a word puzzle/ riddle

Discussion in 'English Only' started by KYC, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. KYC Senior Member

    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!
  2. lian.alon22 Senior Member

    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!
  3. KYC Senior Member

    Thanks for your clarifications, lian.alon22!:)It's really helpful!
  4. KYC Senior Member

    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. mplsray Senior Member

    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.
  6. KYC Senior Member

    Thanks a lot,! mplsray!
    It's really helpful!

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