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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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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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! (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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Code Movie Wall

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1 I'm thinking of a movie. The Connecting Wall below (click it for a bigger version) should have made guessing the movie really simple, ...
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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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What number is hidden in this map?

This question is part of a puzzle crime story I have started recently (you can see previous puzzles from the series HERE, HERE and HERE). I would like to test the difficulty (not sure if too easy or ...
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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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On The Subject of Binary Puzzle

(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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Just another day in the Shack

UPDATE - Per Stiv's answer below, there was in fact a mistake in the fourth row, eighth column of the diagram. Fixed diagram has replaced the errant one. I work at the logistics base for a major ...
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On The Subject of Word Searches

(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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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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Hidden message in rap text: "Yo Gandhi, Dupe Bounce!"

A rapper released a teaser for his upcoming track, claiming it's some deep stuff. Here's the image he uploaded, which appear to be part of the lyrics: It appears to be saying "YO GANDHI DUPE ...
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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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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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There's been a kidnapping!

Alfred C. Bacon, an avid puzzler, has been kidnapped! Fortunately, we were able to find where he was being held. Unfortunately, he was no longer there. Fortunately, he left us a note, letting us know ...
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Strange sorceresses swallow scarlet swedes

What is interesting about this sentence? Strange sorceresses swallow scarlet swedes, see - snubbing saintliness. HINT:
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Mortin Myes' First Cryptic Gallery

My acquaintanceship with Mortin Myes' began in college, where I admired his minimalist artwork - we parted ways amicably within a few years of meeting, and as I went on with my life, I wondered what ...
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Twisted Connections

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 The following is an Only-Connect wall seen in the BBC TV series. You have to divide the 16 words into groups of 4 each satisfying a specific ...
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On The Subject of Black Holes

(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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Can you extract the value from this interlinked cryptic puzzle?

I'd like to tell a story, but there isn't really one here. 3+4+5=6 There's just a cryptic puzzle 6 1 4a 7 4d 9, 3 2 5 8. all mixed up in itself. ...
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"Tell your friends" - a mysterious email that landed in my inbox [Part 1 of 6]

I found the following email in my inbox: I almost disregarded this as spam at first but further investigation revealed a curious puzzle. The web page has the following appearance: (I am security ...
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It's not a bloody murder!

A Japanese ship was making its way through the Arabian sea. The captain felt like taking a bath and thus went to bathroom after removing his Rolex watch, gold bracelet and keys to his new Bugatti ...
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The Alchemist's Grimoire

Told from the perspective of my fantasy self. The story is not needed to solve the puzzle, but may have some useful tidbits. So earlier today, I finally decided to sit down with my newest party ...
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A small mammal?

Small mammal – I'm A International animal With four legs, and, Whiskers. Sharp eyes. But, it wouldn't do To totally give up A Answer, too readily, So those are all the Clues ...
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Locate the hacker: Part 2

This is a continuation of Locate the hacker. Be sure to read through part 1 and the accepted answer first so you can get an idea of how to solve this. There are no tricks here. There’s no breaking of ...
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A Composition For My Birthday

It's my birthday today, 5/13! Below are some of my role models. Can you tell me when their birthdays are? $0,9,8,9,8,5,0,9$ $0,-7,0,8,0,8,12,-7,0,8,0,8,12$ $0,7,7,7,-8,-5,7,4,7,12,7,7,7$ $0,5,9,5,...
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Counter-Red Spiders

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd.This puzzle contains hints for 220 black squares (but that's not the point) but is a standalone puzzle. ...
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Who is not in the garden?

Billy the gardener uses a grey lego bolt to plant beans inside the timber ring, Sallah! Who is not in the garden? Hint:
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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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The Alchemist goes missing

He hadn't been responding to emails for days. When he was deeply involved in his work, delays were not uncommon, but not this long. Something was clearly amiss. Something had happened to my long time ...
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Kitty's New Mission

A new year and a new mission for Kitty. Having successfully located the bomb on the previous mission, Kitty is on the next level of training and is delighted to see conditions have improved ...
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What is JonMarkPerry trying to tell us?

Following in the footsteps of MOehm, leoll2 and the formerly known Lukas Rotter (who has deleted his account D:), we have a new name to add: JonMarkPerry! In his profile we find an interesting image: ...
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Can you solve the gibberish case?

You are sitting in a restaurant, in your usual place when you notice a man speaking what sounds like. Gibberish? You write it all down and go home. Late at night you wake up and try to make heads or ...
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What is the title to this question? [closed]

What is the first clue to this question? What is the second clue to this question? Hint
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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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Consecutive Vowels

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Potentially NSFW: Consecutive Vowels Being a native speaker (6) _____ goin' nowhere! (3 4) Democratic Debbie (7) Major airplane ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #04 - Mansion Massacre

This is the fourth Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...

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