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Such sentence for instance: Who knows what creatures are these?.
Text editors correct this as Who knows what creatures these are?.
Which is right or both?

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The latter is more normal.

These is the subject (not what creatures - that is the complement).

In a direct question we invert the subject and verb (or auxiliary - irrelevant here):

What creatures are these?

In an indirect (or embedded) question, we do not invert, so the subject precedes the verb:

Who knows what creatures these are?

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