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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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A tour of alternative spellings

English spelling is notoriously difficult and inconsistent. Let's try some alternatives for a size, shall we? Ö spelling das not häv tu bi båring. Vi kän ålvejs improv it baj ädding sam nu ...
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Elementary, My Dear Watson

The following list contains a total 18 elements. In order to be able to fully analyze this puzzle, you must figure out how to break down the whole into its several parts. To be exact, you must extract ...
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Where do I live?

Find the answer: Add 3 to my first and put it last, Add 1 to my new last and keep it second last, Add 1 to my new second last and put it first, Add 1 to my old last and put it in the middle, Minus 1 ...
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An alternate answer

Really rare report! Today, Todd texted this: ♦☼ ↓☼§ ♂♫☼↨ ¶◘♣ ☺♫‼○↨♣↕ ♠☼↕ ◄§♣‼¶♥○☼♫ ‼○↑ ☼♫ ¶◘♣ ♪☺¶◘ ◘☼♪♣↨☼♣↕♂? ○ ♥☺♫'¶ ♠○•§↕♣ ○¶ ☼§¶. Although, having solved it, I decided it's too easy and ...
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Bongard Metapuzzle

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 A Bongard Problem is a problem where you have 6 symbols on either side of a line. The symbols on the left follow a certain rule, ...
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Unusual Kakuro Puzzle

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 This puzzle sort of looks like a kakuro puzzle but there doesn't seem to be any sums. Figure out how this puzzle works and solve the ...
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Third rock from the Sun

The answer to the puzzle is one or two words.
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Should Dr. (Indiana) Jones do it? Another Jones Adventure

This puzzle is linked to the previous " Should Dr. (Indiana) Jones do it?" puzzle After walking thru the rain drenched tropical forest Jones finally arrived at his destination. A stone building with ...
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Night out after a doctor's appointment

A South African and an American walked out of the doctor's office after having their chests radiographed. Since everything was fine, they decided to celebrate with glasses of Scotch in a nearby bar. ...
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Takin' muh niece on a tour

Muh niece Nancy was bored o' starin' at four walls so I took 'er on a tour. We went on muh sailboat, had chicken breast fo' dinner, and bought those li'l cans o' fruit juice that she likes. Went to ...
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Criminals and their strange slang

Quick, get in the boxpark! The guards are hot on our trail. The classfigure is getting intense. We need to get off this railblock as soon as possible. If they stop us and open the trunk we're ...
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My Final Song to Riley

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 This will also be my final Riley Riddle for a week or two because it is arriving near the end of the term and school is expecting ...
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A Puzzle Consisting Entirely of Reused Information

In the spirit of A Puzzle Consisting Entirely of Random Anagrams, I decided to make my own puzzle. informatiinformainformatinfinforminfoininininformationinformainformatiinformat ...
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Understanding the Rookie's Notes

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 You've been looking forward to tonight for months, but as you begin to leave the phone rings. Apparently there has been a murder at ...
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Oh no, a Simple puzzle

It should be simple to find an answer to this puzzle.
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To Be Continued

Constructor's Note: This crossword was constructed to celebrate a work that will be continued. Clues ...
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Whic to erms bgn a f - l qu?

Whic to erms bgn a f - l qu? ...
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Simple Arithmetic Puzzle 6. Or is it?

Here's a sixth one! (with a twist) \begin{align}16&=\boxed9\times18\\5&=13\times\boxed3\\?&=9\times20\end{align} Can you find the value of the question mark? HINT 1:
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Make t i m e equal 14 39 55 58

I'm bored of those number challenges. I know we can be more creative. We're puzzling, not mathematics. I've given you enough information to solve this problem. How can you make t i m e = 14 39 55 ...
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Abstract Puzzle called “Code Names”

There is a very interesting game by the name of Codenames. A single game consists of 25 cards placed in a 5x5 grid. Typically, there are 2 teams: a red team, and a blue team, with 8-9 cards secretly ...
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A Periodic Puzzle

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 Isn't it nice to have the same information to depend on, that you know will be reused? ... Wait, who said that you were getting that ...
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A Rainbow of Flavors

The answer to this puzzle is a single word.
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Cooking by the (black magic) book

...Now, for this alchemic recipe you will need the following ingredients: Liquid ones: A bottle of ■■■■. If you can, you shouldn't choose the strongest one - you'll need a plenty of it, ...
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African king walks into a bar

An African king walked into a bar wearing a military hat. Only one third of his abs were trained – this was no Romeo. The radio was playing Latin music without any mention of a sun god. His ...
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The making of a well-fed army

The formation of our crew has been a long process. It has taken weeks of travel to find the best people for each and every job, but we are finally nearing the end of the recruitment stage with only ...
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That's a lot of work… or not?

Answer the following clues to find a word (or 2 in the case of the 3rd) and find the common theme connecting the answers: Jack of all My prefix makes you miss school While my infix is one ...
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A riddle worksheet

I've made a riddle worksheet for you, this is all my stuff I made, and this is a moderately hard multi - step puzzle so don't expect to get it within 3 minutes. Happy Puzzling! Hint:
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4824 Draw an award 4284

After you finished the last one with a ceasar cipher: [ Definitely not suspicious ] I realize that you guys cannot be distracted. So, I will tell you the answer, right here. $Phew!$ While everyone'...
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Sheep farmers and PCP addicts

I was meeting a small group of people in Griffith Park one afternoon. Two of the group were running late. They were carpooling together and we knew it would still be a while before they showed up, so ...
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Conversation with a superior intelligence

I have created an unprecedented level of artificial intelligence here in my mother's basement. Its performance is far superior to an average human brain, to the point that it almost rivals my own. ...
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A story reminiscent of something

An old Russian mathematician once told me this strange story... “In a galaxy far away there is a civilized species. The skin colors of everyone in the species is blue or green. Among the ...
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How many questions are there on Stack Exchange?

Stack Overflow, Ask Different, Science Fiction & Fantasy Drupal Answers, Linguistics, Islam, Movies & TV, Drupal Answers MathOverflow, Tor, Sound Design, Vi and Vim Puzzling, Emacs, Mythology &...
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I say something. You say “Thanks!”. I say “You're welcome”. What did I say at first?

Work with this: https://pastebin.com/esJCuQAg Clue 1: Clue 2: Clue 3:
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Because you like puzzles, but you see clearly… or do you?

$$\rm md\to thk\to in.$$ Because thoughts are grey, but not sad. $$\rm we\to gt \to if.$$ Because your best mate deserves a present, but you are not friends. $$\rm cy\to se\to \:?$$ Because ...
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Astronomical number sequence

1 2 3 0 [4] 4 0 [4] [1] 5 6 7 0 [4] 8 0 [4] [1] 9 10 11 0 [4] 12 0 [4] [1] We're gonna [1] [2] [3] [4] tonight! Can you name $[1]$, $[2]$, $[3]$ and $[4]$?
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Rebus #25 needs your scrutiny

Some animals are more clever than others... 1-word singular noun Here's a clue for part of a famous example of the rebus image:
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The savannah watering hole

Scene one Early summer in an African savannah. Gazelles gather at a watering hole to drink. Everything is peaceful. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere a group of hyenas charge in and start ...
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How can I improve this riddle?

Baby boy bleating, "now!" Crazy cat cooling off. Daring dunce duelling foe. Lazy Lance lighting rock. Plucky pleb playing, how? Three threads thrashing you. This riddle isn't up to my ...
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Elizabeth's six destinations

The ship departed from the Lisbon harbour. Elizabeth sat in her cabin, holding a small USB device in her hand. The important information it contained was meant for the authorities of six foreign ...
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Enter the Vermillion

I have a new riddle for everyone here at Puzzling.SE, and I believe it's a safe bet to say it will be difficult to solve. My suffix is my prefix, defined for both as well; My infix has one ...
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Charlotte's lost fish

The tropical sun was still down, but the Ruritanian marketplace was already bustling with people. Charlotte hurried through the crowd. She was out of fish. Charlotte had been in town for weeks and ...
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Long On Promises, Short On Delivery

To: People who don't kiss As far as i know, these things are a complete waste of time. I don't want to read the f@#king manual while chatting! Sorry if that was over the top. I didn't mean to make ...
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Five siblings in a bar

You overhear the following identifying statements from a gang of five strangers in a bar, whom you suspect to be siblings or at least working together. Unfortunately, you didn't catch the fourth ...
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A new kind of cipher?

So, I believe that I may have created a new kind of cipher, would you be able to solve it? (I'll let you know what I've decided to name it once you've solved it :) ) ...
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Charlie goes on vacation

ADAM: Hey Benny, check it out. It's a letter from Charlie. He's going on vacation! BENNY: Cool! Where is he going? ADAM: No idea. Maybe the letter will say. Let's see... Hey guys! So I ...
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What am I describing

At first I sneak around but I, don't ask why. The next three times I hover or drag. In, the very end, I'm still not out. Overall, I'm a brother to gristle and hair. Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Bookshelf Arrangement Dilemma

I bought a new bookshelf yesterday, but now I have a dilemma. I've got all these books and I'm trying to figure out the most aesthetically pleasing and, of course, efficient arrangement, but I need ...
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Unusual Sudoku Puzzle

Find the solution to this Sudoku puzzle. The only problem is there aren't any normal Sudoku clues. Instead there are only some cryptic clues. What is the solution and how does the puzzle work? Edit: ...
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Falcon Circus, Chapter 3: The Jungle

The Wise You get up and dust yourself off. Pushing extra leaves and vines out of the way, the sign reads, "THIS WAY! THAT WAY! NO WAY? YES WAY!" You let out a big sigh. Oh boy. There was one door in ...
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What's the passcode?

One morning, as you wake up, you feel something on your face: It's a letter. As you take it off your face to read it, You fall off your bed. Uurrrgh, you say and stand up. The letter says: ...