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A puzzle which incorporates a form of wordplay, such as puns, or which requires wordplay in order to find the solution.

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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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Cryptic Clue Guide

This post is not a puzzle. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. What exactly is a cryptic crossword clue, and how do I write one?
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The answer to this riddle is a number

I made this up myself a while back, just thought I'd share: The key to this riddle is only for you Below are instructions, above this the clue First strike the one near the head of a year ...
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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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Escape across the floorboards

A mad lexophile sits alone in his apartment obsessively rearranging his Scrabble tiles and writing words on every available surface, even filling each floorboard with a word. The Scrabble tiles have ...
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You've Probably Seen Me Naked

As an alphabet aficionado, I can make you laugh long into the night. As a make of Japanese vehicle, I can keep your surroundings clean and beautiful. As an execution apparatus, I make you laugh ...
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A Riddle Within a Riddle

MY friend, your luck has Turned. i've made tHIs Riddle and it is the best, anD "soon iT sHould bE solved. if it is not, then a QUIet miNd mighT let sEedS be Sown, within which idEas caN grow. ...
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A Lazy Breakfast

Clark and Albert sat at the same old table they'd met at years ago. As per usual, there was hardly anything to drink, and they'd had nothing but sips between them. Near Albert, there were some ...
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Alphabet snake, master of camouflage

The alphabet snake is a master of camouflage. It finds a section of text in an old book or newspaper... ...crawls upon it... ...and disappears. Now see if your camouflage skills can match those ...
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Letter Police to the Rescue

You're sitting at your Alphabet City Police Department sergeant's desk on a normal Wednesday when the phone rings. "Oh my god, oh my god! Please help me. It's my pet word. It's been, well, I ...
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Growing anagrams - What is the longest possible list forming a sentence? [closed]

This is a challenge for word-puzzle lovers. It might be a bit more of a game than a puzzle, but I think it is not limitless in it's answers, so a final answer could be found (eventually). What is the ...
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Ghotiy spelling

As some of you likely know, ghoti is an interesting spelling of the word fish. Using: ...
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What is a Jeeves Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Jeeves Word™. Use the ...
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Decipher this message for instructions to decipher this message

NINTH UNDUE COMICAL BURGER CUTLETS SLITS TURTLE REGRESS SORTS PROPHET SQUATS PUPPY ANGINA DUDS SKUNK TIGHT ODD TERSE COLONEL DIVED SOON AREA DIARIST SKUNK DREAD HASH RENTER DOWDY MAMAS GURGLE PORPOISE ...
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Help! I am infected with the puzzling bug!

Argh...I can't get this bug of puzzling off my head! It's really weird, and so annoying, you know...I can't help thinking about puzzles all the time. It's like... when I see a word, I think of ...
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Shady business in the local paper

I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 ...
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re-re-reCAPTCHA

Last Friday, I was feeling a bit sad because I hadn't earned much rep recently, so I decided to try this awesome sock puppet thing everyone's been raving about. I logged out of my normal Puzzling ...
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You're not feeling well. You need something.

You're not feeling good. Something is horribly wrong with you. You're trying hard to feign happiness, but... ...deep inside, you feel dead. ...deep inside, you are hurt. ...deep inside, you ...
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''If the B...''

This is an ancient puzzle from an old book that I've never seen anywhere else. Can any of you puzzlers solve it? If the B MT put: If the B. putting:
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Find the treasure before Dargloc does

Some time ago I met an old man who handed me a scrap of paper and told me: Dargloc - the treasure hunter is searching. You must be quicker. The key to success is to obey the rule: "If Dargloc rests ...
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Four-words (----||||)

Four-words: My first is indivisible, but not really. My second is a cloak worn by men, but in ancient Rome. My third is a cruel wicked person, but not a human. My fourth is about 20 quires, but in ...
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I'm half of a hundred

I'm half of a hundred and both halves of a Belgian detective, two thirds of solar exposure and one eighth of an Age. If you know who I am, post your answer, plus your explanation for each of the ...
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A crossword to appease all

(Click for full size) Across 1. Steal extremely experimental metal song or 26-across maybe (6) 4. "Wardrobes malfunctioned", most rang for short interval (8) 10. Future engineer edits New York, USA'...
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Vowelburger™ Riddle

(A new kind of riddle) I ordered 5 Vowelburgers™ with buns and meat only - help me identify each one from the description on the menu! Meat Vowelburger™ A weak E cyst I succeed O secured Y ...
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TRUMP to BIDEN : This transition won't be easy

Can you change the word TRUMP to the name BIDEN in 10 steps or less by changing one letter at a time? Each change must result in a valid word from MW dictionary. No proper nouns, abbreviations or ...
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Circuit Diagram

An entry to Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 - based on the following xkcd. Circuit diagrams can be quite difficult to understand, so here are some documents that will hopefully ...
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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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Release the "Q" ball

Hit the "I" ball at such an angle that it creates a chain reaction which ultimately dislodges the "Q" ball. Whenever the ball in motion hits a stationary ball, the ball in motion ...
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Oh no! The mods are gone! (and Rand al'Thor, too!)

Dear Puzzling Users, Oh dear, where start? I guessed it started with my feelings that the mods are way too overbearing. And then I realized, "Hey, I don't have to put up with this sh*. I can ...
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About a man and a bee

A man walks out of his house and over to his flower garden. He holds out his right hand and a bee lands in it. What is in his eye?
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The Worst Afternoon

Was worried about this trip for days -- couldn't take the car -- terrible traffic all the way there -- a gang of jerks blocking my way and the bus had just left -- tried to run and maybe sprained my ...
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Free Tickets to Rio!

I got an email from one of my friends in Brazil today morning: "Free tickets to the Rio Olympics if you can solve all these! Good luck!!" Clues: $\longleftarrow 8\;\bar{\uparrow} $ $10 n=$ $...
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And the rest is hstr!

This is an entry in the 14th Fortnightly Topic Challenge. Ha, nice, a new fortnightly challenge. What's more, it is about history! It seems that people didn't like sports that much, huh? Fortunatly, ...
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Quick rebus – Blink and you'll miss it!

The answer is the name of a place.
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Why is Bob a normal guy?

Here are 7 facts about Bob: He has a shot of alcohol every morning. He hasn't showered in weeks. He has a full head of hair, but doesn't use a comb. He regularly wraps a noose around his neck. He has ...
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A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever!

I...I've just seen something. Something wonderful. Something beautiful. I don't know what it is...I don't have the least idea, to be honest. But, its innate beauty is unmistakable. $\qquad\qquad\...
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Salt, pepper, herbs and spices

This puzzle is dedicated to an avid violinist. Who is the violinist? Hint:
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International Hunger Crisis

Study the Inkblot Test. Read the anecdote. Determine the name of the establishment. Blots are not necessarily scaled relative to each other. So I was really {3} one day, so {3} off to get me a {5}...
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I am hated by the world

They say I am evil: a corrupt influence, a monster. But while it's true that I have many hands and faces, I am no more evil than those around me; I reflect their vice or virtue. Yet still they curse ...
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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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Confessions of a Riddle Junkie

I'm $\bbox[#fff9c3]{\color{#fff9c3}{\textbf{NO PEEKING!}}}$ and I am alcoholic. I sometimes also take pot; it makes me kind of casual. And crack too, because it makes me highly skilled. As you can ...
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Inning with exits

Ice pie with mile. It'll eye something big. Inning with exits. Met a land, would use. Try kit with a Mal. It & it makes a sound. Answer is one word.
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Here's what I do, tell me what I am

As a whole, I can Decide how serious or down-to-earth you are, Arrange a trip for you, or even Pull your leg! Remove the first three vital letters of me, and I am Dying of gloom and dullness, ...
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The four of us are brothers and sisters. Who are we? And why?

For convenience, the four of us are nicknamed: ONE, TWO, THREE, and FOUR respectively. What are our real names? And why do you think so? We answered the following six questions to give you clues as ...
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Twisted TV Titles

This is a puzzle I created for a road rally / puzzle hunt a few years ago. It shouldn't be very difficult but hopefully will be a bit of fun. This is my first puzzle, so I welcome any feedback in ...
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Yes, your fat ma is hers

Inspired by Elephants always get four mice. Start with the phrase Yes, your fat ma is hers and perform the following steps, in some order, to find a famous quote: ...
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What xkcd Means

What xkcd Means This is a variety cryptic inspired by the comic "What xkcd Means" (linked above) and the work of Ucaoimhu. It is also an entry into the 35th Fortnightly Topic Challenge: ...
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Charlotte's lost fish

The tropical sun was still down, but the Ruritanian marketplace was already bustling with people. Charlotte hurried through the crowd. She was out of fish. Charlotte had been in town for weeks and ...
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Chess Fortnight is finally over!

(Note: the backstory here may or may not be entirely fictitious.) The fortnightly chess theme is finally over! I couldn't stand it. It was chaos! Pieces moving around in all the wrong ways... I was ...
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Abnormal Beyond Stressed

The autumn had already coloured the nearby tall hill, and the chilly breeze was almost cold enough to cause serious injury, when Rose crossed the wide street that was almost blocked by a large ...
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