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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Another Puzzling Alien Signal

There is great excitement in the astronomy community. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is finally bearing fruit. A strong clear repeating signal is being received from a not so distant ...
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How do I find more enigmatic, no-clues-given puzzles?

Most of my awareness of puzzles and puzzle games has come from a decade of haphazardly stumbling around the internet. There's a flavor/genre that I particularly enjoy, but I haven't had much luck ...
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Tonight is movie night

Tonight I went to my friend's for a movie night and he asked me what we should watch. As I was playful, I handed him the following picture so he could guess the movie: He couldn't figure it out, so ...
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What's Happening on my Vacation?

I'm on vacation right now! I left on the 13th in celebration of my birthday! It was a long flight so I brought along some reading material: ...
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Unscramble and Solve the Word Search

Though the answer I'm looking for is a number and there is a little calculation involved. There are no hard sums here and each step is fairly simple (except maybe the last two) ...
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How did the judge pay his barber? [closed]

An Olympic judge rushes into the barbershop. "You need to help me!" he pleads. "I have to judge in 10 minutes, but I've been traveling so much I look just awful." The barber looks at him carefully. "...
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Identify the Missing Symbols

The symbols below appear to be some sort of nautical symbols: waves, sails, lighthouse markers, waterfall markers, directional markers, etc. The spots are labeled with red letters, but the red ...
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Decipher the crazy emails!

I've been trying to write some emails to my friends, but something is going horribly wrong! It's as though the devil himself has hold of me: everything I type comes out as gibberish! The first email I ...
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What kind of birds?

Seek out a sunny picture - Remember you're on SE - And on that sunny picture, Figure out what you can; You are a less capital idea Than those who follow you. What kind of birds appear? Hint 1: Hint ...
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Apis, arbiter elegantiae

A friend told me that the key to perfection is contained in this short poem: I beheld a creature, one bee regularly hovering speedily outside your courtyard, twirling elegantly like mermaids, ...
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Help! I can't rock out, with my clock out!

I need your help! Look at this: One, two, one o'clock, three o'clock rock Eight, six, three o'clock, two o'clock rock Nine, seven, one o'clock, seven o'clock rock We're gonna rock around the ...
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What does this mean?

What is the magic word? 011021042021011012012032012032014 Clues (Read, in order, one and re-think the problem): Five letter word 'A' equals 011051 Binary (Eight digit per) Compressed ...
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What is the missing word?

On the roadside last week, I found what appears to be a page from a farmer's journal. Although the spelling and grammar might not be 100% correct, I can easily read all but one word of it. There is a ...
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Lodge, Cheers,?

Fill in the missing word: Lodge, Cheers, ??? - Realnet Longed Rabid. The only hint you get is that d'alar'cop and Florian F should be able to solve this...
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A recipe for lemon tea stew

Here's an old recipe I found in my tower for lemon tea stew. Ingredients 6 cups of tea 4 eggs 2 eyeballs1 2 leeks 4 lemons 1 banana 2 chicken wings several dates about half an onion 1 Or fake jelly ...
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A Composition For My Birthday

It's my birthday today, 5/13! Below are some of my role models. Can you tell me when their birthdays are? $0,9,8,9,8,5,0,9$ $0,-7,0,8,0,8,12,-7,0,8,0,8,12$ $0,7,7,7,-8,-5,7,4,7,12,7,7,7$ $0,5,9,5,...
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Observation, observation

You have been chosen to participate in a selection process for a secret underground group. To make sure you're worthy, they test you with a series of devious puzzles. However, one in particular has ...
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Mysterious message from the NoSlaves™ Calculator Co

So my son is starting to show an interest in mathematics, and being the awesome dad that I am, I decided to buy him a basic calculator. Being the cheapskate that I am, I ordered the cheapest one I ...
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A hunt for long forgotten treasure …but beware the pirate's curse!

I never really knew my uncle growing up. He seemed nice enough, but I got the sense from the distant, troubled look in his eyes that there was at least some truth to the rumours... Years before I was ...
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Murder of a Cryptologist

Your friend, the Cryptologist Mr. Toboggan, has been murdered in his house. You being a detective and a Cryptologist yourself have been asked to lend a hand in solving the murder. You arrive at the ...
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A mysterious signal from space

It's late in the evening when your friend Mike, a brilliant astronomy student, points his radio telescope to Omega Centauri, a large globular cluster distant almost 16000 light-years from the Earth. ...
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Croesus' Pizzas

This scrap of paper caught my eye, partially trodden in to a mush outside Bank tube station. It appears to be part of a pizza menu (illegible areas marked with square brackets): ...
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An elementary puzzle: How old is Rose?

Luna is 34. Scarlett is 37. Ray is 88. Paris is 71. How old is Rose?
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A diabolical puzzle: Hector + Tisiphone =?

Homer + Ovid = Paris Ulysses + Julius Caesar = Nimrod Guy de Montfort - Cleopatra = Medusa Epicurus - Pluto = Dido Hector + Tisiphone = ?
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Down the Rabbit Hole

There's a secret hidden in the text below. What mind-blowing truth does it reveal? Not imaginative? Then Zeke's Clues may assist! Unsure, lad? With our patented Obscurity Clues, begin verifiably ...
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ALIEN Counting System

When humans finally came across some aliens, living below the Martian crust, the strangest point was that the myth of symmetry was broken. Humans had assumed that all intelligent life forms would be ...
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The Reinvention of Old MacDonald

Old MacDonald had a bias E I E I O And at that bias he looked again E I E I O With a big cat here and a horse guide there Here is scarlet There for each Everywhere are ions Old ...
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Strange marks on the Wall?

On an adventure looking through an Egyptian pyramid, you find weird marks on the walls. It seems as though they are different, yet strangely similar from hieroglyphics... Strange... Further down into ...
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Alphabetize by the *zeroth* letter

No, you were supposed to alphabetize by the zeroth letter! The answer is a three-letter word. Apologies that the answer is not more thematic; it made more sense in the context I originally ...
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If I described my name, I would do it like this

There's multiple parts to my name. In fact, I'd say there's two short and three long parts. First is two, second is three. But they're the long ones. Then things get a bit trickier, but no harder ...
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Clueless Alphabetical

Crosswords are harder when you don't know the clues. The solution can be found in the grey shaded boxes. (How many four letter words are there starting with Z, again?)
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Functional Puzzle Solving

A professor has written a note to help him remember his password. I'm sure you can find out what it is. After all, he's very functional. $\text{4,24 AOPCRTLIFA}$ $\text{10,5 RAVHLE}$ $\text{0,1 ...
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My French killer … what does this mean?

What is the meaning of the following sentence? My French killer married the hammerer cooked in oil, seated beneath a daily beacon. (The answer will be obvious once you see it!)
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Find the missing link

Here are some words that share a link to a single word, used in different ways... Street (where runners go) Respect (a gesture) Ribbon (a flourish) Reflex (a weapon) Play (might be awe-inspiring or ...
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Mission: Impossible 3

Yesterday Ethan Hunt received the following message: Take Qantas flight number 47, leaving 11 o'clock on the 5th of April. At your destination airport use any bus with number 2, 8, 18 (or bus 18/1)....
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Puzzle and riddle in one - what am I?

These letters are carved in groups on a wall as shown. You know an answer is needed to continue your journey, but no other instructions are apparent. ...
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A DJ at a radio station?

What is the significance of this gentleman: J. Jason, DJ, FM/AM ?
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The Wizard's Gambit

An evil wizard has captured and thrown you into a dungeon. This is not a normal dungeon though. It's magical. Each room has an associated "level" and 9 doors. The first door can be used to go to ...
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How many countries in each continent?

In this list of the world's sovereign states, exactly sixteen of the UN member states and observer states have a certain property P, and so does the disputed territory of Abkhazia. Exactly 2 of these ...
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I never thought I would find the courage

As a matter of fact, I never thought I would find the courage and the nerve to post a puzzle like this one. If it doesn't get me stoned, it will get me downvoted by myopic people. I hope that some of ...
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What is the enigmatic word? [closed]

Well, it is always good to start slowly. Hence let us start slowly. You are looking for a certain word in this paragraph which occurs once only. The first letter of this word is the seventh after ...
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Here there are zero

memory of elevant: in time lanah sevenson fell down a threehouse. herefracture two the head? confusion nausea are thirsty but jolly teen sees what is still afive ? help help help
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Who is not in the garden?

Billy the gardener uses a grey lego bolt to plant beans inside the timber ring, Sallah! Who is not in the garden? Hint:
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Chaos and Order: a visual puzzle in stained glass

I created a visual puzzle, which my wife then implemented as part of a stained-glass window. I've no idea if it is (a) obvious, (b) stupid or hopefully (c) extremely clever, and hence would love to ...