# Questions tagged [wordplay]

A puzzle which incorporates a form of wordplay, such as puns, or which requires wordplay in order to find the solution.

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### Missing items in my list of abbreviations

I was going sailing the other day, and made a list of important things I might need to know. But I was in a hurry, so I abbreviated them, and missed some out altogether. What are the missing items? (...
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### Longest sentence using 4 letters (and punctuation marks)

Inspired by Long word using only 4 letters - Using only four distinct letters and four punctuation marks (e.g. commas, semicolons, and apostrophes, not including the ending period), can you form a ...
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### Warning: this puzzle contains made-up words

When I started working at WordPuzzles Inc. as a substitute, I thought I'd found a path to my dream job. Getting paid to work on puzzles was all I'd ever wanted! "This is it, you've made it in ...
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### This bird is so popular, many countries around the world share a name with it

There's a bird, it's very popular. Several IRL Earth countries (more than 2) around the world share a name with the same bird, although the relation between the country name and the bird is not ...
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### A Venndredi Special!

Another Venn based puzzle from me. The three overlapping ellipses form seven curved regions. Your task is to place exactly one tile per region, so that the four tiles in any one ellipse can solve ...
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### Data is plural?

The three overlapping ellipses form seven curved regions. Your task is to place exactly one tile per region, so that the four tiles in any one ellipse can solve the corresponding clue!
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### Reverse Word Pyramid

Group these words into groups of: Six Five Four Three Two and One. Then, figure out why this is a 'reverse' pyramid.
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### A mysterious importance

These words. They have a poetry to them, do they not? A mystical or religious significance? Perhaps they were born of the fundamental, ancient stuff of reality, from water or metal. Or maybe just ...
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### Infiltrate the Imposter Ring

POWER has arrived late to the puzzle, and another word has stolen its place! Who is the imposter? Notes: This style of puzzle (connect-wall) requires you to group 16 words into four groups of four. I ...
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### Emoticon text code

I found this text on my phone. Is there a genius out there that is able to tell me what this means? Edit: I received a similar message again: Edit II: A new message... it's all Greek to me:
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### Who’s missing from this group of stars?

You’ve recently joined the Grey Elm, an exclusive VIP club, as an event organizer. Tonight’s event in particular features a lot of starpower, going by these aliases: Black-DRAGON GreenTurtleShells ...
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### Ordered Vowelburgers™ as many as possible

I wanted to order Vowelburgers™ as many as possible, and came up with one idea. But for the purposes of giving a puzzle, I'm concealing what the idea was. Here are the Vowelburgers™ I've received, ...
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### Sort 25 words into five groups

Arrange these 25 words into five groups of five. I initially created this puzzle for my friends but none of them have solved it yet, so I have posted it here to make sure it was not too hard! For a ...
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### Magical Spellchecker

As a fifth year in Hogwarts, you’ve begun working as a part-time spellchecker, earning gold to pay off your costly tuition. First years and second years, who are just getting the hang of crafting ...
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### Back Word Puzzle [closed]

There's a puzzle given to my friend by his professor. Answer is one real word only. Puzzle: ifhgormt Clue: "Sometimes you have to go forward by going backwards" zyx..
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### Two 10-letter words consisting of 20 unique letters?

I'm looking for two words, 10 letters each, 20 unique letters. Below are my by-hand attempts. https://www.wordunscrambler.net/word-list/10-letter-words-with-no-repeating-letters Find words with 3 or ...
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### Note to self: DO NOT FORGET!

Just found this connecting wall on a scrap of paper in my pocket. I know I created it as a reminder about something... I just can't for the life of me remember what! Can you help me recall what the ...
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### Find four related words in a word search [closed]

This puzzle was given to me by a friend, who had received it from his professor. This puzzle contains a word search with 4 hidden words. Your task is to identify these 4 words. The solution to the ...
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### Filling a 5x5x5 grid

Inspired by this. On each line to the left is the position of a word, and to the right is the "snyptic clue" not a cryptic clue (duh) for the word, along with the word's length. The 5x5x5 ...
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### Nothing but pairs of a kind

The objective is to reduce a given word to nothing in a series of steps. At each step, remove every occurrence of an adjacent pair of letters of your choosing. For example: Problem: Reduce ...
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### What is an Electronic 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. For certain integers, there exist some corresponding Electronic ...
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### Aquatic Giants – Heyawake / Marching Bands

This is part 52 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. “One, two, three, four, five, I love marine wildlife.” – unknown Dear Puzzling, The grid on the ...
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### Comfolding Origins

Unfortunately, this image is too big for me to provide a transcription. Hint:
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### What is a Universal Word™?

If a word conforms to a rule, I call it a Universal Word™. Can you figure out the pattern? Universal Words™ Not Universal Words™ acclaim proclaim lecture talk pajama sleep coupon grocery ...
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### An easy positive riddle

A window with no glass A student with no class A sea in any season An epistle? No, a threesome
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### Almighty threats!

There's rhyme and reason behind the following 10-step sequence of words and phrases: 1. HUSK 2. BE COMELY 3. TRACKED 4. NOT HOOK 5. KICK TIPS 6. CUSP 7. ALMIGHTY 8. THREATS 9. BEFIT 10. ? The name ...
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### Longest word where each prefix is another word

What is the longest English word, e.g. “someword” where “s”, “so”, “som”… “someword” are all also valid English words? The longest such word I could come up with is 6 letters: Can you do better?
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### Alphabetic string theory

According to alphabetic string theory, the words we see are merely the visible portions of highly convoluted loops of multi-dimensional alphabetic string. For example, here is what we see in our space-...
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### Time Rules - a fraud case

Agent J of Time Rules, a sub-division of the Bureau of Inter-temporal Fraud Force (BIFF) shook his head. Since 2041, when quantum computers had inadvertently created entanglement through time, rogue ...
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### Which one is 10?

To allow new users to solve this puzzle and earn reputation points, I encourage all users whose reputation is 200 or more to not post an answer until 48 hours after this question is posted. Thank you! ...
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### Double Scramble 2: End of Year Scramble?

Following on from the Scary Sequence is another overly done scrambling. We have a sequence that is doubly scrambled (both the order and the terms themselves). Can you reverse out the sequence and re-...
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### PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 8): A Quilt for Santa

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > Mrs. Claus ...
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### Once upon a tile in Hollywood

Bon Venndredi, the three overlapping ellipses create seven disjoint regions. Each ellipse represents an as yet unknown category. Your job is to place the tiles in the regions and deduce the ...
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### Can One Solve This Scary Sequence?

The following terms appear in a sequence. Unfortunately, they are scrambled (both the original terms and their order). Theory, Policeman?, Contest, Clarice, Bad Act, One in Rome, Fashionable, Confess,...
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### Can you employ all 26 letters using three 11-letter, three 10-letter, or three 9-letter words?

I'd like to take the premise of my previous (and insofar, only other) post and extend it. Are there any wordsets that cover all 26 letters across... Three 11-letter words, Three 10-letter words, or ...
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### Three 8-letter words with at least 23 different letters

I have literally dozens of wordsets containing 22 different letters, but haven't been able to crack 23, and DEFINITELY not 24. Can you do it? Here are as many of mine as I feel like posting, to get ...
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### curious inflection of English words

The agent-noun form of lingerie is frank. The present-participle form of military actions is lying. The past-tense form of sheep is permanent. The past-participle form of six-pack is urn. ...
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### MOVING PICTURES

(8 5 -> 9 6) also as electrophenic in introduced known kuhn's of operation phrase provide respiration revolutions scientific structure support the thomas to ventilatory (3 4 -> 4 6) book ...
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### Blunt Talk, Shrubby Barquentine

Clues: I stand in the East, facing West in all directions A day’s sail, just across the line Unlucky year, a ship ran aground... A different world, different age Set the stage, elemental alias... [...
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### Am odd expression?

As any mathematician will tell you there are many expressions involving X. X can mark the spot. XX is male. XXX is naughty. XXXX is naughtier still. But how can XXXXX be M?
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### At Last, the Crown

Clues:[contextual images] [Fanta logo on treble clef] [Winning slot machine] Instructions: Name That Sith _ _ I _ _ _ _ _
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### The Fellowship of the Square

What brings these four fellows together? ...
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### A Trivial Pursuit #22 (Art and Literature 4/4): Bookstore

This is part 22 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Yesterday, I was asked to create some window displays ...
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### A hive buzzing with words

A turtle that goes into battle on a cart. (16) That which is overshadowed by the front. (10) A vital component of gaining speed. (12) A time measuring device that has gained wisdom through the ages....
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### What was her sentence suggestion?

I'm a judge, and I'm currently judging a littering case. I was going to go with the usual sentence of a public hanging, but when I texted my friend she gave me a much better idea The problem is that I'...
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### 10 friends of a triangular baseball batter

"I'll do it tomorrow" "Lattices and nets are my forte" The paved one A shadowy character A place where organic and inorganic meet Older brother of a piece of text A job title. Do ...
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### Word connect: pair up the words

Connect the words by pairs as appropriate. Each word on the left connects to one word on the right, and vice versa. CSV version (horizontal): ...
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### A Trivial Pursuit #18 (Sports and Leisure 3/4): Connected

This is part 18 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Sometimes one connect-wall puzzle just isn't enough... ...
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