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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

The answer is a postbox/mailbox because if you remove a physical letter from it, it remains a mailbox; its meaning is still to hold letters. You can remove all the letters, but it will still be a ...
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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

NOTHING. The pronunciation of this in various accents could be rendered as NOTHIN' (one letter removed), NOT'IN' (two letters removed), or NOT'N' (three letters removed). And of course if you remove ...
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When I grow up, I want to be

I think this classic story involves "I'm sick of looking like a fish", says the first one. "I want to be a ladder! "At least you don't have to put up with this stupid ponytail", ... second, "I ...
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Caught splinging at work

"What kind of trouble am I in?" You're... having a small stroke? :P But seriously:
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The mother of all age-of-the-captain riddles

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Growing anagrams - What is the longest possible list forming a sentence?

Twelve words: a nearsighted ant sergeant negates an agent, denigrates estranged straightened gnat agents a an ant gnat agent agents negates sergeant estranged denigrates nearsighted straightened An ...
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Prove that 11111=0

Could it be that
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Hearken, now, and listen close!

The two word phrase hidden quite cleverly in this long passage is This word was hidden in this puzzle in the following way: The lines that gave it away were An additional hint that I missed. ...
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And and... and. And.?

I've also heard it before :)
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90% of people will fail this puzzle!

The real trick to this puzzle is: To get the answer, we
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What's wrong with this line in a baking recipe book?

The cookbook should have read: "Reduce the recipe temperature by 36°F." (Or perhaps 35 or 40, for a "round" amount—"36" implies an unwarranted degree of precision.) The original source that the ...
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10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X

Guess: because
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The Late Queen Gives in to Remorse - Reverse Hangman

The answer is: Add a "C", I am what has been, Add a "G", I might be a queen, Add a "P", I'll turn away from sin Add an "L" and I may just give in.
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Equine musicians?

Synonyms form a sentence that is I'm not sure this is quite right, but here's what I think:
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10 + 1 − 2 = 9 X

I think we can use: Where and it is also a single digit number from Super Hint #1 (or Super 'add criteria' #1)
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What crime have we committed?

Following on from NudgeNudge who got halfway with This can be shortened to Adding where we initiated Whats inbetween and the two lower rated this combination leads straight to a street we keep ...
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Growing anagrams - What is the longest possible list forming a sentence?

16 Words (Internationalize) Sentence Explanation: I can assert with reasonable certainty that no longer chain exists (according to the dictionary that I am using to generate this). There are a ...
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What crime have we committed?

Partial: 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 ...
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Geography at the pixel level

Looks like Once all of the places are found,
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Too Many Damn Buffalos

Wikipedia has a nice article on this. Buffalo buffalo (buffalo from Buffalo NY) [that] Buffalo buffalo buffalo (that the buffalo from Buffalo NY bully) buffalo Buffalo buffalo (are bullying ...
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Prove that 11111=0

I would look at it from this perspective.
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Well-known American figure with Roman numerals

I suspect it might be
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✯ Familiar Faces ✯ \(^ヮ^)/

The order is This is because
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My little sister & I

You are in Reasoning: We are not twins: I love her very much: Another possibility would be:
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A word pronounced like letters

Two five-letter ones: and three 4s: In general, these are called "grammagrams". There are several lists available online, including this one and this questionable one.
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When I grow up, I want to be

A quick addition to Tom's otherwise excellent answer (answer not comment to preserve spoilers): The first part of the sixth one's statement, ...
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Prove that 11111=0

I'll follow the suggestion given by the OP. So: Therefore we have which comes from and of course
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Longest Word With *Only* Repeating Character Pairs

I think I can do 7 letters: Which features the letter pairs:
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Shortest sentence with two auto-antonyms

27 characters Bolt me fast, or bolt fast. We have: bolt: secure in place, or dash away suddenly fast: firmly fixed, or quickly The intended meaning is "Either tie me down securely or run away ...
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The hangman game backward

The question was: Explanation: You wish you have it for your lovely home I will have some water and I am fine It happens only in the future you may say Now, it's not a word but the world was ...
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