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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The First Gate: Why So Tense?

Greetings fellow puzzlers and puzzled alike! I’ve concocted a little puzzle for you all... Well little may be an understatement, but I'll come back to that. Before starting, you should know that the ...
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Alternate, complex potions puzzle from HP fanfic

A long narrow room. The entrance is blocked by purple flame, the path onward blocked by black flame. On a table, the only thing in the room, are two dozen potions in opaque bottles. Half green glass, ...
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Hidden message in rap text II: "Ya, a ray 'ave july joy!"

This puzzle is inspired by this one by @LukasRotter. Hopefully you don't mind me using similar (well, basically the same) format as yours, Mr. Rotter! ;) The same rapper released another teaser for ...
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Recurring Meeting

The computer scientist's assistant is late at work once again, trying to once again decode their bosses directions for the day. Under meetings, the boss has listed only a single meeting: ...
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Is this a real quote?

One of my cheekier students recently put this quote in an essay they wrote: "Art is the... bow* I aim, a UK air-bus I fly. Art was oui, no?" - Samuel Endeavour I can't find any online ...
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Complete this mysterious grid

On the basis of the characters that have filled the non coloured cells, which characters should fill the coloured cells to complete this mysterious grid? Hint:
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12:41 puzzle: colorful geometry

The answer is a 4-letter word. I will not be giving any hints. This puzzle is very old. The puzzle is solved using only the image (no clues to the puzzle in title or description).
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The highest poem

I am three, often a person, always a digit, and also witout. George POUST was his name. Manufactured by Ford between 1972 and 1976. YMCA was not my first team in my coaching career. Theory of ...
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Ode to a Nightingale: a puzzling study in literary criticism

The field of literary criticism is an interesting and fruitful one, in which puzzlers might carve out a niche. This was recently brought home by a conversation I had with a sagacious old gentleman in ...
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My drunken formula?

I know that today is an important day, but I can't remember why... All I have in my possession is this formula I wrote last night in my drunken stupor: You go here: $$B = 25 + \biggl(\frac{O}{...
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Do you see the point?

Original puzzle by me. Remember to always obey your superiors. The first one should be 08594. Hint:
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A multi-symptom affliction

"Kindly state your name." The nurse's voice was polite, but qiet. "I'm sorry, I can't hear you, my hearing's bad." Being mostly deaf was quite frustrating for our patient. "...
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Answer to the question: "Who Wins?"

Crié ala caleverti miku'ilatmo doci pramilerfu Hint: Non-Youtube description of video contents (for accessibility/posterity purposes):
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Try to solve the “Mexican Puzzle”?

Can you solve this puzzle I created last week?
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Truly unexpected thingy in a Radcliffe novel!

Ann Radcliffe was an English author in the Gothic style at the turn of the nineteenth century. Among the many interesting points in her remarkable career though, one little story is but poorly known. ...
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Complete the following analogical analogy

In an analogy ":" means "is to" and "::" means "as/like". Now, since this is almost an analogy (maybe a future type), I will accept the solution if it's almost correct. Kinberg : ‴niɘɈƨnɘƨiƎ‴  :: ? ...
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7 clues that fit a squid

7 clues that fit an octopus, a monkey, the monkey's brother, the monkey's cousin and a Siamese centaur. small adorned place you can drink after about the kind I like to meet be1oved teacher ...
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Sherlock's silly side

Sometimes Sherlock can be a total weirdo when I'm in the room with him. "HorSesHoe sheLlsHocks remOrsEless cOmmerceLess chRomosOmes," he said to me. "CocKLEShells!" I replied, whereupon he ...
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I have a message

I have an encoded message and I want you to find out what it is. For the answer to be accepted, you must clearly demonstrate and explain each step in the encoding process. The message contains four ...
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They are all K-verbs

Find the missing verb. G: Fold, Break, Pry D: Reduce, Vibrate, Rob B: Soak, Subtract, Thrash J: Sleep, Squeeze, ? Subtle Hint:
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My first meta puzzle (as I remember)

I don't have any comments about this question, all info are in the image. Hint 1:
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The madness of a master

It was midnight. Mr. Holmes was suffering from abdominal pain, shortness of breath, pain in the bones, skin lesions and whatnot? So in this condition, why would Mr. Holmes drive to Brazilian Churches, ...
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I have no idea what this means

Hmm? What's this? A room. Great. Great. As if the guards don't know I'm claustrophobic. There's a strange text on the wall: Ribna tifmagta resru, sunte no, renler sludted dtednsehnun rurdal slutakdal ...
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Guess the puzzle described below

Who has trapped me inside my home Goes around the world oftenly alone. In the last year plan Was that place so good Got her name From some kind of wood Almost with all of them She shares her self ...
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Problem #NaN Fodder/Output

Inspired by Ben Franks' Input/Output Problem #1 and the others in the series Hint: Knowledge required is
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Rosemary, Heaven restores you in life

It spent a life span with no cellmate The long way back saying me why can't we look the other way? You're weightless, semi-erotic You need someone to take you there saying me why can't we ...
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Binary puzzle in World of Warcraft

I apologize if this isn't appropriate here, but it's been driving me insane. Essentially, a puzzle was recently introduced in the video game World of Warcraft, which no one has been able to solve. ...
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What is this e mail really saying

Veteran investigator Ken Smith had been following a suspicious e mail trail between John Jones and Robert Brooks.This particular one caught his attention. He was trying to figure it out. From: Jjones@...
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Will you regret solving this puzzle?

It's February and you walk into the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A piece of artwork was recently bought for $2,061,966 USD, but you are confused that the museum bought this ugly artwork that even ...
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Running away from a 5 euro fine

Scenario: It is 10:50pm You are in France running away from you 5 euro fine in Germany. You finish paying your 13 euro bill at the coffee shop. Then when you check your inbox at 11:59pm our lawyer ...
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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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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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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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Zed's Dance: Disarray and Cabaret

All this talk about my friends and I... it's about time I announced myself for a change! I'm kinda nervous about this because — let's face it — I'm an odd-ball. Take, for example, the fact I usually ...
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Puzzle: Seeking a book to reveal secret of numbers

The following numbers came upon me after waking from a deep sleep. 2 3 14 6-7 23140 6 3 14 15 9-11 3141 5-9 23146 Is there a code book that can help me? I'm sure I'll know when I find the book. And is ...
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WJDIRKGPZOG ZNFFLQHLXQNIWYINQQFIV

TJPGRROLZZNFSXMGLGDVMR MPNDUZXEHPGJIRXOSLVCHSCEGSCQDQMAZJSIDAVUOAKGNLVNGKKRNDVMUQ UAPRZGSIJGAZALKZX HRLPVDUQ FAYHTFSIALGEDGCLWV WLCCIWJ AAGOTSHGDPCPNHKZJMJZMAMBPPMRWNDKO There's a space between each ...
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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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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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3 hats paper ball

I received a page in the mail box, crumpled, there are 3 hats stickers on that. RED HAT. YELLOW HAT. BLUE HAT. What does that mean? ...
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Alphabet II: Unified Alloy Bonds

As always, good luck! Caution your tongue, the king you will abide. Scribe! Yes sire? The new table will arrive soon! Seat it left of seaside. Hints The ...
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Not a sudoku, but still fun?

Context: I was trying to solve some of the puzzles on this site, when it occurred to me to make a puzzle variant myself. I immediately could construct one with my additional rule. Making an ...
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What are some tips to solve an environmental-based enigmatic puzzle (EBEP's)?

First, some rough definitions: enigmatic puzzle: a problem where the goal / answer should be well-defined (e.g. enter a certain word or phrase into an form which is accepted; find a clue to a ...
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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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I can't figure out this cipher with random alphanumeric characters. What kind of cipher is this?

My friend sent me a cipher with 3 parts (without telling me how to separate the parts. He encrypted each part in a different way, then the whole thing was encrypted again. He says that part 2 is ...
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Quick, what's the time?

You can use the title as your hint. KEY: 333R85PVTS85112K8IZF26997L46HY7S400M CIPHER: DJOCDABYOOLEVEOGOOOUOELEPUTZHAWPZOHM HINT 1:
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Oh no! He can't solve a crossword puzzle!

These numbers should be important or can check your answer: 9, 10, 12 swing set, makeup, headphones, covid, mind, tickle, modulo, algebra Your answer should be a PSE user.
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Is the OP on mushrooms?

What two words am I looking for in the puzzle below? (The title too is a clue). 35437 When a Deity sees its reflection, Clip the best of rediscoveries approximately. Blow has been blown when it is ...
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Reverse Engineering Computer Formula

A computer uses an unknown formula to create a 4 digit Output using specific Input. Here are 3 examples: Input = 20066 : 020470 : 47 : 1 : 322267 Output = 0927 Input = 20066 : 020470 : 46 : 3 : 198684 ...
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A visual crack the code puzzle

Just have this now what are all these acronyms refer to and what is the code ?
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Solve it... Uncover the mystery!

One of my friend, who is really too good with cyphers and puzzles challenged me to solve this one. I think it reveals a name, or date or some information with which he can surprise his friends. That's ...