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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The Confused Alien

A rather serious and studious alien has landed on Earth with the prime directive to communicate with all Earthlings. With his advanced statistical methods and the vast computing power aboard his ship,...
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Here I am. What am I?

I have been since nearly the beginning. I endure nearly to the end of all time. At first, I was the one that came after. Now, I am the one that comes before. I am $-1$. I am $3$ ...
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Six-words (------) Six-words (||||||)

Six-words: My first is what a bouncer does if they think you're cool enough My second is what my fourth does to your pain My third is your surroundings on a grassy hill in summer My fourth ...
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A Plethora of Plurals

Please find words that have the following properties: A word that becomes its plural when the letter "s" at the end is dropped. A word that becomes its plural when the first two letters are swapped. ...
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Like totally amazing interchangeable sister outfit accessory swapping or whatever

OMG, me and my sister are like total BFFs and we share clothes like all the time! We soooo have the same sense of style and we borrow stuff from each other like every single second! We don't even ...
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A man I met at a bathhouse that would have been totally quiet if not for the rain outside

DISCLAIMER: This is a mostly fictional story. It's been an incredibly busy start to the year, I've barely had time to rest or relax. So, when I had a free Saturday night a few weeks ago, I went to ...
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Two-line "Who am I?" riddle [closed]

John is a man living in London. One day, his friend, a riddle maker, sent him a riddle: I can change but not eliminate Less than no in three have me Who am I? John couldn't solve the riddle. ...
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I Almost am a Chicken

I almost am a chicken, Not quite a famous horse. Confined to my domain, I'll help you see the course. I almost am contagious, Not quite a Youtube part. Use a pencil when you're ready ...
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Musical in Nature

What is the next song in the list? Pedal To The Medal Not Inside -- Outside The Final Countdown Every Rose Has Its Thorn ......... The Puzzle Within these dots, you shall find a magical, mystical, ...
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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 ...
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12 hidden clues in just one paragraph!

I have attempted to hide as much information as I can within as little words as possible, while it still makes sense. And while the following paragraph does indeed make sense, that doesn't mean it's ...
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What does 1+1=?

Most of this is is flavour, with a section of puns setting the scene at the start, and then the story itself in the middle. Scroll down for the actual puzzle. You may be interested to know that all ...
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A Riddle Like a Phoenix

Set right within a wood, you see An army group with energy. Addendum in the heart may be Guffawing inappropriately. Behold! O sad remains the key That holds the ace front backwardly The ...
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The Knight of Words

You need to turn the following 6x6 square into a word square (i.e. so that the 1st row and 1st column both contain the same six-letter word, as do the 2nd row and 2nd column, etc.) by swapping each ...
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A Paper Record is What I Hamper

I can be used to mark your place, When, with less than ten, you will face, I can be found at your feet, There is a flat surface at my peak, I come in once the votes are cast, With me you ...
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Paraphrased song lyrics

Each entry in the list below represents a paraphrase of (hopefully) well-known song lyrics. Identify the original lyrics, along with the song they occurred in and original performers. The person in ...
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What am I? (My first original riddle)

I am very new to writing riddles and such, so bear with me if this one is terrible. My prefix is the dream of many, but the life of very few. If you were my infix, you'd wish that you further ...
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Twisted Book Titles

(Obviously, inspired by Twisted TV Titles and its sequels.) It's not just TV and movie studios that are facing a lack of original ideas. In fact, publishing houses have started getting highly ...
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What's the longest concertina word you can find?

What's a concertina word? A concertina word, word Z, is a word in English which can be formed from splicing together two other English words, word X and word Y, such that the letters of word X form ...
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A Confusing Comment-Program

Prof. Pheno Menon has developed a artificial intelligence program which he calls "The Phenomenal Commentator". That day he called on me to give a demo of his phenomenal creation. "Here," he explained,...
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I Am Not Good with Boomerangs

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. I Am Not Good with Boomerangs, But things I throw out sometimes return. I am Not a Ninja But have expertise, and for speed I ...
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Density in Den Sitting

Please find below a word search puzzle. But it's not just any word search...the words you find cannot be too dense. The definition of a word in this puzzle: appears in /usr/share/dict/words:https://...
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Three linked oppograms

Inspired by this puzzle where an oppogram was defined as an anagram of opposites For example: $\color{blue}{ratify }\space\color{red}{smart}\space\color{green}{peace}\rightarrow\color{blue}{deny}\...
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This One Word Will Capture Your Attention

My prefix might be a bash for computer users. My first infix is a lap, perhaps. My second infix is an antioxidant, kind of. My suffix is a small island. When I'm assembled, I'm strangely ...
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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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This riddle's a breeze!

At first I am rough, but I know how to chill. I'm integral to NASCAR, yet mocked by the NFL. I can create a new clause, yet summon an army. Some know me as beer, but what am I broadly?
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Here is puzzle to answer!

Scores equal thousand of first car of type. Two small hints: ⠀
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The wordy cheerleader squad

Give me an AT! A british insult maybe? Give me an IS! Strong winds and a jumbler of tongues and body parts? Give me an EE! A Mansfield venue now a cable plan? Give me an IT! What am I?
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This is a Noteworthy Riddle

I am verifiable but uncommon. I am always behind you. I don't know what to say. I am a lawmaker. I am a cat. I am an alien. I am that with which I began. Who am I?
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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 box with the curious inscriptions

A librarian browsing the basement of a library came across an empty box. Its contents were missing, and to her annoyance even its label had been vandalized. The label did tell her that the box had ...
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Craft the longest Scrabble sentence [closed]

This is another challenge along the same vein as similar challenges that have shown up on this site, requiring the puzzle to craft the longest possible sentence given a specific requirement. What is ...
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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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We are brothers

We are five, Without us you will definitely strive. Eldest one always believes in us, Next one believes in nothing, (so remaining four said him goodbye) Youngest three together, are ...
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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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Affixes on steroids

Since I made the original "Riley riddle", there have been many other riddles of the same form. So, of course, I thought it was very important to take this to its logical extreme. Sorry this one doesn'...
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Setting up the trap

Start with eleven in one e four e six; add what is missing from otherhood, oke, icks; improving position, go upwards by one; mix up for organs, remove fifty-one. Add to the end an ...
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Inner and outer space

An entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41 : Short and Sweet. On aliens and mediums, the mathematician _______ said, 'There is __ _____ and __ __', __ scientific view did not accept them....
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X Marks the Spot: A Word Tapestry

This puzzle follows a similar pattern to this previous puzzle. I have decided to call this type of puzzle a Word Tapestry, since it weaves together the solutions to the various clues. The answers to ...
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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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Open the curtains

Open the curtains to reveal some words of wisdom: ...
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Mangled Movie Titles

I've taken a bunch of movies and done...something to each of their titles. In some instances, I've changed a single letter in one of the words. In others, I've added a letter to make one of the ...
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A simple grammar lesson

What is represented by the wordplay below? Pacific: Police Indian: Hire Mekong: Friend Volga: Unthinkable Ontario: Cutline Baikal: Quite Mediterranean: Bearing Baltic: English
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Counter, Clock and Wise

Remember I told you that I am slowly turning eccentric? Well, turns out, it's worse than I had imagined. See, writing some random words on a piece of paper is one thing, and taking apart the hands of ...
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On The Subject of The Odd One Out

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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Plenty of Clues in the Crossword

This is a variety cryptic. Each clue or answer will be modified in one of four ways: ONE CLUE: These clues are lonely. TWO CLUE: These clues are twins - they have a bit of an identity crisis. ...
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Why is it relevant to this question?

It'$ not ₺he pride before the fall. It's not 'round mouths in afternoons. You may have heard it said by three: Do it in meta 'for toil and trouble. Or if the charge is all done wrong, ...
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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 thin, invisible ...
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I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains, Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth, At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy, What am ...
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Why will my friend have to grow his beard out?

Knowledge required for this riddle: English-language proverbs. My friend Leonard came to me with a problem the other day. He said, “Tanner, I want to have a clean-shaven face. But every time I use a ...

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