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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How and Why did the Matador fly?

Fredo the Matador went out for his last perfomance and he wanted to make it spectacular. Andre the Bull was the most dangerous of all. Before he entered the arena he turned to his disciple. 'If I die ...
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The mystery keyboard - what was the message?

Inspiration for this puzzle Here is a picture of my actual computer keyboard. I posted it here originally. https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/23760/i-like-my-computer-keyboard-but-the-...
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What is my landlord's second job?

My landlord is a little eccentric. Every time he visits my flat for inspection, he places a seed in the kitchen just before he leaves. What is my landlord's second job?
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Playing with a chess cipher

Alice and Bob both love encryption, and Alice loves to play chess. Unfortunately, Bob isn't very good at chess, so he doesn't think it's very fair to have to play the game for real. So instead of ...
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Meet me at the fence

Your trickster friend asked you to meet him at... the fence: He also gave you this: husztyrotzltnlm-uipi.ltpnstcah-g:/o/eeS/mrE You are wary of this practical ...
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A winding selection of people leading to El Sid

UL R S ET As a boy, killed a dog and replaced it His uncle, the king for "but one year" Hold his storyteller's daughter, whose appearance made her ...
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Peter Rise was a wanted man.. how did he escape?

This is my first puzzle like this, so I hope you enjoy. It may be simple to experienced solvers, but I'm hoping it's a challenge to some. Peter Rise was a wanted man. He was always causing havoc. He ...
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What's my number riddle

The first and the last of the days of the week, I and Ζ they are numbers in Latin and Greek. In N and in P, and period and group, Of them I consist and I always have been But now in my name, what ...
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Family vacation!​

You and your family are taking a vacation planned by your parents, famous violinists! But they also love cryptography and give you a chance to figure out where you are going beforehand! They sent you ...
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Design of enigmatic puzzles

I've been trying to practice my enigmatic puzzle design skills, since these are the kinds of puzzles you find in many video games. (That is, puzzles in games don't often come with explicit ...
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In the spirit of simultaneous equations

Solve the following word/letter/number equations: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear ...
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Discover the wizard's weakness

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Disarray and Organization: a virtual mosaic puzzle

I created this mosaic, which references a country I like to visit in my spare time. What country is that?
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Grading quizzes... except words this time!

So, you may remember that I’m a professor of Awesomeness at the prestigious Ad Hoc University! This time, I assigned my students a quiz where they have to determine how I scored a word. Once again, I ...
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Help! My avatar is covered in puzzle

I accidentally dropped my avatar in puzzle, and now it has puzzle all over it! Could you please help me recover my avatar? Hint:
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Puzzling SE not loading?

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The Mark of the Beast

Legend has it that the Mark of the Beast is the number 666. As a legendary puzzler yourself, you know that this is not the case. As your deductions have revealed, this is the Mark of the Beast: So, ...
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Not quite binary

Your friend, the Kentucky telemarketer from this question, wants to meet you for a cool field trip! She could have just told you where to go... but that would be too easy, right? Instead, she left you ...
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In a few seconds their job is done and so are they [closed]

“You know these little devils? Only a few inches tall and slender. Billions of them- everywhere. Homes, offices, restaurants, airports even airplanes.” Said Grandpa sipping on his masala chai. “They ...
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Silent Chinese Whispers

There is an advanced course for experienced lip-readers who want to become intructors. If they qualify, they will teach lip-reading classes themselves. All the participants in this course-for-...
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Lunch with my travel agent

JeremyDover: Pat, thanks for taking me out to lunch today. Pat: Very glad to do it! I know you've been mad at me lately. Maybe the flag thing was a bit much? JeremyDover: Not really mad, just a bit ...
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B​ee​p-b​oo​p!​ What's my animal?

Your friend who works at a telemarketing company loves leaving little codes for you all over the place! Today, she left an especially confusing piece of paper taped to your desk! ...
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An interesting,scary and an old riddle

One night I was visiting a friend of mine . I didn't visit him for a long time , though he was a very old friend . We had the following conversation :- Friend :- I am very happy to see you my friend !...
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Where is the pilot flying to?

Barry is a pilot for the mafia. Due to his unique cargo, his employers have to give him his destination in code. Everywhere he has flown, from Edmonton to Frankfurt to Atlanta has had an international ...
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Captain Clumsy's crooked 'compass'

Sigh. Captain Clumsy is making my life a misery… again. Recently, I installed a brand-new 'simple' navigation device – one I had invented myself – on his ship. And he clearly didn’t listen to my ...
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A basic logic puzzle with character!

120 + 170 + 78 = x Question Is the above equation correct? Please answer Yes or No with reasons (at least three good and very specific reasons which can be seen clearly once you understand).* Notes ...
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My friend's letter

I received a letter from a friend yesterday, and thought I would share it here. Here's what it said: I hope you're keeping well. It was nice to hear from you the other day. I finally figured out your ...
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Equally shaped words

QUAFF . TINT . SHEET . WORLD . SAME . GRAPH SNUBS - LOSS - LETTER - CRATER - WRYLY - KIWI There's a strange sort of equivalence between these two sets of words. I'm sure it boils down to a single word,...
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A Classic Blunder

My boss arranged for me to run things whilst he was off on a European vacation. While almost everything was set up for a graceful transfer of power, he must have been busy and distracted, because he ...
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Find the country name

Which country’s name is hidden in the lines below? ...
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You are not allowed to solve this puzzle without attending a short talk

My friends and I are to be given a short talk about providing the solution to this puzzle. You are not allowed to solve the puzzle without attending the talk. B C H L M P W Question What is the talk ...
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Grandpa's last laugh

To say my grandfather was eccentric is like saying water is wet - technically incorrect, but close enough that nobody really cares. I suppose in lieu of a better word "eccentric" will do. In ...
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Regarding the universe; life, death, neutrons, stars; everything

My brother Yzarc recently returned from his summer road trip, so I went to visit him. He seemed unusually quiet, sitting pensive in a chair and watching the clouds. This was unusual, since typically ...
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Dave is meaning to tell me something, but he looks a bit shy. What is he trying to tell me?

We have been through a lot with Dave. Lately, he is a bit strange. He always looks like he's trying to tell me something -- maybe some sort of confession. Today he sent me these maps. I know that ...
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A very odd story

I met a man once while out for a walk. "Tut, tut!" He would say, as he wandered this way and that. I saw him approach a group, "You there! Will you trade? I've got a lovely a nut right ...
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Which country did my sister visit?

My sister is always talking about pilots. And her passengers. And planes in general. She's a flight attendant, see, and she is OBSESSED with all things aeronautical (always has been). On the rare ...
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See you in the morning

"See you in the morning. Make sure you're not late," my grandfather said. Then, he handed me this photo and left. I was worried I wouldn't be able to solve my grandfather's puzzle, so I ...
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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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Board of Important Numbers

I was visiting my cousin, a mystery writer and lover of puzzles, when I noticed this list of numbers on her white board. 13,814,070 26,818,110 86,811,060 18,819,190 10,914,190 33,915,010 36,912,211 ...
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A Game of Black and White

Two people are playing a board game that involves dice. However, one of the players has rigged the dice so that they get the highest possible roll on every turn, while the other player gets a random ...
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A Devilishly difficult puzzle (I am the author of the puzzle)

Who is summoned by this pentagram? Hints:
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Can you find the 2 words and solve this puzzle?

Answer to this puzzle consists of two words that are related to the game Old School RuneScape:
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The madness of a master

It was midnight. Mr. Holmes was suffering from abdominal pain, shortness of breath, pain in the bones, skin lesions and whatnot? So in this condition, why would Mr. Holmes drive to Brazilian Churches, ...
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Can you solve this Rubik's cube from inside of it?

You have woken up to find yourself trapped in what appears to be a giant Rubik's cube. A Rubik's Cage I suppose. Bewildered, you take a look around (better video on imgur or just click the photo). ...
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A treasure hunt at your local fair!

(Note that due to the nature of this puzzle, it's inaccessible to folks who are using screen readers. Sorry about that!) You're at a local fair with your friend Kayleigh in the good old US of A, and ...
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Sequence Puzzle - First Question of 42

Professor Tera was walking on Connecticut Road, where there are some public restrooms. Tera saw some students standing in a row. They seemed to be playing a game called Evolution. And it looked like ...
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Chess-related puzzle

I'm working on a problem for this cyber security camp, and we're doing a CTF right now. I have one problem left, and I'm almost certain it relates to chess, so I've come here for advice! Having ...
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This month's $100 question (not a real prize)

****A big one to celebrate my half-century (50th puzzle)!**** I work as a puzzle setter at FakePuzz (not a real magazine). This morning I burst into the office of Eddie Tor (not a real editor) so ...
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What you gotta do?

You have 10 groups of 4 words: DUO, IRON, LINKS, ROCK ICE, LED, METAL, TIC DRILL, PI, WIN, WOO BRA, IGNITE, LOOM, RUBBISH AIR, DUST, GO, PAT AUDI, AURA, MEOW, SPEW GRIMM, HOOT, MUD, TAIL ASK, BELL, ...
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An insensible hexagon

The puzzle is (almost) self-contained in the grid above. You can "move" from a tile of the grid to another if they share at least a vertex. After the maze is complete six things will clue to ...

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