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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 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 ...
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A seasonal riddle

After spring, I’m a hiker’s delight. In the summer, I help children play. Before fall, I will tumble with might. And come winter, I’ll sleep in all day. What am I?
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Eight Sisters Treasure Hunt

Eight sisters don't guard the essential hoof This is from the game CreasureQuest, so I suspect the solution in context with the historical background (the lost treasure of the Flor de la Mar, Afonso ...
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Not hide and seek

We're bored ... Mo: How's about a film? Something outside please. Mo: Play piggy in the middle? We don't know it! Mo: Who's up for a demo? What word is clued above?
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The road to El Dorado reconstructed from fragmented accounts

You are seeking the route to the lost city of El Dorado. You have assembled several historical accounts from explorers who claim to have reached it. Unfortunately, the accounts are incomplete, ...
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Triple Cryptics

Here's an attempt at a new twist on cryptic clues. The following clues do NOT have a definition section. However, the wordplay is keyed in three different ways. Can you work out the words? User ...
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Be in awe of my brilliance!

My prefix might debase and diminish. My infix might lie before stone and tree. My suffix, Edna Mode might say no to. Put me together and be in awe of my brilliance! What is the word?
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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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Upside Down Word Puzzle

Think of a 4-letter word for something seen in the winter (lowercase). Turn it upside down, and you'll name a device used with this thing. What is it? (credit to Hugh Stoll of Harrisonburg, Va.) I ...
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The bar has been raised

I have two directors, but no actors. I have three numbers, but no equations. I have two letters, but no packages. I have nine dots, but no vectors. I have fifteen lines, but no ...
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Holiday cookies word attrition [computers welcome]

[This puzzle was previously posted for humans only, but it may have been a little too tough to do manually, so I'm opening it up to computers to solve the remaining unsolved words.] I am inspired by ...
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I fear only one - Who am I?

The cave has me, the wind hasn't The stories, the pirates, the demons, the lands...all nothing if it isn't me The masterworks of science revolve 'bout me You'll all be blind if it ain't ...
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Cryptic Crossword with Missing LUGs

Inspired by jafe's Cryptic with missing capitals and Tzu Li's Tokyo Metro puzzle: Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different London Underground Station As jafe has noted in ...
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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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What plant do I be, whether an apple or a tree?

Curved like a circle. Knotty sides. My color is . _.. . (old women brains). Specks of evil on my enlightened self. A strong mask to hide my true self. To protect the weak of what I am. ...
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Holiday cookies word attrition [humans only]

I am inspired by the story of the boy who came upon an assortment of holiday cookies beautifully arranged on a platter. The boy quietly helped himself to a cookie and artistically rearranged the ...
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Which video game am I in?

I have a bunch of stories to share I hope you won't find too frightening or unbelievable ! I played on a mystical instrument a dark and mesmerizing song. When it ended, I felt sleepy, a bit angry, and ...
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What does any of this have to do with chickens?

A few words about me: Whenever I need something investigated, I always turn to a 1990s dance artist. I have no problem travelling to the Free State, but will refuse to go further south ...
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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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Oh, what's he posting riddles about now?

Sometimes I'm very hard to hear, So listen up and strain your ear. With sixteen added, I'm twenty-three. Or, with fourteen, I'll wave at you. Bring me low and I'm just storage, But call ...
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Not a Long-Winded Riddle

I'm not very serious when I am rolled. If memory serves me, I spread uncontrolled. If you see more of me, I'll be given more slack. With her, I'm famously pink or black. I was expecting ...
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Remove, mix, and take in: Cryptic Clues

Here's another cryptic game to play. The rules are as follows: A) Nine of the 27 clues are standard cryptic clues B) Nine clues are missing a word which is an answer from part A C) ...
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The magic hat word series

A magician pulls one thing after another out of his hat. How could that little hat contain so many things?! We're going to do something similar, by pulling the entire alphabet out of a word. Start ...
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Now…where was I?

Below are some observations and random thoughts from a recent trip: A barrel maker passing on some oolong. Brimming with an unspecified amount. An unpretentious piggy. Astonished by ...
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Cryptic cross… with words

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid. Far north Silicon Valley's research & development leaders surround Jessica (8) Pop star loses British-American distribution ...
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Words pair up, unzip, and produce children

Watch in this example as the words PARLOUS and MANIAC pair up and unzip to produce PROSAIC and ALUMNA: ...
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I'm back! With a film recommendation

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted a puzzle here... Sorry about that! I asked a friend the other day what was his favourite film, but he'd reply only in riddles. I don't remember how he ...
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A Thematic Riddle

in history, it was assumed i possessed only five a change in tense, a compound word you'll see me come alive a skyward gun, but don't be scared your judgement's preconceived the best in life appears ...
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Accidentally A Riley [first attempt]

This is my first time attempting to create a Riley Riddle. Feel free to give any suggestions. My head travels constantly at the velocity of the product of setting ablaze. My body is the head of ...
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Interlaced Word Pairs

There are pairs of words which can be interlaced or interleaved to form new words. For example, PRIG and URN can be interlaced to form the word PURRING: ...
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Seven levels through Europe

Let's take a little trip through Europe, shall we? Each level forms a word chain. Even-numbered levels (yellow) go clockwise, odd-numbered ones (white) go anticlockwise. Each level has ...
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Cryptic Connect-Wall: -lit+! (3)

1) Angel takes away her part in a fruit, alternatively (2) 2) Down-to-ground option to HOH (5) 3) Excerpt of argument onwards is high-class matter (5) 4) Failure in audio hack is gonna be ...
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A notable collapse

Larry Leprechaun was dancing on a table, but keeping balance, he was not able. Falling, he nearly did _____ himself, and wailed "__ __!" while some guy said "Give this __ __" . Find one word, ...
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Cryptic stickers, possible riddle?

I have found these very weird stickers around my town. I followed a trail of these and found around 30 of them. They look handmade and are in different sizes, some roughly cut. The text is flipped ...
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Dress up a ship's surface

Boss turns blind eye to knife user (4) Charge with first-degree larceny makes sense (4) Recite backwards about king computer worm (6) Start donning trousers, topless educators (5) Initial ...
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What does “seeivgehnt” mean?

A few weeks earlier, I thought of this rebus: seeivgehnt and it could be interpreted as: What common phrase does it mean?
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A Worthless Piece of Ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ley

Disclaimer: Absolutely no offense to @Riley. Sorry if triggered. And now... (music), O.K. Productions proudly presents... the Worthless Ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ley! My head is worth nothing, a piece of ...
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A puzzling conversation

“I’m thinking of a word,” said Lionel. His hands moved quietly while he spoke, setting pieces in their accustomed places. “It has two zeds in it.” “How puzzling,” said Adolf, allowing himself a ...
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What goes up, but not down? (Please don't say a balloon)

What or who could I be? :) What goes up, but not down. Around, but not back. Forward, but not fast. Two steps to the right, and not usually to the left. You don't know me, but I ...
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Sentence that consists of identical words [duplicate]

I recently read this: Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo It deploys the fact that "Buffalo" has different meanings: The animal buffalo. To buffalo somebody, e.g. ...
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Word riddle about the word which wants more relevancy outside space science

Here's a riddle about an ambitious word which wants to be used more often In space I am already The problem is the lack of space in me Chant me at the confectionary Chant me at the ball ...