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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What's my line?

I like pies, but I don't like pastries. I like gents, but I don't like toffs. I like reason, but I don't like rationality. What have I been doing and how have I been punished? Bonus question: ...
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Four place names from 12 cryptic clues

A1. Steps, Mister? Outside? Thank you (5) A2. Aerial exercise outside, computer network inside (5) A3. Canonized hollow fruit recurring (6) B1. Light-hearted student at first sent back in ...
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You Can't See Me Coz I'm NOT John Cena!

As a pack, we pursue the pity, for power, on the flee. As a king, I was a clashing knight, couldn't you see? As a wolf, I am white without any whispers; And just for fun, I'm first fish,...
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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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My Prefix is Polish

My prefix is Polish My postfix, just the opposite My infix is easier to read I can be anything you choose, but never, ever will I be a Tion. What am I?
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It's sophisticated because I mentioned Silmarillion

Dwarf fellow with ring next to container leads to volcano (11) Hamlet follows holy unity to rocky settlement (5 4) Sacred five-peaker to hop onto Silmarillion creator after first of month (5 4) ...
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I'm like the hull of the sun. What am I?

I'm like the hull of the sun. But I'm not a star. I start with a kernel And end like a keeper But without opposing directions What am I? Hint Edit Changed the last line from <...
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A Masterpiece: A mirror or an ABC?

I have worked on this masterpiece for soooo long, hope you all like it! The PUZZLE A is for the adventurous who approached the door B bragged his brilliant bronze when there isn't even one C ...
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We solved the invisible maze

We did it! We finally solved the invisible maze! In case anyone else wants to try, I'll reproduce our steps here. Here's the maze: The rules: All walls except for the outer ones are ...
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The security to [party 40]

The 40th party of the new year is being held at a local mansion. The host is very rich and his success is because of one thing — his famous recipe for Linguini! So rich indeed, that 39 parties have ...
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Bike Lock Word Ladders

We are going to construct word ladders, but unlike the classic word ladders in which only one letter can change per step, you may change as many letters as you like at each step. However, each letter ...
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Finally back on Puzzling… and I have a new kind of puzzle (I think)

Oh my God. Okay, I have a lot of things to catch up on. First, a belated HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! to everyone. Second, have any rules on Puzzling.SE vitally changed during the past three months? And last but ...
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Anime guess Riddle #9

Had not too much time to spend the last month, so here is the 9th part of the series Like in my eighth part, I'm searching for the name of an anime. There is knowledge about this anime needed to solve ...
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She has a unique personality

Each square is one word, and each row also has a one-word answer. The final answer is what I tell everyone whenever my sister is coming to town. #1 Image credits: 1. Mickayyy, CC BY-SA 4.0; ...
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I need help with this riddle. “Where is Jim?”

It's probably just an anti-riddle, but I'm still too dumb to figure it out.
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My Centre can be found in North Yorkshire

If I score on myself, it's written in stone. I will act badly when given a bone. If it's handed to me, I'm likely to drop. But if I'm allowed, I'll avenge my pop. What am I? In your answer, ...
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Why are these words suspicious?

Detective Jezerezeh has found a table of suspicious words: list teeth actions grammar saying information engage ballad terror Alabama exam What's so suspicious about them? Hint 1: I ...
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Love is a chore

There's a match in my pocket And an ace up my sleeve Yet I'm no magician That you can conceive I'm admired in New York London and more Yet I am no God And love is a chore You can set me on grass Or ...
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Venetian word pairs — part 2

A previous posting introduced the concept of Venetian word pairs. Relaxing the rules a bit opens a whole new world of Venetian word pairs. Let's allow the transformation to use sections which may ...
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Soar High for You? No Way!

Me and my fellows upon a time, Have earned the championship in our prime. Alas! That time has passed, my dearest fren', But we are still often used, according to Ben. Soar high for ...
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Strange letter puzzle [duplicate]

What has $4$ letters, sometimes $9$ letters, always $6$ letters and never $5$ letters. How?
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Venetian word pairs (i.e., sectioned word reversals)

It's fun to think about reverse word pairs. For example, STRESSED spelled backward yields DESSERTS. Or, my personal favorite: EVIAN spelled backward is NAIVE! Reverse pairs have a long history and ...
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He told me to order plainly or leave

A shortened friend in German hell, a youthful rose at speed of c. I ask you, barman, can you tell: What will my order likely be?
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May the Beginning and the End of Eternal Time be with You

I am: The beginning of the outsider, the omitted, the omega, and also of the most-able, the marking, the mega. The middle of the vision, the view, the vector, and also of the ribs, ...
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Alternating Audio Waves

Try solving this cipher from these strange memos: Memo 1 Welcome Comet, today's Thisbe plus Russell here! Memo 2 Reading outlaws loudness. Memo 3 Retro memo: Berlin today upheld voting ...
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Hebrews, Muslims and Biblical men

The first among Hebrews, a beverage of barley, the first among Muslims, a city with Ali, share a relationship which is the same as a Biblical man's English and Spanish name. Who is the Biblical ...
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The Spirit of Christmas

Alice: Help, It's almost Christmas but my house is full of spirits! Bob: But isn't that a good thing? Your family is joyful because it's the holiday season and they're excited for Christmas! Alice: ...
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Three easy pieces

Cram. No Crete lust. She. Who Kyle? Till. Out! I'm dinner elder. Find three objects beginning with an E, each described by one line, given they are clued similarly. Hint:
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I am a Russian ay

I am a Russian ay, ah, in the English way! For many is to say, the booty's ours, hooray! I am an English ay, ah, in the Russian way! For many not to say, and all is quite okay! ...
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True or False? Test it out!

Note: This is just a story made up by me for the puzzle. This is NOT a real assignment. Therefore, please DO NOT close this question. Thanks! The Puzzle: So, one day, my Science teacher, who loves ...
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question of royal proportions

I dont know if this is going to be any good but this is my first attempt at on of these puzzles. The following piece of code relates to a famous saying/phrase/article/piece. ...
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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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Using the letters a,h,i,o,p,s,t, create an exclamatory sentence decrying the poor quality of an electronic cash register [closed]

Using the letters a,h,i,o,p,s,t create an exclamatory sentence decrying the poor quality of an electronic cash register. Letters can be used more than once. If people have trouble, I will add ...
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Connect Wall Puzzle

This is my first try on Connect Walls, please tell me what I can improve on. Thanks! Inspired by I Hope You Like Connect Walls! #2 INSTRUCTIONS: Find the hidden word in each word Group them into ...
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Which logo does this word represent?

Puzzle 1 Which logo does the word dsPlinS represent? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. I haven't posted in a while, but I'm back on track, baby! And to celebrate my coming back, whoever solves this would earn a $...
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Anime guess Riddle #8

Like in my seventh part, I'm searching for the name of an anime. There is knowledge about this anime needed to solve it! I hope you have fun :) This time I've updated the Pokemon theme so it fits ...
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The Adventures of Jack #3

He's back at it again! 'Twas the night before Christmas, And Jack only wanted one thing. A hat - what else would he need? Jack thought about colours, possibly crimson. But the ...
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Make sure you read the terms of this riddle!

The first part of my first part? You should already know. The last part of my first part, is men’s most common foe. The whole of my first part, weird as it might be, Is the lack of my first part’s ...
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The Adventures of Jack #2

I hope you liked the first one, because Jack is back! This time Jack begins his journey in Asia, He chops off oxygen's head with a comma to get; A place where he sees Luke Skywalker's ...
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Oh no, I just bought this shirt!

Spherical things into pockets are falling, riches in colourful arcs' ends calling, teatime and honey and flowers recalling, money to win in the middle, we're all in! Park my car into the ...
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The Seven Siblings

PREFACE This is a more lively try on "Where do I want to go next?" riddles, hope you like it! THE PUZZLE Hi, here are us, the seven siblings, but one is missing! The brothers: A: Let's introduce ...
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Basic manners in the UK [closed]

You are a foreigner with heavy accent living in the UK. If you want to be polite getting off public transport, you can say a number and a letter to the driver. Which number and which letter?
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The Word Am I (Riley riddle)

This Riley I hope you like! Out there, out there, my prefix you cannot find An endless line, a stanza, is what my infix is Lost one in many, and my suffix I become The word am I, as you are ...
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A strange series of questions

Our agency have extracted some information from a terrorist's USB drive; According to our intelligence, this supposed to point us to the six potential cities their leader's current safe house might be ...
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Bearer O'Riley!

My prefix is words you should not care. My suffix is the birth of the dragon chair. My infix is the exit from the angel lair. My whole is the result of what I bear. What am I? Hint: ...
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Cassocks and castles

I start at one end of the table. Replace my ending with a ton of ice, and I sip my beer. Then remove my ending, and I sit in a Scandinavian castle. Put a girl in between, and I walk around in my ...
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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 ...
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The Painter in Chief

I go in through the doggy doorBut out through the cat flap.At times, I am cruel to the poorBut you'll never catch me in your traps.At other times I am kind to allAnd provide much needed relief.I am ...
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Wordplay in an unknown domain

I took the name of a XYZ. It starts with a XYZ. I picked even letters only. The result contains only letters which are in <...
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The Adventure of Jack #1

Jack's adventure starts at the top left of the table, Hey, Vietnamese money should be removed! So he adventures along to Rome, stopping for 50 minutes. And suddenly he's back at the ...