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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They say, from aperire

The answer to this puzzle consists of 10 letters and is of the form ____ ____ From smallest to largest, row by row Row 1: K.A b. Row 2: W.M b. Row 3: H.S b. Row 4: N.M.B b. Row 5: G.M b.
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Cities and Countries : One matches and others don't

"So here is a table of five cities and five countries", said Grandpa. "With my logic, one city is perfectly matched to the country in the same row. Other four are not. Can you ...
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A Somewhat Foolish Poem

Your task is to solve the Sudoku and complete the missing words in the following poem. Classic Sudoku: Each row column and box contains the digits 1-9. XV-rules: Digits separated by V must add to 5. ...
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A Puzzling Easter Egg Hunt

What follows here is a little Easter Egg hunt I've pulled together for you all this year. Ultimately, you need to discover a single word of four letters in length which will be revealed by the puzzle ...
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Red Herring Redherring

Red herring redherringredh Redherri ngredh Red herrIng red HErrING reD heRring Red herRing rED herrINg REDHERRING rEd HErring reD HerRing Red hERriNg Red herring Red HerrIng rED hErrInG reD HerrIng ...
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Polly O'Mino's Hexcellent Adventure

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #52: Polyominoes. I had heard that my good friend Ingrid Deduction was back in town, so I popped round to her apartment today, only to find she'd got herself a ...
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What is a Fun Puzzle?

What is a Fun Puzzle? I was curious to learn what makes a puzzle Fun so that I could devote my time to only working on Fun Puzzles. With that goal in mind, I set out to make a list of Fun and Not Fun ...
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The wellerman's lost treasure puzzle

You are hunting for the lost treasure of the Weller brothers, hidden in a pirate cave somewhere - when you finally find the treasure however, it's locked behind a door at the back of a room in the ...
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Relations between Da Vinci's codices and a piece of text

I'm playing a puzzle game called boxentriq and in level 19 there is the following text: Launder, a cat insult, forbids flight, add I Mr "Secret Eli", a nub sir! Find book number five. with ...
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The Sinister Toy

My name is Gabee and I live in Nebraska. Now, my friend Ito R. Caxti and I have thousands of like-new toys. So, um, Tue. eve we stopped at a mall where plastic pet giraffes rested in an aisle. “We ...
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Progress Towards Insanity

When the fever starts to spread this year, you're gonna need to call an expert! FERUPTEMEFVOLCANIMEFMATERIAMEFINVOLVEMEFIMEFAMEFINDOOMEFCHILDRENMEFGAMME ...
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A Puzzling Playlist

My friend loves puzzles, and one day I walked into her room while she was listening to music. I asked what she was listening to, and she listed off the albums in her playlist: Accustomed to Nothing - ...
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This escape room was terrible! Did I do something wrong?

Someone told me that I should put a link to Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms... whatever that is, sure. PSE, I need your help. I just got back from the worst escape room experience I've ...
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Dirac notation for English

Dirac notation is very expressive: not only does it allow to write quantum states and operations more concisely, it can also be used to shorten written English words and phrases! Here are some ...
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The Blue Periodic Puzzle

This puzzle follows from the Purple Periodic Puzzle and Green Periodic Puzzle (these puzzles are solved independently). Yet another periodic table has been uncovered and hides a secret word. Can you ...
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The Puzzling Free-to-Play Escape Room, naturally!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms Without revealing too much, knowledge of geek culture and/or superb Google skills are required for this puzzle. Coming from an anime ...
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Should You Take the Pill?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms Your head is throbbing like mad. You try to get your bearings as you look around the laboratory. Shattered beakers and spilled chemicals are ...
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A new adventure awaits! Let's go!

UPDATE: To make this puzzle fairer, the pieces have been modified to include additional hints. If you want to try and solve the puzzle with the original non-clued pieces, click here. A tale is being ...
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The Green Periodic Puzzle

This puzzle follows from the Purple Periodic Puzzle (these puzzles are solved individually). Another strange periodic table has appeared and it's hiding a secret word. Can you find out what's strange ...
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28 Minutes Later

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms I open my eyes to find myself lying in a bed in a white room. Sitting up is difficult, as a tangle of wires and tubes are attached to my arms ...
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The Purple Periodic Puzzle

Below is a periodic table that's hiding a secret word. Can you find out what's strange about this purple periodic table and find the answer. Text-only version: ...
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The Pub Quiz and the Passion

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage...a day or two late. Oops. Your local pub has an interesting way to show their pub quiz questions--sixteen televisions in a four-by-...
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The Author of a Note

After finding this note, I've pretty much gone to the ends of the earth to find the author's name. Maybe you can help me? Suppose I want my room to be a weird color. Something uncommon, like purple. ...
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A Pub Quiz Joke

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage For this pub quiz, I urge you to listen closely. The final word hidden within this pub quiz describes, jokingly, what pub quiz ...
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“Friend”-ly Puzzle

All stories in this puzzle are fictions; the puzzle was made by myself. My friend left me a puzzle. He gave me 5 papers, each had some information on it. #1 WORD SEARCH A B C D E F 1 SOR SUF HYP ...
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Help me find the 6-letter password!

Help me find the password! All stories in this puzzle are fictions. Once I was checking my old notes, and found a small chest with a 6-letter lock and 4 strange papers. Paper #1 inventor a b d h t m ...
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The Heart of the Matter, a Sergeant Sequence mystery (fan-fic)

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage Thanks to @Stiv for permission to take Sgt. Sequence out for another spin on KWIZ NITE! "This case is going nowhere, Sequence.&...
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Bar trivia is heating up

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage Last week I popped into my local bar, Staggers, on Tuesday night with my work colleagues to have a few well drinks and jalapeño ...
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What was I supposed to do?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage I've had the strangest day. Today I was invited to play in a chess tournament (or so I thought). As a keen (and pretty good) chess ...
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Sergeant Sequence dodges a bullet

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage After a long day at the office with little to show for it, an evening at The Badger and Biscuit (his favourite pub) was exactly what ...
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Double Ducky (or Fu-two-shiki)

There are two* logical, discrete ways to solve this Futoshiki puzzle, each with its own unique solution. You can solve it using the letters given, or use the numbers 1-5, but if you map the letters to ...
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A conspiracy threatens!

I need help! While cleaning the office desk of my boss, I discovered a letter and I think something really bad is going on. The other day I also saw him sending a message on his phone... And today I ...
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Mission accomplished?

32811132 74131968 592162 289216 If you can say «mission accomplished», then you are a true ...... Hint:
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The Mantra Riddle

A sentence that can never fail A broken foot without its tail Almost there... reverse one sound By turns mundane and quite profound. The mantra is your compass then Your watch to know exactly when It ...
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Foo Clue and Who?

A simple puzzle I thought of during a work-from-home-session today. Enjoy :)
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Consists of four

The correct approach to this puzzle will lead you to two initials which in its entirety consists of 13 letters. What is this 13-letter answer?
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Did he make a typing mistake?

Grandpa e mailed me a puzzle. Seemed very straightforward to me until I read it again. "Are you sure this is right?" My e mail "If there is a mistake- and I'm not saying there is- then ...
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Men of the past

J.R.R. wrote about the dragon, thinking of these men. Issur performed and challenged the locals to do a crossing, thinking of these men. G.R.R. wrote about the killer of the giant, thinking of these ...
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Ma turned 34 in 2002. Really?

My friend said to me: “In February of the year 1970 at 1:12 AM Ma turned 18. Ma turned 34 in February of the year 2002 at 2:16 AM. How is this possible?” “And yes. Same Ma!” he ended with that. Hint ...
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An artistic trip

Here are 6 places I visited in 2008: Now tell me, where was the Sun?
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Who is Mr. T and where does he work?

Part 1: Write each answer as ONEWORD, without spaces, punctuation or abbreviating. Some questions may have more than one answer when taken alone, but only certain answers will work with respect to the ...
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Interns & Errands

Going through the to-do list given to him by his bright-eyed boss, a wizard finds the following shopping list: a shaving of licorice root a red dragon's scale a lodestone and iron filings a drop of ...
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Stop BorgBot before it's too late!

There was a deafening metallic thunk as the rogue AI locked the door of the PuzzlingCorp server room, trapping the engineers inside. A countdown appeared on the computer screen... and began counting ...
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What are these people trying to tell you?

These people are trying to tell you something. What is it? Also, kudos if you can find the pattern between the images...though you'll have to find the pattern to solve this puzzle in the first place. ...
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There are six of them today

All six are different. If we sort by small to large from the beginning, the third, fourth and sixth are the same. It was designed by the sculptor. Society over the smallest a drawing has been placed ...
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In the Cover of Darkness

I awoke in a mysterious desert wasteland that I didn't recognize. I looked around and saw nothing as far as I could see, except for the oddly rhythmic storm in the distance. Reaching for my phone, I ...
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Don't count your eggs before they hatch

Don't count your eggs before they hatch...
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A High-Quality Puzzle

Taking a break from cryptic-clues/crosswords puzzles, this simple puzzle has a couple of firsts for me. Given the following songs from video games, find the name of someone who's a fan of anagrams. ...
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Familiar Five (r&r ignored)

What is the correct option/answer to this puzzle?
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What hides within this mashed-up song?

The answer hides within this senseless song made from the mashed-up lyrics of other songs. Each lyric is linked to the song's full lyrics. Hey, hey, Charlie take a bow, You deserve an Oscar, I recall ...

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