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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Who Stole My Friends' Car?? Help!

Help! Last night my friends' new car was stolen! I'm pretty sure it was one of the gangs that hang around here, and they've been a bit cocky. Where the car was parked, they spray-painted the ...
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Musical message from a long-lost uncle

Can you help my friend figure out how the message below from her long-lost uncle indicates anything? (I should mention here: The actual message was lost, and the text below is the best that could be ...
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Welcome to Oɴᴇderland

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Who's not welcome here?

Five people are discussing their hobbies: "I like baseball", says a man. "I prefer hiking", answers a woman. "I love persian culture", tells a second man. "It's weird, but I like to slice ...
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Labyrinth Puzzle

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Surprised no one went for this low hanging fruit yet Get from MAZE to DONE When you're DONE with the MAZE, apply the following the ...
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Friend passed me this note after lecture

After my linear algebra lecture ended at 3:30 today, my friend passed me this note, but it seems to be encrypted in some way that I don't understand. What question is my friend asking, and what is the ...
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Iceberg Cryptography

See if you can extract the message encrypted in this text box: ...
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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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An Alien Message

A spacecraft was found orbiting earth. It was not made by us, but appears to be intended to be received by us. This is a transcription of the engraving on one of its many panels: Some of the symbols ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (Interlude 1)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Upon your arrival at Parc Natural de la Vall de Sorteny, you're greeted by a group of ...
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Batman and the grid

This a sequel to: Batman and the piano Master Bruce has received three items, in the mail, from none other than Edward Nigma. One item is a piece of paper with a grid of dots in an arrangement of ...
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The needle in the network - find it!

We all know it can be difficult to find a needle in a haystack, but in this puzzle you have to Find the NEEDLE in the network! A bit more detailed: Somewhere in the network pictured above ...
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What is Lukas Rotter's secret?

The former user Lukas Rotter has had1 an intriguing profile picture: This looks like it's some kind of encrypted message! And just to confirm my suspicions, on his profile he says: By the way, my ...
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I never knew my words could speak!

This is an entry to the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #25: wordplay. "These words! – they come falling free; / speech: daft here, deft there..." — Emrakul You know, I've kept some words....
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You've got an 11.111111% chance to solve this!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bob's unnecessary trip to the shops

Alice and Bob live in London, UK. On a Friday, as per usual, Bob leaves for work before Alice. At lunchtime he receives a WhatsApp message from his friend Charles: Sorry to cancel on you last week (...
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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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Density™ finally back from holiday!

Welcome back to the Density™ series! I had intended to make these more often, but then... well... 2020 happened. Anyway, I finally got round to creating the second puzzle, and perhaps it may hint at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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