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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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A mysterious benefactor

One morning, a criminal was found all tied up in front of the police station. Next to him, this cryptic piece of paper: ...
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Recognizing a Metapuzzle

Creator's note: This puzzle was meant to be released in April 2017 for the metapuzzles fortnightly topic challenge. As you can see, it is currently over a year late. Real-life events interfered, and ...
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Neurotic frogs ought to relax in mud baths

What is the hidden message in this advertisement? Neurotic Frogs Ought To Relax In Mud Baths! Perpendicular lounging calms. A frog, a mud cap... bliss! Wallowing generates happiness. Amphibian ...
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Oh no! The mods are gone! (and Rand al'Thor, too!)

Dear Puzzling Users, Oh dear, where start? I guessed it started with my feelings that the mods are way too overbearing. And then I realized, "Hey, I don't have to put up with this sh*. I can ...
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A cubic colored pyramid

While preparing the next puzzle for publishing, I decided to encrypt the file to protect it, but something went wrong or maybe I entered the wrong command because the puzzle was encrypted, yes, but ...
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I am an island (ysaujdiolkiun)

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids I received an envelope containing two drawings and no return address. I would recognize that handwriting anywhere - my dear friend ...
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A Single Sentence Puzzle

One of my peculiar acquaintances introduced me to the world of puzzles, so I've started to dabble in making some of my own. Here's a single sentence puzzle, where I want you to find a four letter ...
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Five Slitherlinks

Solve five Slitherlinks, each with a unique solution. Please say a word regarding (or show an image depicting) each solution method.
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What a peculiar animal

One day, as I was wandering in the forest, I came across a most peculiar animal. It came right in front of me and said to me: I watch I salute I am multiple I am myself I sting I dig I ...
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A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever!

I...I've just seen something. Something wonderful. Something beautiful. I don't know what it is...I don't have the least idea, to be honest. But, its innate beauty is unmistakable. $\qquad\qquad\...
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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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GRID-THIRTY-SIX

Solve 36 puzzles (or more) to find the final 6 letter answer.
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Just a Regular Word Search

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1 Here's a regular word search. Find three twisty things. ...
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Abnormal Beyond Stressed

The autumn had already coloured the nearby tall hill, and the chilly breeze was almost cold enough to cause serious injury, when Rose crossed the wide street that was almost blocked by a large ...
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A puzzle in 280 characters

In the past, you found I felt Twitter's character limit was too small when each tweet only fit 140 characters, but what's my opinion now that it fits twice that? I'll be here to confirm any ...
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How to get water from numbers?

With six, I'm a few of your counterfeit pounds. With twelve, in your body, and a body of water. With eighteen, a body of water to clear the ground. With twenty-two, taking a car swimming in a body of ...
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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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Charlotte's lost fish

The tropical sun was still down, but the Ruritanian marketplace was already bustling with people. Charlotte hurried through the crowd. She was out of fish. Charlotte had been in town for weeks and ...
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The pirate treasure of Leatherback Atoll

Furious the captain returns to the ship. He throws the blasted map onto the deck kicks at it, misses, and curses the crew for their incompetency. He swears and slams his entire weight into his cabin ...
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EEEEK! My puzzle disappeared!

$%Insert30characters,please..$
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A Puzzle That Dims a Tornado

I visited a mysterious old man at the place where he lived and worked. He told me a story then he shook my hand. I felt very strange. I went outside of his house to clear my head. I saw a creature ...
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You've got an 11.111111% chance to solve this!

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This puzzle's main portion is a piece of… cake?

10 + 1 puzzles to feast upon! See the formatting (hit "edit") for transcriptions for Puzzles 4, 5, 7 and 9. You'll want to enlarge some of the images (there's nothing hidden, it's just that the text ...
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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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“I can use computers, grandson!”

My grandmother loves matchstick puzzles. Every time I visit, she shows me a brand new set for me to solve. I visited her recently for her birthday, and I was excited to receive a puzzle in exchange ...
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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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Read. Learn. Live. Escape

You wake lying face down on a hard stone floor. Your head hurts. As your eyes find focus, you see a haiku scratched into the ground beside you: A wrong step brings death! But, a wrong guess brings ...
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The tags on this puzzle are correct

What should I call this kind of puzzle?
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I never knew my words could speak!

This is an entry to the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #25: wordplay. "These words! – they come falling free; / speech: daft here, deft there..." — Emrakul You know, I've kept some words....
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I shouldn't have asked him

My roommate (rm) always looks busy in front of his laptop, so I try to start talking to him Me : "Hey, You always look busy, so how do you entertain yourself? Do you have a favorite book, movie, ...
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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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With Apologies to Robert Frost

I heard this from an elderly German gentleman with a strong accent. At first I thought he was reciting a Robert Frost poem, but then the last line confused me. Some see de earth vill end times four,...
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Unintelligible Batch of Wingdinglish

How do you even read these runes? Note: Click image for full size
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Mr. Montague's dream

So speaks Mr. Montague, missing no beat, reverberating stutters in tropical heat: "Each river mouth's built up, we've got naans to eat; then, lodgings we have; a café would be neat!" They'...
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Consecutive Vowels

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Potentially NSFW: Consecutive Vowels Being a native speaker (6) _____ goin' nowhere! (3 4) Democratic Debbie (7) Major airplane ...
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Who Stole My Friends' Car?? Help!

Help! Last night my friends' new car was stolen! I'm pretty sure it was one of the gangs that hang around here, and they've been a bit cocky. Where the car was parked, they spray-painted the ...
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Puzzlegrid: 5 levels

Those are the warmups. Here's the real challenge. And yes, it is uniquely solvable.
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Mysterious Flash Drive

First puzzle I ever do! Hopefully it won't be too easy or too challenging. My co-worker just gave me a USB flash drive, which was supposed to contain a couple files of code for me to review. ...
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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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A Masterpiece: A mirror or an ABC?

I have worked on this masterpiece for soooo long, hope you all like it! The PUZZLE A is for the adventurous who approached the door B bragged his brilliant bronze when there isn't even one C ...
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How do you like my writing?

Robots have iron noses. Operative extremists display dystopian intent. Extra apex predators emphasize dominant attitude. Lambada teacher oversees Nightwish aficionado. Reorganize big ordinary ...
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A Six-Faced Puzzle

Here is a grid-deduction puzzle, whose mechanics I have seen under several names such as 'Castle Wall', which is the one I'll use here. The goal of Castle Wall is to draw a loop enclosing all the ...
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A trip to the library

I try to go to the library at least once every month, so I've developed a pretty good relationship with the librarian, a nice old man who sometimes teases me about my broad set of interests. Yesterday,...
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Friend passed me this note after lecture

After my linear algebra lecture ended at 3:30 today, my friend passed me this note, but it seems to be encrypted in some way that I don't understand. What question is my friend asking, and what is the ...
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Pan. Zoom. ENHANCE! …hmmm

Agent: OK, let's test this out... pan over to that art on the wall... zoom in... Enhance! Agent: [under breath] I've always wanted to say that... Agent: Excellent, it's crystal clea-- Wait... What'...
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What Road and What Story?

Professor O'Brien is missing from his laboratory. So is the elaborate contraption he has been working on for months. Paranoid about security, Professor O'Brien has not confided the nature of his ...
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“The Unfinished ________ Waltz”

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. Above is the sheet music for the universally acclaimed "The Unfinished ________ ...
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You can order them, and keep them

Each clue gives TWO words, which give a letter; the letters can be combined to form two more words, which share a special property with all of the decoded clues. All of forever. (8) It's big enough ...
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What do I really want to do today?

There are so many things I have to do today. One of them is grocery shopping. Hey! Here's my list! Meat Department Salmon $4.54 Bacon $2.73 Steak $5.88 Ham $7.10 Beef(ground) $...
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A Periodic Puzzle

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 Isn't it nice to have the same information to depend on, that you know will be reused? ... Wait, who said that you were getting that ...