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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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Riley Riddle #368

My prefix is a language - rather recently designed My infix is a game - to exercise your mind My suffix is a journey - a trial to undertake My whole is all ready - proceed, a guess, to make
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The Queen of Starts - Is Her Bark Worse Than Her Bite?

Each tile belongs to at least one as-yet-unknown category but which belongs where and why?
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Some say I'm part of the solution

My prefix has won the fights My infix marks the start of flights My suffix you can almost solve My whole makes friendly rubber revolve What am I? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4:
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Unclutch those pearls

Can you see the hidden gems in this string of pearls? Here they are: Now, in the same way, can you find the pearls of wisdom in this longer string? Text version: ...
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I am used to modify a sentence

I am used to modify a sentence. I can be used between two letters, and I can be used to swap two letters. My prefix is commonly used, and my suffix is sometimes found in remote places. What am I? ...
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Crime and Punishments - Apologies in Advance

You know the drill man! Place the tiles to find the eight-letter solutions to the clues
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8 votes
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A New Angle and a Plug

Your task remains the same as before - each ellipse represents an as-yet unknown category and each of the tiles belongs in at least one category. Two are placed to help you. Your question is which ...
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Well… perfect timing…

boutonniere Gaia frazil Bezier curve Devanagari chasuble bdelloid Remember what Taylor Swift removed with Brandon Urie! And it’s the day this puzzle was posted. Be good, and avoid cacoepy!
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Overlap Deluxe!

My prefix used to levitate a ball When he was just a lowly youth, and small. His friends are not con, but surely quite pro. He's rarely an object, just so you know. My infix will happily take your ...
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Some wordplay that'll make your eyes roll (among other things...)

Turn me right and I was nearly frozen, Turn me left and I'm open, And I was once my own reflection, Well... Before the revolution Hint 1: Hint 2: Answer:
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Albatross Soup Riddle?

A man was deserted on an island with his friends. Food were running low, but fortunately they managed to survive because one of them made some "albatross soup". After a few days, he was ...
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Triple up, pair off, and single out

Can you transform this word triple PELTS SORES DIVAN into this word triple PLOTS DIVES SANER just by swapping pairs of ...
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I start with the good and end with the bad

I start with the good and end with the bad I start with the good and end with the (sort-of?) bad My second letters spell poet I rhyme with rest Old Clues:
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I start with the end

I start with the end. A sixth of a sixth I end with the start. A third of a third. What am I? Tiny Hint Small Hint Big Hint
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I do not exist: A riley puzzle

My prefix is your Spanish, My infix is radioactive, My suffix is what I am not, And I do not exist, like my imaginary friend.
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What is this 3 word phrase?

If I say " 1 2 3" You might thank me politely. But if I " 1 2 3" You might scream loudly If I bowl " 2 3 1" You might cut it squarely What are the three ...
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Seasons to be Cheerful

Happy hebdomidaire grapple fans!! In an effort to get Stiv to have to think for more than two minutes - I've drawn a puzzle from the " Spares" category, which is the equivalent of pulling ...
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A wall of friendly, smiling rileys?

My prefix is another country, known for me, My infix is a response, not dangerously, My suffix is a scream, or a rush, for memes, And my whole is the key. My prefix is in this clue, My infix is at ...
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12 votes
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Naming Unconvention

This week's puzzle follows the usual convention: circles which represent as yet unknown categories. One tile has been placed to help - your task is to place the others and explain why.
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I Can Be Innovation - What Am I?

You use me, perhaps every day, while too much can lead to your dismay. I can be innovation, I can be a large blast. However, that won't last. You can see me when I am deadly, while I am invisible when ...
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Three odd objects run in a race. How did they fare? How was the chase?

Seven minutes, turn it on Put it under, turn it off Dice it, chop it, lay it out Add meat and bun and pour it out It's an old puzzle But I won't be a muzzle Can you guess what they are And how they ...
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What is a phantom in the dark, ghost in the light, and spirit midways?

Another riddle; Phantom in the dark, Ghost in the light, And spirit midways. What or who am I? What is the answer?
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12 votes
1 answer
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Grade School Puzzle

Arithmetic 47 + 28 = ? 107 + 92 + 25 - 7 + 53 = ? 6 + 1 + 53 = ? 26 + 92 = ? 16 + 92 + 53 = ? 22 + 68 + 88 = ? 23 + 85 + 52 + 7 = ? 74 + 85 + 68 = ? Reading Ehad fo ocrn Eredantl estfor malmam ...
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Imagine a chess board, but seven-eighths wide

My grandfather wrote me this riddle on a napkin when I was 12. It took me more than a year to solve, but I got it eventually. He said I didn't get it until I had explained the sections, so explain ...
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→ LSN1-der ____ ←

→ LSN1-der ____ ← What’s to be placed at the underscores?
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A pointless riddle

Please explain all lines. I may seem small and useless Several letters but less than one In fact I am not here, not at all But I am near; up above. Good James made me famous So when he humbles ...
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The Great Hat Magician

Welcome, welcome! What an audience we have here tonight, the great Puzzling SE, I came here with a small riddle, I hope you are all ready! Let me put my first hat, a hat with a fat belly, Now I am a ...
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3 votes
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What am I riddle? I exist just before your eyes

I exist just before your eyes but you can't touch me You can be anywhere but I will be nowhere I can be bought but no one truly owns me People buy me but I don't truly exist I am 3 on a 2 Some ...
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Riddle: "Bone of stone, / Marrow of wood..."

A sunshiny riddle: Bone of stone, Marrow of wood. Stands alone, Never understood. Forever atone, Under the hood. Crime condone, On sin brood. What/who is it?
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Tile And A Place - Where Have The Leaders Gone?

Each circle represents an (as yet) unknown category. Each of the six tiles belongs to at least one category. One tile has been placed. Where do the other tiles go and why?
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German flour inside a sack

German flour inside a sack, I say, in poles‌, I can crack. What am I?
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It's messy on south

It's messy on south, We have an interesting team First for the stone. What are we?
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I am the leader of the alphabet [closed]

A simple one-liner: I am the leader of the alphabet. What am I?
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I am a sport - underground plus something round

I am a sport My first part is underground My second part is something round Some hit people and they're as blind as a bat What sport am I?
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A Few Tile Problem?

Have designed a number of puzzles - would love to know what you thought? From the four tiles which two are A and B?
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What Am I? - A Word Riddle no. 2

Many have me, yet none own me, though I am never truly eliminated, I am rid of through knowledge. More widespread the more things are known, What am I?
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So sweet with a burning back

I'm delicious, swoon with sweetness, But beware my back, you'll burn and perish. Check my front, it's almost my back, But with all the cooling waters removed. Try me, taste me, I'm so sweet, With ...
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Seeking a list of words formed from existing words

Recently, I asked for some assistance on word formation. The respondent provided me with the Qat website which was perfect. I have another question. I would like to generate a list of words where ...
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I have only two words, but thousands of letters. What am I?

A short riddle: I have only two words, But thousands of letters. What am I? What is the answer?
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A nice riddle: can you solve it? [duplicate]

Try to solve this What is the beginning of the earth, the end of our time, the start of every end, and the end of every place?
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What key is the hardest to turn? [closed]

A simple one-liner: What key is the hardest to turn? What is the answer?
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5 votes
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What is the syntax to search QAT for words when reversed form a new word (i.e. not a palindrome)?

Based on a comment currently on this answer, I have as much as A;~A; but this doesn't preclude palindromes. What can I add to complete this search term?
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7 answers
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How can four be the half of five? [closed]

I came across this enigmatic one-liner: How can four be half of five? Can you figure it out?
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6 votes
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Seeking lists of words formed from an existing word

Where is a resource that lists words that can become another word with the addition of one letter while still maintaining the order of the letters? For example, adding an "I" to SLANDER ...
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A riddle: "With a heart of ice, / The height of a tree..."

An above-average hard riddle (no rhymes, though): With a heart of ice, The height of a tree. Not to be cryptic, Easily found when changing. The C to a D. What am I? What is the answer?
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Above me sits a Seeing Hill, that rises to the sky, try to guess my longish name, what city am I?

Here is a rhyming riddle I came up with only a little while ago. My first four letters love to talk, the next three like some sun, the next pair are quite interested, the last, a State, we’re done. I ...
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Can you punctuate this? [closed]

That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is
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One in a million: a musical charm

Here's a simple riddle I came up with myself. If this puzzle already exists elsewhere on the Web, please forgive me, I didn't know about it. As a whole, I'm charmed. Remove two letters from the start ...
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A gift from the USA

I can be a question that ends in a question I can be a question that ends in an answer I can be an answer that ends in a question I can be an answer that ends in an answer Cut off my end, I still ...
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We are roaming birds, ready to fly away!

We are roaming birds, ready to fly away! We head to the South, and we stash things away We head to the West, and we catch the sunray We head to the East, for a temporary stay We head to the North -- ...
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