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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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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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 poem is complete, except the solution to it

First, hide the text, come on, no spoilers here; Second, bash at it, you have nothing to fear; Third, pair up and basic pigpen, flagging every time; Fourth, use the force, wait, no, ...
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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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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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Fun things to do at home

What do I do when I get home, you ask? Draw a dinosaur (11) Read about an elite person (10) Look at something that is written (10) Learn about navy officers (8) Take things back (7) ...
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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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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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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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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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From the death to the fresh beginning - A treasure hunt

Shortly after your mentor's passing, you received an envelope along with the following note: My Dear Disciple,      I am afraid my time to leave this world has come but don'...
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Can you save white in this chess position?

Here is a game I've recently played with my 6-year-old nephew. I am the black pieces. My last move was Bxf3. As you can see, I have an unstoppable mate (Qg2#). It's white's move. My nephew asked ...
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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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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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Where will this killer strike next?

I'm going to try something new here... this puzzle is going to play out in real-time, so if it remains unsolved long enough the final objective will change. That'll be bad news for some fictional ...
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Find the Odd-one-outs then Leave the Twins

so you can answer What are These?
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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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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

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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Twisted Connections

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 The following is an Only-Connect wall seen in the BBC TV series. You have to divide the 16 words into groups of 4 each satisfying a specific ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Find the relation?(if you are really smart)

SMOKE : TNPF Question is simple just find how these two words are related to each other
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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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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 London Drug Cartel

Scotland Yard is trying to catch an important London drug cartel. They tend to do large trades worth more than 1 million great British pounds in several locations around London - mainly parks and ...
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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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The Swiftest of Defeats

The quadruped resigns. Short little puzzle that popped into my head.
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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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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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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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Binary cryptogram from a friend

My friend sent me a "puzzle" in binary, and said that there are multiple steps to solving the puzzle, all of them including decryption. I translated the binary into text and he said that was a good ...
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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, ...