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For history themed puzzles, perhaps centered around cultural heritage or legends. Use tag [puzzle-history] for the history of puzzles and their creation, as well as any methodologies which have developed over time.

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What is this saying?

<=19 B: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, ... P: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X ... AB: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...
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Well-known American figure with Roman numerals

Which well-known American figure has an 8-letter name, with 6 consonants and all of them are Roman numerals?
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Enjoying a rest from the long commute!

You ask me where I used to work before I was retired? Perhaps you’ll know if I tell tales of workers that I’ve fired... The first who came and worked with me was fresh from Ivy League, But ...
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The Marching Tune

And a one, and a two, and a three four five six! Or a one, and a two, and a three four five! From my home right here, To the end way down there! And then I have a choice Of a one, a two, or a ...
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A Remote Location

Here be a simple problem For the keen directmate eye White to move and win In seven moves, Black shall die However, I remember now a relative Long ago did he begin to live About a two decades or ...
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What do Teignmouth, Paris, Ulm, Auxerre, Brunswick, Beaumont-en-Auge, and Ryazan have in common?

In the book Real World Haskell, there's a non-programming-related puzzle in a footnote at the bottom of page 15, in the middle of a simple text-processing problem: ... Find or create a text ...
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This day in history III

The correct answer to This day in history II was found by Jan Ivan with credit to Tahel. A certain amount of years ago on this day (29/07), something happened. What is it and how many years ago did ...
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This day in history II

This day in history I was correctly answered by PotatoLatte. I will describe an event from a certain number of years ago that happened today (28/07). I would like you to tell me both he event and the ...
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This day in history I

THIS DAY IN HISTORY is a series of puzzles I intend to create in which I choose an event a certain amount of years ago. I need you to figure the event and tell me how many years ago it happened From ...
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And yet you'll reunite

Your crush texted you: Met me there, tomorrow, 21th of July. Prove all your romance is true. Prove what you learnt in maths, computer science, litterature... and during all those years of studying ...
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Where shall we go next?

The following nonogram is about $92\%$ solvable. Also, the grid is not really like it should be. All this feels somewhat annoying, but honestly, not that much, because this is most likely the last ...
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Historical puzzle

We have three facts. In reality, there are 13. But in Germany, there are 12. One is Russian, one is French. The thing they've created is spread all around the world. What is it? Edit: One more hint....
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One night in Baker Street

The raindrops ran down the windows of 221B Baker Street while Sherlock Holmes played a sad melody upon his violin. The weather and the music reflected his mood, for it had been a trying and vexatious ...
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Cross-Numbers (not words)!

Can you solve this Crossword (Cross-numbers) with numbers from the given pictures ? ACROSS DOWN
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Head of a Reich takes a seat

A fabric is used for a pretty silk dress, an empire eventually broke under stress, a language once used one's ideas to express, a man, head of Reich long before the SS. What am I?
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It was often searched for. What is it?

Maybe it's wooden. Maybe it's golden. It could be made out of greenish glass. Most likely it has not that much mass. - Some think it is already found, Most think it could still be somewhere ...
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Never shall we die…!

Here now the accounts of the nine pirate lords And one impostor amidst them all Here now their voice and story And which impostor to die The first of all is the chief of all Hidden by ...
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The mother of all age-of-the-captain riddles

A few days ago, as I was delving into the mess in my grand parents' attic, I found an impressive ancient book that was written in a language that I had never seen before. "This book is a collection ...
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Who is richer? A two-way lie-fest

The richest person in ancient Greece had to pay a special tax. The rulers rode to Alexander, a very rich man, and asked for the tax. Alexander, who liked his fortune, told them that they had the wrong ...
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The thousand-year enigma

Three two and five versus one five and three twos, sellable merchandise made out of these clues, latter being northern the first's in the east, country's name one thousand years back at least. ...
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Time To Fix The Machine

Yesterday, I received a call from Mr. X who asked for my assistance in fixing his time machine, which he suspected had been damaged during one of his adventures. Since an initial inspection revealed ...
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Songsmiths and dictators

Russian to infamous Soviet dictator. Spanish to liquefied timepiece creator. English to songsmith with capital name. French to one whose end in Waterloo came. What are we listing?
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An eerie warning from the other side

I often enjoy hiking through the trails near my home, and I try to ensure I do so at least once a week. Yesterday, I decided to go for a hike, and as I wandered through a lesser known trail I stumbled ...
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The First Great War

I am a great battle; long ago I took place, The name is Nick though that wasn't always the case. The King or the prince, which one was greater?, Some said "The king!, The prince, he came ...
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Cut to the quick part

Bill the grave offender, venerable, form filler, leaving a paper trail, found on an old 3D tail, the fastest ending last, bucks the trend on April first?
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Who is Pete's favourite scientist?

Pete is back. Pete met his old friend Steve at the hospital at the end of March. They both went to the same history class. Pete: Hey! Steve: Pete? Pete, is that you? Pete: Yes. How are ...
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A name fit for rappers

My name is fit for rappers, though my title is a count; The time I spent at sea no man of my day could surmount. An empire's expansion was in large part my account; The spice trade bought in ...
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Affix riddle with pharaoh

In the tongue of a beautiful pharaoh for a prefix this word has a small O. For a suffix small N, for an infix small M, and, itself, it is only a small O. What is the word?
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Ever-changing nationalities

Make me Portuguese, and I live next door. Make me Spanish, and I live in the same building. Make me British, and I live far away. Make me Dutch, and I live next door from there. Make me French,...
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A mecca with bling

One word my city, it ends with a king; two words my own name, a mecca with bling. Three old trees decorate my hallowed doors, four walls of aurum, a pool and two floors. Five times nine ...
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The mysterious box: The First Clue

It was a normal day when I got the box came in the post. I opened it and found a handful of objects inside. I picked out a piece of paper and on it was a riddle: The next clue lies within the top ...
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Born in a holy place

I was born in a holy place, holy for a separate reason. I was met with a great man's face, a sight that's been lost through the seasons. I was killed in an empire's base, victim to ...
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A humble riddle

I am a triumph, a thundering wall; a goddess, a ruler the grandest of all. I loom over towers that can touch the skies; few of world's waters can rival my size. A landmass colossal, a forebear of ...
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My prefix is salty and smarts, my infix will occupy without a g,

IMHO this is the hardest riley riddle I've seen. My prefix is salty and smarts My infix will occupy without a g My suffix three white triangles upon the blue For I myself require a council (...
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A stamp kingdom rebus

You may discover three members of which kingdom from the stamps?
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strange but true historical haiku

Kingdom without king while surrounded by itself was declaring war, without wanting land. Led by a fleet admiral, without a navy. But it had demands, from many other ...
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My body is top-heavy

My body is top-heavy, as my weapon is deadly. To make my shot count, faith is needed in large amount. A high profile target I may be, yet the white death never came for me. When the ...
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A throwaway riddle

My first followed a schism Of proto-Protestantism My second preceded a war Of a decade and a score My third was ready for bed Possibly done by the Reds
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I was a middle sister

Both of my siblings served in a war, in which the younger one got killed. I knew the richest people in the world. But also the poor. I died young, on a cold night. Who am I?
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Who is this great man?

A man of great power, beloved of a nation, leader of an army, exalted in his station. When he marched to battle, all his might assembled, soldiers, once formidable, in sight of him, they ...
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Which historical person am I

Which historical person am I No surrender in my name soldiering not the source of my fame Horses are my thing, you see. They almost eat me. I like going outside my body may be ...
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Who am I?- I lived towards the end of the age of enlightenment

I was able show the deconstruction of the intellectual pretension of the Enlightenment. Everyone was under the assumption that reason and science are the only routes to reality and truth. I perceived ...
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when was the battle?

Recently, an old grave were discovered in Italy. On the grave was written a mysterious inscription (originally in italian but translated in english there). Here lies an italian soldier who died in ...
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Clue of origin with a connection to mythology

Assume that you were privileged and invited to attend a party arranged during a pre-historic time. It was hosted by none other than Adam (the mythological man as per religious beliefs), the first man, ...
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WWII Headshots - a strange story

This was brought to mind by a similar question from @Chuck. In any case, I heard mine elsewhere and cannot vouch for its veracity, just thought it would be cool to share: During WW2, the British ...
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Save our WWII planes

This is an actual piece of real history, and an illustration of smart thinking. During WWII, Allied airforces were having a difficult time getting their bombers to withstand German artillery. Their ...
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The Warlock's Will

Your master, the great Warlock William the Wide, has recently passed away. In his will, he left you a crystal box with a grid of squares and names on top and a note: The note reads: You are ...
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Numerical divine connection

All of the following can be connected 4 29 - 32 25 13 to a well known figure. Who can it be and how ?
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On this historic day

Today is 04 17 2 017 as of posting this puzzle in my current time. What happened on the date I am thinking of? YQTNFYCTKK FOGLQENMILAGTSLJA - 1st BCIXDHEELQJUFQWDENIZ - 8th LSRCODAIJWNPFXEAD - ...
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Who is this wizard?

A long time ago there lived a wise man. Many people used to call him, & still call him, a wizard, a genius! He had many, in fact countless friends! One day with some of those friends he formed a ...