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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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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You have prepared. You are determined. You approach the door

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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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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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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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Paper Picture Puzzle

Here is a puzzle I drew Your final answer will be what you need to know to solve this puzzle (You'll know it when you have the final answer) Notes: I did a couple dumbs. One is the space planning. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 assure you — This Is A Puzzle

Let us consider the role of the hyphen. The all-important hyphen—which we use use on a daily basis. The no. of hyphens that we see everyday may well surprise you. They are ever-present, don't you ...
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The Puzzling Times

$$\bbox[orange]{\begin{array}{rcl}\\\hline\huge\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ The&\huge{Puzzling}&\huge{Times\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ }\\\hline\\\end{array}}$$   Vol. 4, No. 1 $\raise 2pt \tt{\large{\...
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90% of people will fail this puzzle!

Those of us who have a Facebook account probably have lots of connections in it. Some are actually real, but then there are the rest of them -- the ones that use Wiktionary instead of real ...
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This is it. This is the one. Save your wife

You now know where your wife is, so you hop on a plane and fly over to France. You reach the house and burst through the front door, only to find the house deserted. In despair, you slump into a chair ...
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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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Caught splinging at work

Én, to, tre, shabam, go ahead an sprim that man! Kvin, ses, sep, setresk, saw him spling off on his desk! Nove, dez, onze, spling, not setresk is such a thing! Treize, quatorze, ...
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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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Miniature Puzzle

This is my first post on here, and I doubt it'll be my last I figured that I probably should do a little puzzle because it's my first submission, but unfortunately, I'm way too literal Everything ...
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A Riddle Within a Riddle

MY friend, your luck has Turned. i've made tHIs Riddle and it is the best, anD "soon iT sHould bE solved. if it is not, then a QUIet miNd mighT let sEedS be Sown, within which idEas caN grow. ...
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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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Which movie will we watch?

A friend invited me to a movie night. But instead of telling me which movie we are going to watch, she just gave me a bunch of movie tickets: Can you tell me which movie we will watch? Hint 1: Hint ...
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How Many Policemen?

A friend of mine presented this nifty little puzzle, he said it's from Round Britain Quiz. It goes like this: An athletics competition, arranged periodically, rewards a medal to 79 winners, 47 ...
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A Lazy Breakfast

Clark and Albert sat at the same old table they'd met at years ago. As per usual, there was hardly anything to drink, and they'd had nothing but sips between them. Near Albert, there were some ...
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A Message to the SE Admins

We're graduating! I feel the only appropriate way to respond is a Stack Exchange themed puzzle: Albertan politician who succeeded Lucien Maynard (6, 7 or 6, 8) Approved for passport authorization (6) ...
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I'm a noob, plz help me quick!

I'm a programmer and I have a deadline to finish a difficult project, I need your help now. I would ask it on Stackoverflow, but it's probably gonna get closed, so I'm reaching out on this SE. ...
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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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I can't say more, I really can't

Under Sahara, delicious tuber Greek cheese, asian sword way Translucent dead, getting older Communication device, outdoor shelter Heawy iron block, Neeson's name Shining coating, exists forever Prime ...
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A puzzling image maze!

I was inspired by Rainbow Road Rabbit Hole to make a two-dimensional image maze where each image points to its neighboring rooms. Start here: Clarifications and corrections: Reassembly "Either... ...
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The needle in the network - find it!

We all know it can be difficult to find a needle in a haystack, but in this puzzle you have to Find the NEEDLE in the network! A bit more detailed: Somewhere in the network pictured above ...
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Labyrinth Puzzle

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Surprised no one went for this low hanging fruit yet Get from MAZE to DONE When you're DONE with the MAZE, apply the following the ...
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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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Can you explain these equations?

Anthony just got a new drone with an HD camera and microphone, and he is eager to test it out. He connects his computer to its wireless live video stream, opens up his window, and flies it outside. ...
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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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You're not feeling well. You need something.

You're not feeling good. Something is horribly wrong with you. You're trying hard to feign happiness, but... ...deep inside, you feel dead. ...deep inside, you are hurt. ...deep inside, you ...
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Do you *really* know Stack Exchange?

Your goal is to guess what Stack Exchange site I am. Here's a clue to get you started: [s] -> [f] Feel free to edit my puzzle! Good Luck! -yoshifanatic52 Note: Everything in this puzzle is ...
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Shady business in the local paper

I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 ...
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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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Find the treasure before Dargloc does

Some time ago I met an old man who handed me a scrap of paper and told me: Dargloc - the treasure hunter is searching. You must be quicker. The key to success is to obey the rule: "If Dargloc rests ...
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For all your flag design needs

Pleased to meet you. I'm the CEO of a startup that specializes in designing flags for newly-independent countries. As an example, let me present to you the flag we designed for the proud republic of ...
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Ron couldn't quite put his finger on… something?

Ron got up out of his bed, feeling slightly odd. Despite only being conscious for under ten seconds, he felt like something recently slipped his mind, something he couldn't quite put his finger on. ...
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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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Locate the hacker

This is my first time making one of these. Hopefully it's not too easy (or too difficult). Let me know what you think. If people enjoy this I will make more! It is May 26th, 2016 After years on the ...
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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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What is Lukas Rotter's secret?

The former user Lukas Rotter has had1 an intriguing profile picture: This looks like it's some kind of encrypted message! And just to confirm my suspicions, on his profile he says: By the way, my ...
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Who's not welcome here?

Five people are discussing their hobbies: "I like baseball", says a man. "I prefer hiking", answers a woman. "I love persian culture", tells a second man. "It's weird, but I like to slice ...
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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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Who am I??? Wait, isn't this a sudoku?

Jmw jrr qtlf tv ee M6SXr rro tr kz r tyr. Can you find out who I am? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Recognizing a Metapuzzle

Creator's note: This puzzle was meant to be released in April 2017 for the metapuzzles fortnightly topic challenge. As you can see, it is currently over a year late. Real-life events interfered, and ...