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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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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Chaos and Order: a visual puzzle in stained glass

I created a visual puzzle, which my wife then implemented as part of a stained-glass window. I've no idea if it is (a) obvious, (b) stupid or hopefully (c) extremely clever, and hence would love to ...
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Fwd: Re: Karen is missing!

From: Ada Hughes <ahughes@fib.gov> Sent: Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:03 PM To: Joe Dorsen <jdorsen@fib.gov> CC: Jason Bernz <jbernz@fib.gov>; IT Guys <cis@fib.gov> Subject: Re: ...
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Merlin and Hermes: Mysterious Lines

Two adventurers, Merlin and Hermes, approached a large iron door built into a cliff face."Well...", said Hermes, "What do we do now?". Merlin produced an old, large piece of crumpled paper from his ...
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I shouldn't have asked him

My roommate (rm) always looks busy in front of his laptop, so I try to start talking to him Me : "Hey, You always look busy, so how do you entertain yourself? Do you have a favorite book, movie,...
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My God, it's full of stars!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids My dear friend, unknown to us, may have relocated again. He sent me imagery and constellation maps indicating that a distant red ...
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The Secret Club

Since I was a kid, nobody wanted me in their super-exclusive clubs... the "House in the Tree Club"... the "Girls Only Club"... the "Whatever you are NOT Club"... but now that I am a skilled (and a bit ...
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Discover the meaning of life!

You've trekked through jungle and tundra, across mountaintops and deserts, into giant caverns and beneath the ocean to find the person known as The Oracle. Finally, after all your hard work, you find ...
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Strange women and their strange ways of giving you phone numbers

While Bob was walking down the street one day, he met a wonderful woman that was attractive and smart and a great conversationalist. After they had been chatting for a while the woman looked at her ...
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Desert Irrigation Project

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids My dear friend researches and designs canal irrigation systems in a remote desert. He's been missing for two weeks. Members of ...
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Help! I can't rock out, with my clock out!

I need your help! Look at this: One, two, one o'clock, three o'clock rock Eight, six, three o'clock, two o'clock rock Nine, seven, one o'clock, seven o'clock rock We're gonna rock around the ...
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Neurotic frogs ought to relax in mud baths

What is the hidden message in this advertisement? Neurotic Frogs Ought To Relax In Mud Baths! Perpendicular lounging calms. A frog, a mud cap... bliss! Wallowing generates happiness. Amphibian spa ...
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Lepidopterology needed!

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art The two friends in the gallery of Hyper-modern art are still discussing. "You know what, to certain extent I start enjoying this Hyper-...
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A mysterious letter and email

I received a letter recently. It wasn’t signed and I had no idea who it was from or why it was sent. I binned it thinking it was a joke from some idiot. Probably that weirdo a few doors down, he's ...
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The Madman's Speech

You are walking through the prairie when you find a madman wandering around talking to himself. The following is what you manage to hear of his speech: "How? I - I'll ask her. I owe her much, again....
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A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever!

I...I've just seen something. Something wonderful. Something beautiful. I don't know what it is...I don't have the least idea, to be honest. But, its innate beauty is unmistakable. $\qquad\qquad\...
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Read. Learn. Live. Escape

You wake lying face down on a hard stone floor. Your head hurts. As your eyes find focus, you see a haiku scratched into the ground beside you: A wrong step brings death! But, a wrong guess brings ...
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The Catacombs of Cryptos, The Final Path

Previously, in The Catacombs of Cryptos: 1. The Entrance to the Catacombs The end came long ago. The wars are long since over. Little remains and those who have survived struggle. One of the ...
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Reverse Puzzling 4

[This continues prior Reverse Puzzling here, here and here] George rubbed his hands together with glee. "So this is Andrea's puzzle, is it?" "Yes," I answered. "It's the first of them, anyway." "...
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This is an opportunity. Can you take it?

The first thing you hear on awakening is the clock. It sounds just like the one you have in your room. But what you see defies what you hear. You've never seen this room before. You don't remember ...
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More important than the destination

This puzzle is the 26th and final part of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Spoiler alert: This puzzle gives ...
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This new puzzle type needs a name {5}

I believe I have invented a new type of puzzle... What is its name? Colour-blind-friendly version available here. Begin by solving the 9x9 sudoku; each of the 9 symbols ...
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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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“The Unfinished ________ Waltz”

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. Above is the sheet music for the universally acclaimed "The Unfinished ________ ...
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Grandpa's crazy math. Another Grandpa Mystery

Grandpa says : " Bit of a stretch but-- 2.72 = 1000 x 10000 Is he crazy or genius?
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A-maze-ing Wordsearch

This is an entry to the 12th fortnightly challenge You and your party realize that you possibly shouldn't have crossed the mad wizard at the black tower when all your vision goes pink and pale. When ...
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What is MOehm trying to tell us?

MOehm has an interesting (updated) profile picture: It is a lower case and italic 'm' (supposedly for 'M'Oehm) surrounded by what appears to be braille. The braille says (in UEB, may mean different ...
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The strange story of Lord Lefthide

Lord Lefthide was found dead in his mansion, to what it would seem of a heart attack. But it appears that moments before his death, he was writing some uncanny childish story. He was indeed found dead ...
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A Cleverly Disguised Word

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. The answers to the following nine clues are closely linked. (Their link is related to ...
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Puzzle Hunt 01: A cliched treasure map

This is my first puzzle, but strongly influenced in style by the type of puzzles you see monthly at Puzzled Pint. If you are fortunate enough to live in a city where they are hosted, I would really ...
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Interesting email I received?

This email recently arrived in my inbox. I don't know how it avoided the spam folder, but it must be important. However, it looks like a dictionary in a blender... you'll see what I mean when you read ...
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A new kind of cipher?

So, I believe that I may have created a new kind of cipher, would you be able to solve it? (I'll let you know what I've decided to name it once you've solved it :) ) ...
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A not very easy puzzle with an easy answer. Something that a grim puzzler might like

1f411 pirate gibberish 00000010 1f607 . 1f441 1f44f 1f411 . Cigarette ___ lion's-bane@ ワs 22 2 65 61 73 79 160 141 162 164 "2" & right(getMethod("mixintowater"), 5) 9 (4*2) 2 8 _ (...
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The great fall - Clue Fourteen

<---Previous clue New: Now with illustrations! You key in your answer. Then you hear a click. Aghhhhh.... the ground beneath you suddenly isn't there anymore. You hit the ground with a crash, in ...
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The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil

Part 2: The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil This is an unusual call in. As a private detective you have been asked to investigate several odd cases, but this you're ...
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Who killed Professor Cal?

Professor Cal was found murdered in his office. Luckily, security had been keeping tight track of all who entered and exited the building during the day, and were able to determine that the suspects ...
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(11 of 11: Meta) What is Pyramid Cult's All-Time Favorite?

Dear PSE users and moderators, I’m new here in PSE, but I really need your help. There was this person who gave me a black envelope consisting 10+1 pages of puzzles, and also a scribble saying: “Find ...
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The escape of Beastly Gerbil

The finale of a three part series: Part 1 - The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 2 - The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil I have a lot to think about... firstly I disappeared for two years, and now ...
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The mess of Adrian Puzzlinger

Adrian Puzzlinger has gone missing again. Even worse, for puzzle lovers, the latest puzzle under construction is a mess. The only shred of order in the chaos of Puzzlinger's puzzler parlor is this ...
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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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Twelve Labours - #11 Hesper's Hypermarket

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 His business ...
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The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil

Part 1: The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil I've been trapped here for what feels like forever. This is all I've known. Darkness. The occasional flash of light, ...
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Enter the Vermillion

I have a new riddle for everyone here at Puzzling.SE, and I believe it's a safe bet to say it will be difficult to solve. My suffix is my prefix, defined for both as well; My infix has one ...
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If dogs could talk

We all know the Simpsons' little greyhound. But what is Bart's pet saying in this picture?
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Piece de Resistance - Queen Machina, my Majesty, Time for a Hearty Supper!

Queen Machina, my Majesty, Time for a Hearty Supper! This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten ...
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(10 of 11: Nurikabe) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Topic?

Dear PSE users and moderators, I’m new here in PSE, but I really need your help. There was this person who gave me a black envelope consisting 10+1 pages of puzzles, and also a scribble saying: “Find ...
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Unusual Sudoku Puzzle

Find the solution to this Sudoku puzzle. The only problem is there aren't any normal Sudoku clues. Instead there are only some cryptic clues. What is the solution and how does the puzzle work? Edit: ...
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A lad named E. Mandala

In a follow up from yesterday, I was sent another email from the same source. The tile of the message was, "A lad named E. Mandala" which I've set the title of this puzzle to. Can you help ...
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Where did this mysterious note come from?

The boy had a cat on the boat, Alone among blue all around. He wrote a very brief note, Hoping the can would be found. I just came back from the Latpipe Hotel and decided to head to the beach, for ...
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Piece de Resistance - Jack in all Tags… But Master in All?

Jack in all Tags... But Master in All? This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Queen King... ...

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