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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Hearken, now, and listen close!

Hearken, now, and listen close; I have so much to tell. Now lend an ear and do your job; you surely will excel. To find my hidden message, gaze on every word herein. While skimming through it ...
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Seven fun mini-riddles

Each of the following represent a word or phrase. Can you figure them all out? Musical chairs, upgraded 4 and a castrated meteorology platform A long age, in the past Ding Dong A ...
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What prominent figure am I?

My namesakes are plentiful, though some antiquated: A company defunct and a system outdated. One unavoidable an honor shared by few just give it some time it will come into view. Two bearing my ...
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The Case of the Missing Kitten (Part 1)

You wake up at 6:30 AM to a knock on your door. By the time you get dressed and answer the door, you can see (in your motion-activated lawn lighting) a person riding away on his (or her) motorcycle. ...
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What is the name of this famous capital city?

In a recently unknown land, roads are rapidly being built by volunteers. There is no construction experience required, and seasoned road builders keep a watchful eye. Exits are abundant, offering ...
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Word Identification

Sound out the word with the clues. My first one, should be quite easy: You can regularly find me inserted below. Something we all do. A short-hand account of the matter from my point of view. I heard ...
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A rhyming riddle

My little sister came up with this riddle: Preposition, adverb, and suffix too, It relates in every situation to you. Veggies of the ground or fruit of a brood, Drop the first letter of ...
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The complete combination of incomplete words

Read the lines and find the answer. Follow each one through to the end, but maybe not entirely. My first is a dye, most commonly used. My second is twentieth, in a cup. My third is gloomy, ...
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A Riddle for Puzzlers

My first is found in Aquaman's new super-secret lair. My second is a prison where a climbing snail's ensnared. My third, repeated seven times, requires punctuation. My fourth comprises eight ...
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Starting out fresh and then becoming a senior

I started out fresh dude, then I became more soft. But then something happened and I ended up being a senior. What was I before my seniority?
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The Knight of Words

You need to turn the following 6x6 square into a word square (i.e. so that the 1st row and 1st column both contain the same six-letter word, as do the 2nd row and 2nd column, etc.) by swapping each ...
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Fill in the Dashes : Part 4 of 10 - Subject Who?

This is part of the Fill in the Dashes series of puzzles. Example : F_ in the B_ ⇒ Fill in the Blanks Some of the words will be Juxtaposed as in e.g. : C_ K_ S_ ⇒ Clark Kent Superman or Superman ...
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Don't hold back

My first is employed all the time by a plumber. It's seen by the poolside, most often in summer. For a surgeon, my second will help with dilation, But then will get pitched when she goes on ...
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Sound Out the Word

Part 1: I'm something basic, made of 30-odd pieces; Many will know me even among different speeches. Part 2: Do I contain waves or particles? Depends on your context; I am not what you think I am, ...
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A few Four Word Puzzles, and a Five Word Challenge

After (rather quickly) solving the puzzles found in this link, I decided to make a few of my own (along with my little sister helping make one). The following is a quote how ghosts_in_the_code ...
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Some friends are happier than others

I have six friends whose favorite movies are inspired by our shared hobby. The first enjoys an action remake about a man with a licence to kill. The second prefers an epic about a traitor leading a ...
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Mrs. Malaprop Reads A Riddle

I, Mrs. Malaprop, will recite an original riddle, perspired by this puzzle. Each of lines 1-5 inscribe a part of a word, put them together in sequins to get the one-word answer to the riddle. First ...
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Largest word-square puzzle [duplicate]

What is the largest word-square puzzle known? Can you make a bigger one? Obviously, you must use more than four words, six or seven letter words would be really good. Using computers allowed, not ...
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Some four word puzzles (and possible bounty)

A four word puzzle (see this and this) is basically a 4x4 grid containing 4 4-letter words, and reads the same top to bottom or left to right. For example, ...
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The Survivors of Dictionaria

STORY: The land of Dictionaria was once a utopia where all words lived together in perfect harmony. Words respected each other and the big words always found a place among their smaller compatriots. ...
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A Massive and Torrid Affair

Is my first part a bargain? Be careful! Not quite. My next, when it's scarlet, means something's not right. My third: to police, an invaluable tool Can my last bit be neutral? It can't, as a ...
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Anagrammatical substrings

Inspired by this challenge, I have a similar, with stricter rules. Find a word that can be decomposed into several other words (more than one). Those words are not allowed to be proper substrings of ...
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A 3 letter word whose permutations are words

When you rearrange the letters in the word "NO" in all possible ways you have NO ON These are both English dictionary words. Are there any 3 letter words where all 6 of the 3 letter permutations of ...
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The Importence of Proper Spelled and Grammar

Most accomplished autohrs are aware of the critical importance of proper grammar and spelling. The the neccessity of riting one's ideas succinctly, appropriately, and without error is parmaount. ...
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How long can two words be if they make up a larger word (challenge)

I came up with this little game. Basically we have to write a word using small caps and big caps so that the small caps write a word and the big caps write a word (in their original order), for ...
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Questions, questions, questions

Let's start from the top. Why, you ask? Because it's best to start on a high. Get into it now. Why, you ask? Because it's the smart idea to live by. Come out now and breathe the fresh air. ...
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Another Journey to the Land of Puzz

The Wonderful Wanderful land of Puzz Is where you and I now are; Where magazines eat wheeled things, And the whole world is bizarre. To prove my point, I found a joint Where brochures came to cope. ...
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Name the 25 Ants

When solving the Contagious Ants on a Meterstick problem, puzzlers often overlook the fact that ants are sophisticated creatures with names, dreams, and personalities. ...
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The Wonderful Wanderfull Puzz

In the land of Puzz, all the days are strange The sounds repeat, but with one wee change A troll trail hither and a dwarf wharf yon A wee hairy fairy or a fat fun faun Won't you come walking through ...
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What do these words have in common, and where?

What do the following have in common? India, black, $10^{-6}$, many, south (More or less the same process can be applied to all of them to get very similar and related results.)
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Find the link between these everyday words?

You have to simply step forward and find the common link between these words: age, date, drill, go, hole The correct link works in the exact same way for each of the words.
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The Riddle of Life, to Ease all Your Strife

-- Side Story: Please skip ahead if you want the riddle -- Intro: Everyone knows of The Oracle: After months of dodging dragons and trolls and sneaky gods and the wrath of the entire world, you are ...
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Oil your brain and learn your letters!

A is for Lucerne K is for Jay-Z M and N are for Panorama R is for Misery and Enemy S is for Riddler Zed is for Radiator Zee is for Statistics What is D for?
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A sensation from the Egyptian cross

What two-word phrase might describe the route for a sensation coming all the way from the Egyptian cross? It can also be written as XY where Y is what allows you to do something that sounds like X. (...
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What do you make of these lines?

Can you recognize the lines below? Do you utter the moniker of your emancipator ...
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Another cryptic Five-word (with a twist)

My last Five-words puzzle seemed well-received, so I thought I'd try another. This one has a bit of a twist to it, which shouldn't be too hard to figure out. I expect it will be easier to solve ...
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A new seven-words puzzle!

These tend to be as much fun to make as they are to solve. Each of the "words" are seven letters long and form a square that reads the same down as it does across. You know, like this ancient one: ...
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Guess the book/movie?

What book am I talking about (this book has been made into a movie too)? 'c'lee_&_le_choke l8_(! - ial)ee Once the puzzle has been solved it will be easy to ...
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Cryptic Five-words (-----|||||)

Inspired by Aggie Kidd's redux of the original "Four-words" puzzle by Prem, I decided to create a similar "Five-words" puzzle. Some clues are intentionally somewhat vague and/or misleading, to keep ...
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Mrs. Dunham's drinking problem

Hell is where a little old lady named Mrs. Dunham lives. Mrs. Dunham is a very old-fashioned lady. Mrs. Dunham has a bit of a drinking problem. Three times a day, every day, she drinks. What times of ...
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Another Four-words (----||||)

It's been a while since we have seen one of these (as originally created by Prem), and I thought people might enjoy another one. (See the original for the solution format.) My first is the conclusion ...
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The Word Game, I'm test running on you guys

So every year I've been doing this "Word Game" in which I write a riddle or ask a question and I ask my friends to answer it. My sister claims it too hard. Here it is: Who am I? I am but a ...
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The mystery of the white witch

Harry Potter was happily living his married life when suddenly, he is told by Hagrid about people dying in sleep. So, he decides to set out on a quest to save everyone. He sets out on a journey to the ...
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The 8 year old politician?

If I am on top politically, I am right, but if I am on top of being not in violation, I am wrong. If I am above 8, I am wrong, but if I am low on being not in violation, I am forever. I cannot be ...
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Jack Sparrow and The quest for the missing Compass . Part 2

A short one this time around. Jack and his crew reach the top of Oholu's Heart. They look around and see a cave further away. Tired but determined, the crew marches ahead towards the cave. Just a ...
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Craft the longest Scrabble sentence

This is another challenge along the same vein as similar challenges that have shown up on this site, requiring the puzzle to craft the longest possible sentence given a specific requirement. What is ...
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What are the common forms of these sentences?

What are the common forms of these sentences? Those with greater vertical displacement, achieve more damaging impact upon losing all of their gravitational potential energy. Question|noitseuQ ...
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Largest crossword puzzles without blanks or blockers

How big a crossword puzzle can you make without using any blank squares? Only the solution is required, not the clues. Here is a 6x6 example, the solution to a recent puzzle by @Avon. A B A S E S B ...
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Another Six-words (------||||||)

People call me crazy. I think perhaps I am I just seek justice and there is no other way I don't want to create chaos: quite the opposite. It is a voice chanting in my head. (Or do others hear ...
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Six-words (------||||||)

My 1st go at this (and first post here). I hope you like. This puzzle is degrading. There are plants (with ain) And the clues are quite obtuse. It is a smelly, meaty extrude of a puzzle: ...