Sometimes, I often particularly enjoy puzzles that reuse the same piece of information over and over. Essentially, it shares the elegance of a well constructed &lit, with whole text serving double-duty. Every word not only is used in entirety for the wordplay part, but the whole phrase could serve as a plausible definition too! Some more examples to follow:

  • Encoding several different messages in the same piece of text, each one leading to the next by instructions.

  • Neat meta structures sometimes allow for a set of answers to be used multiple times. The Mystery Hunt has some examples.

  • Extraction from the same ciphertext twice, using (ideally) two different ciphers - could be overambitious, but this theme is ambitious.

  • Next, a picture that has three interpretations - although, this is close to puzzle sets, so try to seamlessly integrate the pieces.

  • Chimera / double puzzles (see this link). Each grid can work in multiple rulesets.

  • Letters arranged in a grid. Extraction can appear in multiple ways - for example, some letters could be a word search, others from a grille.

Note that simply reducing information and applying a recursive step isn't necessarily this - that would be using newly acquired data. Going back to square one is this theme's spirit! Then start over, with a fresh look, either by sheer inspiration or by explicit instruction. Have you noticed that this suggestion is itself a puzzle that self-illustrates this theme?

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    $\begingroup$ You‘ve nearly got me, but the rep amount gave it away — with 5k you surely know about meta 8–). Nicely done though, in particular with the links and the content. +1 $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 6:24

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the first letters of sentences spell "SEE SENTENCE LENGTH".


the lengths of each sentence, when converted to letters (A=1, B=2...), spell POWER OF SUGGESTION.


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