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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Mysterious message from the NoSlaves™ Calculator Co

So my son is starting to show an interest in mathematics, and being the awesome dad that I am, I decided to buy him a basic calculator. Being the cheapskate that I am, I ordered the cheapest one I ...
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Zed's Dance: Disarray and Cabaret

All this talk about my friends and I... it's about time I announced myself for a change! I'm kinda nervous about this because — let's face it — I'm an odd-ball. Take, for example, the fact I usually ...
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Aliens have crashed on Earth. Please help them!

Year is 2050. Aliens have been discovered and is now acknowledged as a friendly species towards humans. They now comes for regular visits on Earth and has a friendly relation towards humans. One day, ...
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What's my number riddle

The first and the last of the days of the week, I and Ζ they are numbers in Latin and Greek. In N and in P, and period and group, Of them I consist and I always have been But now in my name, what ...
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How to Trap Your Moderator

You have locked your least favorite moderator behind a 27x27 Sudoku... Now you regret, but you have forgotten how to solve the puzzle... CSV version: ...
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Make the statement true!

You need to add a single line and make the statement true $5+5=5$ All the numbers are made by matchsticks.
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Voynich Manuscript

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Link to relevant xkcd. The Voynich Manuscript is a book, dated to the 15th century, written in undeciphered script and full of odd, ...
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Squares related to circles [closed]

Fibonacci numbers, circles, squares; everything is connected in the digital world. Can you make two squares from a circle? Seven decimals should be accurate enough. Which two numbers am I seeking? I ...
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An odd combo-puzzle! (Franken-puzzle?)

Here's what you get: Body needs to be 30 characters! :):)
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9 students, 9 clues, 1 solution

There were 24 students in a science class. As a challenge, the teacher pulled 9 of those kids, and told them they needed to order themselves in a specific way, but not tell anyone exactly why they ...
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Grandpa's last laugh

To say my grandfather was eccentric is like saying water is wet - technically incorrect, but close enough that nobody really cares. I suppose in lieu of a better word "eccentric" will do. In ...
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What does this program suffer from?

A program named Lxndr.exe along with a readme.txt suddenly appeared on my desktop. The readme reads I think I show some ...
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In the spirit of simultaneous equations

Solve the following word/letter/number equations: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear ...
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Rabbit's favorite beverage

Your best friend, the rabbit, was coming out of his burrow one morning and you happened to be nearby! "Good morning, friend!" said the rabbit. "Good morning!" "I've got a ...
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What is my landlord's second job?

My landlord is a little eccentric. Every time he visits my flat for inspection, he places a seed in the kitchen just before he leaves. What is my landlord's second job?
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How and Why did the Matador fly?

Fredo the Matador went out for his last perfomance and he wanted to make it spectacular. Andre the Bull was the most dangerous of all. Before he entered the arena he turned to his disciple. 'If I die ...
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The mystery keyboard - what was the message?

Inspiration for this puzzle Here is a picture of my actual computer keyboard. I posted it here originally. https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/23760/i-like-my-computer-keyboard-but-the-...
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Meet me at the fence

Your trickster friend asked you to meet him at... the fence: He also gave you this: husztyrotzltnlm-uipi.ltpnstcah-g:/o/eeS/mrE You are wary of this practical ...
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Peter Rise was a wanted man.. how did he escape?

This is my first puzzle like this, so I hope you enjoy. It may be simple to experienced solvers, but I'm hoping it's a challenge to some. Peter Rise was a wanted man. He was always causing havoc. He ...
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Rainbow Road Rabbit Hole

Question: Who is in first place? It's difficult to add hints in the puzzle itself given its nature so I'll try to add some notes here as text instead. Red: [Solved] Orange: [Solved] Yellow:
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Family vacation!​

You and your family are taking a vacation planned by your parents, famous violinists! But they also love cryptography and give you a chance to figure out where you are going beforehand! They sent you ...
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Discover the wizard's weakness

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Lunch with my travel agent

JeremyDover: Pat, thanks for taking me out to lunch today. Pat: Very glad to do it! I know you've been mad at me lately. Maybe the flag thing was a bit much? JeremyDover: Not really mad, just a bit ...
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Help! My avatar is covered in puzzle

I accidentally dropped my avatar in puzzle, and now it has puzzle all over it! Could you please help me recover my avatar? Hint:
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Design of enigmatic puzzles

I've been trying to practice my enigmatic puzzle design skills, since these are the kinds of puzzles you find in many video games. (That is, puzzles in games don't often come with explicit ...
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The Mark of the Beast

Legend has it that the Mark of the Beast is the number 666. As a legendary puzzler yourself, you know that this is not the case. As your deductions have revealed, this is the Mark of the Beast: So, ...
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Equally shaped words

QUAFF . TINT . SHEET . WORLD . SAME . GRAPH SNUBS - LOSS - LETTER - CRATER - WRYLY - KIWI There's a strange sort of equivalence between these two sets of words. I'm sure it boils down to a single word,...
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Grading quizzes… except words this time!

So, you may remember that I’m a professor of Awesomeness at the prestigious Ad Hoc University! This time, I assigned my students a quiz where they have to determine how I scored a word. Once again, I ...
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Disarray and Organization: a virtual mosaic puzzle

I created this mosaic, which references a country I like to visit in my spare time. What country is that?
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Not quite binary

Your friend, the Kentucky telemarketer from this question, wants to meet you for a cool field trip! She could have just told you where to go... but that would be too easy, right? Instead, she left you ...
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Puzzling SE not loading?

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In a few seconds their job is done and so are they [closed]

“You know these little devils? Only a few inches tall and slender. Billions of them- everywhere. Homes, offices, restaurants, airports even airplanes.” Said Grandpa sipping on his masala chai. “They ...
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Silent Chinese Whispers

There is an advanced course for experienced lip-readers who want to become intructors. If they qualify, they will teach lip-reading classes themselves. All the participants in this course-for-...
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A Classic Blunder

My boss arranged for me to run things whilst he was off on a European vacation. While almost everything was set up for a graceful transfer of power, he must have been busy and distracted, because he ...
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B​ee​p-b​oo​p!​ What's my animal?

Your friend who works at a telemarketing company loves leaving little codes for you all over the place! Today, she left an especially confusing piece of paper taped to your desk! ...
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An interesting,scary and an old riddle

One night I was visiting a friend of mine . I didn't visit him for a long time , though he was a very old friend . We had the following conversation :- Friend :- I am very happy to see you my friend !...
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Captain Clumsy's crooked 'compass'

Sigh. Captain Clumsy is making my life a misery… again. Recently, I installed a brand-new 'simple' navigation device – one I had invented myself – on his ship. And he clearly didn’t listen to my ...
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Where is the pilot flying to?

Barry is a pilot for the mafia. Due to his unique cargo, his employers have to give him his destination in code. Everywhere he has flown, from Edmonton to Frankfurt to Atlanta has had an international ...
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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 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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