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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Ode to a Nightingale: a puzzling study in literary criticism

The field of literary criticism is an interesting and fruitful one, in which puzzlers might carve out a niche. This was recently brought home by a conversation I had with a sagacious old gentleman in ...
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Can you find the missing words?

Given that: $ \begin{gather} \ \text{ art}\hspace{1em}\Leftrightarrow\hspace{1em}\text{phi} \end{gather} $ Can you figure out the words that are missing? $ \begin{gather} \text{imps}\hspace{1em}...
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A book of mystery - Page I

APOLOGIES AS THE FIRST SET OF NUMBERS WAS INCORRECT. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WRITING A PROPER STORY RIDDLE SO EXCUSE ME IF IT'S NOT GREAT. YOU'LL GET A NEW PAGE OF THE BOOK EACH TIME YOU SOLVE THE LAST ...
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Note of greetingth

A friend of mine thent me thith note. He'th a little bit thy and often preferth to thend a metthage rather than thay thomething in perthon, even if it'th quite thort, and thometimeth amutheth himthelf ...
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I tried to make a puzzle unlike any I'd seen before. The answer is a three digit number. Good luck! I hope it's fun

The answer is three digits. You get this picture and the following list: RIGHT AWAY UPHILL LEFT HOOK THROW UP DOWN UNDER Bonus Hint
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I have no idea what this means

Hmm? What's this? A room. Great. Great. As if the guards don't know I'm claustrophobic. There's a strange text on the wall: Ribna tifmagta resru, sunte no, renler sludted dtednsehnun rurdal slutakdal ...
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C equals O, but in general

You return to your consciousness. You find yourself trapped in a room, facing a wall where all information is located. There is also a table, on it a permanent marker. Before inspecting every piece ...
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Can you name the Product Code™?

Given the product codes of 10 fruits and vegetables in the chart below, can you figure out the product code of Broccoli? $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{...
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Fun with Flags part 8: it's your roll

We are looking for a 12-letter word. Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.
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Captain Pun plays cards

Last night I was playing a game of cards with my good friend Captain Pun and his wife. All of a sudden, partway through a round, he threw down a card that bore this design: Colour-blind-friendly ...
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Can you name the country code?

As an hommage to @eyl327's "can you name the country code?" puzzles. Here is one more: Given the country codes of the 10 countries in the following table, can you figure out the country code of ...
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Guess the puzzle described below

Who has trapped me inside my home Goes around the world oftenly alone. In the last year plan Was that place so good Got her name From some kind of wood Almost with all of them She shares her self ...
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Can you name the Country Code™? (#2)

Given the country codes of 10 countries in the chart below, can you figure out the country code of Brazil? $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{19px}{#2px}}\def\...
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Where my heart longs to be

The answer to this puzzle is a two-word place. (1) One of eight of 64 is bizarre twat (4) (2) Risque yaoi manga the European Union flipped over (4) (3) You can't fight in here! This is a ...
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Can you name the Country Code™?

Given the country codes of 10 countries in the chart below, can you figure out the country code of Brazil? $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{19px}{#2px}}\def\...
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Weird song from liner notes of a broken CD

Grandpa Bob liked to think he was a rockstar. He also loved to play that play-a-song-and-guess-the-name game. Known outside the family exclusively as Mr Deau, the weirdest thing he left behind when he ...
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At the crime scene of a murder 🔪

Someone has been murdered! Eight suspects have been identified. The contents of their bags have been emptied to use as evidence and are listed below alongside their names. Which one of them was the ...
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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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Cipher text on an ancient wall

The following text was found written on the wall of an ancient tomb: $\text{DXFDMKEPU}$ Can you decipher what it means? Nearby the wall, this piece of parchment was found. Perhaps it is a clue ...
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What is the difference between a bird?

Attention here one should not play on words, the question is to understand literally, and there is of course at least one answer. What is the difference between a bird?
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Reverse minesweeper?

The puzzle below, when filled out completely, is a valid minesweeper board. Some of the mines and numbers have already been filled in. Can you fill in what is missing and use the solved grid to find ...
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Two are defined for all, the rest are not… I think?

I couldn't help but panic. School resumes tomorrow, and we have a speed quiz on ____________. I've forgotten everything that had been discussed, and even after I've finished reviewing, I'm supposing ...
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After the PSE lounge

Having solved the complaint at the PSE lounge, I leave the lounge and see a door I haven't noticed before. The door has a large sign. At the top it has a rhyme: Rotations are red Or are they blue?...
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An “XL” puzzle: A different way to design overlapping shape puzzles

Recently I came across an interesting puzzle (Joy of Japanese puzzles). Eight same size square sheets were placed inside a bigger square with their edges showing. See below One has to show the ...
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The volumes of the encyclopedia

This is a puzzle I invented today after noticing something strange. It is possible, however, that you've read it elsewhere in another form. Hope you'll enjoy solving it. A small town had a public ...
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12 hidden clues in just one paragraph!

I have attempted to hide as much information as I can within as little words as possible, while it still makes sense. And while the following paragraph does indeed make sense, that doesn't mean it's ...
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Fun with Flags part 7: attention please

We are looking for an idiom. Hint 1: Hint 2: Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10.
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A remarkable musical ode

On his deathbed, the great blind composer Charles Triangle composed the following remarkable piece, but his penchant for puzzles has left critics in tears searching for a deeper meaning to a piece ...
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The hidden question

Hidden in this puzzle is a question. Solve the puzzle, find the question, and please answer it! I leave you with a text file: ...
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The message is hidden in plain site

You’re an agent for the very secret PSE – Protection against Stupidity Establishment. The agency tries to prevent people doing stupid things, before they do them. You’ve been given a random email ...
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Not to waste a perfectly good puzzle

I formulated this puzzle as part of a project I'm working on. However, it turned out that it was, uh, a bit too difficult to include for the audience we're aiming it at - it took someone over 40 ...
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Exceptional numbers, neither good nor bad

Behold, my new comrades, a monstrous yet straightforward puzzle, appearing on the order of that group of fellows occasionally visiting PSE but hitherto unable to join their simple friends. I assure ...
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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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Hidden Eggs Puzzle 20|20

Whodunnit? #twinning For accessibility, the following is a transcription of the colors. The colors of each egg (b/p/y) from top to bottom are listed in each string. Eggs in a row are separated by ...
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Is Cricket Code?

Note: No cricket knowledge is needed to solve this You need to quickly pop into your local cricket club to grab some kit, but upon arrival you discover the clubhouse is locked. There is a number pad ...
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A farm related sport?

A puzzle in the spirit of the Density™ puzzle. I'll say that the overall philosophy used here is the same as in Rosetta's Stone. Also, the rainbow colors at the top are just for reference. Finally, ...
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Fun with Flags part 6: left right left

We are looking for the name of a country leader. Other puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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The Alchemist leaves a trail

I discovered the entrance to the secret passage in the first chapter of the Alchemist. The stone-walled corridor curved to the right and downwards towards a source of light emanating from a chamber ...
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The escape of Beastly Gerbil

The finale of a three part series: Part 1 - The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 2 - The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil I have a lot to think about... firstly I disappeared for two years, and now ...
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Untitled (Not Just a) Word Search

I wrote this for a puzzle swap, and I'm somewhat proud of how it turned out. I'd like to know what you think. ...
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Not the squares you were looking for

A $5\times5$ square has area $\pi$. A $7\times7$ square has area $8$. An $8\times8$ square has area $0$. A $10\times10$ square has area $30$ (not quite $13$). Why? The answer should be clear when ...
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Reverse Engineering Computer Formula

A computer uses an unknown formula to create a 4 digit Output using specific Input. Here are 3 examples: Input = 20066 : 020470 : 47 : 1 : 322267 Output = 0927 Input = 20066 : 020470 : 46 : 3 : 198684 ...
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Elementary, my dear Louis

Felt it was time for another Density™ puzzle. Warning: May require thinking. Enjoy! Final answer: (3,4,4,4)
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Where is Bob tweeting from?

Your friend Bob burnt out at his job, and went abroad for a long vacation1. He tweeted this today. Where is he ? 1 Note that Bob is not subject to lockdown since he is a hat. Hint
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The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil

Part 1: The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil I've been trapped here for what feels like forever. This is all I've known. Darkness. The occasional flash of light, ...
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Complete the following analogical analogy

In an analogy ":" means "is to" and "::" means "as/like". Now, since this is almost an analogy (maybe a future type), I will accept the solution if it's almost correct. Kinberg : ‴niɘɈƨnɘƨiƎ‴  :: ? ...
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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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I know I should solve this Masyu… But… How should I make this puzzle more colorful?

I know I should solve this Nurikabe variant... I know I should shade all Masyu circles... I know I should not let $2 \times 2$ unshaded squares appeared... I know I should solve this Masyu... ...
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A colorful metapuzzle (of a sort)

edit: realized two puzzles ended up being variants. Replaced subpuzzle 5 completely, and swapped subpuzzle 2 to the original version. Either version has the same solution. edit 2: my apologies. this ...
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A Grid with some Green Cells

So a friend wanted me to try out the reverse-puzzling riddle he created. It consisted of a 4x4 grid with a digit in each cell and a single closed loop drawn along the edges of its cells. Also some of ...

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