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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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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Where is the pilot flying to? (Second destination)

After a very close call the last time he was making a flight for the mafia, Barry received a new set of orders for his next flight. The Don really loved his creative little puzzles, and Barry knew ...
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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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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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Just another day in the Shack

I work at the logistics base for a major remote research station in...well, I'm not supposed to say. Let's call Artanctica. It's a great job most days, because most messages are scheduled and routine. ...
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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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220 black squares (but that's not the point)

Some hints for this question have been embedded in this challenge: Counter-Red Spiders. ...though that is a standalone puzzle. The title technically describes this puzzle. There are, after all, four ...
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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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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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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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I'm a noob, plz help me quick!

I'm a programmer and I have a deadline to finish a difficult project, I need your help now. I would ask it on Stackoverflow, but it's probably gonna get closed, so I'm reaching out on this SE. ...
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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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You can order them, and keep them

Each clue gives TWO words, which give a letter; the letters can be combined to form two more words, which share a special property with all of the decoded clues. All of forever. (8) It's big enough ...
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Little bits of food

You will come across a question. Answer it.
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On The Subject of Discolored Squares

(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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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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Complaint at the PSE lounge

While walking through the PSE lounge, I noticed a piece of paper on one of the tables. Picking it up, I saw several things. The first, was a couple of sentences at the top: I love this place! But ...
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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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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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Ah, the old SE puzzlearoo

Hold my crossword clues, I'm going in! 1973 Ford tow truck Trip to geeks’ country in Portugal Why Germany imprisons mother John Stewart, according to Wikipedia Classic m7xBI.jpg ...
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PSE Assessment Exam

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #27: Treasure-Hunt...   Welcome to the PSE Assessment Exam! This exam is designed to assess your aptitude, knowledge and experience as a high profile ...
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The calamitous Captain Clumsy

I'm a communications engineer with the Royal Navy - it's a great job, and usually I love it. But there is this one guy who absolutely grinds my gears. I call him 'Captain Clumsy' (not to his face, ...
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Double features: The wrap-up

This puzzle is the final part of the Double feature series (first part here). Note: This answers gives away the answers to previous puzzles. The answers to the twelve Double feature puzzles are ...
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On The Subject of Marble Tumble

(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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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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A Smuggled List of S'S

Smuggled this strange list from [redacted] 's place. Maybe he is making a puzzle. Who is the victim? Scarlet covers Swindler's imprecation Sour disordered equipment Smash journal ...
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On The Subject of X-Rays

(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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Really, really, really hard sequence

... in which you have nothing to do with math ... except maybe with some counting and this and that ... but no calculations, no, definitely no. $1, 0, 8, 62, 90, 68, 83, 89, 88, 057, 619, 028, 693,...
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What Does Igor's Letter Say?

Igor arrived at the national convention of scientists with a bit of a conundrum. "My boss gave me this message," he tells his associates, "but says he can't for the life of him figure out what it says....
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Five-Minute Comics: Part 2

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Didn't actually follow the five minute rule this time -- though i guess i should have, because i nearly ran out of time! There's only ...
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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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Puzzle Hunt 03: As a bat

This is part three in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series. The story carries directly on from part two. Part one is here. There may be a bit of a gap before part 4 as I'm running out of ideas :) ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. X

Before we get into it, I'd like to take a moment to congratulate everyone on us reaching part ten, but especially you because you've been putting up with this nonsense and travelling all over the ...
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Terms and Conditions Apply

Socks. They have much more use than just keeping people's feet warm. I wanted to make one, to provide as a backup account in case I ever forgot my details for this account or something... So, I ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 3)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Though your methods of solving the required riddle were dubious at best, you were still able to ...
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Find The Common Pattern In These Words

You are a super spy, typing on your QWERTY keyboard, when suddenly you received an urgent call from your boss, Caesar. He had urgently called you, defying all protocols, as he wanted to inform you ...
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Puzzle Hunt 02: Echoes of Change

This is part two in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series. The story carries directly on from part one. You take an incredulous look at the map. spoiler for part one "That's a bit of a cliché. "...
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What is my name? Simple puzzle

I am a chemical element .---- ----- I am your ..-. .-. .. . -. -.. Combine them together now I am a country What is my name?
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Disciple of Gzemnid

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Upon entering the dark room, you hear a loud, chilling sound. A light flickers to life and illuminates a relatively small ...
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The green searcher

Sir, I have a great advantage in puzzle codes. The green searcher submitted invalid endeavors. Was it the solution? Time eluded so easily many. The day fanatics get to grandly celebrate: March ...

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