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 very odd story

I met a man once while out for a walk. "Tut, tut!" He would say, as he wandered this way and that. I saw him approach a group, "You there! Will you trade? I've got a lovely a nut right ...
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The mystery of NOC +10

NOC +10 On March 6th, 2015, a YouTube channel named "Noc +10" was created. Since that day, this channel is uploading some really darkly mysterious videos. I will start saying something ...
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Regarding the universe; life, death, neutrons, stars; everything

My brother Yzarc recently returned from his summer road trip, so I went to visit him. He seemed unusually quiet, sitting pensive in a chair and watching the clouds. This was unusual, since typically ...
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A basic logic puzzle with character!

120 + 170 + 78 = x Question Is the above equation correct? Please answer Yes or No with reasons (at least three good and very specific reasons which can be seen clearly once you understand).* Notes ...
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What game am I?

Can you work out what game I am? (My original puzzle): Head hung low in… (5) - Best card of the deck (3) Written much by peer and shakes, often read for the love it makes (6) - Certainly not pretty ...
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You are not allowed to solve this puzzle without attending a short talk

My friends and I are to be given a short talk about providing the solution to this puzzle. You are not allowed to solve the puzzle without attending the talk. B C H L M P W Question What is the talk ...
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Find the country name

Which country’s name is hidden in the lines below? ...
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An insensible hexagon

The puzzle is (almost) self-contained in the grid above. You can "move" from a tile of the grid to another if they share at least a vertex. After the maze is complete six things will clue to ...
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Dave is meaning to tell me something, but he looks a bit shy. What is he trying to tell me?

We have been through a lot with Dave. Lately, he is a bit strange. He always looks like he's trying to tell me something -- maybe some sort of confession. Today he sent me these maps. I know that ...
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Which country did my sister visit?

My sister is always talking about pilots. And her passengers. And planes in general. She's a flight attendant, see, and she is OBSESSED with all things aeronautical (always has been). On the rare ...
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A Large Equation - Small Puzzle

My brother Yzarc is always trying to be clever. Today he claims that 2 equals 10w43e25s10e36n31w. Why does he say that? Hint: I asked my brother why he chose this particular expression, and he said it ...
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A maze, a statue, and a riddle

Hints at bottom John and Jeffrey had been friends for a long time. After meeting at Fort Bragg and serving in the military in the 60's, they had always remained close, even living in the same town ...
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A Devilishly difficult puzzle (I am the author of the puzzle)

Who is summoned by this pentagram? Hints:
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Sequence Puzzle - First Question of 42

Professor Tera was walking on Connecticut Road, where there are some public restrooms. Tera saw some students standing in a row. They seemed to be playing a game called Evolution. And it looked like ...
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See you in the morning

"See you in the morning. Make sure you're not late," my grandfather said. Then, he handed me this photo and left. I was worried I wouldn't be able to solve my grandfather's puzzle, so I ...
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Board of Important Numbers

I was visiting my cousin, a mystery writer and lover of puzzles, when I noticed this list of numbers on her white board. 13,814,070 26,818,110 86,811,060 18,819,190 10,914,190 33,915,010 36,912,211 ...
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Can you find the 2 words and solve this puzzle?

Answer to this puzzle consists of two words that are related to the game Old School RuneScape:
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A Game of Black and White

Two people are playing a board game that involves dice. However, one of the players has rigged the dice so that they get the highest possible roll on every turn, while the other player gets a random ...
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With Apologies to Robert Frost

I heard this from an elderly German gentleman with a strong accent. At first I thought he was reciting a Robert Frost poem, but then the last line confused me. Some see de earth vill end times four, ...
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The madness of a master

It was midnight. Mr. Holmes was suffering from abdominal pain, shortness of breath, pain in the bones, skin lesions and whatnot? So in this condition, why would Mr. Holmes drive to Brazilian Churches, ...
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A treasure hunt at your local fair!

(Note that due to the nature of this puzzle, it's inaccessible to folks who are using screen readers. Sorry about that!) You're at a local fair with your friend Kayleigh in the good old US of A, and ...
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Can you solve this Rubik's cube from inside of it?

You have woken up to find yourself trapped in what appears to be a giant Rubik's cube. A Rubik's Cage I suppose. Bewildered, you take a look around (better video on imgur or just click the photo). ...
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This month's $100 question (not a real prize)

****A big one to celebrate my half-century (50th puzzle)!**** I work as a puzzle setter at FakePuzz (not a real magazine). This morning I burst into the office of Eddie Tor (not a real editor) so ...
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Puzzle Box: Spiral

Here are the views of a 11x11x11 puzzle box from all sides. The top face has a shallow hollow (about 1/2 a unit deep), with a spiral pattern printed inside of it. There is a black square on the ...
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Chess-related puzzle

I'm working on a problem for this cyber security camp, and we're doing a CTF right now. I have one problem left, and I'm almost certain it relates to chess, so I've come here for advice! Having ...
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What you gotta do?

You have 10 groups of 4 words: DUO, IRON, LINKS, ROCK ICE, LED, METAL, TIC DRILL, PI, WIN, WOO BRA, IGNITE, LOOM, RUBBISH AIR, DUST, GO, PAT AUDI, AURA, MEOW, SPEW GRIMM, HOOT, MUD, TAIL ASK, BELL, ...
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Looks can be deceiving

Text version: I saw an "I", he said "it's L" I saw an "L", he said "it's V" I saw a "P", he said "it's Q" "Don't you get it?" he ...
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The Puzzling Times

$$\bbox[orange]{\begin{array}{rcl}\\\hline\huge\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ The&\huge{Puzzling}&\huge{Times\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ }\\\hline\\\end{array}}$$   Vol. 4, No. 1 $\raise 2pt \tt{\large{\...
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The Pitiable Coder - Edition 2

It had been a while since my favourite newspaper had published any puzzles. In fact, it had been so long since 'The Pitiable Coder' released $\mathbb{CHEMICRYPTICS}$, that I was beginning to think ...
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Monument Valley Sudoku

Another Sudoku monstrosity from the brains of Yours Truly. No rules are given, part of the challenge is trying to work out what the rules are :)
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The trip of a lifetime… but to where?

Your best friend Alex is great, but she's a bit too into puzzles for your taste. Today, she sent you a package. It included a letter informing you that she’s planned the adventure of a lifetime for ...
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Ridiculous problem from an old maths textbook

There's a puzzling little problem I found in one of my old maths textbooks (Basics of Madthematics). In the middle of a whole bunch of normal problems on calculus and algebra and whatever, suddenly ...
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Obfuscated characters

Hidden in These Numbers, letters, and symbols YOu will find something quite Particular. To solVE: please stAte the name foR Code LIke this ...
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Competitive puzzles

Do you know any sort of puzzles that can work in the context of a short competition? In other words, puzzles that have these features: The premise should be fairly simple to follow (but the solution ...
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Where am I supposed to be tonight?

This is bad. Really bad. We’ve only just met, and you don’t know me from Adam, but I really need your help – it’s a matter of national security. I work for… well, let’s just say I work for the ...
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Mathematics is Material

The instructions for this puzzle...darn it, I wrote them down around here somewhere. Well, you're smart so I'm sure you'll figure it out! CSV: O,H,T,N,E,Z,R,I,G,M,R,V,P,O,U,E,N,L,I,O,I,E,D,F,I,E,S N,...
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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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You are the admissions counselor at a school for magic

You are the admissions counselor at a school for magic. You are tasked with the job of sorting incoming students into one of various study-tracks provided at this prestigious institution. The way the ...
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Where did he hide the key?

On his sister's birthday, James gave her a special treasure chest containing her birthday gift. However, knowing her love for riddles and puzzles, he did not give her the key. Instead, he gave her ...
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Complete the following analogical analogy

In an analogy ":" means "is to" and "::" means "as/like". Now, since this is almost an analogy (maybe a future type), I will accept the solution if it's almost correct. Kinberg : ‴niɘɈƨnɘƨiƎ‴  :: ? ...
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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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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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