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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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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Every Fourth Wormhole

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #33: Surface Geometry Mazes
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Who stole the diamond?

Inspiration from @BeastlyGerbil's Puzzle - This is an opprtunity. Can you take it? In Puzzlville last night, someone stole the famous Stone of Wondrous Mystery! Can you help the police find it? But ...
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A pirate's treasure-hunt

My dear puzzle friends, I need your help! An old acquaintance of mine has recently passed away and mentioned me in his will. I was quite thrilled, as the man was rather rich due to some clever ...
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Who can spot the difference?

My family and I have just moved house! Lucky us! So what did my family do? We held a housewarming party, and rung everyone in the neighbourhood up to invite them. So, anyway, people were coming in ...
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The markings of Mictal

I found this sketch in the notes old Alembic took while exploring the ruins of the ancient city of Mictal. The man must have copied some writing he encountered among the ruins. If only I could figure ...
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Tartar sauce, Gary!

My pet underwater snail just chewed up this poem I've been working on! I convinced him to spit it out, but I could only salvage one verse (you know how long I like to make my poems) and the lines are ...
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Our puzzling friend

One of our friends spends all of his time on the Puzzling Stack Exchange, so to get him to come out with us, we let him pick what to do. This was a pretty big mistake as we soon found out. This was ...
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To Do, Or Do Without

I saw this rhyme the other day and couldn't make sense of it. Perhaps I am missing something. Can you help? Oh, Rick and Corry battle mice. Two step out, in steps Man. A trap, a nail, and bell ...
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A Game Of Cat And Mouse: Part 1

Inspired by Engineer Toast's "The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper" series, and NextTimeDW's "Great Puzzling Trophy" trilogy, I've decided to have a go at creating my own story-based puzzle series. I hope you ...
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Five Slitherlinks

Solve five Slitherlinks, each with a unique solution. Please say a word regarding (or show an image depicting) each solution method.
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The tags on this puzzle are correct

What should I call this kind of puzzle?
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A Birthday Gift for You

Happy belated (or early!) birthday to everyone!
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Pathetic Neighbor!

Mr. Heisenberg recently moved next to my apartment. An old and needy person I say. Disgusted with the continuous taps and noises on my door I decided to leave the apartment. Well, are you thinking ...
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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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How were the Japanese planning to corrupt the youth of The West?

1980 - Location: Classified "Commander, we've received a message from a deep cover asset in Japan". "Well decode it then, what does it say?" "Well, erm. This asset is a little eccentric boss. He ...
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Mortin Myes' Second Cryptic Gallery

Despite finding Mortin Myes' First Cryptic Gallery fairly simple to decipher, I must confess that his second one had me completely stumped. Once again, there were three paintings, and this cryptic ...
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Prevent a Terror Attack

Agents of P.U.Z.Z.L.E. (Part-time United Zippy Zealots Loving Enigmas), we need your help. Terrorists are planning an attack on an underground railway station. One of our undercover agents placed an ...
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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 Temple of Puzzling

Part of the Community Metapuzzle, although it can be solved on it's own. The password in the puzzle below is also the word needed for the Metapuzzle. Link to the metapuzzle by Deusovi is here. ...
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End of the Maze

This the final installment of the Maze series. Here is Room 1 and here is the previous room. After you enter the answer from Room 5, you wait for the door to de materialize as usual, but nothing ...
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V for Vendetta - Who am I?

This link here shows how many "Who am I?" riddles we already have on this site. Obviously, there are many of them and they're mostly riddles describing an object in some funny way. On checking the ...
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The Baffling Birdcage

Entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #22: Animals I received a package today from a certain Mortin, and I assume that it's some sort of puzzle, knowing him. Inside the package was a board of ...
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Not “Bingo,” not “Snoopy…”

On a recent job application, I was asked to make a list of notes that I thought were pertinent to my being considered for the job. They asked me for "No more than 1101" numbered statements, and I ...
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On The Subject of Rubik's Cube

(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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Identify the Missing Symbols

The symbols below appear to be some sort of nautical symbols: waves, sails, lighthouse markers, waterfall markers, directional markers, etc. The spots are labeled with red letters, but the red ...
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On The Subject of Regular Crazy Talk

(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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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 1)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! After mailing in the correct question to the given answer in the preliminary test, it took only a ...
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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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The lists of Adrian Puzzlinger

Adrian Puzzlinger has gone missing again. Even worse, for puzzle lovers, the latest puzzle under construction is missing as well. The puzzle police are puzzled by an imprint of aligned lists of ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 2)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Upon arrival at the Pamplona Airport, you head towards baggage claim. Standing at baggage claim, ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (Interlude 2)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Note: I fear I made these cities too obscure with my first riddle. The four unsolved cities have ...
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Prison Pizza Party

You are an inmate at Infinity Prison, where prisoners must work together to solve a challenging riddle every day to ensure their very survival. But today is your lucky break; the warden has decided to ...
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What in the shells is this puzzle?

Clergyman's wife tells story of picking up a muscle. Solution: $\require{color}\definecolor{hint}{RGB}{1,124,233} \small\color{hint}{\textsf{5 words}}$
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My Final Song to Riley

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 This will also be my final Riley Riddle for a week or two because it is arriving near the end of the term and school is expecting ...
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A family of colors. Identify me?

My family members are: Our guests are: Hint 1: Hint 2: Can you identify me?
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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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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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Nobody can solve this puzzle [closed]

Yes, literally, nobody can solve this puzzle. While every answer might get upvotes, nobody's answer will be accepted. Nobody gets the green check. In this sense, the puzzle is fair to everyone. ...
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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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A Message to the SE Admins

We're graduating! I feel the only appropriate way to respond is a Stack Exchange themed puzzle: Albertan politician who succeeded Lucien Maynard (6, 7 or 6, 8) Approved for passport authorization (6) ...
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Parallelisation

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids Puzzlers, I am presenting a set of six duo-grids! Of course, I need to tell you how they work - you are given a grid. Looking at it,...
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Diary of a hairdresser

Today I went to cut my hair, and the hairdresser told me a weird story. Yesterday, I had a group of people come to cut their hair. Together, they embodied the one type of hair I hate. A celebrity ...
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Oh no, it's another safe!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids Oh, did I feel proud after solving the last safe... until I was immediately dimension-doored (or something) into this room! Damn ...
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Find the missing result

On a scrap of paper you read the following results: $$ \begin{array}{r c l c} NETHERLANDS & - &FINLAND & 3-1 \\ JAPAN & - &IRAQ & 0-0 \\ RUSSIA & - &INDONESIA & ...
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Why is my husband sending this photograph? And to whom?

I found an envelope with a photograph inside a couple of days ago. There was no name or address on the envelope, and the photograph just showed some toys. It must be my husband's doing. My kids and I ...
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Assassinate Shakespeare!

Factoid: The noun "assassination" first appeared in print in Shakespeare's Macbeth. However, forget that. The puzzle is to reproduce the following ngram. The correct answer will be a link to the ...
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Welcome aboard flight 5932

Welcome aboard flight 5932, and thanks for getting on this flight. In the unlikely case you need or want to abort this flight, you will find there are two exits both at the top of the plane. This ...
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Away from the hub

Today I got a weird FaceTime call from teenage girl I didn't know. They must have dialled the wrong number, but I was too intrigued to hang up. Instead, I covered my camera and turned off the ...
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a strange array

You wake up into an empty room, all you can see is a locked door. On the wall, a numeric pad, on its screen you see remaining tries: 1. enter passcode _ _ _ _ _ next to it a strange inscription: ...

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