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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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A number of representations

What number, when used to represent all numbers, can be used to represent something else? To get credit you need the number and the reason behind it. EDIT: Given the answers so far I feel I should ...
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Uh oh, now the boards are missing!

I found another trunk in the attic, with more of those vintage propeller games. This time, I've got propellers, but no boards. Is it possible to figure out the whole board from just the propeller? ...
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A burglar's sunglasses, a lady's odyssey

This puzzle is part 17 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Fortune tellers have dinner

I've seen these before somewhere (maybe here?), but they're all mixed up! Who/what is being described by the clues below? Consequence of a disastrous harvest What a mathematician might do to ...
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A word loved by poets

A word loved by poets in five equal parts The end of a dog is how two of them start The third can be found in the land of Jafar The fourth can be useful to learn where you are The ...
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Uh oh, the propeller fell off

I was rummaging through a trunk in the attic when I found this vintage game. It is some sort of pinwheel or propeller mounted on a board. The propeller has a cryptic series of letters painted on it, ...
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Minimum number puzzle!

What is the minimum number of letters required to satisfy all the following clues? "especially bad" "earth's counterpart" "flows one-way, strictly" "release as outward flow" "being this is ...
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What is a KMorG Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. (ApoloGies in advance, I seeM to be havinG soMe trouble with My Keyboard today.) If ...
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An easy English amusement for children [duplicate]

Here’s an easy one that amused me as a child. I don’t think it’s that well known, but has recently appeared on the internet so it’s trivial to answer if you look it up. It might be slightly more ...
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Deusovi - trapped!

I have been trapped in a void I know nothing of. There is nothing but four plain red walls, annoying me very much. Thanks to my experience in Puzzling Stack Exchange, I am observant to find a small ...
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What's the key of this WW2 lock?

In the Imperial War Museum in London, there's a box with a Directional Padlock, no one has ever opened it, however they found a letter next to it but no one can open the box even with that letter. ...
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The Librarian's Labyrinth - Part III

"This Library is HUGE!," You say aloud. You hear your voice echoing through the halls and nothing else. How could this be? Who comes here? You start examining the books on the shelves. It's just your ...
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Horribly broken and just plain wrong

This puzzle is part 6 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Enjoy You Shall

My prefix you do with trash, My infix duplicated. Without half of my infix the suffix gets lazy, And the word you definitely enjoy!
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Catching Your Focus

This may need some attention to get it, or it may be too easy for the community. My prefix sins, refutes, and help you see, My infix you won't bother to count. My suffix tells you if ...
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And now you see it

It tickles me that the word TUNA is found within FORTUNATE. And there is a COFFIN in SCOFFING. And who put the LAGER in the VILLAGER? The SKIER in RISKIER? The ROMAN in the MICROMANAGER? The ...
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And now you see it II (the B side)

It amuses me that the word CANOES has been there in VOLCANOES all along. And URCHIN is barely hiding in the word LURCHING. And ASPIRIN is right there in ASPIRING. SISTER is in RESISTER. AKIN is in ...
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Alphabet II: Unified Alloy Bonds

As always, good luck! Caution your tongue, the king you will abide. Scribe! Yes sire? The new table will arrive soon! Seat it left of seaside. Hints The ...
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Mutineer's Treasure

Background: Your team has recovered a sunken ship. In the hold there is a small room that appears it was intended as a smuggler's room. In the smuggler's hold are three decayed corpses a bunch of ...
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Cyrus' Adventure (Part 8)

After tapping on the wall, it opened automatically. Inside was another corridor - as damp as the previous one. "Eww!" exclaimed Cyrus. At the end of the corridor, a huge stone tablet blocked the road. ...
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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 Masterpiece: A mirror or an ABC?

I have worked on this masterpiece for soooo long, hope you all like it! The PUZZLE A is for the adventurous who approached the door B bragged his brilliant bronze when there isn't even one C ...
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A Warm Riley Riddle

My infix has been removed. My suffix is this. If you can read this, you're on my prefix. If you read this in the morning, you might guess me sooner - what am I? The usual. Please have ...
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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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Could they have avoided it?

Weird undiscovered disease slams twins equally. Did they catch it in Lyon, Turin or Barcelona? Hint
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My suffix is short for the place where you are…

My suffix is short for the place where you are, My infix for who, My prefix for where you can learn about what's Mistaken for me in a crowd at least two. To echo a riddle that's ...
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I may be a fraud

I may be a fraud. But give me your admiration and I shall dominate late night TV. Give me a stone and I shall be a symbol of celebration. Give me your filth and I shall make you clean. Give me but ...
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Stop and Take a Breath!

I've been to the carnival; I've been to the robber's den. I've seen judges who are just and unjust. Can't really judge them; I've been one to make mistakes, too. I've also seen twins ...
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The Defining Moment

I'm not sure what to put here... but I'll do it regardless! ...
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Like totally amazing interchangeable sister outfits II: The Revenge

The sisters have learned a few lessons from their recent debut. They are now ruthlessly efficient outfit-swapping machines. (You know, sort of like Valley Girl Terminators...) They can now sustain ...
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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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A Paper Record is What I Hamper

I can be used to mark your place, When, with less than ten, you will face, I can be found at your feet, There is a flat surface at my peak, I come in once the votes are cast, With me you ...
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What solves the riddle and the situation?

Those totally brainwashed millionaire wolf degenerates devastated PhD academic honor.Kids defend.Devastation. Hint #1: Hint #2
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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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Take a deep breath

Here's a quick one that should be easy. You've heard me before. A Cinematic Icon Perfect audio. What am I?
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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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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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The room, the table, and the chainsaw [duplicate]

You're in a sealed room with no doors, vents, or windows. All that is in the room is a chainsaw, which has a full gas tank on it, and a table. How do you get out?
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Nested word series [humans only]

[This is just a fun little puzzle for humans. We'll see you next time, computers!] It's interesting to think about words contained in other words. How often do we notice, for example, that ...
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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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Happy pi day, everyone!

A baker is working a batch of dough. He shapes it into a cylinder of height a and radius z. What will the baker make from this volume of dough?
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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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What makes a man succeed?

What makes a man succeed, a host a captive, and a mess into something meaningful?
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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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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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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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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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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?