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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Cultural before-and-afters

Each answer to a clue will consist of the titles of two works or series put together, where the last word of the first title matches the first word of the second title. Note that the word match does ...
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Bankers with rancor

Three colleagues at the bank are boasting to each other… Colleague 1: “Ask anybody – I’m clearly the best.” Colleague 2: “And how do you figure that?!” Colleague 1: “Well, just ...
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What brought these couples together?

Sometimes it's difficult for outsiders to understand what brings a couple together. What brings each of these couples together? ...
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Piece de Resistance - Five Flowers with One Missing

Five - Flowers with One Missing This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five ... Removing the silver matter, you see this ...
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The sound of thunder's like a whip

The sound of thunder's like a whip, one takes a stab and makes a quip; uncaps a bottle, lights a pipe, accessing files of private type; a mental crisis, break of dawn, can experts solve what'...
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Uncover Lenny Fingers' street hustle

Lenny Fingers is out on the street again, hustling people with his shell games. This time, he's using words. As you walk by, Lenny grabs you with an enthusiastic smile and shows you two words side-...
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Something in the TV

There is one answer that satisfies the title, and all of the lines below. I can bow to the enemy. I am the opposite of myself. I can help you, if you want to go back. I am known for staying ...
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Eric Andre had a dream

Eric Andre had a dream. What did he dream? Hint $\downarrow$ (the answer does require knowledge, though I'd assume it's pretty common to know about it) Not part of the puzzle. TL;DR This is my ...
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Original Riddle

You may find me fast: My answer is transparent to those restive few who went off Their egregious oversight Left to scan and screen Hear my refrain bound to draw the story out Hint #1 Hint #2 Hint #...
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Stuffing in the middle

What peculiar property do all these words have in common? ...
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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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Fully-Firstable Anagram Sets

Okay, first let's define some terminology: Anagram - Oh come on, how are you on Puzzling.SE if you don't know this one? Anagram Set - a list of words that are all anagrams of eachother, e.g.: ACTS ...
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Mind ya, it's Homophones Everywhere!

No gibberish, let's jump to the riddle! I am a NAME. Remove a letter, I am what a name may stand for. Remove yet another letter, I am another name of another type. What on earth am I? Oh, ...
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Quick rebus – Blink and you'll miss it!

The answer is the name of a place.
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Piece de Resistance - Three Troublesome Toshes

Three - Troublesome Toshes This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five ... For the third time you removed the surface, and ...
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Piece de Resistance - Introduction & Ace and A's

OP's Words This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Read the following section for the storyAce Two Three Four Five ... Hey guys (and gals), I have worked on this for weeks, took me ...
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The cat exchanges places with a drawing of the cat

Given CAT RENDERING see if you can get them to exchange places, resulting in RENDERING CAT by ...
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Twisted Vivaldi

There are 5 riddles. Each riddle will lead to a one word clue for the final answer. Your job is to guess the final answer. The problem is, each riddle has a twist: 1 of them is a red herring. 1 of ...
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These were just lying around

What peculiar property do all these words have in common? AMP APP BARF COME CUR EAR GANG GROW IMP ON PEAR PIMP SING STAB TRIP Afterword:
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Listen to this riddle carefully!

Hi all! Here's a riddle. Please guess what thing is described below, and don't forget to explain each clue. :) - - - Riddle starts - - - Oh, my dear friend, If you want to know who I am, listen ...
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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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Silly Sally likes wearing glasses but not spectacles

Silly Sally likes balloons, but not party hats. Silly Sally likes eating pizza, but not burgers. Silly Sally likes using alliterations, but she doesn't like Metaphors. Silly Sally likes browsing ...
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Is there a name for this kind of anagram?

I was thinking about anagrams and I was wondering if there was a name for anagrams that keep the relative order of the letters, but instead rearranges them by moving the starting point of the word and ...
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This puzzle is driving me #$&@!

So, I've been given these strange blocks of clues. I've read them end to end but frankly I just can't make head or tail of them! I know I must be missing some kind of connection somewhere. Can't you ...
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Newton's cradles

I went to one of those discovery stores and picked up a few Newton's cradles, except these have hanging words instead of hanging spheres. Check it out: This one has a starter pendulum with two ...
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What is an Ornament Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Ornament Word™. Use the ...
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Downfall - The Riddle

If forgotten, I will be back in September. If you think I am feminine, I will show you stop sign. If you are afraid of heights, I will throw you in the sea at twilights. If any mis event ...
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Is there a list of words that will enable the second player in two-player Ghost to always win?

I read in an old puzzle book of mine (I don't remember what it was called, but it had an orange hardback cover and featured only original puzzles) that it is possible to create a list of words that ...
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Twelve past eleven at the police station

An immeasurably large kudos to this puzzle, which was the inspiration for this one. All of the blanks in the following passage may be filled with words. Each of the seven blanks contains one distinct ...
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How do you feel?

Someone's spilled coffee On your white shirt. The report you spent Four hours on, Ruined in the rain. And someone's decided That it'd be funny if you found, Dragon dung in your in-...
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Weird piece of paper I found on the ground

I found this piece of paper on my way to a blimp, and was confused - please help! Here is what it said: This is for someone jones-ing for a plant-based page-mystery featuring late-bonham ...
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Luncheon in the dungeon

– "Sssslither..." Brigitte jumped. The voice had whispered almost directly into her ear, yet there was nobody to be seen. She looked at the ground beneath her feet. Was something moving? ...
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Navigating the multiverse of bifurcated parallel realities

Suppose you are sitting comfortably in your universe admiring the word SING. Just then, Q enters your universe and insists that you insert the string "IMMER" into your precious word to create a new ...
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A progressive Riley

Okay. This is the first Riley I've written, and it gets progressively harder as you go along, so here goes. I wrote this, and then realized that I used a mispronunciation of the target, so I had to ...
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As the Ferris wheel turns

It's a lovely evening in Letterland and all the little letter couples have gone down to the seaport promenade to stroll about and ride the Ferris wheel. As the Ferris wheel turns, those on the ...
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What am I? (ft. cool poems)

Without me, There would be no vowel. Though consonants would exist, The alphabet thrown in the bowel. But, now, another problem occurs, For bowels exist not, When, Death, I am yours. ...
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A word challenge/competition! (ft. Categorically Deceiving words) [closed]

Here are the rules: A Categorically Deceiving word is one whose letters can be mixed around to form a new word which belongs to the same category as the original (e.g. red and green belong to the ...
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I can be heavy, but I'll never sink. When I am ready, my glass is a drink

Riley Riddle: My prefix runs past, When you leave what you cast, Where a square may be skipped by a pawn. My suffix is vast, When I swap first with last, Where a breath may be currently ...
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What is a Romeo Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.Template taken from Rubio. Finally made a formal What is a Word puzzle after the ...
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Short, but it shouldn't be sweet

Inspired by Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41 : Short and Sweet, this puzzle suddenly appeared in my head: "When American prefer to bring milk rather than water they will be called _____(5)." ...
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Wordplay subtraction paradox

There are words from which you can remove a "chunk", leaving a new word. Like this: ...
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Wordplay addition paradox

There are words from which you can remove a "chunk", leaving a new word. Like this: ...
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What has eight eyes but no i in the name? [closed]

What has eight eyes with none in the name? People travel from across USA to see this
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Longest sentence with each letter repeated n times

Inspiration: This question was inspired by Word sets with no repeating letters Rules: Sentences can be of any length. Every letter used in this sentence, must be used n times. n can be any number. ...
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An Ode Full'a Herrin's

Dear smart friend, How witty sire alway look! Here's ag'in an ol' ode, For you, fiend, a puzzler's game! Demeanour means imp's English name introduction. Small film halves film ...
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Farmer needs to get his word across the river

In the spirit of the classic river-crossing puzzles: ...
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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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Salt, pepper, herbs and spices

This puzzle is dedicated to an avid violinist. Who is the violinist? I got lots of upvotes for my previous "one-liner wonder" so thank you very much! Since you guys liked it, I have made another. ...
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Citizen of an alphanumeric town

I can be found in an alphanumeric town, Mostly above one who has a crown. If you think I'm high, I can also go down. And I can be replaced, but only by a clown. You don't know it's me ...
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Fuzzy's Fuzzy Fuss

Fuzzy the Fuzzball had to admit it. He was broke. He didn't have a penny left to cover himself in fuzz. He was feeling totally drained. Everything he had ever taken was gone. Fuzzy felt like the very ...