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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Noughts, Crosses, Question marks, and Ouroboros

In the following diagram, identify the symbols that go to the position marked as ****. Each arrow implies a specific relationship between its head and its tail. <...
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Never Completed Game - Difficult Riddle

The seventeenth of the primes. Its twin is twentynine. Po. Let’s drive. Bye, Alfonsín. Add seven triangular. Sweet. It named the Valley. This riddle is taken from https://www.nevercompletedgame....
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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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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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You will have the answer

A small puzzle to pass the time, because there's nothing else to do. Find the password from the riddle, with your reasoning. (A note to non-native speakers and really everyone, yes this puzzle ...
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A fairy tale in a golden toy

Once upon a time, long long ago, in the days when good stories were far more beautiful and far harder to come by, a king was asked by his spoilt but beloved princess daughter to give her a fairy tale. ...
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Tubariphobia - The fear of pickles

There are many topics that polarize. But not a single topic comes close to the one and only, age-old question that some claim is the root of all division between people: "Are pickles disgusting ...
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[PUZZLE TITLE REDACTED]

One of my good friends is a scientist, working for some kind of radio telescope organization - I forget the name, but maybe it started with an S? Anyway, she told me that yesterday her team picked up ...
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Where is the pilot flying to? (Third Destination)

After a close call with his first flight, and with the feds still scratching their heads with his second flight, Barry once again received the instructions for his next flight from The Don of the ...
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Color QR Code Puzzle

I created this custom QR Code. Can you figure out how to decode the entire message and explain the symbolism behind the color choices?
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Bunch of letters? It is all Greek to me

I found this paper on Grandpa's desk with a bunch of letters, big and bold, with a question: Which two letters come next in the sequence? He even wrote down four choices Which two letters go next? ...
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Ingrid Deduction pops by with a puzzle

The other night I was sat at home in Providence when the doorbell rang. To my surprise, my very good friend Ingrid Deduction stood on the step, a huge grin on her face and a piece of paper held out ...
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Where is the pilot flying to? (Second destination)

After a very close call the last time he was making a flight for the mafia, Barry received a new set of orders for his next flight. The Don really loved his creative little puzzles, and Barry knew ...
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A color mixing puzzle

Thomas is an established artist who is known for creating extremely odd, almost other-worldly pieces of art, but he has a secret. See, Thomas has discovered the secret to traveling to different ...
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An odd looking Sudoku

Somewhat in the spirit of Stiv's This new puzzle type needs a name, can you solve this odd looking Sudoku and give it a name?
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A three-step puzzle

To figure out who I am, start by holding hands with my twin, then go up one floor and come back down. Then you'll have to take a deep breath and drop down three stories - you'll be fine if you don't ...
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A Word + Number Puzzle

This is a code: 27 15 68 28 29 16 said that '53 95 62 18 65 92 22 19 7 8 74 102 90 49.' What is the secret behind?
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An old favorite game

I came across an old favorite computer game the other day, downloaded it and started playing. Must say I think it still holds and can see why it was a star among the games I played as a teenager. Can ...
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An eye for style

My colour-blind friend and I play in the same Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Our party had just died in a horrendously managed battle against a dracolisk (seriously, don't ask!) and so we were back to ...
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Density in Den Sitting

Please find below a word search puzzle. But it's not just any word search...the words you find cannot be too dense. The definition of a word in this puzzle: appears in /usr/share/dict/words:https://...
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This new puzzle type needs a name {EXTREME EDITION}

A companion puzzle to the 'This new puzzle type needs a name' series, and inspired in part by @JeremyDover's answer to a recent question. Usually, puzzles in this series comprise a mash-up of two ...
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Issues with Graph-It (Geometry Homework)

You are working on your geometry homework (graphic quadratics) and become bored of drawing the axes over and over again. Instead, you find an online tool called Graph-It that you use to graph the ...
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Secret message in a birthday email

A coworker sent this message around on his birthday. Apparently it has a secret message. Here is the exact email body: Good morning FakeCorp, I am turning 25 today so I'm offering loads of tasty ...
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Who was my uncle?

I had an uncle, he was a Major in the Air Force. He became a well-known baseball player, and then a videogame character! Finally, he finished his life as a brilliant physicist (for real this time). ...
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What should I do with these emails?

I've been sent a bunch of very odd emails recently, starting on Monday and sent daily until last Thursday. I'm not 100% sure what they mean or why I am being sent them, but perhaps you could help me. ...
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The Ballad of the Dragonborn

From old unearthed records in a failing museum, this ancient hitherto unknown epic poem was recently unearthed and translated. Written in a rare script, it contains mentions of a mythology that as yet ...
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Are we scoring numbers now?

So from a couple other puzzles, you might remember that I'm a professor of Awesomeness at the Ad Hoc University! This time, I've given my students some numbers and their scorez. They need to tell me ...
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Tribute to Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

The background text that follows is in this case not part of the puzzle, nor fictitious. The puzzle, which is self-contained, consists entirely of the image below; I have composed it as a genuine (...
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Note of greetingth

A friend of mine thent me thith note. He'th a little bit thy and often preferth to thend a metthage rather than thay thomething in perthon, even if it'th quite thort, and thometimeth amutheth himthelf ...
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Is it too early to think about Christmas?

I received an odd present today in a shiny red wrap. I was a little surprised as it was no where near Christmas yet but excited at the same time. I tried to tear the present open but was unable to do ...
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A special character

You and your friends are playing a computer game (numpad to move!) and need to unlock a special character! To do so, the game has given you a clue and a dialog box to enter the codeword. If you get ...
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With a - and +, I am to the left

With a - and +, I am to the left. With a switch, I am a name. With 2 I have fixed. With a -, I am 0. With 0, I run. What am I?
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--> “virus.exe” <--

You have just arrived at work and walked to your cubicle, and after checking your emails, you are about to get started with your project, when you notice a strange new application on your desktop. ...
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My friend's letter

I received a letter from a friend yesterday, and thought I would share it here. Here's what it said: I hope you're keeping well. It was nice to hear from you the other day. I finally figured out your ...
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I love stars - a cryptic message

7E579O3L57K4782W1H3SXOBDJFLBF8D86MRQV4UA38OHQ25XE793W7QUOXW23KGE009AR97GFKB3DJB5HCY249PYMASA2YJOFDQDMA1PKC Textual form of above: cyan = 0, 3, 7, 8, A, E, F, M, O, ...
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Back at the PSE headquarters

Roaming through the PSE building I come across a solid steel door. Above the door is a sign saying “Astrodome R”. I had no idea this place delved into astronomy. Below this sign is a painting of sorts:...
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Another bird-brained puzzle

A few days ago, this lovely community helped me track down my ornithologist birdbrain of a partner. Today, I've lost him again, and it might be a little tougher to find him! After all, he’s very ...
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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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Billy Leg's Secret Treasure!

Billy has been following a treasure hunt since he moved. Now, he's stumped! He just uncovered a clue: CLUE: )?006¶5*) 6)05*† )- Where does he go now? Hint 1: ...
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What are your Initial Impressions?

What are the letters in capitals below hinting at and what is their theme? RDDHIKGHBRMH Good luck! Hint:
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Rage-Inducing Tupperware

A bouncy rock A bull Tail flips A leaping walrus Some angry eyes, and an angrier tail A butt mouth A pine cone A tyrannosaurus cat What do these things have in common? HINT 1: HINT ...
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Playing with a chess cipher

Alice and Bob both love encryption, and Alice loves to play chess. Unfortunately, Bob isn't very good at chess, so he doesn't think it's very fair to have to play the game for real. So instead of ...
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A winding selection of people leading to El Sid

UL R S ET As a boy, killed a dog and replaced it His uncle, the king for "but one year" Hold his storyteller's daughter, whose appearance made her ...
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What is the event's name?

Question. What is the event's name? Answer is the word. Hint 1
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Travelling straight forward, but not in a straightforward way

I started with Romania on my north side, and Hungary to my east, and from those borders I kept travelling as far southwest as I could, never turning. Which country did I end up in? Hint 1 (after the ...
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Jail-Maze Crescendo: On charting a dot-path home

You wake up and find yourself lying on a cold, stone floor. Every part of you aches after your fall through the trapdoor. Ahead of you stands a wooden door, beyond which lies the labyrinth. Your ...
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How do my numbers work?

Yesterday, September (1001111 1010000 1011110), I went to the bowling alley with seven of my friends from Carnegie Mellon University -- est. (1010100 0000100 1010100 1111001 1111000 1111001 1111001 ...
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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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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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