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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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Ada and Mr Hopkins - what's it all about?

Ada is one of the last few contestants on the Greatest Assessment Match Ever. The stern and humourless quizmaster, Mr Hopkins, is giving her her final test before the end of the show. The dialogue ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (Interlude 1)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Upon your arrival at Parc Natural de la Vall de Sorteny, you're greeted by a group of ...
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To have and to hold

I found this odd list in an abandoned shack, tucked into the first few pages of the Divine Comedy. Can you help me figure out what exactly this person was collecting? The compendium of organs and ...
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Yes, I mean to say that there is more

Long after the insane Mr. $\Delta\Sigma\Upsilon$ incident, you are resting in the same luxurious mansion. It is, however, most unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your perspective) that you ...
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Discover the secret to eternal happiness!

Your good friend told you about a wise man named The Oracle, who once helped them discover the meaning of life. You've led a content life, but you're dying to discover the secret to true happiness. ...
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Just a few numbers

Here are the clues; I'm a riddle inside an enigma wrapped up in a mystery. Some respected scholars won't even agree I'm the right answer when you've found me. You don't have to be a mathematician ...
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I can be 22 intrinsically and have a possible range between 22 and 96 (44 at the start)

I can be formed in many ways, and four parts are always involved. Sometimes the formation can happen with all four parts at once, but sometimes some parts come later than the others. The highest ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 4)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! After cracking the code, you catch a flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Being on a long flight ...
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End of the Maze

This the final installment of the Maze series. Here is Room 1 and here is the previous room. After you enter the answer from Room 5, you wait for the door to de materialize as usual, but nothing ...
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Room 5 of the Maze

This is Room 5 of the Maze series. For those wishing to start at the beginning, click here. To go back to the previous room, click here. As you arrive at the answer to Room 4, you realize it's the ...
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The Hobbyist's Gift

Old man Skyler was a solitary but friendly old man who lived in Lander, Wyoming. As a hobbyist, he loved nothing more than making model planes and selling them cheaply to kids at local events. He wasn'...
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Friend gave me a note I am not sure how to read. What does it say?

Tim Hansen gave me a note last week as we were leaving lunch and heading back to work. The paper was folded into quarters, and there were no directions to help understand what was written in the ...
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Sold - a sequence of words

Moon False Coffee Peace Neutral Stones Hell Private Plane What is the pattern behind this sequence? How might it continue?
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Room 4 of the Maze

This is Room 4 of the Maze series. For those wishing to start from the beginning, click here You wake up in Room 4 after a troubled night of 'sleep'. Your head was clouded all night with thoughts of ...
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Room 3 of the Maze

Exhausted from the effort of solving Room 2, you try to get a good night's sleep, but your sleep is interrupted by vivid dreams of fblthps, numbers, and vectors. The Maze is getting to you a bit, it ...
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Note Masher? Oarsmen?

Transcript from a conversation that couldn't happen today: J: Hey D, let's play the game. D: Again? There are only so many times we can do this without repeating ourselves, but OK. You start. ...
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Room 2 of the Maze

Still excited about your quick triumph over Room 1, you head straight for the suspended note and read it: Congratulations on making it through the warm-up to Room 2. From here on out, getting the ...
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Room 1 of the Maze

You wake up in a dark room that you don't recognize. The walls are made of some material you've never seen before. There is a door with a keypad next to it, and a small platform suspended in air in ...
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Seven fun mini-riddles

Each of the following represent a word or phrase. Can you figure them all out? Musical chairs, upgraded 4 and a castrated meteorology platform A long age, in the past Ding Dong A ...
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Who won the duel? (AKA ramblings of a madman)

Your crazy uncle Tony is at it again, scribbling down incredibly unhelpful tidbits in order to ask a very simple question. Still, for his peace of mind (and your own), you better solve it anyways. ...
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Room 40 - the Great War “Mystery”

"Have you heard of Room 40?" "No, Sir, I have not". "Good. For what I am about to tell you, if leaked, will cost us this war, son!" November 1914, London. Much to your surprise you have been ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 3)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Though your methods of solving the required riddle were dubious at best, you were still able to ...
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What is special about this trip?

A man recently went on a very long trip. First, he travelled to Spain and went on a cruise that took him from Barcelona to Provence, Nice, Florence, Rome, Naples and back to Barcelona. Then he went to ...
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Enigmatic Boxes

  b25lIGVhc3k gb25lIHRvIH N0YXJ0Lg==   ...
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3 Step Puzzle with Increasing Ardor

#1 ________ #2 ________ #3 ________ Step 1: Note that something is missing in this puzzle and determine what it is (you may have to use it to realize it's gone). When you notice what it is, ...
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Emeralds bet - A round world

It was the 15 October 1502, just a few hours before midnight in an old tavern at the docks. Emerald raised two fingers, after repeatedly looking at his three cards, before finally answering the ...
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Coloring the Sky

Disclaimer: I think I have a habit of making my riddles a bit too obscure so I'm trying to tone that down this time. Hopefully it won't end up being too easy and solved in about half a second. **The ...
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Find the 4-digit number

Some said that my last puzzle was difficult, and the same thing for the one before it, so here is an easier one, to celebrate Friday I guess (although it's almost Saturday in some places). Here are ...
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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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Nine Obscure Fellows

The names of nine fellows are concealed in this peculiar verse. Find the names and provide your exegesis. An apple for Charlemagne, one that takes great steps, returning in Skyrim or Oblivion, and ...
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The mystery of NOC +10, Part 2

Background Since March 6th, 2015, a YouTube channel called Noc +10 has been uploading puzzle videos about once a week. Each video begins with the same introduction, followed by some form of clues ...
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Identify the twins and cousins!

Let me tell you about four friends of mine. They're a close-knit bunch: two pairs of twins who are cousins to each other. The first guy is Adam. He's a devout Christian, going to church every week. ...
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A religious riddle … or not

The serpent slithered through the grass, First to Eve, the mistress of Eden, And made her cross with what it told. When first Adam heard of what had occurred, "You silly hen!" he chided his ...
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You stand in a forest… Where are you?

You stand in a forest, So black, dark, Light can’t quite wind around the dry, tough bark. Trees are all you can see, But change your viewpoint even slightly; And a brighter vista it may indeed ...
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Where will they strike?

You are part of an international anti-terror unit who has intelligence that some religious fanatics of the FSM church are going to soon blow a bomb in one or more of the world's major cities. You're ...
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Pretzel recipe with a twist

Browsing the geometry section in the local library you come across a flimsy book, seemingly misplaced: "The Pretzel Cookbook: Five More Patterns Using The Spoke Method" What's more, it's been ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 2)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Upon arrival at the Pamplona Airport, you head towards baggage claim. Standing at baggage claim, ...
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Oil your brain and learn your letters!

A is for Lucerne K is for Jay-Z M and N are for Panorama R is for Misery and Enemy S is for Riddler Zed is for Radiator Zee is for Statistics What is D for?
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What do these circles have in common - and what not?

The image below shows 7 x 7 grey circles which all but one share a common attribute. Can you see this shared property, or rather: Can you see which circles does not belong to the group and give a ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 1)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! After mailing in the correct question to the given answer in the preliminary test, it took only a ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (prologue)

It's here. Finally here. For weeks you've waited, checking the mail every single day, to no avail - but today, your invitation has finally arrived. You eagerly tear open the envelope and read: ...
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Another Puzzling Alien Signal

There is great excitement in the astronomy community. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is finally bearing fruit. A strong clear repeating signal is being received from a not so distant ...
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How do I find more enigmatic, no-clues-given puzzles?

Most of my awareness of puzzles and puzzle games has come from a decade of haphazardly stumbling around the internet. There's a flavor/genre that I particularly enjoy, but I haven't had much luck ...
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Tonight is movie night

Tonight I went to my friend's for a movie night and he asked me what we should watch. As I was playful, I handed him the following picture so he could guess the movie: He couldn't figure it out, so ...
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What's Happening on my Vacation?

I'm on vacation right now! I left on the 13th in celebration of my birthday! It was a long flight so I brought along some reading material: ...
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Unscramble and Solve the Word Search

Though the answer I'm looking for is a number and there is a little calculation involved. There are no hard sums here and each step is fairly simple (except maybe the last two) ...
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How did the judge pay his barber? [closed]

An Olympic judge rushes into the barbershop. "You need to help me!" he pleads. "I have to judge in 10 minutes, but I've been traveling so much I look just awful." The barber looks at him carefully. "...
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Identify the Missing Symbols

The symbols below appear to be some sort of nautical symbols: waves, sails, lighthouse markers, waterfall markers, directional markers, etc. The spots are labeled with red letters, but the red ...
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Decipher the crazy emails!

I've been trying to write some emails to my friends, but something is going horribly wrong! It's as though the devil himself has hold of me: everything I type comes out as gibberish! The first email I ...
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What kind of birds?

Seek out a sunny picture - Remember you're on SE - And on that sunny picture, Figure out what you can; You are a less capital idea Than those who follow you. What kind of birds appear? Hint 1: Hint ...