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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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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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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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Stuffing in the middle

What peculiar property do all these words have in common? ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Trapped in Time

A Greek trapped in time by a Roman refine Mother precedes we'll never be freed Circling around waiting to be found perhaps by my shipmates if they've not met their fates Who am I? And where can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wordplay addition paradox

There are words from which you can remove a "chunk", leaving a new word. Like this: ...
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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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Farmer needs to get his word across the river

In the spirit of the classic river-crossing puzzles: ...
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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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Modulus Operandi

These words have a remarkable form of self-symmetry: ANDROCENTRIC CONDESCENDED EXTRATEXTUAL RESETTLEMENT SUBMERSIBLES What is it? Afterword: It is ...
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Anagram of an anagram

My anagram's anagram is a furious lady. My anagram's anagram is a comic military force. My anagram's anagram is to sell weapons to a flamboyant guy. What are we anagramming?
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This one's for Matthew:

I tend nations damaged, with many a crater Spilt blood, nothing lost! That's a strong indicator Reason's right if I act; out something charged! Rounds for the charger, allows losing large... ...
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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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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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Chrysanthemum bejeweled with dew drops

If you squint, you might be able to see letters in the reflections of some of the dew drops. Those will help get you started. In this puzzle, the adventure begins just after 12 o'clock and the ...
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How fast can you “DOCK” the “SHIP”? [closed]

You have to reach DOCK from SHIP 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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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7)

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7) Clue group 1: This spa provides a great relaxation rub. Earbuds are included too. I compared virtual machines, and ...
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An Efficient Riley

My prefix is for my infix. My suffix recalls a baritone or a bass. My whole is quite dreamy - what am I?
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Puzzling Knight has a Message for all- Especially Newcomers

Of all the more than a Trillion messages he can deliver, he has especially selected this message for all. Follow his(normal chess moves for the Knight) path to get the message. His journey starts ...
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No Halves Hath the Heptagram

Here is the heptagram: Rules are the same as for the octagram. However, the heptagram has the very nice property that all words are unique. I.e., as you go around, you will not encounter any ...
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I make billions (#5)

I make bullions balloons billions (#5) Main clues: These statues are wonderful! I'm going to invest in the sculptor. Move faster! I need to finish the 18th hole and return this golf ...
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I make billions (#3)

I make billions (#3) My products are quite edgy, But most have been a bust, I'm only one of many, Lord knows who we can trust, I'm not a politician, Yet I work with presidents, ...
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Here is my description. Now, tell me, what am I?

This is not a location, but if you specifically spelt me with an 's' you would spot me in several bedrooms. I could go on, but I feel that's enough of me for now. What am I? HINT 1: 29/06/19 HINT ...
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Mono-Tonic Crpytic-Clues

Answer for this puzzle is one word. All of the following clues have the same enumeration, but I am hiding it from you ;) $500 note (?) You ended up turning around (?) Substance emitted through ...
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Omni-Riley-Rebuses

Partially inspired by MetaZen’s Four Directions Series :) North: East: South: West: This puzzle is a part of Ooohh, it all makes sense now! :D
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Cryptic, then Crossword, then Clues

Answer is one word. {1}{2}{3}{4} (6) {1} [a] (7) {2} [b][c][d][e] (6) {3} [f] (3) {4} [g][h][i] (6) [a] Bonding family in cod (7) [b] Container fight (3) [c] Considering ...
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I make billions

I make billions, I never spend less than $1000, I'm a man in black, I'm a force of nature, I'm the original, Audiences of all ages have seen me. Who / what am I?