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A puzzle which incorporates a form of wordplay, such as puns, or which requires wordplay in order to find the solution.

Wordplay is 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.

Examples of word play include:

  • puns

A pun is a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings.


  • The duck said to the bartender, "Put it on my bill."
    Playing on the word 'bill' referring to both (i) a check/tab used to keep track of money owed at a bar, and (ii) the beak of a bird.
  • What did the cupcake say to the frosting? "I'd be muffin without you!"
    Playing on the similar sounds of the words 'muffin' and 'nothing', and how a cupcake without frosting is similar to a muffin.
  • phonetic mix-ups (such as spoonerisms)

A spoonerism is a term used to describe a phrase where the beginning letters or sounds of two words in a phrase have been swapped, typically for humorous effect.


  • A well-boiled icicle (instead of a 'well-oiled bicycle').
  • obscure words and meanings
  • clever rhetorical excursions
  • oddly formed sentences
  • double entendres

A double entendre is a word or phrase that is open to two interpretations.


  • That guy looks hot!
    Playing on the two possible interpretations of 'hot' (i) in terms of temperature, and (ii) as slang for being physically attractive.