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Questions tagged [wordplay]

A form of wit in which the used words become the main subject of the work, primarily for the purpose of intended effect or amusement.

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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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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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What makes a man succeed?

What makes a man succeed, a host a captive, and a mess into something meaningful?
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Family friendly escape room, 6 letter Cryptex

The following is a puzzle of mine, I'm hoping to test it out a bit. It will be for a 6 letter cryptex to find the key inside the cryptex allowing you to exit a door in an escape room of mine. Puzzle ...
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Disembodied hand growing fangs

Across 2. Puzzle expert breaks first dilemma partially (7) 10. Nobleman bandleader (4) 13. Lead singer, AC/DC's second; extremely over-the-top (5) 18. Actor Morgan and organ lying on the same ...
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Shot in the heavens afar

A cloak blankets way overhead, Beginning the time for your bed. Remember my comfort and love Inviting the skies up above. Look! You can reach like a kite; Look and not burn from ...
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Choo-choo! Word trains

All aboard the Word Train Express! Engineering a word train is simple: I'll give you the locomotive (the first word) and the caboose (the last word), and I'll specify the number of boxcars (...
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Extraordinarily Forgoes Anthem

Island oranges don't mix well (11) Liquid wastes run into river (10, 4) Cold canines found in the mountains (10) A season before a season's past in Northern capital (10) City at the ...
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Arc (&) Reactors

(Note: This puzzle may require a small amount of research if you aren't familiar with the work from its theme.) It was exactly 11 years ago -- April 14, 2008, in Sydney -- that the first Iron Man ...
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Why, Go Figure!

Burnt bridges are crossed. An icy leg breaks. The devil speaks in detail. Rain is pouring over furry pets. Milk or beans spill. A missing ship takes sail. Some system of hands to escape from! ...
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A pet rabbit called Belle

I have a pet rabbit. Her name is Belle. Most people think she is French (because Belle means "beautiful" in French, and my, this rabbit is beautiful) but she is not. Her fur was also painted Rainbow ...
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My body leaves; my core can stay

My body leaves; my core can stay, Where I shall breathe another way. The route of south I always linger. My arms have arms; my ring no finger. What am I?
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What is wrong with my poem?

Poetry seemed too difficult this time Tough... I couldn't find many rhymes Ideas... just words, a literary crime. This poem doesn't feel right - what exactly is wrong with it? CLUE 1 CLUE 2
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All Unique Permutations [closed]

We have the word: RAPSEVNOBLURKANIWA We want to find the number of unique permutations that could be made with RAP always staying together, so that there are: no 3 adjacent consonants, ...
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Netflix Recommendations?

What should I watch on Netflix? Please help!! So many options...
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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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cryptic clue: mammal sounds like relative consumer (8)

While solving this cryptic I figured out the answer to 1-across (mammal sounds like relative consumer) without solving the subsidiary indication. (I used down constraints and the standard part of the ...
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I see my dog run

My dog chooses not to go after the highest bets. What is my dog's name? Bonus: What is my name?
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The Two and the One

I am the two and the one. I give life, hold life, fill life, But I also kill - and hide - and steal. I'm in your backyard - go look, I'm there! I am the two and the one. Two ...
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Mathematical cryptic clues

Programming language, after removing loss for you, reverses time (6) Complex arithmetic begins, Turing tests start beforehand (7) Quadruply male doctor Einstein, familiarly (11) Lie on a ...
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Memorizing the Keyboard

I tried to type blindfolded,actually just closed my eyes and pressed the keyboard letters one by one with my index finger to write a song line that's on my mind. When I looked at the screen, I just ...
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Anagram holiday

Virtues, we devour and restore, usher a puzzle. Related to the above sentence, find a six-letter word, which anagrams to gives words starting with each of the five different letters of the word.
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Fully-Firstable Anagram Sets

Okay, first let's define some terminology: Anagram - Oh come on, how are you on Puzzling.SE if you don't know this one? Anagram Set - a list of words that are all anagrams of eachother, e.g.: ACTS ...
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All in one piece, we mend holes in your socks

All in one piece, we mend holes in your socks. Minus a head, we're yours, skewed. Minus a tail, we hold drinks on the rocks. Minus another, we're you. Minus our next head, we're nothing but us. ...
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Theorists sure want true answers to this!

So, birds eat bread I toss. One romantic kiss in the rain's too nice, methinks. Untidy notes disrupted a student in a study period. Deodorant on to end an odor. The wisdom of ...
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The Video Gamers' Double-Duty Crossword

"OK, so I know that you two are always arguing about what type of crosswords to do- 'Normal crosswords are too boring!' 'Cryptics are too esoteric!!' Trivia vs wordplay, yeah, I've heard both sides. ...
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A Perfect Polish

I slide with a rustle Of needles that hang, To glide in the tunnel And scrape every fang. I spread with a slither Of slime and a slew, To shred and to wither The gold from the chew. What ...
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Oldie but Goldie

You’ve probably seen this one before... Review a loot box Sichuan restaurant tagline “Release your inner personality!” Hogwarts student exchange program Firefighter’s directive Angsty ...
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Omega? Krypton? [closed]

Since today is April Fool's Day... Yes! Omega Krypton! You are spotted! This is an April Fool's Day game! Think of as many ways to change Omega to Krypton! Rules: 1. You can use numbers, letters and ...
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From jafe to El-Guest

Largely inspired by From Puzzling to StackExchange by CodeNewbie From jafe to El-Guest jafe > cafe > cate > cete > cet > get > gest > egest > e gest > e guest > el guest Rules: In any move, you ...
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Location, Location, Location

I'm south of the common, yet found by the middle. I'm due east of one article, and in the middle of another. The earth is north, west, and east of me, but outer space is more southwest. ...
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Bold, vivid family

I remember organising the colours of the rainbow in columns. In the way that I did, I could create the word RAINBOW from certain letters in each word, indicated by the columns they were each placed in....
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Recycling old answers

Each of the puzzles below gives a two-word answer. Solve the puzzles and arrange the resulting 16 words into four groups of four, each with a common theme. The resulting group names form a clue for ...
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Between two walls

For each box, the given words can be divided into four groups of four words each, according to some criteria. The names of the resulting categories can in turn be used to find out a final two-word ...
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A manager's dilemma

A sports manager was walking nervously on the street. It was a stressful time for him and he didn't know what to do. Two of their biggest stars had drunkenly trashed another hotel room after a ...
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My Curious Music Box

I have an exceptional music box. I can put words inside it. But not all. Here are some of what this curious box admits: Relation Abomination Sofa Umbrella Antidote Gasoline Desire Can you deduce ...
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Oh, one short ode of love

I'm to grow in mind If now onto learning; And to show understanding, We cannot be blind. Where is the heart? :) Inspired by this (thanks @Bass!)
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A pseudo-riley?

This is my first puzzle, so feedback welcome! I wanted to be the very best, so here are six legendary rileys for you to solve. My prefix is a mythical creature; my infix has went away, but ...
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Return of the Riley Riddles in Reverse

For no reason in particular, here's one more batch of these inverted riddles from last year, where the solutions are what you'd usually use as the wordplay clues in a Riley Riddle. Here's how it goes: ...
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Grabbing quick drinks

I asked ________ friend: - ________ interest you in a drink? - Sure. I want a ________. - Alright, let's go. I'll just grab ________. Fill the blanks, two words per line. What do the answers ...
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A Rare Riley Riddle

My prefix is ironic. My infix is well-oiled. My suffix briefly handled a worm. There aren't many of me - what is my name? As usual, please include an explanation for each line in your ...
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You cannot touch me, but I can touch you, who am I? [closed]

You cannot touch me, but I can touch you. I can’t hear you, but you can hear me. I can't follow you, but you can follow me. Who am I?
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A known event to a history junkie

I rhyme with a word that could stand for a country - A known event to a history junkie, A weird relation to modern computers I share beginning with angry refuters. What am I?
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Superhero words!

Quietly walking among us are words which are actually superheroes in disguise! Just as Diana Prince spins around to become Wonder Woman, some seemingly ordinary words can spin around to reveal their ...
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I may also be found in your body

My infix won't tell you a thing, But you can find me from the rest: My suffix sounds exactly like me, And my prefix is already half known. In wood or wire, what am I?
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Rethinking this series on the syllabus

I assigned each person in my class the task of creating a number-sequence, however, 4 of the guys I usually consider to be leaders came back with baffling results. Can you make sense of their work ...
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X marks the what?

In the following clues, a certain term been replaced with $X$. Find out the meaning of $X$ and solve the crossword. Down Deadly $X$ (5) White heroine or cocaine (4) Introduction of good ...
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A Trivial Diagnosis

"It's the same stuff over and over, doc." "Can you try to explain it?" "OK. Well, at first... I—I feel high. My eyes are red, I can't breathe; I feel crazy!" "What else?" "There's ...
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Part of a challenge, from a group of adults, who break ciphers

I am part of a group of adults, a cipher club who like to decode random ciphers, from texts to symbols and other things. We were presented with a set of 5 ciphered text, and we have managed to crack 3 ...
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El Dorado Word Puzzle II: Videogame Edition

Let's keep going with the El Dorado puzzle. Same rules apply. Given a set of common words, can you figure out which videogame title they cover? All letters in the title must be covered, and letter ...