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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What country am I? A 'Riley Riddle'

My prefix can be seen in the Greek alphabet, My suffix is a kind of tree, And my infix is something used to kiss. What country am I?
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Help me get my free coffee!

I just reached my desk and I noticed a piece of paper in front of my computer, reading : Antimissile demander Flamboyant dollars Subchapter unclassified Bladed fundamental Impersonated ...
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This puzzle's main portion is a piece of... cake?

10 + 1 puzzles to feast upon! See the formatting (hit "edit") for transcriptions for Puzzles 4, 5, 7 and 9. You'll want to enlarge some of the images (there's nothing hidden, it's just that the text ...
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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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What xkcd Means

What xkcd Means This is a variety cryptic inspired by the comic "What xkcd Means" (linked above) and the work of Ucaoimhu. It is also an entry into the 35th Fortnightly Topic Challenge: ...
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A significant milestone

My left half is often used in dividing money, It's not round but square: hold Attila in fear! My right half is often used in metric spaces, Islands in borderlands, lakes in a state. Together with and ...
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Name the 25 Ants

When solving the Contagious Ants on a Meterstick problem, puzzlers often overlook the fact that ants are sophisticated creatures with names, dreams, and personalities. ...
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You must be THIS high to ride this puzzle!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. What is this?
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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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A dirty limerick

What word is described by the following limerick? A place where the lions may roar? A place you attend after four? The usual sense Will shortly commence Exploding with colors galore! I ...
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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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A Boring Riddle

What is the one-word solution to the following riddle? Backward in your leg, forward in red ink. Stung, piece and digit. What is the link?
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Reverend Spooner's Favorite Movies

Reverend Spooner dictated a list of his favorite movies to his befuddled secretary. That well-meaning lad, unaware of his master's tendency to swap some of the consonants in a phrase, did not realize ...
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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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I'm quite famous nowadays, mostly because of my owner

I have: An anagram that sharpens your imagination An anagram that doesn't ask for your permission An anagram that is not very original An anagram that is not very important What am I?
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Why Alexa Shouldn't Teach Non-Native English Speakers About Idioms

They cost ≈ $0.00833333333333333333333333333333 each. (9) -_----_-_----- Go! Intentionally fracture your fibula! ...
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I am a car. What is the car?

There's a car that exists. If you take off the first and last letter it's still a word. If you take off the first and last letter again it's still a word. If you take off the first and last letter ...
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An Only Connect Wall

The 16 words below may be partitioned into 4 groups of 4 thematically connected words. What are those connections and groups? Text version: SHIFT OPTION RED FLAP BLACK BOOK LANE CONTROL STOCK ...
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Riddle-Yet-Another-Riddle!

Let us tell you a story about nothing but us. Unbleached sometimes, sometimes not, that's what they discuss! We were fabricated by some type, and that type had a needless lane. Magical we might ...
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Just common sense

Below are nine ordered groups of words and phrases. Use common sense to solve the first eight. This should then tell you how to continue with the last group. objective; break; happening at night;...
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A little abbreviated response

This is a short riddle which has a short answer. I look like I have no memory, but I am fine, but turn me around and I may knock you down.
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Secret decoder ring

I was digging in my dad's trunk and I found some sort of 1940s secret decoder ring. Not quite sure how it works, but anyway, one of the lines has become almost illegible (#T#######). Can someone ...
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Should You Take the Pill?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms Your head is throbbing like mad. You try to get your bearings as you look around the laboratory. Shattered beakers and spilled chemicals are ...
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What is the name for "mash-up" sentences like "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Malfunction?" or "How I Met Your Mother Theresa?"

On Jeopardy, there are clues called "Before and After" which asks contestants to answer questions like ...
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An easy riddle for you

Have fun with this one! I hope it's a pleasant rest stop for your mind :) Listen for this word! For it begins with a high And ends right on cue?
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The Importence of Proper Spelled and Grammar

Most accomplished autohrs are aware of the critical importance of proper grammar and spelling. The the neccessity of riting one's ideas succinctly, appropriately, and without error is parmaount. ...
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Do you know S. Tack, or X. Change?

I'm trying to remember the names of some old acquaintances. If I describe them to you, perhaps you can help me out by telling me their names. He was once an insufferable borrower, but he turned out ...
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I am sick and tired of hearing this

A US state declares victory showing an important document in the last year of a wonderful 7 year period What is that?
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A Riddle of Mine

I came up with this riddle a few years ago, and so far very few people have been able to solve it: Think of a four-letter word (“_ _ _ _”) such that adding an A to the beginning (“a _ _ _ _”) changes ...
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Déjà vu, again?

There is a very special property common to all the words below: ART BAIL LAP LATTE MEAT ON PEAR PEAS RED RUM SCENE SHOT SIGN TINES Stuck? Need a ...
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Cheating is efficient, but only until you get caught!

This is an entry into the 16th Fortnightly Challenge - reverse-puzzling The Puzzleland Inc. is recruiting some fresh blood, and after some brain-bending tests, the candidates have been shortlisted to ...
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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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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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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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A word puzzle about complimenting one's appearance

Think of a unit of measurement. Now rearrange its letters and read them out loud to form a sentence (an example would be u r a b, meaning "You are a bee"). Make sure the sentence compliments someone ...
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I feel no pain, yet silently shriek

I feel no pain Yet silently shriek An airy concoction Your desire I pique A sinful temptation You seldom refuse As I squeal, howl and bellow I delight and amuse Who am I?
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Muddled video games titles

First of all, this is totally a rip-off of @ferret idea, but with video games instead of movies. So, basically the same story: I have a friend that use to mix things up and is unable to clearly ...
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Use us, fop. All kin ill

Behold a set of ten anahomophonagrams: expressions taken from well-known idioms, song lyrics, and pop culture, converted to like-sounding words and then reordered into new expressions. For example, <...
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Equine musicians?

What is interesting about the following sentence? "Furiously, in back of shut portals, one in four silvery equids is only hiding many extra tidings of meadows, somewhat more craftily than normal," ...
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Diary of a hairdresser

Today I went to cut my hair, and the hairdresser told me a weird story. Yesterday, I had a group of people come to cut their hair. Together, they embodied the one type of hair I hate. A celebrity ...
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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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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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Five Unique Individuals

Each of the sections below has a single answer, and the five sections are related. After finding the solution to one section, the others should be much easier. The Best Friend Whenever you're ...
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What is a Bumpy Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word has a certain property, I call it a Bumpy Word™. You can use ...
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A notable collapse

Larry Leprechaun was dancing on a table, but keeping balance, he was not able. Falling, he nearly did _____ himself, and wailed "__ __!" while some guy said "Give this __ __" . Find one word, ...
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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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Food Fight! (An extended VowelBurger™ puzzle...)

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here (and all its many clones!) The food hall was a mess. A massive fight had broken out among the proprietors of the five burger stands stationed around the ...
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Iceberg Cryptography

See if you can extract the message encrypted in this text box: ...
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Arc (&) Reactors

(Note: This puzzle may require a small amount of research if you aren't familiar with the work from its theme.) It was exactly 11 years ago -- April 14, 2008, in Sydney -- that the first Iron Man ...
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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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