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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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..... ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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A-maze-ing Wordsearch

This is an entry to the 12th fortnightly challenge You and your party realize that you possibly shouldn't have crossed the mad wizard at the black tower when all your vision goes pink and pale. When ...
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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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Did you hear that JLo is shooting a new movie in Africa? It’s called:

Crazy robots: we want you to dance for Miss Evan. “How I want a drink,” thought Akira, getting himself primed. You’re high, mom- they don’t have TV on the moon. Oh mercy, my darling cokehead’s ...
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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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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 ...
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A Mainer Expression

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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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Who killed the indiscriminate warden?

You are in jail, along with all other Puzzling Exchange users, for crimes against each other with your obtuse riddling and mathematical references. One day, there is a large brouhaha at the prison, ...
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Iceberg Cryptography

See if you can extract the message encrypted in this text box: ...
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Every Fourth Wormhole

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #33: Surface Geometry Mazes
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You go wherever you go today

A conclusion to my entries in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids. This metapuzzle incorporates the three previous puzzles in this series: Desert Irrigation Project I am an ...
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This is why we puzzle

What kind of puzzle solver are you? Let’s map it out! 1 Nail item before each paper item (7) After shooter’s return, receive big chunk (6) Encourage bone disease (4) Lost charge of gold ...
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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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Returning the Cricket Kit

It was approaching the Easter Holidays at Farthingbottom School and Class 5M had been asked to clean out the cricket pavilion, ready for the start of the season next term. Under one of the benches ...
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Stargate escape

What a nightmare! When you awake in cold sweat you only remember dazzling colours, flash-lights, dark shadows with far too many arms and the sickening sensation of being dropped from a high place. ...
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The Dance of Love?

Romeo and Juliett are sitting idly in the lobby of their hotel awaiting their chaperone for the evening. Romeo takes a sip from his glass of whiskey as he watches his wife consume pages of abstract ...
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Theorists sure want true answers to this!

So, birds eat bread I toss. One romantic kiss in the rain's too nice, methinks. Untidy notes disrupted a student in a study period. Deodorant on to end an odor. The wisdom of ...
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Astronomical number sequence

1 2 3 0 [4] 4 0 [4] [1] 5 6 7 0 [4] 8 0 [4] [1] 9 10 11 0 [4] 12 0 [4] [1] We're gonna [1] [2] [3] [4] tonight! Can you name $[1]$, $[2]$, $[3]$ and $[4]$?
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This new puzzle type needs a name {3}

I believe I have invented** a new type of puzzle... What is its name? ** Well, 'adapted' an existing one, really... Colour-blind-friendly version available here. Those without colour-blindness ...
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Reverse Puzzling 4

[This continues prior Reverse Puzzling here, here and here] George rubbed his hands together with glee. "So this is Andrea's puzzle, is it?" "Yes," I answered. "It's the first of them, anyway." "...
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A title for a history book

A German historian is sitting by his desk, pondering a title for his book. He picks up and pen and starts writing down possible titles. South Asians No, too short. Let's try to add ...
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A weird error message

A few moderators from Stack Exchange communities decided to go "old-school" and developed a desktop application for Stack Exchange. You, as an enthusiastic user, of course want to try it out. ...
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The Hidden Treasures

Credit: Brandon X. My friend made this riddle and I think it’s pretty well made with lots of components, so here it is: ...
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I want to know his secret. Badly

I am currently being held in prison under false accusation of murder, but do not worry about that, my lawyer will soon make things straight. If I write to you today is for another case: my cellmate ...
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A Birthday Gift for You

Happy belated (or early!) birthday to everyone!
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Spilled coffee on my puzzle

Some time ago I created a nice simple puzzle. It's a horizontal word grid with 22 letters and nine clues. However, I spilled some coffee on my notes and can no longer remember what numbers I wanted to ...
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Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth

Hints:
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Death of a Literature Teacher

My good friend, the literature teacher across the hall, confided in me yesterday that she felt like she was being watched and that the feeling would always occur during her last period class. She was ...
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A mysterious letter and email

I received a letter recently. It wasn’t signed and I had no idea who it was from or why it was sent. I binned it thinking it was a joke from some idiot. Probably that weirdo a few doors down, he's ...
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Find the missing result

On a scrap of paper you read the following results: $$ \begin{array}{r c l c} NETHERLANDS & - &FINLAND & 3-1 \\ JAPAN & - &IRAQ & 0-0 \\ RUSSIA & - &INDONESIA & ...