a word puzzle/ riddle

KYC

Senior Member
Mandarin
#1
Hello, there:
I am wondering what the difference is between "a word puzzle" and "riddle" to English native speakers.
Could you please clarify it for me?
Thanks a lot!
 
  • lian.alon22

    Senior Member
    US
    US-English
    #2
    A word puzzle can be something like a sort of game or puzzle where you try to find a secret message in mixed up words or things like that. It's a variety of types of puzzles and games using words. Riddles are specifically a sort of story with an answer you are solving for, but it's usually complete sentences and often in question format.
    Good question, though!
     

    KYC

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    #4
    Hello, everyone:
    I have one more question.
    I learned that I should say "solve riddles."
    Now I am wondering if I may also say "solve puzzles" or with other verbs.
    Thanks for your help!
     
    #5
    Hello, everyone:
    I have one more question.
    I learned that I should say "solve riddles."
    Now I am wondering if I may also say "solve puzzles" or with other verbs.
    Thanks for your help!
    It seems to me that "solved the puzzle" is best for a sort of puzzle which you may not have encountered before, and which has a single solution, while "finished the puzzle" is best for crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, which can be thought of as a series of little puzzles which must be solved to finish the whole thing.
     
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