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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With all five, I work backstage

Another Tyobrien riddle of the week: With two, I’m active With three I’m first or second With four, I set an example With all five, I work backstage Hint #1: Hint #2: Hint #3:
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I wish, I yearn, for an answer to this riddle

In a creature is my natural home. Have me in your meal and you'll become me. (With me, this line would be adjacent.) Experts take more time with me. In winter wear, I might be half a mile.
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What is a “ B & A” puzzle?

I think this type of puzzle format is a bit different from some you already have seen. I call them B & A puzzles. After you solve them you will likely know what that means. There are six seperate ...
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Teapot Riddle no.11 (fan made)

Teapot Riddle no.11 (fan made). Rules: I have one word which has several (2 or more) meanings. Each of the meanings is a teapot (first, second ...). You try to figure out the word with my Hints. ...
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I know you'll solve this

My prefix will make you afraid My infix will make it cliched My suffix is the end of a chime My whole is ahead of its time Hint:
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Teapot Riddle no.21

Teapot riddle no.21 Rules: I have one word which has several (2 or more) meanings. Each of the meanings is a teapot (first, second ...) You try to figure out the word with my Hints. no further words ...
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Anagrammatically speaking 4

Fill in the blanks of each sentence below with words that are anagrams of each other. In each pair of sentences, solve the first sentence, change one letter of an answer-word from that sentence, and ...
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Another Manufactured Teaset Riddle

I had an idea for another teaset riddle so here we go. For anyone who doesn't know how these works you must decipher two or more words that are homonyms/homophones that have a different meaning, A.K.A....
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Always $\&$ Never

This post has the same exact title, but it is not related in any way apart from the fact that it is also a riddle; all my riddles are (hopefully) original and created by me. Riddle me this: We are ...
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The Autonumerigram Challenge [duplicate]

Some phrases both refer to a number, n, and are comprised of n alphabetic characters. I call any such phrase an autonumerigram. For example, four has 4 letters seven plus seven has 14 letters ...
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Make it shorter by adding

A five letter English word becomes shorter when 2 more letters are added to it. What is the original word? What are the 2 letters? NOTE: I heard this puzzle from friends and don't claim my ...
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Teapot riddle no.15 (fanmade)

Rules: I have one word which has several (2 or more) meanings. Each of the meanings is a teapot (first, second ...) You try to figure out the word with my Hints. First Hint: My first teapot is ...
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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 Secret Job . . . but what is it?

Mr. Peters, a freelance muscle-for-hire sort of fellow, had been manning his desk for days now waiting for something to do when at last the phone rang. A job! The nerdy sounding person on the other ...
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The Video Gamers' Double-Duty Crossword

"OK, so I know that you two are always arguing about what type of crosswords to do- 'Normal crosswords are too boring!' 'Cryptics are too esoteric!!' Trivia vs wordplay, yeah, I've heard both ...
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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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What is the name of this puzzle?

The English dictionary, as you may know, is a highly mutable entity. While removing words such as irregardless might be considered a good thing, others, such as ...
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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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Who's missing from this glorious Poem of Dynamic Words?

I'm where you keep your most private possessions With a small adjustment, I'm always on the move Again, and I'm one of you, lacking aggression Once more, at my end, my son has something to prove If ...
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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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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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Iceberg Cryptography

See if you can extract the message encrypted in this text box: ...
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Uh oh, the propeller fell off

I was rummaging through a trunk in the attic when I found this vintage game. It is some sort of pinwheel or propeller mounted on a board. The propeller has a cryptic series of letters painted on it, ...
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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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The first of three

I found this word to be quite poetic and saw @PerpetualJ's comment (saying to make another riddle), so here it is: It is the plot of many works All in one word The first step is to break it ...
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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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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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I never knew my words could speak!

This is an entry to the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #25: wordplay. "These words! – they come falling free; / speech: daft here, deft there..." — Emrakul You know, I've kept some words....
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Mrs. Malaprop Reads A Riddle

I, Mrs. Malaprop, will recite an original riddle, perspired by this puzzle. Each of lines 1-5 inscribe a part of a word, put them together in sequins to get the one-word answer to the riddle. First ...
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Twisted TV Titles, season 2

Inspired by this puzzle by Pugmonkey, here is a second set of Twisted TV Titles. Each of the new shows pictured or described below is a copy of an existing program with the name changed by a single ...
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Tartar sauce, Gary!

My pet underwater snail just chewed up this poem I've been working on! I convinced him to spit it out, but I could only salvage one verse (you know how long I like to make my poems) and the lines are ...
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Our puzzling friend

One of our friends spends all of his time on the Puzzling Stack Exchange, so to get him to come out with us, we let him pick what to do. This was a pretty big mistake as we soon found out. This was ...
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This should be a tough one

Oh my, oh my, my puzzling friends My last riddle is unsolved but for a few odds and ends. With no interaction, I've gotten quite bored. I wrote this riddle so I won't be ignored. I've got another word,...
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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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Have You Heard My New Riddle?

A stirrup I own that no stallion can wear. I am not a smith though an anvil I bear. My hammer? No Middle Earth dwarf gives a care. With diamonds or pearls adorned may I be. The heart of my ...
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Rematry oshkabus

I just got another picture in the mail, and can't for the life of me piece together why I've been getting such unusual letters... To make things easier for colourblind solvers: the second panel is #...
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As easy as Three, Two, One… How fast can you go from Five to Four?

You have to reach Four from Five in the minimum number of tries with the following rules. You are only allowed to change one letter at a time. You have to keep the word length the same. At each step ...
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Which US city is it?

This is a more advanced punzzle with a first level based on the same concept as this one. Each of the questions below is answered by the name of a US city which could be pronounced in a way that has ...
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Muddled movie titles

A friend of mine has a really (selectively) bad memory, and often gets things muddled. He's trying to recall the titles of these movies / series, but all he can give me is a very brief synopsis of ...
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I've seen these movies countless ties

I wanted to make a puzzle for you all with some help from my friends so I dictated a list of my favourite movies to Paul and he typed them up. He then gave the list to Alice to describe the titles.I ...
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Why will my friend have to grow his beard out?

Knowledge required for this riddle: English-language proverbs. My friend Leonard came to me with a problem the other day. He said, “Tanner, I want to have a clean-shaven face. But every time I use a ...
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Preparing for the end of term performance

It's the first full week of term at Farthingbottom School and Portia, Felix, Primula and Randolph have arrived in the music room for their lesson. Professor N. Igma is nowhere to be seen, but he has ...
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V for Vendetta - Who am I?

This link here shows how many "Who am I?" riddles we already have on this site. Obviously, there are many of them and they're mostly riddles describing an object in some funny way. On checking the ...
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Oh God! help me

I have just fluffed my exam. See, Grades don't matter to me but it apparently does to my parents and the head teacher who has asked me to write a letter explaining the reasons of my disastrous results....
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Cryptic Five-words (-----|||||)

Inspired by Aggie Kidd's redux of the original "Four-words" puzzle by Prem, I decided to create a similar "Five-words" puzzle. Some clues are intentionally somewhat vague and/or misleading, to keep ...
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A Very Hard Anti-Tyos Riddle

With two I am up and close With three I am nine or eleven With seven I help people in need With all eight I am an honest person What am I? Here is an example of a Tyos Riddle: Link (...
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Fastest way from 8 to 7

Inspired by this great question by Uvc (actually, it's the same logic but with different words). How fast one can get from EIGHT to SEVEN? The rules are the same: You are only allowed to change one ...
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My Final Song to Riley

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 This will also be my final Riley Riddle for a week or two because it is arriving near the end of the term and school is expecting ...
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What in the shells is this puzzle?

Clergyman's wife tells story of picking up a muscle. Solution: $\require{color}\definecolor{hint}{RGB}{1,124,233} \small\color{hint}{\textsf{5 words}}$
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Words that are anagrams of themselves

Can you think of a 6+ letter word that is an anagram of itself? The rule is that the letters of the word must be able to be rearranged to spell the original word, but none of the letters are in their ...

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