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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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 then?
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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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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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Round... or flat?

With 6 I'm round. With 5 I'm flat. With 4 I'm round. With 3 I'm flat. What 6-letter word am I?
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Millions have spoken

The question might have been: How many? Millions have spoken! Thirteen With One Are Included What 8 letter word are we talking about?
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Word Wander - Connect the Words

A Word Wander, also called a "Synogram", is a word puzzle that requires you to connect the first and last word by following a certain pattern. Each word down the puzzle must be either a ...
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My prefix reflects the sun, my suffix was born to run

My prefix reflects the sun. My suffix was born to run. My infix is a dilemma at hand. My whole cannot live on land.
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Celebrity Four Square

Which celebrity completes this four square? Thanks to Megaptera novaeangliae for inspiring this puzzle. See here: Who am I? (visual puzzle)
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Allegedly legible lexical ledger

Can you figure out what's going on here? ...
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Who am I? (visual puzzle)

If... ...then: (post your answer as a picture)
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A young vegetarian adventurer

A friend of mine wrote the following story. He always was one for using too many words though, and I think that has complicated this puzzle somewhat. Can you unravel it for me? A young vegetarian ...
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A splash of Minecraft?

I was playing Minecraft the other day and came across a beautiful splash message. Subsequently, I was inspired to create a puzzle for it. Svir, look out below! Shorty's slang stays surprisingly stout....
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Let's build a tree together!

It's been a while since I've posted due to being incredibly busy at work, so I've got a short and sweet Riley for anyone interested. Look for the infix, odious indeed, Obscenities and evil, a hex, ...
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Secret decoder ring

I was digging in my dad's trunk and I found some sort of 1940s secret decoder ring. Not quite sure how it works, but anyway, one of the lines has become almost illegible (#T#######). Can someone ...
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A Puzzle That Beats The OP

With a voice on my first, the OP doesn't have me; he lives in a foreign country. With a raise on my second, the OP simply cannot do me; I am so wild. With a block on my fourth, the OP has simply done ...
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Political Bantering Puzzle

Simply Puns Or Cryptic Clues In BOLD: Sitting atop a tall chair in the garden, one English Politician P was having his Evening Beverage, His American Neighbour N was asking "Our Admiral can write ...
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My infix is smoking dead, my whole is in your head

My prefix is for sure a lie. My suffix is for sure alive. My infix is smoking dead. My whole is in your head. Note: the "in your head" here is not referring to anyone; it means if one has ...
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A rhyme riddle puzzle: It can't be made by a Snake

What am I referring to? It can't be made by a Snake, whether it is asleep or awake. It can be made by a Beagle, or sometimes even by an Eagle. Found in various places, we humans can easily make, You ...
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What is a Netflix Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series inaugurated by JLee with his original Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Netflix Word™. Use ...
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The land, the ocean, the sky & our home in one word

My prefix is in the sky. My suffix is in the ocean. My infix is on land. My whole is our home.
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Fun Cryptic Crossword

You purchase a tabloid-ish newspaper from a stand at your local station, hoping desperately there's a cryptic in the back to sate your crossword desires. You begin pencilling in some obvious anagrams ...
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might be referring to you

Each digit in 12345 represents a letter. Given that: 1 is a letter 12 might be ...
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This rebus is gold (and loud)

What television programme does this rebus stand for? Why is the rebus gold* and loud? ...
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An Altered List II

Yep, this is a series now. The following list of items has been altered. They all use some form of wordplay originating from the item, with some being very literal and straightforward, while others ...
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Bread is bread but

Bread is bread but what bread you can't eat? Bridges are bridges but what bridge doesn't connect two landmasses? Paper is paper but what paper you can't write on? Candies are candies but what candy ...
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An Altered List

The following list of items has been altered. They all use some form of wordplay originating from the item, with some being very literal and straightforward, while others are obscure and challenging. ...
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Answer to the question: "Who Wins?"

Crié ala caleverti miku'ilatmo doci pramilerfu Hint: Non-Youtube description of video contents (for accessibility/posterity purposes):
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Punctuation makes entertainment go round

Find two sequences of letters (that may or may not be words) such that when the first sequence is repeated in each cell in column 1 the second sequence is repeated in each cell of column 2 the ...
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Someone help me heal my wounds

Every day, I is making such gud puzzles but received no attention. My friends is laugh at me and make things more bad. I feel wounded. My younger sister telling to me that I need something. That ...
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Zeno's unusual pets [closed]

Zeno's pets walked forever, yet never seemed to arrive where they were going. What were they? Hint

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