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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It sounds dirty but it is not [closed]

It sounds dirty but it is not In fact, very innocent It is wet, long and slimy Some find it magnificent What is it?
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On the subject of anagrams

How many words or phrases shown below (Blockquotes) are anagrams of the phrases or the words listed here in this entire puzzle-including the answer? A dry plow Sword Where is the Lord’s, Ted? No ...
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Yesterday, I Had Tears (return)

Totally inspired by Yesterday I had Tears by @MrPie, thinking I had an answer, it led to a poem of it's own... Riddle Me That: I'm filled with tears, You won't see me cry; I've been seen for years, ...
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A word for an evil thief, when read backwards, becomes valuable (by definition)

This word, that will take god's gift to you away from you, when read backwards, is something of sentimental value.
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Go mad with this one-dimensional jigsaw

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My wish that I can't see

There's fire outside. The world is collapsing, it's over. It's not going to be just fine; it's never going to be. I sing nothing. This is not of mine. $\sin\theta \sec\theta$ is all I have, even ...
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Yet I am lovable

Transpose neighboring letters until the word LOVABLE is formed in the outermost petal of this rosette: The rosette above consists of 13 petals, each containing a word. The words spiral outward from ...
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Fill in the blanks with numbers

A simpler version of this puzzle was by @Sid on PSE Fill in the blanks with the number in words Here is a bit challenging version Fill in the blanks with numbers (in words) for the following: This ...
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Why does "If it's ready made, this will get me down! (5)" clue REACH?

If it's ready made, this will get me down! (5) This is from the Metro newspaper cryptic crossword for Dec 14, 2021. I already had R _ A _ H, so the answer was fairly obviously REACH and this was ...
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And we could all use a little change

"Sometimes, I feel like I could use some change in life." "Prudent thought. Know, however, that to change one must first destroy." "How am I supposed to do that?" "...
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Matter and antimatter

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The urban gardener

You are the urban gardener of Wordtown and you would like to plant a letter at each intersection (marked with "#") such that every street becomes a familiar word. Horizontal streets must ...
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Which State is this

Which state does the following riddle describe? A kingdom that deceives perception It is an illusion Entry by Magic potion
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Same word fills all the blanks (again)

This puzzle is linked to Same word fills all the blanks and its sequels. Some creative thinking is required. In the following sentence, fill in the blanks using the same word or its split versions (no ...
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Restore the table runner

The holidays are coming. Time to get out the beautiful table runner my grandmother quilted by hand... Oh, no! Moths got to it! Can you help me to restore it? For those who prefer text only: ...
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Friends or Foes?

Text version of clues: Center of the hearth? Year ring? Yes! Crazy place? Sound sleep? Summer house? Twenty winds? Wave hello? Ten times an unknown? Only ground? Strong by chance? Soul-nourishing ...
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The Video Gamers' Double-Duty Crossword 2

See the original HERE Video games — Trivia vs Wordplay — one more time: Here are twenty crossword clues that describe twenty video games. Solve them if you'd like! Or, if you treat each clue as ...
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Don't take these too literally (A British sensation)

Don't take these too literally. Homophones and other liberties are taken. My prefix is My prefix is found at a funeral My infix at any salon My suffix is found at a table My whole is just three ...
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Reflex and complex

My prefix is a part of a reflex My infix is very complex my suffix is more than two but the whole thing is not true What am I?
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My whole is not my whole, but to post this riddle seems like my whole

My prefix is my prefix My suffix is my suffix My infix is my infix My whole is not my whole, but to post this riddle seems like my whole.
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Don't Play With Me, Riley

My suffix’s prefix’s prefix’s suffix My prefix’s suffix’s suffix’s prefix My infix’s prefix’s suffix’s infix Don’t play with me Who am I?
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Rootin' Tootin' Riley Riddle

Its suffix sounds like a slithering snake. Its prefix is given again in green grass. Its infix appears as an arbitrary article. Its whole rhymes with whence it does pass. It's a ...
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Riley is leaving

My suffix is growing. My infix is packing. My prefix is moving. My whole is earning. Hint upon request:
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HEY... what are you doing?

With H I taste good. With E I smell good. With Y I snoop in the hood. What am I... with HI?
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A cinematic masterpiece in matchsticks

Polanski's magnificent Chinatown (my all-time fourth favourite film) was produced among numerous other movies by Robert Evans, the second anniversary of whose death is today1. What better excuse for a ...
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Escape across the floorboards

A mad lexophile sits alone in his apartment obsessively rearranging his Scrabble tiles and writing words on every available surface, even filling each floorboard with a word. The Scrabble tiles have ...
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What's the longest radiation-hardened Scrabble word?

Let's define a radiation-hardened word (a homage to radiation-hardened quines in programming) to be a word that, with any one letter removed, is still a valid English word. For example, "seat&...
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Caught in a Casual Fling

Spin me thrice and I end like this Thrice more and I end with meat Once more and I end with a stinger Thus spun all around, I'm played with by flingers What am I?
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Terminator? Nah

Resonate me to leave me whole. Tamper with me to leave me good. Gather me to leave me alone. Trim me to leave me empty. What would happen if you retrieve me? Subtle Hint: Moderate Hint: Decisive ...
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Mull over this!

My suffix is done to stew My prefix a distilled brew My infix is within My outfix makes 10 out of 10 What am I?
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I could be a fruit or an embarrassing faux pas

I could be a fruit or I could be an embarrassing faux pas I could be what you want with one that drops your jaw I could be more boring, just a descriptor of your days I could be many things, but I go ...
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See You Again with a one-line wonder

I have three faces, two sides and one rear end. What am I? I haven't been on Puzzling in a while. After my 100th post, I took a break. But I thought now I'd come around again. The riddle might be ...
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Ten Numbers for 10 Words

Ten words, 10 numbers. Can you: Match each number to the word it belongs with? Show the reason they are matches? Tell me a word matches with the number FOUR? WORDS NUMBERS SUIT ELEVEN SEER FIFTY-...
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Toilet Paper Math?

Ben stared in dismay at the hundreds of bits of paper scattered around his room. This was going to be a lot of work. His brother waltzed in and picked up a larger sheet. "Watchya doin' writin' ...
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The Happy Heptet

I have here a happy heptet of little riddles, or is it an octet? =============================== His eyes were plucked out by the tip of a knife, And his skin was shaved off with the blade. He was ...
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Not really seen - what am I?

Half of me is all the same. The other half is just a proposition. When I'm observed, I'm not really seen. Probably because I'm in full opposition. Hint:
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A Station Story

A friend of mine who works with computers sent me this handwritten short story in the post with no explanation whatsoever. It raises many questions, for one he usually just emails me, and he's never ...
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An unusual source of inspiration?

In each row of the table below, a word* is missing (in Column B). This word can be paired separately with the two either side of it (in Columns A and C) to form another English word or phrase, ...
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Decipher this message for instructions to decipher this message

NINTH UNDUE COMICAL BURGER CUTLETS SLITS TURTLE REGRESS SORTS PROPHET SQUATS PUPPY ANGINA DUDS SKUNK TIGHT ODD TERSE COLONEL DIVED SOON AREA DIARIST SKUNK DREAD HASH RENTER DOWDY MAMAS GURGLE PORPOISE ...
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Life, uh, Finds a Way

[Rated PG-13 for language} I saw someone wearing a "Life happens" t-shirt, which is a fine enough sentiment, but not the most common turn of phrase. It made me wonder... How fast can you ...
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The name of the picture

Yesterday, I dabbled in a bit of computer art: While @AxiomaticSystem was quick to find out the secret procedure I used to create it they left one mystery intact: What is the name of the picture? ...
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Defeating one is all it takes

Hundreds of soldiers formed a line in front of me. Behind them was the prize. The rightmost soldier proclaimed, "You might be able to defeat one of us, but that would be all it takes." "...
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Arrogant and violent

You will (3), as to dodge my (4), you must duck down (5). What is the 5 letter word?
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Connecting Wall: Pairing Up

This is a connecting wall with a twist. Instead of 16 single words, this connecting wall has pairs of words. As usual, find the four groups which connect the pairs, bearing in mind it might not be ...
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Go high, go bye, go die

STEAL my prefix and go high. STEAL my suffix and go bye. STEAL my infix and go die. Leave me be and go STEAL!
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I think I've created a new type of puzzle: "Word ___"

I think I've created a new type of puzzle. I call it "Word ___" Here is how to solve it: The word in the above blank is the answer for this puzzle. Step 1: Make a copy of the equations, but ...
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State Identification (States of significance)

Here is a short identification puzzle inspired by a road trip across the U.S. There are four sets of clues, each identifying a state. Please identify each state and what they have in common/why they ...
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Eduardo's Krazy English Kwiz

Eduardo is having a dream the night before his English quiz. Actually it's a nightmare. His teacher hands him the quiz and says "Hello, Eduardo. To wake up confident and rested, just answer this ...
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Three riddles of a common (and repetitive) format

What do you call it when a historically discredited means of contraceptive is vindicated by new research? I was just looking over my son's book report on speed reading strategies; what are you doing ...
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You should mind your P's first

This should be short and sweet. Given his strength, he must be the almighty. Given his health, he must use ointments. Given his status, should we board his ark? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: ...

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