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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This cipher needs a name!

This puzzle is a spin-off from the 'This new puzzle type needs a name' series. I have devised a new cipher and used it to encode its own name. I need you to tell me: What is its name? This puzzle ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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An unusual shopping list

6 bears 3 cucumbers 2 winks 2 birds 5 sheets 3 judges 2 bones 2 dogs 3 houses 4 feathers 1 rake 3 posts 4 daisies 3 razors 1 bat 3 lords 4 pancakes 2 boards 3 peacocks 5 whistles
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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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Puzzlegrid: 5 levels

Those are the warmups. Here's the real challenge. And yes, it is uniquely solvable.
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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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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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Grandpa's crazy math. Another Grandpa Mystery

Grandpa says : " Bit of a stretch but-- 2.72 = 1000 x 10000 Is he crazy or genius?
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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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Alice and Bob invent a game

The rain was still falling in Wales, and Alice and Bob were terribly bored of having to stay inside the caravan. With just a deck of cards to entertain them they had played all of the card games in ...
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What is MOehm trying to tell us?

MOehm has an interesting (updated) profile picture: It is a lower case and italic 'm' (supposedly for 'M'Oehm) surrounded by what appears to be braille. The braille says (in UEB, may mean different ...
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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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Should You Take the Pill?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms Your head is throbbing like mad. You try to get your bearings as you look around the laboratory. Shattered beakers and spilled chemicals are ...
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The first Density™ Puzzle!

Welcome to the very first puzzle in a new series! It's all about (hopefully) exploring new ways of creating puzzles, as densely as possible. If you'd like to create your own Density™ puzzle, the ...
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All the moderators have been kidnapped!

I'm a bit worried. I just got an email from mods@puzzling.stackexchange.com. It looked like this: Dear Puzzling Users: Hello - you don't know me, but I have been watching your site for months. ...
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Twelve Labours - Conclusion

This puzzle is the FINAL part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, and contains spoilers for previous instalments, which can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | ...
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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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Bill the Conspiracy Theorist

When my friend Alice called me very early one morning, it meant one thing: Bill was at it again. Bill is Alice's husband and a devoted conspiracy theorist. He regularly spent hours looking for hidden ...
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Reverse Puzzling 2

This puzzle was inspired by Dr Xorile's first reverse puzzle! Kudos to him for coming up with such a fun format. Intrigued, I gave George yet another famous puzzle to ponder over. Once again, I was ...
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Fun with Flags part 1: something different

We are looking for 4 categories. Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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A Void in my Heart

Exit the games, log off the Internet, Avert the kids vocalizing with the tv set, Silence the ringtones and with quiet song Bring out my friend, let his subjects say so long. For eleven ...
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Where is detective Tom hiding?

Two detectives - Tom and Mark, are solving a murder mystery. They suspect that the murderer (or rather, the one who ordered the murder) is a very popular politician, Sean. So, they are secretly ...
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What secret is this massive technical puzzle hiding? [riddles and data puzzles]

There's a game development company which released a mysterious "countdown to reveal" web page, and the page is designed pretty fancy, so everyone in that gaming community is curious about this. This ...
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Parallelisation

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids Puzzlers, I am presenting a set of six duo-grids! Of course, I need to tell you how they work - you are given a grid. Looking at it,...
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This is not a puzzle!

This is not a puzzle!!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s nothing to solve here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is not a puzzle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have i made myself clear??????????????????? Let me repeat..... $$$$ This IS NOT ...
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A Secret Job . . . but what is it?

Mr. Peters, a freelance muscle-for-hire sort of fellow, had been manning his desk for days now waiting for something to do when at last the phone rang. A job! The nerdy sounding person on the other ...
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A princess fell in love

Once upon a time there was a princess. She fell in love with a prince, wrote him a letter and sent it via Celeste, who was always willing to help. The prince was Laniff III and was in love ...
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Already Solved Puzzle

Screenshots of the solution from my latest puzzle:
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A simple alien safe

Oh no!! Abducted by aliens and put into a labyrinth for ability testing - again! There is (obviously) no deeper meaning behind this all, but can you help me open this safe, as it undoubtedly contains ...
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A fairy tale in a golden toy

Once upon a time, long long ago, in the days when good stories were far more beautiful and far harder to come by, a king was asked by his spoilt but beloved princess daughter to give her a fairy tale. ...
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Fun with Flags part 2: a musical connection

We are looking for a song (artist and title). Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
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Diary of a hairdresser

Today I went to cut my hair, and the hairdresser told me a weird story. Yesterday, I had a group of people come to cut their hair. Together, they embodied the one type of hair I hate. A celebrity ...
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The Biggest Loser

I'm shiny. Yikes, I'm starting to burn! But I'm very careful. I'm all coiled up! I'm part of a plant now. Now I'm all stuck up. But I'm getting fat. Now I'm just a number, And now I'm just me What on ...
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Oh no, it's another safe!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids Oh, did I feel proud after solving the last safe... until I was immediately dimension-doored (or something) into this room! Damn ...
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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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The Catacombs of Cryptos, The Final Path

Previously, in The Catacombs of Cryptos: 1. The Entrance to the Catacombs The end came long ago. The wars are long since over. Little remains and those who have survived struggle. One of the ...
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Time for the Dessert!

The answer is one word. Hint 1: Hint 2:
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A piece of Colourful Language

Well, I came home today and found my password being rejected. Cursing, I found a note on the underside of the compute. should never had told any of my friends my password. Curse them! Sorry BG :P We ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #04 - Mansion Massacre

This is the fourth Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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,,sɹǝʇʇǝnoɹᴉԀ,,

The answer to this puzzle is a number. For the color blind, here are the colors of all characters in the grid: ...
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The Sinister Toy

My name is Gabee and I live in Nebraska. Now, my friend Ito R. Caxti and I have thousands of like-new toys. So, um, Tue. eve we stopped at a mall where plastic pet giraffes rested in an aisle. “We ...
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Iceberg Cryptography

See if you can extract the message encrypted in this text box: ...
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Little bits of food

You will come across a question. Answer it.
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Making Things Difficult

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Factoring the Time Think fast! If you're looking for meaning, these clocks have some for you. Keyboards are Disgusting Gunky ...

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