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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This is important. I need you to listen…

Look, you don't know me. We've never met. But, like I said, I need you to listen... I had the most disturbing dream the other night... Woke up in a cold sweat and couldn't get back to sleep. It wasn'...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (prologue)

It's here. Finally here. For weeks you've waited, checking the mail every single day, to no avail - but today, your invitation has finally arrived. You eagerly tear open the envelope and read: ...
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You have prepared. You are determined. You approach the door

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Correct way to add 22 to 4 to get 82

Inspired by this other puzzle, tell me a correct way by which adding 22 to 4 will give 82. As in that other puzzle, these numbers are all expressed in base 10.
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I can be 22 intrinsically and have a possible range between 22 and 96 (44 at the start)

I can be formed in many ways, and four parts are always involved. Sometimes the formation can happen with all four parts at once, but sometimes some parts come later than the others. The highest ...
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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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Reverse Puzzling

George is a great puzzler, so I was extremely surprised when he didn't immediately know the answer to a really famous puzzle. It's a puzzle that you probably did years ago, and have heard so often ...
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Room 1 of the Maze

You wake up in a dark room that you don't recognize. The walls are made of some material you've never seen before. There is a door with a keypad next to it, and a small platform suspended in air in ...
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What number is hidden in this crime scene?

This is one of the chapters from the puzzle crime story I am making on my website (you can see other chapters here and here). The goal is to find a 4-digit number passcode. I wanted to make a ...
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You'll need Thomas Jefferson more than you'd expect - Clue Twelve

<---Previous clue "[redacted]," you say aloud, following the instructions. And then a light shines through a crack in the wall, spreading until it shows an outline of a door. Then it swings open. ...
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Room 3 of the Maze

Exhausted from the effort of solving Room 2, you try to get a good night's sleep, but your sleep is interrupted by vivid dreams of fblthps, numbers, and vectors. The Maze is getting to you a bit, it ...
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A puzzle in 140 characters

Your final answer will respond to the question "Why don't I like Twitter that much?" Like usual, I'll confirm any sub-answers if you find them Here's the link to the puzzle on Twitter. Here's the ...
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The Thirteen Doors of Aj Noc'la

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Having finally defeated the tyrannical wizard Aj Noc'la, your party makes its way through the door at the rear of the throne ...
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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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Batman and the piano

Batman: Alfred. Are you there? Alfred: Yes, Master Bruce. How may I help you? Batman: ...
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The Word Web of horror - Clue Twenty Two

<<---First clue <---Previous clue As you say the word, the floor starts rising. You are now able to reach the trapdoor. You push it open and climb out. You blink in surprise. You appear to ...
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Reverse Puzzling 2

This puzzle was inspired by Dr Xorile's first reverse puzzle! Kudos to him for coming up with such a fun format. Intrigued, I gave George yet another famous puzzle to ponder over. Once again, I was ...
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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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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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An overheard gang meeting, a double agent, and a murder

I was walking home late last night and heard raised voices coming from a boarded up old warehouse. I stopped, out of sight, to listen... [When I started eavesdropping, the conversation was already ...
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Fwd: Re: Karen is missing!

From: Ada Hughes <ahughes@fib.gov> Sent: Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:03 PM To: Joe Dorsen <jdorsen@fib.gov> CC: Jason Bernz <jbernz@fib.gov>; IT Guys <cis@fib.gov> Subject: Re: ...
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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 ...
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Merlin and Hermes: Mysterious Lines

Two adventurers, Merlin and Hermes, approached a large iron door built into a cliff face."Well...", said Hermes, "What do we do now?". Merlin produced an old, large piece of crumpled paper from his ...
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I shouldn't have asked him

My roommate (rm) always looks busy in front of his laptop, so I try to start talking to him Me : "Hey, You always look busy, so how do you entertain yourself? Do you have a favorite book, movie, ...
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My God, it's full of stars!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids My dear friend, unknown to us, may have relocated again. He sent me imagery and constellation maps indicating that a distant red ...
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The Secret Club

Since I was a kid, nobody wanted me in their super-exclusive clubs... the "House in the Tree Club"... the "Girls Only Club"... the "Whatever you are NOT Club"... but now that I am a skilled (and a bit ...
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Discover the meaning of life!

You've trekked through jungle and tundra, across mountaintops and deserts, into giant caverns and beneath the ocean to find the person known as The Oracle. Finally, after all your hard work, you find ...
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Desert Irrigation Project

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids My dear friend researches and designs canal irrigation systems in a remote desert. He's been missing for two weeks. Members of ...
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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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Strange women and their strange ways of giving you phone numbers

While Bob was walking down the street one day, he met a wonderful woman that was attractive and smart and a great conversationalist. After they had been chatting for a while the woman looked at her ...
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Neurotic frogs ought to relax in mud baths

What is the hidden message in this advertisement? Neurotic Frogs Ought To Relax In Mud Baths! Perpendicular lounging calms. A frog, a mud cap... bliss! Wallowing generates happiness. Amphibian ...
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A mysterious letter and email

I received a letter recently. It wasn’t signed and I had no idea who it was from or why it was sent. I binned it thinking it was a joke from some idiot. Probably that weirdo a few doors down, he's ...
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The Madman's Speech

You are walking through the prairie when you find a madman wandering around talking to himself. The following is what you manage to hear of his speech: "How? I - I'll ask her. I owe her much, again....
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Oh no! The mods are gone! (and Rand al'Thor, too!)

Dear Puzzling Users, Oh dear, where start? I guessed it started with my feelings that the mods are way too overbearing. And then I realized, "Hey, I don't have to put up with this sh*. I can ...
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A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever!

I...I've just seen something. Something wonderful. Something beautiful. I don't know what it is...I don't have the least idea, to be honest. But, its innate beauty is unmistakable. $\qquad\qquad\...
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Lepidopterology needed!

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art The two friends in the gallery of Hyper-modern art are still discussing. "You know what, to certain extent I start enjoying this Hyper-...
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Read. Learn. Live. Escape

You wake lying face down on a hard stone floor. Your head hurts. As your eyes find focus, you see a haiku scratched into the ground beside you: A wrong step brings death! But, a wrong guess brings ...
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The Catacombs of Cryptos, The Final Path

Previously, in The Catacombs of Cryptos: 1. The Entrance to the Catacombs The end came long ago. The wars are long since over. Little remains and those who have survived struggle. One of the ...
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A Masterpiece: A mirror or an ABC?

I have worked on this masterpiece for soooo long, hope you all like it! The PUZZLE A is for the adventurous who approached the door B bragged his brilliant bronze when there isn't even one C ...
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Reverse Puzzling 4

[This continues prior Reverse Puzzling here, here and here] George rubbed his hands together with glee. "So this is Andrea's puzzle, is it?" "Yes," I answered. "It's the first of them, anyway." "...
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This is an opportunity. Can you take it?

The first thing you hear on awakening is the clock. It sounds just like the one you have in your room. But what you see defies what you hear. You've never seen this room before. You don't remember ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 4)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! After cracking the code, you catch a flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Being on a long flight ...
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A-maze-ing Wordsearch

This is an entry to the 12th fortnightly challenge You and your party realize that you possibly shouldn't have crossed the mad wizard at the black tower when all your vision goes pink and pale. When ...
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Grandpa's crazy math. Another Grandpa Mystery

Grandpa says : " Bit of a stretch but-- 2.72 = 1000 x 10000 Is he crazy or genius?
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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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Interesting email I received?

This email recently arrived in my inbox. I don't know how it avoided the spam folder, but it must be important. However, it looks like a dictionary in a blender... you'll see what I mean when you read ...
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What is MOehm trying to tell us?

MOehm has an interesting (updated) profile picture: It is a lower case and italic 'm' (supposedly for 'M'Oehm) surrounded by what appears to be braille. The braille says (in UEB, may mean different ...
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“The Unfinished ________ Waltz”

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. Above is the sheet music for the universally acclaimed "The Unfinished ________ ...
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The strange story of Lord Lefthide

Lord Lefthide was found dead in his mansion, to what it would seem of a heart attack. But it appears that moments before his death, he was writing some uncanny childish story. He was indeed found dead ...
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A Cleverly Disguised Word

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. The answers to the following nine clues are closely linked. (Their link is related to ...