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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A Puzzling Playlist

My friend loves puzzles, and one day I walked into her room while she was listening to music. I asked what she was listening to, and she listed off the albums in her playlist: Accustomed to Nothing - ...
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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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A new adventure awaits! Let's go!

UPDATE: To make this puzzle fairer, the pieces have been modified to include additional hints. If you want to try and solve the puzzle with the original non-clued pieces, click here. A tale is being ...
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Dirac notation for English

Dirac notation is very expressive: not only does it allow to write quantum states and operations more concisely, it can also be used to shorten written English words and phrases! Here are some ...
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Grid of numbers and dashes, X-Akseli and Y-Ehe?

I have been given this puzzle by my friend (who is a qualified military cryptographer). I am completely stuck as for what to do. They gave me this hint: "Don't take it so literal, think in all ...
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Shingoki: An Exploration of Unicode

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #42: Wordless Connecting Walls-- wait, what? This is a Shingoki puzzle. The rules (paraphrased from puzzle-shingoki.com) are as follows: The aim is to form a ...
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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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What is a Scheming Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Scheming Word™. Use the examples ...
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What was I supposed to do?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage I've had the strangest day. Today I was invited to play in a chess tournament (or so I thought). As a keen (and pretty good) chess ...
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28 Minutes Later

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms I open my eyes to find myself lying in a bed in a white room. Sitting up is difficult, as a tangle of wires and tubes are attached to my arms ...
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The Green Periodic Puzzle

This puzzle follows from the Purple Periodic Puzzle (these puzzles are solved individually). Another strange periodic table has appeared and it's hiding a secret word. Can you find out what's strange ...
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The Purple Periodic Puzzle

Below is a periodic table that's hiding a secret word. Can you find out what's strange about this purple periodic table and find the answer. Text-only version: ...
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A Layered Problem

This is my own work. If you would like to see examples of similar problems, to help you understand what to do please see my other posts. (e.g. What's the question to this and what is its answer?)
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Problems on Graphs

I want to test if someone with no experience in Graph Theory can solve my Problems involving Graphs. If you do know some Graph Theory I'd appreciate if you let me know in your answer. They do not ...
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Can you name the Country Code™? (#2)

Given the country codes of 10 countries in the chart below, can you figure out the country code of Brazil? Country Country Code™ Russia NSR Sudan GDA United States BIE Argentina EGS Mongolia BNM ...
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Can you name the Country Code™?

Given the country codes of 10 countries in the chart below, can you figure out the country code of Brazil? Country Country Code™ Netherlands AKC Gibraltar GID Finland HGB Zimbabwe HHE Israel JFB ...
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Not a Vowelburger, but what is it?

Inspired by the original Vowelburger riddle. A competitor has appeared to the Vowelburgers restaurant! Can you tell what they're doing? Patty ??? ? I ? metal ? song ? money
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A Pub Quiz Joke

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage For this pub quiz, I urge you to listen closely. The final word hidden within this pub quiz describes, jokingly, what pub quiz ...
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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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A conspiracy threatens!

I need help! While cleaning the office desk of my boss, I discovered a letter and I think something really bad is going on. The other day I also saw him sending a message on his phone... And today I ...
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The Heart of the Matter, a Sergeant Sequence mystery (fan-fic)

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage Thanks to @Stiv for permission to take Sgt. Sequence out for another spin on KWIZ NITE! "This case is going nowhere, Sequence.&...
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Mission accomplished?

32811132 74131968 592162 289216 If you can say «mission accomplished», then you are a true ...... Hint:
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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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Bar trivia is heating up

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage Last week I popped into my local bar, Staggers, on Tuesday night with my work colleagues to have a few well drinks and jalapeño ...
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Sergeant Sequence dodges a bullet

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage After a long day at the office with little to show for it, an evening at The Badger and Biscuit (his favourite pub) was exactly what ...
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Double Ducky (or Fu-two-shiki)

There are two* logical, discrete ways to solve this Futoshiki puzzle, each with its own unique solution. You can solve it using the letters given, or use the numbers 1-5, but if you map the letters to ...
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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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I am from the future, and I need your help to meet someone

I came from the future. Earlier today (when I was still in the future), I was supposed to meet my friend. I asked Where do we meet today? The response was I feel depressed lately, I need some ...
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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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In the Cover of Darkness

I awoke in a mysterious desert wasteland that I didn't recognize. I looked around and saw nothing as far as I could see, except for the oddly rhythmic storm in the distance. Reaching for my phone, I ...
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An artistic trip

Here are 6 places I visited in 2008: Now tell me, where was the Sun?
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Ma turned 34 in 2002. Really?

My friend said to me: “In February of the year 1970 at 1:12 AM Ma turned 18. Ma turned 34 in February of the year 2002 at 2:16 AM. How is this possible?” “And yes. Same Ma!” he ended with that. Hint ...
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Consists of four

The correct approach to this puzzle will lead you to two initials which in its entirety consists of 13 letters. What is this 13-letter answer?
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Foo Clue and Who?

A simple puzzle I thought of during a work-from-home-session today. Enjoy :)
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Did he make a typing mistake?

Grandpa e mailed me a puzzle. Seemed very straightforward to me until I read it again. "Are you sure this is right?" My e mail "If there is a mistake- and I'm not saying there is- then ...
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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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My wife is lost, my GPS is lost. Where are we?

"Darling, can you please turn on the GPS?" I asked my wife. "Hang on, I know exactly where we are", she replied. "Can you, for once, listen to me?" She ignored my remark, ...
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What does 1+1=?

Most of this is is flavour, with a section of puns setting the scene at the start, and then the story itself in the middle. Scroll down for the actual puzzle. You may be interested to know that all ...
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Who is Mr. T and where does he work?

Part 1: Write each answer as ONEWORD, without spaces, punctuation or abbreviating. Some questions may have more than one answer when taken alone, but only certain answers will work with respect to the ...
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A High-Quality Puzzle

Taking a break from cryptic-clues/crosswords puzzles, this simple puzzle has a couple of firsts for me. Given the following songs from video games, find the name of someone who's a fan of anagrams. ...
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Expanding on a classic

From the simple caesar to the seemingly uncrackable elliptic curve, there are countless ways to obscure - and even hide - a sensitive message. Cryptography is quite interesting in this way. I find the ...
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Interns & Errands

Going through the to-do list given to him by his bright-eyed boss, a wizard finds the following shopping list: a shaving of licorice root a red dragon's scale a lodestone and iron filings a drop of ...
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Stop BorgBot before it's too late!

There was a deafening metallic thunk as the rogue AI locked the door of the PuzzlingCorp server room, trapping the engineers inside. A countdown appeared on the computer screen... and began counting ...
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Don't count your eggs before they hatch

Don't count your eggs before they hatch...
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What are these people trying to tell you?

These people are trying to tell you something. What is it? Also, kudos if you can find the pattern between the images...though you'll have to find the pattern to solve this puzzle in the first place. ...
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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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Familiar Five (r&r ignored)

What is the correct option/answer to this puzzle?
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On The Subject of Word Searches

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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Puzzle with Many Slashes

My professor gave us this puzzle and I couldn't figure it out, I've been trying to solve Number 7 for 5 hours now. Text transcription: ...
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On The Subject of ​?​?​?

(This is the last of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Note: Unlike previous ...

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