Questions tagged [enigmatic-puzzle]

Puzzles where the genre or solving strategy of the puzzle is not explicitly stated; puzzles where the puzzler must deduce what type of puzzle it is.

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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. X

Before we get into it, I'd like to take a moment to congratulate everyone on us reaching part ten, but especially you because you've been putting up with this nonsense and travelling all over the ...
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Getting one over on the boss

In my job as a poet for a national newspaper I am rarely faced with ethical decisions. However, today was quite a challenge… The editor came to me this morning and said, “Hey, I’ve heard about this ...
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An Ode Full'a Herrin's

Dear smart friend, How witty sire alway look! Here's ag'in an ol' ode, For you, fiend, a puzzler's game! Demeanour means imp's English name introduction. Small film halves film ...
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What is my name? It's not “traveler”

The answer to this puzzle is my first name. What is it? If no progress is made after a week or so, I'll slowly give hints. It's not too hard of a puzzle, so long as you take everything into account. ...
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Bob's unnecessary trip to the shops

Alice and Bob live in London, UK. On a Friday, as per usual, Bob leaves for work before Alice. At lunchtime he receives a WhatsApp message from his friend Charles: Sorry to cancel on you last ...
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Who Can Help Retag This?

Gestures to stop Jacks' paving stones Oh! Tiny reformation chaos at data transmission Occasion (the first) to initiate moderator election Circular execution of queer joshes up with ...
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Modulus Operandi

These words have a remarkable form of self-symmetry: ANDROCENTRIC CONDESCENDED EXTRATEXTUAL RESETTLEMENT SUBMERSIBLES What is it? Afterword: It is ...
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This one's for Matthew:

I tend nations damaged, with many a crater Spilt blood, nothing lost! That's a strong indicator Reason's right if I act; out something charged! Rounds for the charger, allows losing large... ...
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Diminished Decrees

Diminished Decrees Before including a letter in any word, the inhabitants of this town check how much the letter is worth. Town Decrees: 1: Each enizen of this lan is prohibite from estroyin thins ...
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One night in Baker Street

The raindrops ran down the windows of 221B Baker Street while Sherlock Holmes played a sad melody upon his violin. The weather and the music reflected his mood, for it had been a trying and vexatious ...
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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7)

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7) Clue group 1: This spa provides a great relaxation rub. Earbuds are included too. I compared virtual machines, and ...
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A Smuggled List of S'S

Smuggled this strange list from [redacted] 's place. Maybe he is making a puzzle. Who is the victim? Scarlet covers Swindler's imprecation Sour disordered equipment Smash journal ...
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Simple Arithmetic Puzzle 8. Or is it?

This one's different to all the previous ones... \begin{align}7+53&=28\\16+6&=21\\5+19&=97\\15+8&=\,?\end{align} Can you find the value of the question mark?
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I make billions (#5)

I make bullions balloons billions (#5) Main clues: These statues are wonderful! I'm going to invest in the sculptor. Move faster! I need to finish the 18th hole and return this golf ...
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Cryptic, then Crossword, then Clues

Answer is one word. {1}{2}{3}{4} (6) {1} [a] (7) {2} [b][c][d][e] (6) {3} [f] (3) {4} [g][h][i] (6) [a] Bonding family in cod (7) [b] Container fight (3) [c] Considering ...
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A Retrospective Captor [Part 2]

Trevor woke up suddenly. He found himself in some sort of office, though it looked like it had been abandoned for sometime. It was relatively clean, however. Apart from the desks and computers, there ...
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A Retrospective Captor

Matthew woke up suddenly. He was in a dimly lit room -looked like an old office space. He stood up in a panic and looked around. He saw a few desks, ancient computers, yet no dust anywhere. He made a ...
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Find the Odd-one-outs then Leave the Twins

so you can answer What are These?
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A Small Piece Of The Puzzle

These images seem a bit off, don't you think? The answer will be one word.
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Elementary, my dear …

My list for today Iodine-Sulfur+Americium-Scandium:Phosphorus Iodine-Titanium+Molybdenum+Thorium+Yttrium-Lithium:Helium Praseodymium+Oxygen+Vanadium+Erbium+Boron+Sulfur-Lithium:Aluminum ...
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One! Two! Fizz! Four!

Argh, how I hate those mean kids and their newfangled game! The answer will be two words.
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In a Fish that is not a Fish

Righteous head of a snake that is a snake, Aback, held in a fish that is not a fish. Now, I'm beauty in disguise, Despite being, to most, nightmarish. I am looking for two answers... One on the ...
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Time detective duty [closed]

Consider that you have a beautiful wife (husband). But your after-marriage life is not so beautiful. Your wife (husband) has performed a first adultery act 5 years after a marriage with you and later ...
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A Tale of Snake and Coffee

I had the strangest dream last night: I am in field of red stones. I start walking around until a smell of fresh coffee catches my attention. I follow it until I see a large cave, and in its ...
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A Humourous & Simple Selfmate In One

Here's simple and humourous chess puzzle that I created after a few non-consecutive hours. I had to prove the concept feasible while making it as economic as possible. White To Move, And Selfmate In ...
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There's a wealth of information here. Make the most of it!

The puzzle below contains a wealth of information. However, if you were to make a list, you will soon realize that there's something missing. You're task is to fill in all the blanks. Have fun, and ...
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I Just Don't Know What to Say

I must have been having a terrible time getting out my words during today's meeting. I found my notepad covered in nonsense! What was I trying to say? ...
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Find the missing number in the matrix [closed]

Find the missing number, $x$, in the following matrix $$\begin{matrix} 16 & 13 & 9\\ 11 & 8 & 6\\ 9 & 7 & x \end{matrix}$$
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A letter from Mr. Pirate, Mr. Roller, and Mr. Knight

Though I don't think it will help, you may check with the beginning of my story concerning Red Herring Puzzle Club. It seems like it's been a long time since I tried to enter the R.H.P.C. As you may ...
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The Poetry Book - Clue Thirty-Two

<<--- first clue <--- previous clue (?) "[redacted]," you say aloud. Nothing seems to happen. You look around the room again. Suddenly, you notice something that wasn't there before. ...
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The Swiftest of Defeats

The quadruped resigns. Short little puzzle that popped into my head.
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What is my brothers' name (Wordplay)

Yeah, so, I'm not sure if this'll work or not as I'm trying something new and I'm still learning how to make functional puzzles. Anyway, this puzzle reminded me of my brothers' name. Can you guess ...
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More important than the destination

This puzzle is the 26th and final part of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Spoiler alert: This puzzle gives ...
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Vertical and Horizontal Bars - An Instructionless Puzzle

Study the 2 examples given on the left and solve the puzzle on the right! The solution for each puzzle can be uniquely determined.
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Help me remember

I seem to be getting more forgetful these days. Today I can't remember my password to my super-secret Puzzling sock-puppet account. I know I did that thing where you use the first letters of words of ...
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A sheet of graph paper and a code

IMPORTANT EDIT: If you looked at this before 00:30 UTC 26 May 2019, please reread - the puzzle has been changed Samantha sat down at the fifth computer in her university's computer lab, hoping to ...
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What is memelemum?

Here's a ... text? poem? dictionary? list? Something... e m me mum mele mem mume mumm melee melem meme memum mumele Oh! Errors. Fixed: e m me mum mele mem mume mumum melele melem meme memum ...
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Kara's bitmap picture

Kara recently received a puzzling bitmap image by email in the shape of a trapezoid. She didn't recognize the email address, and she doesn't know why she would be receiving such a picture. She ...
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Richard's Favourite TV Programme

My friend Richard is a huge TV fan so I recently asked him for some recommendations. He wouldn't tell me his favourite show but sent me a list of descriptions of some shows he likes to watch: ...
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Untitled, for Now

As you step into the gallery, you notice an interesting piece of art hanging on the wall. "I like the piece, but what's with the title?" you ask the docent. "I'm used to obscure titles in modern art, ...
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Do not cross the line!

Elliot and Terry used to be friends, until the fateful day when they played a round of that simple, unassuming game. Let’s just say that afterward there were no hugs and kisses to be found between the ...
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To the castle you go [closed]

You arrive at the Bridge of Death, one known for its difficult questions. The keeper arises and speaks: "Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three! There the other side, ...
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Deusovi - trapped!

I have been trapped in a void I know nothing of. There is nothing but four plain red walls, annoying me very much. Thanks to my experience in Puzzling Stack Exchange, I am observant to find a small ...
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Where Am I? In Mexico City (Level One)

Well, this is a "Where am I?" puzzle set around Mexico City Metro. Remember that three is important. You have only the picture. This is short, and I think it's easy. Hope you like it!
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Two denim hijabs

When fellow Finns ask me which hockey team I support, here's what I tell them: A singer inhabits the lesser of two denim hijabs. What is the name of my favourite team?
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. II

See Part I | See Part III Nice one, @GarethMcCaughan! Finally, you've gotten into his computer using the password you managed to decode from his clues... but there's another issue! There is a ...
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Alphabet II: Unified Alloy Bonds

As always, good luck! Caution your tongue, the king you will abide. Scribe! Yes sire? The new table will arrive soon! Seat it left of seaside. Hints The ...
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What is the solution to this metapuzzle from a university puzzling column?

The puzzle Title: Italy is Divine Content: Flowers and spring Fresh water and the sea Hearth and home Grain and agriculture Answers from the last four puzzles: (spoilered in case you ...
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Alphabet I: Prove it!

The sentence below is out of alphabetical order, but can you prove it? As always, good luck! All because blue cheese fell happily. Hints The language tag is used to denote that the puzzle has ...
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My drunken formula?

I know that today is an important day, but I can't remember why... All I have in my possession is this formula I wrote last night in my drunken stupor: You go here: $$B = 25 + \biggl(\frac{O}{...