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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The Mathematics Department

After a whirlwind tour of the English department, the tour entered the Mathematics department. Upon entering, I immediately heard some interesting conversations: "It's like a puzzle, that game..." ...
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Puzzle Hunt 05: Reading between the lines

This is part five in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series. The story carries on from part four. With the delicate backdrop of celestial nursery rhymes, you decide to flick through the discovered ...
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How many countries in each continent?

In this list of the world's sovereign states, exactly sixteen of the UN member states and observer states have a certain property P, and so does the disputed territory of Abkhazia. Exactly 2 of these ...
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Density-type puzzle: __________

I made another Density puzzle. This one is a bit simpler than my last one in that it has less steps, but at the same it feels a bit harder (though I can't judge that accurately as the creator). Here ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #03 - Down and out in London

This is the third 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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A Retrospective Captor

Matthew woke up suddenly. He was in a dimly lit room -looked like an old office space. He stood up in a panic and looked around. He saw a few desks, ancient computers, yet no dust anywhere. He made a ...
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Pulling a fast one

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The princess' journey came to a crossroad

This is a sequel to A princess fell in love During her journey, the princess encountered a very strange crossroad. Can you help you her choose a safe way to go to the prince? What would she ...
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ASCII Art Painting

I've been taking an art course recently, and I met someone who was proficient with grid ASCII art paintings. However, the teacher of the class always seemed to think there was something wrong with his ...
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“Tell Your Friends” - a mysterious e-mail that landed in my inbox [Part 3 of 6]

Following your solution of part 2 and the Editor screwing up beyond belief, I present to you... PART 3! You send the answer back to our Mysterious Host. Within a blink of an eye, a new puzzle appears ...
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You're Invited!

One early morning while you check your mailbox, you see a letter. You open it and read: ~ For people who like Gray Test, Red Lid, Wordy Pal, people who build Carport Gym or even who Swap Rods ~ ...
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A recipe for lemon tea stew

Here's an old recipe I found in my tower for lemon tea stew. Ingredients 6 cups of tea 4 eggs 2 eyeballs1 2 leeks 4 lemons 1 banana 2 chicken wings several dates about half an onion 1 Or fake jelly ...
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Colorado Carl and the Lazurite Lizard - Part Two

This is a continuation of the story started here. It's been a crazy few weeks since you first deciphered Sam Smitherson's letter asking to meet at the Powell's Bookstore Café in Portland. You got ...
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the reason i CAN'T WAIT for the holidays

tiS thE season of Rejoicing! TIme for Caroling, sUgAr cooKies, anD FaMily iNfiGHting! hoWever, there's an eXtra sPecial reasOn this wilL be the Best holidaY season eVer. there's Just one Question, now,...
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My Landmark Puzzle II

It can be hard to keep track of the places you visit when you travel the world, for some people numbers can be easier to remember than words. I kept a note of the last place I visited: 43° 10° ...
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The Science Department

Today I decided to take another tour of the local university. We went into the science department first. Suddenly, I found myself harassed by a woman in a lab coat. She exclaimed in an urgent voice, '...
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Soapbox on a street corner

When I was walking today, I came across a man standing on a soapbox. He was broadcasting his view to the world, and though he was speaking in English, I couldn't understand what he was going on about. ...
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Cryptic, then Crossword, then Clues

Answer is one word. {1}{2}{3}{4} (6) {1} [a] (7) {2} [b][c][d][e] (6) {3} [f] (3) {4} [g][h][i] (6) [a] Bonding family in cod (7) [b] Container fight (3) [c] Considering ...
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A Large Equation - Small Puzzle

My brother Yzarc is always trying to be clever. Today he claims that 2 equals 10w43e25s10e36n31w. Why does he say that? Hint: I asked my brother why he chose this particular expression, and he said it ...
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The game of pebbles +

The game of pebbles is a two-player game. The game starts with N stones. On a player's turn, he or she must remove either 1, a power of 2 (2,4,8,...) or a power of 3 stones (3,9,27,...). The player ...
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Properties of numbers, redux…?

One has five. Two and three have two. Six only has one. What does eight have? ______ An homage to Properties of numbers...? — but a new puzzle
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“Tell Your Friends” - a mysterious e-mail that landed in my inbox [Part 5 of 6]

Now that Part 4 was solved in six minutes' time.... Our mysterious host congratulates you on your quick solution, much berating the OP for taking 24 hours to solve it. But, like everything, this ...
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“Tell Your Friends” - a mysterious e-mail that landed in my inbox [Part 4 of 6]

Now that you've managed to beat Part 3, we can move on to Part 4! Yey! Immediately after entering the correct word in the prompt, you receive a new message on your screen... ...
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How many did I catch? [duplicate]

This is a simplified version of the original puzzle since there was some difficulty with the pictures. How many did I catch? How many did I leave out? Almond Coca cola Ohms Condor Nectar Calamari ...
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The Poetry Book - Clue Thirty-Two

<<--- first clue <--- previous clue (?) "[redacted]," you say aloud. Nothing seems to happen. You look around the room again. Suddenly, you notice something that wasn't there before. ...
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Correct way to add 22 to 4 to get 613867

Inspired by this, this, and this. I'm not great at math, I'll admit. However, I am quite sure that there is a way to add 22 to 4 to obtain the number 613867. Now, that's a pretty big number, so my ...

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