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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Discover the secret to eternal happiness!

Your good friend told you about a wise man named The Oracle, who once helped them discover the meaning of life. You've led a content life, but you're dying to discover the secret to true happiness. ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (clue 4)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! After cracking the code, you catch a flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Being on a long flight ...
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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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3 Step Puzzle with Increasing Ardor

#1 ________ #2 ________ #3 ________ Step 1: Note that something is missing in this puzzle and determine what it is (you may have to use it to realize it's gone). When you notice what it is, ...
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Emeralds bet - A round world

It was the 15 October 1502, just a few hours before midnight in an old tavern at the docks. Emerald raised two fingers, after repeatedly looking at his three cards, before finally answering the ...
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Puzzling puzzling phrases

Intro: I found this strange, tattered journal while walking through the woods behind my house, and wondered if you could make sense of it all. From what I could glean, it was written by a nomadic ...
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An overheard gang meeting, a double agent, and a murder

I was walking home late last night and heard raised voices coming from a boarded up old warehouse. I stopped, out of sight, to listen... [When I started eavesdropping, the conversation was already ...
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The Witch's Recipe

Can you solve the witch's trap and break the curse they placed on you? Vixen's herbs in cauldrons mixing, wins the next without descending, misguided hearts now truly mending. The Senior's ...
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Nine Obscure Fellows

The names of nine fellows are concealed in this peculiar verse. Find the names and provide your exegesis. An apple for Charlemagne, one that takes great steps, returning in Skyrim or Oblivion, and ...
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Where on earth am I?

I have always wanted to travel around the world. So I quitted my job at Malt Traders. When I told my friends Toni, Mark and Gary about my plan, they were like "No way!" I knew they would love to ...
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Enigmatic Boxes

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A religious riddle … or not

The serpent slithered through the grass, First to Eve, the mistress of Eden, And made her cross with what it told. When first Adam heard of what had occurred, "You silly hen!" he chided his ...
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Identify the twins and cousins!

Let me tell you about four friends of mine. They're a close-knit bunch: two pairs of twins who are cousins to each other. The first guy is Adam. He's a devout Christian, going to church every week. ...
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Pretzel recipe with a twist

Browsing the geometry section in the local library you come across a flimsy book, seemingly misplaced: "The Pretzel Cookbook: Five More Patterns Using The Spoke Method" What's more, it's been ...
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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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Where will they strike?

You are part of an international anti-terror unit who has intelligence that some religious fanatics of the FSM church are going to soon blow a bomb in one or more of the world's major cities. You're ...
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What do these circles have in common - and what not?

The image below shows 7 x 7 grey circles which all but one share a common attribute. Can you see this shared property, or rather: Can you see which circles does not belong to the group and give a ...
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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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Oil your brain and learn your letters!

A is for Lucerne K is for Jay-Z M and N are for Panorama R is for Misery and Enemy S is for Riddler Zed is for Radiator Zee is for Statistics What is D for?
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What do you make of these lines?

Can you recognize the lines below? Do you utter the moniker of your emancipator ...
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Who won the duel? (AKA ramblings of a madman)

Your crazy uncle Tony is at it again, scribbling down incredibly unhelpful tidbits in order to ask a very simple question. Still, for his peace of mind (and your own), you better solve it anyways. ...
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Coloring the Sky

Disclaimer: I think I have a habit of making my riddles a bit too obscure so I'm trying to tone that down this time. Hopefully it won't end up being too easy and solved in about half a second. **The ...
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Lepidopterology needed!

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art The two friends in the gallery of Hyper-modern art are still discussing. "You know what, to certain extent I start enjoying this Hyper-...
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Room 40 - the Great War “Mystery”

"Have you heard of Room 40?" "No, Sir, I have not". "Good. For what I am about to tell you, if leaked, will cost us this war, son!" November 1914, London. Much to your surprise you have been ...
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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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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (prologue)

It's here. Finally here. For weeks you've waited, checking the mail every single day, to no avail - but today, your invitation has finally arrived. You eagerly tear open the envelope and read: ...
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The Secret Club

Since I was a kid, nobody wanted me in their super-exclusive clubs... the "House in the Tree Club"... the "Girls Only Club"... the "Whatever you are NOT Club"... but now that I am a skilled (and a bit ...
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The Madman's Speech

You are walking through the prairie when you find a madman wandering around talking to himself. The following is what you manage to hear of his speech: "How? I - I'll ask her. I owe her much, again....
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You're invited! Now what?

(semi-interactive puzzle) BRIIING! BRIIING! BRIIING! You wake up with a start. It's 6:30... already!? Darn. You roll slowly out of bed, preparing for the day ...
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Tonight is movie night

Tonight I went to my friend's for a movie night and he asked me what we should watch. As I was playful, I handed him the following picture so he could guess the movie: He couldn't figure it out, so ...
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You stand in a forest… Where are you?

You stand in a forest, So black, dark, Light can’t quite wind around the dry, tough bark. Trees are all you can see, But change your viewpoint even slightly; And a brighter vista it may indeed ...
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How did the judge pay his barber? [closed]

An Olympic judge rushes into the barbershop. "You need to help me!" he pleads. "I have to judge in 10 minutes, but I've been traveling so much I look just awful." The barber looks at him carefully. "...
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Unscramble and Solve the Word Search

Though the answer I'm looking for is a number and there is a little calculation involved. There are no hard sums here and each step is fairly simple (except maybe the last two) ...
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Decipher the crazy emails!

I've been trying to write some emails to my friends, but something is going horribly wrong! It's as though the devil himself has hold of me: everything I type comes out as gibberish! The first email I ...
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Apis, arbiter elegantiae

A friend told me that the key to perfection is contained in this short poem: I beheld a creature, one bee regularly hovering speedily outside your courtyard, twirling elegantly like mermaids, ...
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Help! I can't rock out, with my clock out!

I need your help! Look at this: One, two, one o'clock, three o'clock rock Eight, six, three o'clock, two o'clock rock Nine, seven, one o'clock, seven o'clock rock We're gonna rock around the ...
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What does this mean?

What is the magic word? 011021042021011012012032012032014 Clues (Read, in order, one and re-think the problem): Five letter word 'A' equals 011051 Binary (Eight digit per) Compressed ...
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Discover the meaning of life!

You've trekked through jungle and tundra, across mountaintops and deserts, into giant caverns and beneath the ocean to find the person known as The Oracle. Finally, after all your hard work, you find ...
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Find the 4-digit number

Some said that my last puzzle was difficult, and the same thing for the one before it, so here is an easier one, to celebrate Friday I guess (although it's almost Saturday in some places). Here are ...
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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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What is special about this trip?

A man recently went on a very long trip. First, he travelled to Spain and went on a cruise that took him from Barcelona to Provence, Nice, Florence, Rome, Naples and back to Barcelona. Then he went to ...
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What is the missing word?

On the roadside last week, I found what appears to be a page from a farmer's journal. Although the spelling and grammar might not be 100% correct, I can easily read all but one word of it. There is a ...
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Lodge, Cheers,?

Fill in the missing word: Lodge, Cheers, ??? - Realnet Longed Rabid. The only hint you get is that d'alar'cop and Florian F should be able to solve this...
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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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Observation, observation

You have been chosen to participate in a selection process for a secret underground group. To make sure you're worthy, they test you with a series of devious puzzles. However, one in particular has ...
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Mysterious message from the NoSlaves™ Calculator Co

So my son is starting to show an interest in mathematics, and being the awesome dad that I am, I decided to buy him a basic calculator. Being the cheapskate that I am, I ordered the cheapest one I ...
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What kind of birds?

Seek out a sunny picture - Remember you're on SE - And on that sunny picture, Figure out what you can; You are a less capital idea Than those who follow you. What kind of birds appear? Hint 1: Hint ...
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Binary cryptogram from a friend

My friend sent me a "puzzle" in binary, and said that there are multiple steps to solving the puzzle, all of them including decryption. I translated the binary into text and he said that was a good ...
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Murder of a Cryptologist

Your friend, the Cryptologist Mr. Toboggan, has been murdered in his house. You being a detective and a Cryptologist yourself have been asked to lend a hand in solving the murder. You arrive at the ...
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I can be 22 intrinsically and have a possible range between 22 and 96 (44 at the start)

I can be formed in many ways, and four parts are always involved. Sometimes the formation can happen with all four parts at once, but sometimes some parts come later than the others. The highest ...