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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Babysitting dragons

Connect each baby dragon with its parent to solve each mini-puzzle. The connections can not intersect and must cover the whole board. The answer is :
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Orange you glad it's not Lemon?

My friend gave me this note in class, my very own third grade mathematics class! But alas: To little, my third grade-ly efforts amassed. Again and again, I wish I'd known then,...
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What does 1+1=?

Most of this is is flavour, with a section of puns setting the scene at the start, and then the story itself in the middle. Scroll down for the actual puzzle. You may be interested to know that all ...
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A very strange letter

Today, you receive an unusual delivery in the mail - a plain white envelope marked not with your address, but a question: What’s my sign? You open the envelope to find two pieces of paper with the ...
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My Grandfather's Final Message

As my grandfather reached the end of his long and satisfying life, I sat by his bedside and asked him what advice he could give me to help me in my own. Unable to speak, he pointed to his bedside ...
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A puzzle for dcfyj

Downvote my answer - there'll be hell to pay. Close my question - you'll need some helping hands. For an upvote on my answer, I'll get loot. You cannot vote on posts unless you have a permit. Just ...
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Where did my sister go?

One day my sister disappeared. She didn't vanish out of existence, no, she just wasn't seen or heard of for about three weeks. Until finally, just yesterday, I received a postcard from her. What a ...
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End of the Maze

This the final installment of the Maze series. Here is Room 1 and here is the previous room. After you enter the answer from Room 5, you wait for the door to de materialize as usual, but nothing ...
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I can't work like this!

Soon after arriving to work this morning, I sent an email off to my pal over in IT upon realizing that my workstation wasn't fully functional. We both like to solve puzzles in our spare time, so ...
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Who stole the diamond?

Inspiration from @BeastlyGerbil's Puzzle - This is an opprtunity. Can you take it? In Puzzlville last night, someone stole the famous Stone of Wondrous Mystery! Can you help the police find it? But ...
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Emeralds bet - A round world

It was the 15 October 1502, just a few hours before midnight in an old tavern at the docks. Emerald raised two fingers, after repeatedly looking at his three cards, before finally answering the ...
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What makes a man wise?

I asked my grandfather: "What makes a man wise?" He typed out this: GGRBBBBR Confused, I asked him to explain.... He ignored me and typed out the following: <...
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Assassinate Shakespeare!

Factoid: The noun "assassination" first appeared in print in Shakespeare's Macbeth. However, forget that. The puzzle is to reproduce the following ngram. The correct answer will be a link to the ...
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A Battered Shield

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Your party has defeated the previous riddles in the dungeon. The next room you enter is pitch dark - neither the light from ...
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Welcome aboard flight 5932

Welcome aboard flight 5932, and thanks for getting on this flight. In the unlikely case you need or want to abort this flight, you will find there are two exits both at the top of the plane. This ...
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Down the Rabbit Hole

There's a secret hidden in the text below. What mind-blowing truth does it reveal? Not imaginative? Then Zeke's Clues may assist! Unsure, lad? With our patented Obscurity Clues, begin verifiably ...
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Getting one over on the boss

In my job as a poet for a national newspaper I am rarely faced with ethical decisions. However, today was quite a challenge… The editor came to me this morning and said, “Hey, I’ve heard about this ...
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A Message carrying Train!

- - - - - - - - - - | | ++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++ | 1 |-...
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The Brief Puzzle Hunt

Recently, I was invited to give a speech during the kickoff phase of a local puzzlehunt. I’ve almost finished writing my first draft, but I just can’t figure out the best way to end it off. Can you ...
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A pirate's treasure-hunt

My dear puzzle friends, I need your help! An old acquaintance of mine has recently passed away and mentioned me in his will. I was quite thrilled, as the man was rather rich due to some clever ...
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Counter, Clock and Wise

Remember I told you that I am slowly turning eccentric? Well, turns out, it's worse than I had imagined. See, writing some random words on a piece of paper is one thing, and taking apart the hands of ...
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We solved the invisible maze

We did it! We finally solved the invisible maze! In case anyone else wants to try, I'll reproduce our steps here. Here's the maze: The rules: All walls except for the outer ones are ...
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These alien safes have no end

Well, I could solve the last safe, but what did it buy me? Just another instant-teleport and boom... here I am again! In a single room with very few things around me, most notably a safe, and no ...
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You're invited! Now what?

(semi-interactive puzzle) BRIIING! BRIIING! BRIIING! You wake up with a start. It's 6:30... already!? Darn. You roll slowly out of bed, preparing for the day ...
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Netflix Recommendations?

What should I watch on Netflix? Please help!! So many options...
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As I Was Reflecting On Nothing

I have a teenage cousin. He’s a real 2. I can’t believe this 11. It’s not even 14 and already he’s in deep 16. The worst part is, he doesn’t give a 20. I mean, I showed him this and guess what his ...
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50th Puzzle Landmark: My exciting exploits with Adedayo, Prince of Nigeria

Today marks a very exciting day for me. Today will be my 50th puzzle on this site, and as such, I've created a challenge the likes of which I have never done before. I hope it to be my most ...
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Not another one! ²

That's right, I have received yet another note! Who passed it to me this time?
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The Corridor of Eon Syras

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. tl;dr at the bottom You and your wacky group of adventurers barge through a hidden door and end up in what looks to be the ...
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We feast in Hell's kitchen, we swim through the deep

We feast in Hell’s kitchen, we swim through the deep, we wait in the shadows for printers to sleep. At midnight we come and we jumble your prose. We pluck out your words because god only knows! And ...
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OK, now listen up - there's a pattern here

The Greek premier. Call for applause. A famous actor. The biggest mouth in Africa. "5. 5. 5. 5. 5." ??? A game, of course! Twelve in an oven? ??? The partner of 18. A thousand. Mixed messages. ... ...
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(11 of 11: Meta) What is Pyramid Cult's All-Time Favorite?

Dear PSE users and moderators, I’m new here in PSE, but I really need your help. There was this person who gave me a black envelope consisting 10+1 pages of puzzles, and also a scribble saying: “Find ...
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A Rainbow of Flavors

The answer to this puzzle is a single word.
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More important than the destination

This puzzle is the 26th and final part of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Spoiler alert: This puzzle gives ...
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Bob's unnecessary trip to the shops

Alice and Bob live in London, UK. On a Friday, as per usual, Bob leaves for work before Alice. At lunchtime he receives a WhatsApp message from his friend Charles: Sorry to cancel on you last ...
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Cool language nerds won't hang out with me

It has long been my dream to be a part of the extremely exclusive Language Nerds' Club. Today, I walked into their clubhouse and stated my wish to become a bona fide member. See how I used Latin there?...
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V for Vendetta - Who am I?

This link here shows how many "Who am I?" riddles we already have on this site. Obviously, there are many of them and they're mostly riddles describing an object in some funny way. On checking the ...
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Kara's bitmap picture

Kara recently received a puzzling bitmap image by email in the shape of a trapezoid. She didn't recognize the email address, and she doesn't know why she would be receiving such a picture. She ...
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Why didn't this kid get any presents from Santa?

He counted the days until Christmas every morning, lunch and evening. He made a huge wishlist of presents; a RC car, flashy shoes and much more. He couldn't wait until the day that he could show off ...
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A conversation about a Christmas gift

The Christmas fever has already arrived. So yesterday I saw the following weird conversation in a chat room: -${}$ You know, I figured out what to buy ou for Christmas. - What? - I'll tell you ...
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Murder of a Cryptologist

Your friend, the Cryptologist Mr. Toboggan, has been murdered in his house. You being a detective and a Cryptologist yourself have been asked to lend a hand in solving the murder. You arrive at the ...
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The little scamp!

My Daughter She always does the right thing (the opposite is true as well; she's a good girl), and she'd be the first to tell you it's never right to jump a fence or steal a car. But it is right to ...
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The Pitiable Coder

One day, I found an odd newspaper lying on a bench called '$\large\bf\text{The Pitiable Coder}$'. I opened it and to my delight found an entire page on puzzles! Most were easy, but there was one I ...
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A Weird Puzzling Machine!

$${\begin{array}{rcl}\mathsf{\large{PRESENTING}}\end{array}}$$ $${\begin{array}{rcl}\mathsf{\large{A}}\ \ \mathsf{\large{WEIRD}}\ \ \mathsf{\large{PUZZLING}}\ \ \mathsf{\large{MACHINE}}\end{array}}$$ ...
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Oh no! A hacker has taken control of my computer!

It seems that some guy called Magick has taken over my computer. Well, there does not seem to be any harmful stuff done at least, but this picture keeps appearing on my screen. "HACKED by Magick"? ...
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The solution you've been looking for… (Find it, with these 11 simple steps!)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 __________________________________ 1 | T N R C 18 P 1 2 L 19 Y 2 | 14 E 25 A D D 10 Q 9 B D 3 | 20 2 R V 5 12 C 7 3 P T 4 | L ...
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The Sequencer - da-da-daaa!

This is what the diagram on the machine looked like: And this is the output that was in the box. ...
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A puzzling puzzle

The following images represent the same board: This image looks similar to the Empty sudoku puzzle but is not a sudoku. The only similarity are the > and ...
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My teacher gave me a puzzle one day

I told my teacher that I liked riddles and puzzles. As a matter of fact, I introduced him to the Puzzling Stack Exchange! Then, he got a sheet of paper, asked for a pen, and when he found one (I didn'...
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Explain this chained inequality

Under what scenario would the following chained inequality be true? 33353 > 48484 > 37465 > 96166 > 71373 > 87285 > 26938 Notes: ...