# Questions tagged [wordplay]

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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### The Happy Heptet

I have here a happy heptet of little riddles, or is it an octet? =============================== His eyes were plucked out by the tip of a knife, And his skin was shaved off with the blade. He was ...
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### Not really seen - what am I?

Half of me is all the same. The other half is just a proposition. When I'm observed, I'm not really seen. Probably because I'm in full opposition. Hint:
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### A Station Story

A friend of mine who works with computers sent me this handwritten short story in the post with no explanation whatsoever. It raises many questions, for one he usually just emails me, and he's never ...
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### An Olympic Connecting Wall

In honor of Rio 2016, here’s a connecting wall about the Olympics! The 16 clues below can be sorted into four connected groups of 4. What are the groups and their connections? Text version: Parry ...
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### Connecting Wall

These sixteen words can be divided into four groups of four, each of which has something in common. What are the groups, and what are the connections between them? (Inspired by the British TV show ...
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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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### An unusual source of inspiration?

In each row of the table below, a word* is missing (in Column B). This word can be paired separately with the two either side of it (in Columns A and C) to form another English word or phrase, ...
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### The name of the picture

Yesterday, I dabbled in a bit of computer art: While @AxiomaticSystem was quick to find out the secret procedure I used to create it they left one mystery intact: What is the name of the picture? ...
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### Millions have spoken

The question might have been: How many? Millions have spoken! Thirteen With One Are Included What 8 letter word are we talking about?
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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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### Life, uh, Finds a Way

[Rated PG-13 for language} I saw someone wearing a "Life happens" t-shirt, which is a fine enough sentiment, but not the most common turn of phrase. It made me wonder... How fast can you ...
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### The «prefix» «infix» «suffix» pepper flakes

I got what I desired; food served at my expense Split up as affixes, the following makes sense My «prefix» is fickle; it’s not scared of snakes The «prefix» «infix» «suffix» pepper flakes What am I?
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### Defeating one is all it takes

Hundreds of soldiers formed a line in front of me. Behind them was the prize. The rightmost soldier proclaimed, "You might be able to defeat one of us, but that would be all it takes." "...
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### Connecting Wall: Pairing Up

This is a connecting wall with a twist. Instead of 16 single words, this connecting wall has pairs of words. As usual, find the four groups which connect the pairs, bearing in mind it might not be ...
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### Arrogant and violent

You will (3), as to dodge my (4), you must duck down (5). What is the 5 letter word?
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### Go high, go bye, go die

STEAL my prefix and go high. STEAL my suffix and go bye. STEAL my infix and go die. Leave me be and go STEAL!
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### I think I've created a new type of puzzle: "Word ___"

I think I've created a new type of puzzle. I call it "Word ___" Here is how to solve it: The word in the above blank is the answer for this puzzle. Step 1: Make a copy of the equations, but ...
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### Wordsmiths & Wyverns

You awaken in a foul crypt with only the following items at your disposal... ROPE, BOOTS, AMULET, MAP, FLAIL, CHAIN, CUP, BELL, STAFF, RING, CODEC, RUM, FLUTE You also have the following tools. Awl (...
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### You should mind your P's first

This should be short and sweet. Given his strength, he must be the almighty. Given his health, he must use ointments. Given his status, should we board his ark? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: ...
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### State Identification (States of significance)

Here is a short identification puzzle inspired by a road trip across the U.S. There are four sets of clues, each identifying a state. Please identify each state and what they have in common/why they ...
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### Eduardo's Krazy English Kwiz

Eduardo is having a dream the night before his English quiz. Actually it's a nightmare. His teacher hands him the quiz and says "Hello, Eduardo. To wake up confident and rested, just answer this ...
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### Three riddles of a common (and repetitive) format

What do you call it when a historically discredited means of contraceptive is vindicated by new research? I was just looking over my son's book report on speed reading strategies; what are you doing ...
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### Round... or flat?

With 6 I'm round. With 5 I'm flat. With 4 I'm round. With 3 I'm flat. What 6-letter word am I?
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### The Worst Performing Riddle

Inspired by Riley, and co-inspired by this one. My prefix is unused clutter. My suffix doesn't sound merely cool. My infix doesn't tick or talk tock. I leave a lot to be desired. (11) What am I? ...
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### Word Wander - Connect the Words

A Word Wander, also called a "Synogram", is a word puzzle that requires you to connect the first and last word by following a certain pattern. Each word down the puzzle must be either a ...
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### My prefix reflects the sun, my suffix was born to run

My prefix reflects the sun. My suffix was born to run. My infix is a dilemma at hand. My whole cannot live on land.
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### A really harsh short puzzle

I may be burned at the stake for this one so "sorry" in advance! When does pot and top make it without a why? (You may need a particular object to figure this one out...) Hint Hint #2:
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### Celebrity Four Square

Which celebrity completes this four square? Thanks to Megaptera novaeangliae for inspiring this puzzle. See here: Who am I? (visual puzzle)
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### Allegedly legible lexical ledger

Can you figure out what's going on here? ...
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### Who am I? (visual puzzle)

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A friend of mine wrote the following story. He always was one for using too many words though, and I think that has complicated this puzzle somewhat. Can you unravel it for me? A young vegetarian ...
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### A splash of Minecraft?

I was playing Minecraft the other day and came across a beautiful splash message. Subsequently, I was inspired to create a puzzle for it. Svir, look out below! Shorty's slang stays surprisingly stout....
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### What is a Netflix Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series inaugurated by JLee with his original Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a phrase adheres to a certain rule, then I call it a Netflix Word™. Use ...
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### Let's build a tree together!

It's been a while since I've posted due to being incredibly busy at work, so I've got a short and sweet Riley for anyone interested. Look for the infix, odious indeed, Obscenities and evil, a hex, ...
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### Secret decoder ring

I was digging in my dad's trunk and I found some sort of 1940s secret decoder ring. Not quite sure how it works, but anyway, one of the lines has become almost illegible (#T#######). Can someone ...
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### Political Bantering Puzzle

Simply Puns Or Cryptic Clues In BOLD: Sitting atop a tall chair in the garden, one English Politician P was having his Evening Beverage, His American Neighbour N was asking "Our Admiral can write ...
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### A Puzzle That Beats The OP

With a voice on my first, the OP doesn't have me; he lives in a foreign country. With a raise on my second, the OP simply cannot do me; I am so wild. With a block on my fourth, the OP has simply done ...
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My prefix is for sure a lie. My suffix is for sure alive. My infix is smoking dead. My whole is in your head. Note: the "in your head" here is not referring to anyone; it means if one has ...
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### A rhyme riddle puzzle: It can't be made by a Snake

What am I referring to? It can't be made by a Snake, whether it is asleep or awake. It can be made by a Beagle, or sometimes even by an Eagle. Found in various places, we humans can easily make, You ...
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### My Curious Music Box

I have an exceptional music box. I can put words inside it. But not all. Here are some of what this curious box admits: Relation Abomination Sofa Umbrella Antidote Gasoline Desire Can you deduce ...
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### The land, the ocean, the sky & our home in one word

My prefix is in the sky. My suffix is in the ocean. My infix is on land. My whole is our home.
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### Fun Cryptic Crossword

You purchase a tabloid-ish newspaper from a stand at your local station, hoping desperately there's a cryptic in the back to sate your crossword desires. You begin pencilling in some obvious anagrams ...
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### might be referring to you

Each digit in 12345 represents a letter. Given that: 1 is a letter 12 might be ...
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### Should You Take the Pill?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms Your head is throbbing like mad. You try to get your bearings as you look around the laboratory. Shattered beakers and spilled chemicals are ...
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### This rebus is gold (and loud)

What television programme does this rebus stand for? Why is the rebus gold* and loud? ...
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### An Altered List II

Yep, this is a series now. The following list of items has been altered. They all use some form of wordplay originating from the item, with some being very literal and straightforward, while others ...
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Bread is bread but what bread you can't eat? Bridges are bridges but what bridge doesn't connect two landmasses? Paper is paper but what paper you can't write on? Candies are candies but what candy ...
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### An Altered List

The following list of items has been altered. They all use some form of wordplay originating from the item, with some being very literal and straightforward, while others are obscure and challenging. ...