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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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 ...
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A mysterious signal from space

It's late in the evening when your friend Mike, a brilliant astronomy student, points his radio telescope to Omega Centauri, a large globular cluster distant almost 16000 light-years from the Earth. ...
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Another Puzzling Alien Signal

There is great excitement in the astronomy community. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is finally bearing fruit. A strong clear repeating signal is being received from a not so distant ...
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An elementary puzzle: How old is Rose?

Luna is 34. Scarlett is 37. Ray is 88. Paris is 71. How old is Rose?
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Can you help me get a date with this girl?

There are 3 puzzles below. To reach the second puzzle, you have to solve the first. The image has hidden messages and keys. I need you to help me get a date with this pretty girl in my uni. She ...
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Croesus' Pizzas

This scrap of paper caught my eye, partially trodden in to a mush outside Bank tube station. It appears to be part of a pizza menu (illegible areas marked with square brackets): ...
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A diabolical puzzle: Hector + Tisiphone =?

Homer + Ovid = Paris Ulysses + Julius Caesar = Nimrod Guy de Montfort - Cleopatra = Medusa Epicurus - Pluto = Dido Hector + Tisiphone = ?
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What's Happening on my Vacation?

I'm on vacation right now! I left on the 13th in celebration of my birthday! It was a long flight so I brought along some reading material: ...
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ALIEN Counting System

When humans finally came across some aliens, living below the Martian crust, the strangest point was that the myth of symmetry was broken. Humans had assumed that all intelligent life forms would be ...
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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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Down the Rabbit Hole

There's a secret hidden in the text below. What mind-blowing truth does it reveal? Not imaginative? Then Zeke's Clues may assist! Unsure, lad? With our patented Obscurity Clues, begin verifiably ...
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A hunt for long forgotten treasure ...but beware the pirate's curse!

I never really knew my uncle growing up. He seemed nice enough, but I got the sense from the distant, troubled look in his eyes that there was at least some truth to the rumours... Years before I was ...
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The Reinvention of Old MacDonald

Old MacDonald had a bias E I E I O And at that bias he looked again E I E I O With a big cat here and a horse guide there Here is scarlet There for each Everywhere are ions Old ...
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Alphabetize by the *zeroth* letter

No, you were supposed to alphabetize by the zeroth letter! The answer is a three-letter word. Apologies that the answer is not more thematic; it made more sense in the context I originally ...
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If I described my name, I would do it like this

There's multiple parts to my name. In fact, I'd say there's two short and three long parts. First is two, second is three. But they're the long ones. Then things get a bit trickier, but no harder ...
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Clueless Alphabetical

Crosswords are harder when you don't know the clues. The solution can be found in the grey shaded boxes. (How many four letter words are there starting with Z, again?)
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The secret research of Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (a murder mystery puzzle)

The poster on the university bulletin board is definitely trying to drum up some hype: One Night Only Be one of the privileged individuals present when Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth reveals ...
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Functional Puzzle Solving

A professor has written a note to help him remember his password. I'm sure you can find out what it is. After all, he's very functional. $\text{4,24 AOPCRTLIFA}$ $\text{10,5 RAVHLE}$ $\text{0,1 ...
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The mystery of NOC +10, Part 2

Background Since March 6th, 2015, a YouTube channel called Noc +10 has been uploading puzzle videos about once a week. Each video begins with the same introduction, followed by some form of clues ...
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My French killer ... what does this mean?

What is the meaning of the following sentence? My French killer married the hammerer cooked in oil, seated beneath a daily beacon. (The answer will be obvious once you see it!)
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Find the missing link

Here are some words that share a link to a single word, used in different ways... Street (where runners go) Respect (a gesture) Ribbon (a flourish) Reflex (a weapon) Play (might be awe-inspiring or ...
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Mission: Impossible 3

Yesterday Ethan Hunt received the following message: Take Qantas flight number 47, leaving 11 o'clock on the 5th of April. At your destination airport use any bus with number 2, 8, 18 (or bus 18/1)....
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The mystery of NOC +10

NOC +10 On March 6th, 2015, a YouTube channel named "Noc +10" was created. Since that day, this channel is uploading some really darkly mysterious videos. I will start saying something ...
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Puzzle and riddle in one - what am I?

These letters are carved in groups on a wall as shown. You know an answer is needed to continue your journey, but no other instructions are apparent. ...
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A DJ at a radio station?

What is the significance of this gentleman: J. Jason, DJ, FM/AM ?
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After escaping the maze, what color is the sky?

You wake up in an underground maze, at the location marked with $X$ in the below image. A voice tells you: "You need to find the exit of the maze if you want to live!". You begin to panic and run ...
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The Wizard's Gambit

An evil wizard has captured and thrown you into a dungeon. This is not a normal dungeon though. It's magical. Each room has an associated "level" and 9 doors. The first door can be used to go to ...
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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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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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Who was the shooter?

Follow the numbers to answer the question: Number A: The order of Romeos passenger in the Greek alphabet. Number B: The two last digits in the year the returning Lex Luthor was awarded his (number A)...
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I never thought I would find the courage

As a matter of fact, I never thought I would find the courage and the nerve to post a puzzle like this one. If it doesn't get me stoned, it will get me downvoted by myopic people. I hope that some of ...
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What is the enigmatic word? [closed]

Well, it is always good to start slowly. Hence let us start slowly. You are looking for a certain word in this paragraph which occurs once only. The first letter of this word is the seventh after ...
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Here there are zero

memory of elevant: in time lanah sevenson fell down a threehouse. herefracture two the head? confusion nausea are thirsty but jolly teen sees what is still afive ? help help help
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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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Band of Brothers

My grand father has been at the Taj Mahal, the Stari Most and the blue Mosque, but still thinks life is a comedy of hell. My humble servant loves Fawlty Towers, but behaves like a conquistador. On ...
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The needle in the network - find it!

We all know it can be difficult to find a needle in a haystack, but in this puzzle you have to #Find the NEEDLE in the network! A bit more detailed: Somewhere in the network pictured above hides the ...
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Strange marks on the Wall?

On an adventure looking through an Egyptian pyramid, you find weird marks on the walls. It seems as though they are different, yet strangely similar from hieroglyphics... Strange... Further down into ...
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Conversation between Obama and Netanyahu

I took a contest entry written by Seth Brown of Williamstown, MA in 2003, and I converted it into this puzzle. Disclaimer: Events described in this puzzle are fictional. A White House stenographer ...
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Merlin and Hermes: Mysterious Lines

Two adventurers, Merlin and Hermes, approached a large iron door built into a cliff face."Well...", said Hermes, "What do we do now?". Merlin produced an old, large piece of crumpled paper from his ...
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The answer lies within this question!

I lie inside this question, and I hide behind a mask. I don't think you'll see me from my appearance. I hope you conclude where I'm too, but I doubt you will without clever thinking. What am I?
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Measuring Lumberjacks

On average, a lumberjack is 10 logs taller (logs are usually measured in feet) than a normal person plus the height of his tan. Remember that most lumberjacks are young Canadians. Fill the blanks of ...
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How do I find more enigmatic, no-clues-given puzzles?

Most of my awareness of puzzles and puzzle games has come from a decade of haphazardly stumbling around the internet. There's a flavor/genre that I particularly enjoy, but I haven't had much luck ...
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Chaos and Order: a visual puzzle in stained glass

I created a visual puzzle, which my wife then implemented as part of a stained-glass window. I've no idea if it is (a) obvious, (b) stupid or hopefully (c) extremely clever, and hence would love to ...
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