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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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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Dr Aphorism's advice

My old science teacher Dr Aphorism was brilliant – not just at teaching (and, of course, science), but also at providing invaluable life advice. I always remember one day when I went to her office to ...
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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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Alice and Bob invent a game

The rain was still falling in Wales, and Alice and Bob were terribly bored of having to stay inside the caravan. With just a deck of cards to entertain them they had played all of the card games in ...
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What's the puzzle?

Someone sent me a photo of the last few lines of a puzzle. They were: BULLDOZER OVENPROOF BROADTAIL BREAKER ASYNTACTIC TIFF ALKYNE ABOUND EVASIVE BEVERAGE HILARITY COOTIE What ...
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Fun with Flags part 9: a different design

We are looking for a 3-word phenomenon. Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10.
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Fun with Flags part 8: it's your roll

We are looking for a 12-letter word. Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.
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Fun with Flags part 7: attention please

We are looking for an idiom. Hint 1: Hint 2: Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
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Fun with Flags part 6: left right left

We are looking for the name of a country leader. Other puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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Fun with Flags part 5: with a smile

We are looking for a song (artist and title). Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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Fun with Flags part 4: a pile of coasters

These quaint looking coasters appear to have been thrown haphazardly on the table. However, there is a 10-letter word to be found, which is the answer to this puzzle. Other (independently solvable) ...
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Fun with Flags part 3: what used to be

We are looking for 4 countries/kingdoms/sovereign states which do not exist anymore. Hint: Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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Fun with Flags part 2: a musical connection

We are looking for a song (artist and title). Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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Fun with Flags part 1: something different

We are looking for 4 categories. Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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Does this riddle have coordinates in it? [closed]

I have been given this riddle that is supposed to revel a location: You might disagree, but invite them anyways; you can at least talk it out.[A drum of what follows a copy / Foxtrot10 Yankee1 alfa11 ...
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Fun with Flags part 10: don't lose count

In a Formula 1 race, the chequered flag was waved so violently that the black and white patches got mixed up. Who was waving the flag, when and where? Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this ...
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Where did I go on this trip?

I went on a trip yesterday. However I can't quite remember where I went. All I have is my diary entry for yesterday, but I'm struggling to make out where it was I went still. Maybe you can help? ...
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Fairground Disappointment

This Welsh town's northern fair is, after all, very backward: firstly popcorn with lemon; secondly, bloody agility swings; finally, scary clown going away without starting. All agog, very chewy outer ...
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Where were we supposed to go?

This puzzle will tell you where my family were supposed to travel to this summer, had it not been for the Covid-19 outbreak. Can you tell me where?
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Just another day in the Shack

I work at the logistics base for a major remote research station in...well, I'm not supposed to say. Let's call Artanctica. It's a great job most days, because most messages are scheduled and routine. ...
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Selective attention: an unusual game

There's a park behind the local basketball courts, where I like to go for quiet time. The other day, a group of thirty people arrived with a basketball as I was sitting down. One sat next to me, ...
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Why is my husband sending this photograph? And to whom?

I found an envelope with a photograph inside a couple of days ago. There was no name or address on the envelope, and the photograph just showed some toys. It must be my husband's doing. My kids and I ...
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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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Blue. Orange. Green. Magenta. What does this strange picture represent?

Is it text? Is it a face? Is it code? What is it?
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A pack of wordsearches

In designing this puzzle involving wordsearches, I struggled to identify the correct collective noun for them. Asking around, nobody knew - a herd? A gang? A parliament?! After much prolonged (perhaps ...
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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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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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The calamitous Captain Clumsy

I'm a communications engineer with the Royal Navy - it's a great job, and usually I love it. But there is this one guy who absolutely grinds my gears. I call him 'Captain Clumsy' (not to his face, ...
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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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C equals O, but in general

You return to your consciousness. You find yourself trapped in a room, facing a wall where all information is located. There is also a table, on it a permanent marker. Before inspecting every piece ...
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I tried to make a puzzle unlike any I'd seen before. The answer is a three digit number. Good luck! I hope it's fun

The answer is three digits. You get this picture and the following list: RIGHT AWAY UPHILL LEFT HOOK THROW UP DOWN UNDER Bonus Hint
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A remarkable musical ode

On his deathbed, the great blind composer Charles Triangle composed the following remarkable piece, but his penchant for puzzles has left critics in tears searching for a deeper meaning to a piece ...
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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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Suits of tiers - A GW2 themed enigmatic puzzle

I have created this puzzle quite some time ago in the style of the - then still ongoing - CiSRA puzzle competition, but very heavily leaning on elements of the computer game Guild Wars 2. A couple of ...
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Weird song from liner notes of a broken CD

Grandpa Bob liked to think he was a rockstar. He also loved to play that play-a-song-and-guess-the-name game. Known outside the family exclusively as Mr Deau, the weirdest thing he left behind when he ...
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With apologies to all the Elizabethan sonneteers

I heard, O James; I beg thou 'll again share the singular connection I first saw -- not in thine indication quite unrare, now only when in t' after-gleam of lore. Do tell: hast wanting heaven's lead-...
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Can you find the missing words?

Given that: $ \begin{gather} \ \text{ art}\hspace{1em}\Leftrightarrow\hspace{1em}\text{phi} \end{gather} $ Can you figure out the words that are missing? $ \begin{gather} \text{imps}\hspace{1em}...
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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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A book of mystery - Page I

APOLOGIES AS THE FIRST SET OF NUMBERS WAS INCORRECT. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WRITING A PROPER STORY RIDDLE SO EXCUSE ME IF IT'S NOT GREAT. YOU'LL GET A NEW PAGE OF THE BOOK EACH TIME YOU SOLVE THE LAST ...
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Weird and complex puzzle that we need help with

So basically this is a complex deep web puzzle and we're pretty much stuck at it right now as we don't have any idea what this is about, any help will be aprreciated (the attached images are the ...
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Can you name the Product Code™?

Given the product codes of 10 fruits and vegetables in the chart below, can you figure out the product code of Broccoli? $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{...
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Find The Common Pattern In These Words

You are a super spy, typing on your QWERTY keyboard, when suddenly you received an urgent call from your boss, Caesar. He had urgently called you, defying all protocols, as he wanted to inform you ...
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After the PSE lounge

Having solved the complaint at the PSE lounge, I leave the lounge and see a door I haven't noticed before. The door has a large sign. At the top it has a rhyme: Rotations are red Or are they blue?...
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Where my heart longs to be

The answer to this puzzle is a two-word place. (1) One of eight of 64 is bizarre twat (4) (2) Risque yaoi manga the European Union flipped over (4) (3) You can't fight in here! This is a ...
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Captain Pun plays cards

Last night I was playing a game of cards with my good friend Captain Pun and his wife. All of a sudden, partway through a round, he threw down a card that bore this design: Colour-blind-friendly ...
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Can you name the country code?

As an hommage to @eyl327's "can you name the country code?" puzzles. Here is one more: Given the country codes of the 10 countries in the following table, can you figure out the country code of ...
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Who is the author of this poem?

Do you like poetry? Then surely, you will know who wrote this poem from just one verse. There is one problem though - the verse is presented in two parts: ...
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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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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? $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{19px}{#2px}}\def\...
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Decipher this puzzle — with clues!

I'm needing some help deciphering the following puzzle: Oi xmt gcilk vwf-cciruk Lhoyqz ccig spkb mfyt; Rnbrl uakoj tbbu gw bkgd, Wgqnb ddmu p zfoim; Viec kfs lllsmt, ywfy dg zdoc, Dtfl fu xggu, ...

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