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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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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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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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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Do not cross the line!

Elliot and Terry used to be friends, until the fateful day when they played a round of that simple, unassuming game. Let’s just say that afterward there were no hugs and kisses to be found between the ...
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Identify the twins and cousins!

Let me tell you about four friends of mine. They're a close-knit bunch: two pairs of twins who are cousins to each other. The first guy is Adam. He's a devout Christian, going to church every week. ...
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Island (sketch)

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Explanation in the first image, which otherwise is just for flavor.
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Charlie goes on vacation

ADAM: Hey Benny, check it out. It's a letter from Charlie. He's going on vacation! BENNY: Cool! Where is he going? ADAM: No idea. Maybe the letter will say. Let's see... Hey guys! So I ...
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Can you Solve for $x$?

$x=a+b+c^{1}+d^{2}+ \large e ^{\normalsize67}+ \large f \large^{\normalsize62}+ \large g^{\normalsize27}+ \large h^{\normalsize14}+\small i \normalsize^5+\small j \normalsize^1+\small k \normalsize^2+\...
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Find out, why I'm so happy today

Find out, why I'm so happy today.
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An elementary puzzle: How old is Rose?

Luna is 34. Scarlett is 37. Ray is 88. Paris is 71. How old is Rose?
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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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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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Slightly Odd Sudoku

Someone I find very trustworthy continues to insist that this is a valid Sudoku board. It's been a while since I've played, but surely there's a couple of things off here, right? Alright, so that ...
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The past is never dead. It's not even past.

This is an entry in the 14th Fortnightly Topic Challenge. We thought it was dead. We were wrong. The past history has risen again; it has taken over the present -- it has messed with the present, ...
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A tour of alternative spellings

English spelling is notoriously difficult and inconsistent. Let's try some alternatives for a size, shall we? Ö spelling das not häv tu bi båring. Vi kän ålvejs improv it baj ädding sam nu ...
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Rating words from best to worst

In my personal classification, certain words are assigned a rating based on some criteria. The top rating is AA, and below it the ratings go from A all the way down to Z. Seventeen AA-class words are ...
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Musical in Nature

What is the next song in the list? Pedal To The Medal Not Inside -- Outside The Final Countdown Every Rose Has Its Thorn ......... The Puzzle Within these dots, you shall find a magical, mystical, ...
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Prevent a Terror Attack

Agents of P.U.Z.Z.L.E. (Part-time United Zippy Zealots Loving Enigmas), we need your help. Terrorists are planning an attack on an underground railway station. One of our undercover agents placed an ...
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Criminals and their strange slang

Quick, get in the boxpark! The guards are hot on our trail. The classfigure is getting intense. We need to get off this railblock as soon as possible. If they stop us and open the trunk we're ...
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Big game hunting on the continent

I once went on a hunting expedition for five years across Europe, searching for a wonderful trophy for my lodge. It was a wonderful experience. I started in Poland and moved to France, then went to ...
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Mortin Myes' Second Cryptic Gallery

Despite finding Mortin Myes' First Cryptic Gallery fairly simple to decipher, I must confess that his second one had me completely stumped. Once again, there were three paintings, and this cryptic ...
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Circular crossword

After solving the following crossword, you'll find five letters that stand out from the rest. Combine them to find the solution to this puzzle. Hint: it's something you'll need to succeed at this. ...
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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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Just a few numbers

Here are the clues; I'm a riddle inside an enigma wrapped up in a mystery. Some respected scholars won't even agree I'm the right answer when you've found me. You don't have to be a mathematician ...
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From the death to the fresh beginning - A treasure hunt

Shortly after your mentor's passing, you received an envelope along with the following note: My Dear Disciple,      I am afraid my time to leave this world has come but don'...
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It was a dark and stormy night

September 8: It’s raining, and Russian Emperor Czar Nicholas awakes, confused. Someone enters, completely soaking. “It’s positively vile – I’d resist going outside.” It’s Czarina Alexandra. “...
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What was Detective Sherlock missing?

Detective Sherlock, known for his amazing adventures, went through a distressful time in his life. It was like he had lost interest in solving his cases. For straight six days, he was under a lot of ...
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This is an opportunity. Can you take it?

The first thing you hear on awakening is the clock. It sounds just like the one you have in your room. But what you see defies what you hear. You've never seen this room before. You don't remember ...
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To have and to hold

I found this odd list in an abandoned shack, tucked into the first few pages of the Divine Comedy. Can you help me figure out what exactly this person was collecting? The compendium of organs and ...
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The Temple of Puzzling

Part of the Community Metapuzzle, although it can be solved on it's own. The password in the puzzle below is also the word needed for the Metapuzzle. Link to the metapuzzle by Deusovi is here. ...
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Mi, So, Re, Do?

Not quite! But it's even easier to do! Here's what you'll need: It may? help some people, but the title should have been: Also: Hints: Warning! One step of the solution! ...
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Farewell Emrakul, here's a truly puzzling goodbye

Sadly, our moderator Emrakul is stepping down. They've done a fantastic job, so if they have to leave, let's see them off in true puzzling fashion! There is a message for them hidden here, can you ...
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Slashes, Dashes, and Boxes: Oh My!

These riddles are really hard until you figure out how to look at them at the right angle. Sometimes it's hard to connect the dots at first. This riddle might contain a hint to my other riddle. Or ...
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Revenge on OEIS*

First, a story about how I messed up a puzzle: It’s hard to make a simple yet creative number puzzle. After fiddling one late, dark winter evening with different patterns, at last I made a sequence ...
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A Pentad of Paper Puzzles

I feel that paper is an underrepresented mechanic in puzzles, so this puzzle explores the many facets of this subject. It's (almost) all lovingly handmade, so please excuse any errors. Orikami ...
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How were the Japanese planning to corrupt the youth of The West?

1980 - Location: Classified "Commander, we've received a message from a deep cover asset in Japan". "Well decode it then, what does it say?" "Well, erm. This asset is a little eccentric boss. He ...
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Who killed Professor Cal?

Professor Cal was found murdered in his office. Luckily, security had been keeping tight track of all who entered and exited the building during the day, and were able to determine that the suspects ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (prologue)

It's here. Finally here. For weeks you've waited, checking the mail every single day, to no avail - but today, your invitation has finally arrived. You eagerly tear open the envelope and read: ...
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What is the solution to this metapuzzle from a university puzzling column?

The puzzle Title: Italy is Divine Content: Flowers and spring Fresh water and the sea Hearth and home Grain and agriculture Answers from the last four puzzles: (spoilered in case you ...
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Rainbow Road Rabbit Hole

Question: Who is in first place? It's difficult to add hints in the puzzle itself given its nature so I'll try to add some notes here as text instead. Red: [Solved] Orange: [Solved] Yellow:
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Welcome to the Dungeon Zoo!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. The next room you enter is surprisingly well-lit and empty. There are two exits from it (need I say that the door through ...
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What number is hidden in this map?

This question is part of a puzzle crime story I have started recently (you can see previous puzzles from the series HERE, HERE and HERE). I would like to test the difficulty (not sure if too easy or ...
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An Odd Poem Found on the Ground

I found an odd poem lying around. Who wrote it? When? What is the secret in it? ...
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Here is puzzle to answer!

Scores equal thousand of first car of type. Two small hints: ⠀
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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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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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Strange Kids Playing in a Nice Place

I am just back from a wonderful place and can't help sharing my experiences! The place is really fun and amazing. There are movie theatres, libraries, music stores and what not! But I don't usually ...
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A diabolical puzzle: Hector + Tisiphone =?

Homer + Ovid = Paris Ulysses + Julius Caesar = Nimrod Guy de Montfort - Cleopatra = Medusa Epicurus - Pluto = Dido Hector + Tisiphone = ?
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Chi - the force of life