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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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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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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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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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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Tribute to Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

The background text that follows is in this case not part of the puzzle, nor fictitious. The puzzle, which is self-contained, consists entirely of the image below; I have composed it as a genuine (...
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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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Deus Ex crypto puzzle

There is an encrypted email in the recent Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game: From the game files, this appears to be the string: ...
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On The Subject of Discolored Squares

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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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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A Mainer Expression

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Popularity Within a Target Audience

This is a metapuzzle with four component puzzles and a final meta. Creations of CSIRO The Australian research institute CSIRO is notable for producing inventions such as gene shears, the insect ...
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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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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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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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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 and silver ...
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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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Is this a game to you?

All was still as the stranger loaded a cartridge into his shotgun and peered around. Looking out furtively from deep within the shadowy gorse thicket, he waited, in silence. They would be ...
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Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth

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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. You ...
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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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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 anagrams fathoms a game ...
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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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Code Movie Wall

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1 I'm thinking of a movie. The Connecting Wall below (click it for a bigger version) should have made guessing the movie really simple, ...
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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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Looks can be deceiving

Text version: I saw an "I", he said "it's L" I saw an "L", he said "it's V" I saw a "P", he said "it's Q" "Don't you get it?" he ...
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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 something to it......
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The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil

Part 2: The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil This is an unusual call in. As a private detective you have been asked to investigate several odd cases, but this you're ...
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Yes, this is the legendary wall

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #42: Wordless Connecting Walls This is it. This is the very wall. His life, his work — this wall was the center of it all. One simply cannot imagine his fame, ...
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Excavation Study

Layer by layer, we continue our journey to the center. Excavation area (in order) Excavation plans Expect plenty of overlap! Answer is a thematic word phrase. Text transcription of the excavation ...
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Tubariphobia - The fear of pickles

There are many topics that polarize. But not a single topic comes close to the one and only age-old question that some claim is the root of all division between people: "Are pickles disgusting or ...
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A Birthday Gift for You

Happy belated (or early!) birthday to everyone!
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Dotting the eyes and crossing the teas. But where is the PIN?

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art The two friends move on to the next room. "You know what, the moving and flashing painting next door was nice." "I'm glad you found ...
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Another new puzzle type needs a name

For an example of how this type of puzzle works, see here... I believe I have invented another new type of puzzle... What is its name? Colour-blind-friendly version available here. Begin by ...
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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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Not the squares you were looking for

A $5\times5$ square has area $\pi$. A $7\times7$ square has area $8$. An $8\times8$ square has area $0$. A $10\times10$ square has area $30$ (not quite $13$). Why? The answer should be clear when ...
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Pathetic Neighbor!

Mr. Heisenberg recently moved next to my apartment. An old and needy person I say. Disgusted with the continuous taps and noises on my door I decided to leave the apartment. Well, are you thinking ...
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Untitled, for Now

As you step into the gallery, you notice an interesting piece of art hanging on the wall. "I like the piece, but what's with the title?" you ask the docent. "I'm used to obscure titles in modern art, ...
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Musical message from a long-lost uncle

Can you help my friend figure out how the message below from her long-lost uncle indicates anything? (I should mention here: The actual message was lost, and the text below is the best that could be ...
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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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The Ballad of the Dragonborn

From old unearthed records in a failing museum, this ancient hitherto unknown epic poem was recently unearthed and translated. Written in a rare script, it contains mentions of a mythology that as yet ...
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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 & ...
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Where will this killer strike next?

I'm going to try something new here... this puzzle is going to play out in real-time, so if it remains unsolved long enough the final objective will change. That'll be bad news for some fictional ...
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Welcome to Oɴᴇderland

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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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The PSE School of Enigmatics (Part 1)

Update: I fixed up the second image, making it (perhaps) a little bit easier to crack. You leap out of your bed. Today's the day! You check your mailbox, and wow, there it is! The frayed look of the ...
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The First Gate: Why So Tense?

Greetings fellow puzzlers and puzzled alike! I’ve concocted a little puzzle for you all... Well little may be an understatement, but I'll come back to that. Before starting, you should know that the ...
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The most important trait for puzzling?

I was wondering what the most important trait for a puzzle creator and/or solver was. I think I've found the answer, but I could be wrong. I thought about it, deconstructed it, put it back together a ...
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We have an important mission for you

You are an agent working for your country's intelligence services. Recently you received a tip off about a meeting that will be held by a Secret Society who poses a threat. Sure enough, a few days ...
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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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