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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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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What hides within this mashed-up song?

The answer hides within this senseless song made from the mashed-up lyrics of other songs. Each lyric is linked to the song's full lyrics. Hey, hey, Charlie take a bow, You deserve an Oscar, I recall ...
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A (cipher?) puzzle in a YouTube video description

So, by chance I stumbled upon this video: MASTER BOOT RECORD - C:\DEFRAG that contains the following puzzle in the video description: 066 097 099 107 119 097 114 100 032 097 110 100 032 102 111 114 ...
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Isn't it a blank page?

One day, your friend John messaged you. John: Wanna solve this puzzle? The answer contains five words You: Are you playing tricks on me??? This is a blank page! John: This puzzle is not too hard. Do ...
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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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An Enigmatic Game

I have a fun-ky puzzle for everyone today. Here is the position. FEN-rnbq1rkb/ppp1pp2/5p2/8/8/4K3/PPPPNP1P/RNBQ1R2 It can be reached in one way in exactly 9.5 moves, or 10 White and 9 Black moves. ...
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Honeycomb: a hexagonal grid of letters

This puzzle consists entirely of one image, attached below. The image is large and you will need to zoom in to see some of the details. There is no hidden information, only what you can plainly see. ...
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These equations are unsolvable!

I display to you a set of 5 equations that cannot be solved*. I want you to find the solution: B + C = 1 B + C + F + G = 4 A + B + C = 7 A + B + C + D + G = 3 A + B + E + D + G = 2 Time’s ticking, ...
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Cheers, people!

Try make sense of this image below. Good luck!
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Density™ 4… Will there be more?

The original puzzle contained a mistake, this has now been fixed. I'm really sorry about that! Last Density™ puzzle is here: Density™ 3 - The Game!, will there be more Density™ puzzles in future? This ...
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Follow Your Heart

Follow your heart and find the hidden 3 letter code: ASCII representations: Screen: XPMMBIWZ BPFPICPC CRPMTDXX RVUYJBTZ FBTXGMWI AWKISAIL ZCFMIVPM Info screen: <...
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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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Is the OP on mushrooms?

What two words am I looking for in the puzzle below? (The title too is a clue). 35437 When a Deity sees its reflection, Clip the best of rediscoveries approximately. Blow has been blown when it is ...
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Ohh, NSA Again? #2

This puzzle is the second part of story Ohh, NSA again?. Hope like this story. Here it is: John got the target, it was Stack. Problem is, it can be Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange. Another problem ...
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Just another day in the Shack

UPDATE - Per Stiv's answer below, there was in fact a mistake in the fourth row, eighth column of the diagram. Fixed diagram has replaced the errant one. I work at the logistics base for a major ...
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It really hertz while listening

Listen to the following mp3 puzzle: https://soundcloud.com/infinite-stream/this-melody-hertz-my-ears
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Argon and noble gases

Helium Neon Argon Krypton Xenon Radon
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Sounds beautiful, doesn't it

So I found this puzzle from an old book of mine with very little instructions. I can't seem to remember the right approach to the solution BUT I do remember the final answer, which is 8 letters only. ...
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To whom it may concern

Look It Up To whom it may concern. Text Transcription from image: whom@may.concern.com Puzzle Design Each title, image, and description is a potential clue, but not all of them have useful ...
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Who sang this? It wasn't Carol

I There I Underneath I More Make All I There And Underneath I There Santa With I More Make All I I And Underneath I To I To etc. Question Can you remind me who had a hit with this song? It's about ...
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Density™ 3 - The Game!

The last Density™ puzzle (here: Density™ finally back from holiday!) proved that OP plays too many games, so we went ahead and created a game of our own! If you'd like to create your own Density™ ...
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The Research Paper

So, one of my friends is a teacher, and, for one of their recent assignments, one of the teacher's students turned in this: hkszocukgdxkcmvkuhgcskflfpnwebqhttbxhpwokywiyevvfohlgzqklw 6n1 5Ppk P6p 7P ...
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Density™ finally back from holiday!

Welcome back to the Density™ series! I had intended to make these more often, but then... well... 2020 happened. Anyway, I finally got round to creating the second puzzle, and perhaps it may hint at ...

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