home from work, grab the mail, take off your coat, and sit down on the couch with the TV on the news. "Bills, bills, junk..." you sift through your mail, and stop to look at a very colorful ...
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Another visual puzzle to tuck into

A plural word connects these images:                                       What is ...
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Teapot Riddle no.40

Already so many... i need to make myself thoughts about specials. BTW: this is some kind of special since this word has 7 teapots Rules: I have one word which has several (2 or more) meanings Each ...
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Anonymous letter from somewhere sometime today

Not many know of me, and even less have touched what is mine. A lonely fella I am, like being the smallest pebble in the puddle, Unless you ask the bishop, he owns the title, according to a ...
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What is designed to go into holes and always has a hole in it? [closed]

What is designed to go into holes and always has a hole in it? It fits this pattern: S _ _ ...
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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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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 ...
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Déjà vu, again?

There is a very special property common to all the words below: ART BAIL LAP LATTE MEAT ON PEAR PEAS RED RUM SCENE SHOT SIGN TINES Stuck? Need a ...
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Like totally amazing interchangeable sister outfit accessory swapping or whatever

OMG, me and my sister are like total BFFs and we share clothes like all the time! We soooo have the same sense of style and we borrow stuff from each other like every single second! We don't even ...
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A Riddle Like a Phoenix

Set right within a wood, you see An army group with energy. Addendum in the heart may be Guffawing inappropriately. Behold! O sad remains the key That holds the ace front backwardly The ...
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Rarer for younger, yet also the opposite

I am a common word that refers to a person. I rarely refer to very young people – in fact, the older a person is, the more likely they are to be called me. However, if you pick two random ...
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We're found in vans, in bags, on bikes - we're found in books, in maps, online

We're found in vans, in bags, on bikes, Most everywhere that people dwell. Dogs may hate us, but we bring Important tidings, good or bad. We're found in books, in maps, online, Most ...
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Craft the longest Scrabble sentence

This is another challenge along the same vein as similar challenges that have shown up on this site, requiring the puzzle to craft the longest possible sentence given a specific requirement. What is ...
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Affixes on steroids

Since I made the original "Riley riddle", there have been many other riddles of the same form. So, of course, I thought it was very important to take this to its logical extreme. Sorry this one doesn'...
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Linked word squares

The following are clues to 18 six-letter words that must be filled into the following three linked word squares. The clues are in no particular order, but just for fun, I tried to arrange them to ...
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My attempt at the world's shortest riddle: One rhyme, / Space, time

One rhyme, Space, time. (8-letters) The above is my attempt at the world's shortest riddle. EDIT - 23 Aug 2015 Here is my bid to get the riddle re-opened. Naturally to satisfy the ...
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E's-y Word-Square Fill-in

Not necessarily easy, but "'E's-y"! For each word square below, the Es have been filled in for you. Your task is to complete the rest of the square using only ...
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What is a Touch 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 Touch Word™. Use the ...
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A question you might ask

I’m a question you might ask I’m a broken wish that’s small I’m mail that gets sent last I add a southern feel to all I’m a fork that you'll divine but use only sometimes ...
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What is the world?

Thought I'd get back into puzzle-making by giving Fortnightly Topic Challenge #22 a go. As you work through one of your countless puzzle books, you find a sheet of paper inside with a poem on it. It'...
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A most curious story about something stolen

The answer to this puzzle is a hint for The strange story of Lord Lefthide. Several horsemen came across a German man. "Have you seen some twins?", they asked him. The man answered by the ...
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And now you see it II (the B side)

It amuses me that the word CANOES has been there in VOLCANOES all along. And URCHIN is barely hiding in the word LURCHING. And ASPIRIN is right there in ASPIRING. SISTER is in RESISTER. AKIN is in ...
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Clue Web #2 - A Barrel of Fun

Tried one of these yeserday and it went pretty well (for the most part) so here's another clue web! How it works: You get 4 clues for each of the outer labels (A1, A2, etc.) on the web. You solve ...
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What is a Conflicted 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 Conflicted Word™. Use ...
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The answer is buried there somewhere

Wow, the little negative cow army had a balmy sun war. The forty richest blameless homesteaders await the answers. Who did the cow army fight in the war? Hint #1: Hint #2: Hint #3:
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A Smuggled List of S'S

Smuggled this strange list from [redacted] 's place. Maybe he is making a puzzle. Who is the victim? Scarlet covers Swindler's imprecation Sour disordered equipment Smash journal ...
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Here is my family. Who am I?

My first child was a rebel. He is estranged from us. My second used to be much closer to me, but we are losing touch. My third is similar in temperament to my second, but smarter, ...
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The thought of my prefix brings many a smile; My infix is, mathematically

Here's my first attempt at a Riley! Good luck! The thought of my prefix brings many a smile; Sit down, relax, or sleep for a while. My infix is, mathematically; One point six times ...
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The answer is less complex than the riddle

My first is really easy - trust me, it's not hard. Fail here and you will kick yourself. In rhymes it's found with Simon seeking lard; In maths it doesn't meet itself. My second is found ...
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What will happen?

I am an event, relations I set. Make most to fret, threat because they get. I sound like evil, but actually I'm not. Maybe as a concept, but it is not my ...
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Find the word with the highest normalized product of letter-prime values where A=2, B=3, C=5, …, Z=101

Which word has the highest normalized score according to the following: Assign each individual letter A..Z of an (English) word a value corresponding to the n'th prime (see table below). Take the ...
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Guess Me riddle #2

View the first part here The word is broken down into parts My first part is a small character in a book and a movie My second part is related to company My third part is related to a rabbit My ...