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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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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When I'm called forth, times must be tough

I've got a puzzle for you to solve, Like always, in three parts. So start those engines, let those gears revolve And let's let the puzzling start My prefix is a common ...
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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 ...
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Quick rebus – Blink and you'll miss it!

The answer is the name of a place.
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Cryptic clues with a common theme

Concealed Yugoslav introduces military cemetery (6) Buddhist temple is top three watching photos (3 3) Central square hides koala to observatory (3-3) Thriller writer John adds three lines to ...
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What's my line?

I like pies, but I don't like pastries. I like gents, but I don't like toffs. I like reason, but I don't like rationality. What have I been doing and how have I been punished? Bonus question: ...
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Four place names from 12 cryptic clues

A1. Steps, Mister? Outside? Thank you (5) A2. Aerial exercise outside, computer network inside (5) A3. Canonized hollow fruit recurring (6) B1. Light-hearted student at first sent back in ...
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You Can't See Me Coz I'm NOT John Cena!

As a pack, we pursue the pity, for power, on the flee. As a king, I was a clashing knight, couldn't you see? As a wolf, I am white without any whispers; And just for fun, I'm first fish,...
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What crime have we committed?

We start in a city that rhymes with angina, the masculine form, add in what's drunk in China, then take phylum's first six, of the minor kind, components will make what in our hand we find. ...
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My Prefix is Polish

My prefix is Polish My postfix, just the opposite My infix is easier to read I can be anything you choose, but never, ever will I be a Tion. What am I?
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It's sophisticated because I mentioned Silmarillion

Dwarf fellow with ring next to container leads to volcano (11) Hamlet follows holy unity to rocky settlement (5 4) Sacred five-peaker to hop onto Silmarillion creator after first of month (5 4) ...
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I'm like the hull of the sun. What am I?

I'm like the hull of the sun. But I'm not a star. I start with a kernel And end like a keeper But without opposing directions What am I? Hint Edit Changed the last line from <...
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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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We solved the invisible maze

We did it! We finally solved the invisible maze! In case anyone else wants to try, I'll reproduce our steps here. Here's the maze: The rules: All walls except for the outer ones are ...
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The security to [party 40]

The 40th party of the new year is being held at a local mansion. The host is very rich and his success is because of one thing — his famous recipe for Linguini! So rich indeed, that 39 parties have ...
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Bike Lock Word Ladders

We are going to construct word ladders, but unlike the classic word ladders in which only one letter can change per step, you may change as many letters as you like at each step. However, each letter ...
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Finally back on Puzzling… and I have a new kind of puzzle (I think)

Oh my God. Okay, I have a lot of things to catch up on. First, a belated HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! to everyone. Second, have any rules on Puzzling.SE vitally changed during the past three months? And last but ...
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Anime guess Riddle #9

Had not too much time to spend the last month, so here is the 9th part of the series Like in my eighth part, I'm searching for the name of an anime. There is knowledge about this anime needed to solve ...
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She has a unique personality

Each square is one word, and each row also has a one-word answer. The final answer is what I tell everyone whenever my sister is coming to town. #1 Image credits: 1. Mickayyy, CC BY-SA 4.0; ...
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I need help with this riddle. “Where is Jim?”

It's probably just an anti-riddle, but I'm still too dumb to figure it out.
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My Centre can be found in North Yorkshire

If I score on myself, it's written in stone. I will act badly when given a bone. If it's handed to me, I'm likely to drop. But if I'm allowed, I'll avenge my pop. What am I? In your answer, ...
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Why are these words suspicious?

Detective Jezerezeh has found a table of suspicious words: list teeth actions grammar saying information engage ballad terror Alabama exam What's so suspicious about them? Hint 1: I ...
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Love is a chore

There's a match in my pocket And an ace up my sleeve Yet I'm no magician That you can conceive I'm admired in New York London and more Yet I am no God And love is a chore You can set me on grass Or ...
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Venetian word pairs — part 2

A previous posting introduced the concept of Venetian word pairs. Relaxing the rules a bit opens a whole new world of Venetian word pairs. Let's allow the transformation to use sections which may ...
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Soar High for You? No Way!

Me and my fellows upon a time, Have earned the championship in our prime. Alas! That time has passed, my dearest fren', But we are still often used, according to Ben. Soar high for ...
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Strange letter puzzle [duplicate]

What has $4$ letters, sometimes $9$ letters, always $6$ letters and never $5$ letters. How?
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Venetian word pairs (i.e., sectioned word reversals)

It's fun to think about reverse word pairs. For example, STRESSED spelled backward yields DESSERTS. Or, my personal favorite: EVIAN spelled backward is NAIVE! Reverse pairs have a long history and ...
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He told me to order plainly or leave

A shortened friend in German hell, a youthful rose at speed of c. I ask you, barman, can you tell: What will my order likely be?
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May the Beginning and the End of Eternal Time be with You

I am: The beginning of the outsider, the omitted, the omega, and also of the most-able, the marking, the mega. The middle of the vision, the view, the vector, and also of the ribs, ...