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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Memorizing the Keyboard

I tried to type blindfolded,actually just closed my eyes and pressed the keyboard letters one by one with my index finger to write a song line that's on my mind. When I looked at the screen, I just ...
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Anagram holiday

Virtues, we devour and restore, usher a puzzle. Related to the above sentence, find a six-letter word, which anagrams to gives words starting with each of the five different letters of the word.
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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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All in one piece, we mend holes in your socks

All in one piece, we mend holes in your socks. Minus a head, we're yours, skewed. Minus a tail, we hold drinks on the rocks. Minus another, we're you. Minus our next head, we're nothing but us. ...
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Theorists sure want true answers to this!

So, birds eat bread I toss. One romantic kiss in the rain's too nice, methinks. Untidy notes disrupted a student in a study period. Deodorant on to end an odor. The wisdom of ...
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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 sides. ...
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A Perfect Polish

I slide with a rustle Of needles that hang, To glide in the tunnel And scrape every fang. I spread with a slither Of slime and a slew, To shred and to wither The gold from the chew. What ...
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Oldie but Goldie

You’ve probably seen this one before... Review a loot box Sichuan restaurant tagline “Release your inner personality!” Hogwarts student exchange program Firefighter’s directive Angsty ...
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From jafe to El-Guest

Largely inspired by From Puzzling to StackExchange by CodeNewbie From jafe to El-Guest jafe > cafe > cate > cete > cet > get > gest > egest > e gest > e guest > el guest Rules: In any move, you ...
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Location, Location, Location

I'm south of the common, yet found by the middle. I'm due east of one article, and in the middle of another. The earth is north, west, and east of me, but outer space is more southwest. ...
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Bold, vivid family

I remember organising the colours of the rainbow in columns. In the way that I did, I could create the word RAINBOW from certain letters in each word, indicated by the columns they were each placed in....
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Recycling old answers

Each of the puzzles below gives a two-word answer. Solve the puzzles and arrange the resulting 16 words into four groups of four, each with a common theme. The resulting group names form a clue for ...
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Between two walls

For each box, the given words can be divided into four groups of four words each, according to some criteria. The names of the resulting categories can in turn be used to find out a final two-word ...
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A manager's dilemma

A sports manager was walking nervously on the street. It was a stressful time for him and he didn't know what to do. Two of their biggest stars had drunkenly trashed another hotel room after a ...
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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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Oh, one short ode of love

I'm to grow in mind If now onto learning; And to show understanding, We cannot be blind. Where is the heart? :) Inspired by this (thanks @Bass!)
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A pseudo-riley?

This is my first puzzle, so feedback welcome! I wanted to be the very best, so here are six legendary rileys for you to solve. My prefix is a mythical creature; my infix has went away, but ...
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Return of the Riley Riddles in Reverse

For no reason in particular, here's one more batch of these inverted riddles from last year, where the solutions are what you'd usually use as the wordplay clues in a Riley Riddle. Here's how it goes: ...
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Grabbing quick drinks

I asked ________ friend: - ________ interest you in a drink? - Sure. I want a ________. - Alright, let's go. I'll just grab ________. Fill the blanks, two words per line. What do the answers ...
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A Rare Riley Riddle

My prefix is ironic. My infix is well-oiled. My suffix briefly handled a worm. There aren't many of me - what is my name? As usual, please include an explanation for each line in your ...
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You cannot touch me, but I can touch you, who am I? [closed]

You cannot touch me, but I can touch you. I can’t hear you, but you can hear me. I can't follow you, but you can follow me. Who am I?
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A known event to a history junkie

I rhyme with a word that could stand for a country - A known event to a history junkie, A weird relation to modern computers I share beginning with angry refuters. What am I?
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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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I may also be found in your body

My infix won't tell you a thing, But you can find me from the rest: My suffix sounds exactly like me, And my prefix is already half known. In wood or wire, what am I?
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Rethinking this series on the syllabus

I assigned each person in my class the task of creating a number-sequence, however, 4 of the guys I usually consider to be leaders came back with baffling results. Can you make sense of their work ...
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X marks the what?

In the following clues, a certain term been replaced with $X$. Find out the meaning of $X$ and solve the crossword. Down Deadly $X$ (5) White heroine or cocaine (4) Introduction of good ...
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A Trivial Diagnosis

"It's the same stuff over and over, doc." "Can you try to explain it?" "OK. Well, at first... I—I feel high. My eyes are red, I can't breathe; I feel crazy!" "What else?" "There's ...
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Part of a challenge, from a group of adults, who break ciphers

I am part of a group of adults, a cipher club who like to decode random ciphers, from texts to symbols and other things. We were presented with a set of 5 ciphered text, and we have managed to crack 3 ...
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El Dorado Word Puzzle II: Videogame Edition

Let's keep going with the El Dorado puzzle. Same rules apply. Given a set of common words, can you figure out which videogame title they cover? All letters in the title must be covered, and letter ...
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A seasonal riddle

After spring, I’m a hiker’s delight. In the summer, I help children play. Before fall, I will tumble with might. And come winter, I’ll sleep in all day. What am I?
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Eight Sisters Treasure Hunt

Eight sisters don't guard the essential hoof This is from the game CreasureQuest, so I suspect the solution in context with the historical background (the lost treasure of the Flor de la Mar, Afonso ...
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Not hide and seek

We're bored ... Mo: How's about a film? Something outside please. Mo: Play piggy in the middle? We don't know it! Mo: Who's up for a demo? What word is clued above?
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The road to El Dorado reconstructed from fragmented accounts

You are seeking the route to the lost city of El Dorado. You have assembled several historical accounts from explorers who claim to have reached it. Unfortunately, the accounts are incomplete, ...
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Triple Cryptics

Here's an attempt at a new twist on cryptic clues. The following clues do NOT have a definition section. However, the wordplay is keyed in three different ways. Can you work out the words? User ...
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Be in awe of my brilliance!

My prefix might debase and diminish. My infix might lie before stone and tree. My suffix, Edna Mode might say no to. Put me together and be in awe of my brilliance! What is the word?
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Happy pi day, everyone!

A baker is working a batch of dough. He shapes it into a cylinder of height a and radius z. What will the baker make from this volume of dough?
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Upside Down Word Puzzle

Think of a 4-letter word for something seen in the winter (lowercase). Turn it upside down, and you'll name a device used with this thing. What is it? (credit to Hugh Stoll of Harrisonburg, Va.) I ...
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The bar has been raised

I have two directors, but no actors. I have three numbers, but no equations. I have two letters, but no packages. I have nine dots, but no vectors. I have fifteen lines, but no ...
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Holiday cookies word attrition [computers welcome]

[This puzzle was previously posted for humans only, but it may have been a little too tough to do manually, so I'm opening it up to computers to solve the remaining unsolved words.] I am inspired by ...
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I fear only one - Who am I?

The cave has me, the wind hasn't The stories, the pirates, the demons, the lands...all nothing if it isn't me The masterworks of science revolve 'bout me You'll all be blind if it ain't ...
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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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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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What plant do I be, whether an apple or a tree?

Curved like a circle. Knotty sides. My color is . _.. . (old women brains). Specks of evil on my enlightened self. A strong mask to hide my true self. To protect the weak of what I am. ...
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Holiday cookies word attrition [humans only]

I am inspired by the story of the boy who came upon an assortment of holiday cookies beautifully arranged on a platter. The boy quietly helped himself to a cookie and artistically rearranged the ...
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Which video game am I in?

I have a bunch of stories to share I hope you won't find too frightening or unbelievable ! I played on a mystical instrument a dark and mesmerizing song. When it ended, I felt sleepy, a bit angry, and ...
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What does any of this have to do with chickens?

A few words about me: Whenever I need something investigated, I always turn to a 1990s dance artist. I have no problem travelling to the Free State, but will refuse to go further south ...
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Nested word series [humans only]

[This is just a fun little puzzle for humans. We'll see you next time, computers!] It's interesting to think about words contained in other words. How often do we notice, for example, that ...
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Oh, what's he posting riddles about now?

Sometimes I'm very hard to hear, So listen up and strain your ear. With sixteen added, I'm twenty-three. Or, with fourteen, I'll wave at you. Bring me low and I'm just storage, But call ...
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Not a Long-Winded Riddle

I'm not very serious when I am rolled. If memory serves me, I spread uncontrolled. If you see more of me, I'll be given more slack. With her, I'm famously pink or black. I was expecting ...
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Remove, mix, and take in: Cryptic Clues

Here's another cryptic game to play. The rules are as follows: A) Nine of the 27 clues are standard cryptic clues B) Nine clues are missing a word which is an answer from part A C) ...