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's "gopher wood"?

Originally published by me on the internet ca. 2003. No trace left on Google, so you get a clean slate. Drenched with sweat from hard labor in the field, Noah loosened his girdle and complained, &...
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A Nine letter Country

I am a 9 letter Country. The 2nd, 4th ,5th and 6th letters gives you a Payment. If you take the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th letters I'll be part of your Eye. Who am I?
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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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There's no place like Home Theater!

Dorothy, now 93 years old, was watching some of her favorite movies in her home theater when, as one would expect in tornadic climes such as Kansas, her house blew away to somewhere over the rainbow. "...
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I was struck by lightning

My story is not a happy one, but I'd like to share it. In my early days I sunbathed a lot. I also liked water. And sand. I looked at it through my glasses. I had all the time in the world to ...
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Start with U, add another U, remove the U - what is the word?

Start with "U". Add another "U". Remove the "U". What is the word? Hint: It's not "U" (or "you", "ewe", etcetera).
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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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Grandma's Rebuses

DISCLAIMER: This story is fictional My dear grandmother passed away two years ago, with her husband, Ed, sitting solemnly by the side of her hospital bed. She was always kind, friendly, but also very ...
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Find the missing elements

In each of the groups below one or more words are missing. Can you figure out what the missing elements are? And what's the theme of each group? Group 1 COMMANDMENT, PATCHWORK, LIGHTHEARTEDNESS, ?, ...
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Can you name the two?

TWO came forth from the very same mother and most people could not tell one from the other They arrived the same day, on the very same spot, they look just the same, yet twins they are not To further ...
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A Ghastly Cryptic

Oh no! Hallowe'en has weakened the borders between this realm and the spirit realm, allowing some tenebrous nogoodnik to release several ghosts from other universes upon you! In this cryptic, each ...
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My roommate's short riddle

My roommate (rm) this morning suddenly give me this riddle, rm: Hi, good morning! I have a nice riddle for you me: Seriously? Isn't this too early? rm: 'mon, just guess who I am You ...
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Huh? That's a word?

I am a word with 6 letters. I contain a "la" in the middle, in in the beginning, and at the end. What am I?
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It's good for puzzling

The images below can be connected by a single word. What is the word and what are the connections?
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Same word fills all the blanks

Inspired by the famous puzzle (origin unknown to me) Fill in the blanks in the following sentence using the same word OR its split versions (not anagrams). A _____ surgeon, was _______ to ...
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I am a former model

A long time ago, I used to be a model, Even though I was a bit thick boned, I'd dress in casual clothes like everyone else, I could have been a thousand different things, I was way ahead of my time, ...
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I can be heavy, but I'll never sink. When I am ready, my glass is a drink

Riley Riddle: My prefix runs past, When you leave what you cast, Where a square may be skipped by a pawn. My suffix is vast, When I swap first with last, Where a breath may be currently drawn. ...
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The Wonderful Wanderfull Puzz

In the land of Puzz, all the days are strange The sounds repeat, but with one wee change A troll trail hither and a dwarf wharf yon A wee hairy fairy or a fat fun faun Won't you come walking through ...
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A Riddle for Puzzlers

My first is found in Aquaman's new super-secret lair. My second is a prison where a climbing snail's ensnared. My third, repeated seven times, requires punctuation. My fourth comprises eight ...
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I'm not a Terrorist!

I'm not a terrorist, but you don't like me,  I'll mess up your code and your recipes,  I'll bring software to its knees,  You can find one like me in all industries. Who am I? Hint:
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In the olden days, I was feared, for my name meant certain death

here is another riddle I came up with. In the olden days, I was feared, for my name meant certain death. Nowadays I describe the gentle wind's cold breath. when you are young, you hate me,...
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I am part of your body

I am part of your body. Without my head, I can live in the forest. Without my tail, I will be something a ball can do. And without my head and my tail, You must remember me. What am I?
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Riley's Imposter!

Here is a six-letter word: ###### si####: I am the result of heat. ##dd##: I am the result ...
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From Each According To Their Own

I was amused to hear the following conversation between three of my acquaintances. 1: What is it? 2: Look! That bird has got two beaks. Men! Walnuts for eyes every one! 3: Calm down, woman. ...
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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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What is James's middle name?

There once was a man called James who liked to use different names If you're slick and astute by removing the fruit your favorite flava remains What was his middle name?
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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 anagrams fathoms a game ...
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Astronomical number sequence

1 2 3 0 [4] 4 0 [4] [1] 5 6 7 0 [4] 8 0 [4] [1] 9 10 11 0 [4] 12 0 [4] [1] We're gonna [1] [2] [3] [4] tonight! Can you name $[1]$, $[2]$, $[3]$ and $[4]$?
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A relaxing glass of Shiraz

You see, I am that what makes you able. What I am is an element stable. Without me a name for oneself's lacking. I'm in fish, Thai, Shiraz and unpacking. You can try and guess what with ...
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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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Plot Twist (variety cryptic)

This is an entry into the 36th Fortnightly Topic Challenge: "Twisted Classics". Each clue/answer pair in this puzzle has been affected by one of these types of plot twist: 28 of the clues have ...
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Self-Referential Humor

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38. I hope it fits the theme! The answer to this puzzle is what you should do to solve this puzzle. Getting 51 and nice guy to start (7) Level ...
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A rhopalic sentence of at-least 5 words, beginning with as long word as possible [closed]

Rhopalic sentences are sentences which have words whose length is one more than the previous word. eg: I do not hunt birds. I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing ...
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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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Video-games Mondegreens

Inspired by TV Title Mondegreens, I, too, came up with a similar puzzle. It is still based on Mondegreens, obviously, but with video-games! Each of these 10 descriptions will lead you to a (weird) ...
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Tricky T Tribute (or: Humble H Homage)

I made up a bunch of riddles over the weekend and wrote them on a stack of cards. Unfortunately, I dropped the stack outdoors. The cards blew everywhere and one of the riddles is missing. Can you ...
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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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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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Insecurity to the Party

Lord Gray has invited you to the annual ball at his mansion. But being a socially awkward person, there's nothing you could dread more than being called upon to dance in a huge bright hall filled with ...
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What is a KMorG Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. *(ApoloGies in advance, I seeM to be havinG soMe trouble with My Keyboard today.)* ...
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Longest "De Bruijn phrase" in English

Let's call De Bruijn n-phrase a sequence $S$ of n words $W_1 W_2 W_3... W_n$ such that any "left-rotation" of its words constitutes a correct and meaningful phrase. The left-rotations of $S$ are: $...
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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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Back with another one-line wonder!

When a roman emperor tilted his head, he became nothing. Why?
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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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The Riddle of Life, to Ease all Your Strife

-- Side Story: Please skip ahead if you want the riddle -- Intro: Everyone knows of The Oracle: After months of dodging dragons and trolls and sneaky gods and the wrath of the entire world, you are ...
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What comes next in this poetic sequence?

This is an ode to me I am just too good When compared to thee. For I am indeed so hot My fire cannot be contained Near me, sit you shall not. Sever your self-worth And behold my might ...
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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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Was it a cat I saw?

One night whilst walking beside the road I glimpsed something move, and so I slowed It must be a cat, to be so spry but it looked much redder to my eye It disappeared behind a tree What kind of ...
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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 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?

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