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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This new puzzle type needs a name {4}

I believe I have invented a new type of puzzle... What is its name? Begin by solving the 16x16 sudoku; each of the digits 1-16 must appear exactly once in each row, column and thick-bordered 4x4 ...
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Can you name the country code?

As an hommage to @eyl327's "can you name the country code?" puzzles. Here is one more: Given the country codes of the 10 countries in the following table, can you figure out the country code of ...
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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7)

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7) Clue group 1: This spa provides a great relaxation rub. Earbuds are included too. I compared virtual machines, and ...
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(2 of 11: Moon-or-Sun) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Camera?

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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An Unfortunate Conundrum Involving Extremes

The tide recedes as I sit in the fenced garden on my roof. A jagged rock lies ready to wreck the mariner who errs. A seabird screeches somewhere to my rear. Longing, I look at the world beyond the ...
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(7 of 11: Fillomino) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Shape?

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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Recondite key locked another puzzle... - Clue Twenty Nine!

<<---First clue <---Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Techidiot to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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(6 of 11: Yajilin) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Places?

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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(8 of 11: Ripple Effect) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Skill?

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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(3 of 11: Akari) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Car?

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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Some kind of equine religion?

Short clue.
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(5 of 11: Slitherlink) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Person?

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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Reverse Puzzling 3

This is a continuation of Reverse Puzzling 2 "Okay George, let's try this one. Pretty simple." I gave George the puzzle. He picked up his marker and quickly sketched out the following. &...
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(9 of 11: Shikaku) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Stationeries?

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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What's the question to this and what is its answer?

I do not want to verbally tell you what the question is. However I do want to non-verbally tell you, by showing you some simpler problems in the spoiler below. Please do not spoil the "question" of ...
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The mysterious equations - Clue Twenty Seven

<<---First clue <---Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Volatility to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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(4 of 11: Hitori) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Fruit?

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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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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Where is the pilot flying to? (Third Destination)

After a close call with his first flight, and with the feds still scratching their heads with his second flight, Barry once again received the instructions for his next flight from The Don of the ...
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The strange phrases - Clue Thirty

<<---First clue <---Previous clue Aha! You think, and type in the answer. Ding! The pad beeps, and opens a previously-hidden drawer. Inside is what appears to be a... bunch of strange ...
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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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An enigmatic rebus - Clue Twenty Five

<<---First clue <---Previous clue You head through the door. Immediately, you are blinded by a sudden burst of light. You stand in the doorway, blinking, as the door closes and pushes you ...
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Relatively perverted?

Longer clue.
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The strange notebook - Clue Seventeen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue The door swings open. You step through, and it closes - thud - behind you. You look around. You are in what appears to be a normal living room, with some ...
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This is it. This is the one. Save your wife

You now know where your wife is, so you hop on a plane and fly over to France. You reach the house and burst through the front door, only to find the house deserted. In despair, you slump into a chair ...
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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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A Riddle Within a Riddle

MY friend, your luck has Turned. i've made tHIs Riddle and it is the best, anD "soon iT sHould bE solved. if it is not, then a QUIet miNd mighT let sEedS be Sown, within which idEas caN grow. ...
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I am an island (ysaujdiolkiun)

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids I received an envelope containing two drawings and no return address. I would recognize that handwriting anywhere - my dear friend ...
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You're invited! Now what?

(semi-interactive puzzle) BRIIING! BRIIING! BRIIING! You wake up with a start. It's 6:30... already!? Darn. You roll slowly out of bed, preparing for the day ...
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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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A princess fell in love

Once upon a time there was a princess. She fell in love with a prince, wrote him a letter and sent it via Celeste, who was always willing to help. The prince was Laniff III and was in love ...
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Down the Rabbit Hole

There's a secret hidden in the text below. What mind-blowing truth does it reveal? Not imaginative? Then Zeke's Clues may assist! Unsure, lad? With our patented Obscurity Clues, begin verifiably ...
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Planning a round-the-world trip

My friend is preparing for her upcoming round-the-world trip and is excitedly making lists of places she wants to visit. She sent me a list of her current top 20 destinations. Mostly I see what the ...
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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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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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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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A Secret Job . . . but what is it?

Mr. Peters, a freelance muscle-for-hire sort of fellow, had been manning his desk for days now waiting for something to do when at last the phone rang. A job! The nerdy sounding person on the other ...
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The PSE School of Enigmatics (Part 1)

Update: I fixed up the second image, making it (perhaps) a little bit easier to crack. You leap out of your bed. Today's the day! You check your mailbox, and wow, there it is! The frayed look of the ...
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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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A simple alien safe

Oh no!! Abducted by aliens and put into a labyrinth for ability testing - again! There is (obviously) no deeper meaning behind this all, but can you help me open this safe, as it undoubtedly contains ...
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Slightly Odd Sudoku

Someone I find very trustworthy continues to insist that this is a valid Sudoku board. It's been a while since I've played, but surely there's a couple of things off here, right? Alright, so that ...
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How Many Policemen?

A friend of mine presented this nifty little puzzle, he said it's from Round Britain Quiz. It goes like this: An athletics competition, arranged periodically, rewards a medal to 79 winners, 47 ...
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Locate the hacker

This is my first time making one of these. Hopefully it's not too easy (or too difficult). Let me know what you think. If people enjoy this I will make more! It is May 26th, 2016 After years on the ...

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