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An Alien Lands - where?

This is a question of general knowledge though if anyone gets it without investigative effort I would be mightily impressed. All you need is in the text and you will then require some intuitive, ...
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Blunt Talk, Shrubby Barquentine

Clues: I stand in the East, facing West in all directions A day’s sail, just across the line Unlucky year, a ship ran aground... A different world, different age Set the stage, elemental alias... [...
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The Fellowship of the Square

What brings these four fellows together? ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #21 (History 4/4): Expedition

This is part 21 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Excerpts from recent round-the-world itinerary: Flew ...
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A Seemingly Geographic Riddle

Selçuk, İzmir Province, Turkey. Bodrum, Muğla Province, Turkey. Yassıhüyük, Ankara Province, Turkey. Sart, Manisa Province, Turkey. ??? İzmir, İzmir Province, Turkey. Atalanti, Phthiotis, Greece. ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #20 (Entertainment 4/4): Actors

This is part 20 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Talos (2019, 2019, 2019 uncredited, 2023 TV) Galadriel ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #15 (History 3/4): Those Not Present

This is part 15 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Eisenhower’s Vice President, later President himself ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #09 (History 2/4): Windows 7

This is part 9 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Colourblind-friendly version available here. Puzzle in ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #03 (History 1/4): Jurassic World

This is part 3 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. This puzzle is designed to mimic a ‘Multi Cache’ ...
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Python Conundrum: Guess The Song

Python Conundrum: The Series The key to the puzzle: The puzzle: ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #01 (Geography 1/4): History

This is part 1 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. HERMITS ERECTED HER – SHE TOLD MERCHANT ALL BEST AUTHOR ...
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Musical murder mystery

This is a murder mystery set in an alternate reality that involves siblings of two famous musicians. Your job is to toe the line between reality and imagination, and figure out which of the stated ...
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A historical cipher

You are born in the time of 100 BC. Now what? gvcwndxphufrcshvrtfrnhwnircssynbntnwnnglcufnbgwrf
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Help a woman from ancient Rome find out how her husband is doing

Let's go back 2000 years. A woman named Valeria received a strange message from her husband Claudius who is a frumentarius. The message: ...
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We're just hanging out, man

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #3: Pencil and Paper Games I'm a bit unsure who to ask about this... You see, there's this guy I know. I say 'know' - we're not close mates, come ...
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Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) - a Puzzling tribute

Across: 1. 1962 hit for Elvis Presley: Return to ______ (6) 5. Capital city of Jordan (5) 7. Birthplace of Albert Einstein (3) 8. Member of the Royal Military Police (6) 9. Major US retailer, Home ...
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I wonder what that would be

This is my own puzzle. Consider the following Alice begins march for peace in East Bengal along with Gandhi Bentley celebrated the first Bahia Independence Day Catherine saw the starting of the Great ...
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Three people sit down for a meal in France, who is the time traveller?

As the time traveller and the two others sit down at a table to eat and drink, they discuss who they are (but without giving their names). Then one of the three says, "We are all..." And ...
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"What sport is this medal table?" is back

On exactly the same spirit as "What sport is this medal table" Can you find the values of the question marks in this medal table? Three questions for you: Is it related to the Olympic ...
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What sport is this medal table?

Can you find the values of the question marks in this medal table? Three questions for you: Is it related to the Olympic Games? What are USA's medal numbers? What are the four missing nations? ...
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If Norjak were but a stage illusion, how would you have done it? [closed]

I am not certain this is the right site for this post: rather than your analysis of an actual trick of stage magic, I invite you to reconsider the hijacking of Flight NOA 305 ("Norjak") ...
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What letter is this?

The answer to this puzzle is a single letter: ⚙️♠️🐏🚘🥔💎 🛬⛑🍅👂👔➕ P🔈N 🏈 What letter is this? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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I was popular in the 1970s

I was popular in the 1970s. I can be represented by the following image: What am I?
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Stuck in History #2

We have been living a normal life for a while Searching for necessities at every mile But with the spread of a new invention A more calm life springs into action What historical event is this alluding ...
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Stuck in History #1

A crowd blocks my view of the important one As a loud sound tells me that man is done A mysterious lady stands by in pictures taken Then is never seen again like a strip of cooked bacon So somehow I ...
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The homeland of the shepherd?

$\displaystyle \left \lfloor \frac{Gen4:1-16} {a_5x^5+a_4x^4+a_3x^3+a_2x^2+a_1x+a_0} \right \rfloor$ + «my father was the first one» = A country
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What is my son studying at school?

My eight-year-old was recently given a homework assignment to create a small crossword puzzle that demonstrated what he'd learned while studying his class's History topic this term. So we put our ...
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Who is the only pre-teen that has traveled to outer space?

Who is the only pre-teen that has traveled to outer space? Sort of a trick question. But also not quite a trick question. This is a person, not a dog or chimpanzee or other animal.
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Don't close me, I'm dangerous

I haven't written a riddle in a while, and my New Year's resolution is "make more puzzles," so here is a quick little riddle for you! Dragon or demon, locked in its pen, But without even ...
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On a budget with my travel agent

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags "Hey Pat, I got your latest tour brochure. It looks really fun; you know I love military history! But times are tough, and I did ask you for ...
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We got a nasty shock

Our polarity was mentioned but never revealed Coulombs we made, but our fate was sealed Repelling the dark, we refused to yield They had a battery: We died in the field Who are we and how many? (...
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This day in history IX [closed]

Congratulations to Rand al'Thor who got the correct answer to This day in history VIII. What historical event that happened on this day (12th November) is this riddle talking about? Can you explain ...
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History is written by the Connect Wall

This is an entry for Fortnightly Topic Challenge #42: Wordless Connecting Walls. Election Day in the United States, and my daughter is taking Civics, so we're watching the returns. It occurred to me ...
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Sophie's Puzzle

My smart and beautiful daughter Sophie gave me this puzzle the other day... What do each of these letters and numbers stand for and why? -4 + R = AOTC -4 + PA = SR 11 + P = OA 17 + DOTM = CES 18 +...
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Where does my friend live? 3

Other questions in this series can be found here. One of my friends in America has sent me some codes to show where he lives. ROY, LYS, INI, RAC, NIL, ROE, RAM, YES, CIT, DOH, SAM, IHS Can you ...
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My name is simple, nothing tricky here

My nationality is English. I am born at 1859 I am bald, but I've never been bothered by it. I have always been on the round side, and people don't hesitate to point that out. Throughout my years I'...
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The King and the Oracle

There was a king that wanted to go to war. But before that, he decided to go see the Oracle of the nearest temple, in order to estimate his chances and to have a clearer vision of his destiny. However,...
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History function

Can you tell the next element of this history function? It is meant and important that mathematics tag isn't here! I save you the time to search on OEIS, you won't ...
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Kaboom-y numbers!

Here is a new type of puzzle poem I made. Enjoy! Note: The title is named like that for a reason. I have a number in mind, it is super cool, But there's something you need to know, or you will find ...
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I never reached nine

When I was one, I hid my species. When I was two, I was still light. When I was three, I gained weight. When I was four, I was many. When I was five, I was a kitty. When I was six, I was a bigger cat. ...
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What links these numbers?

What links the following numbers (and many more) in the UK: ...
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Some say I killed my brother

I was godless yet I warred with God. Some say I killed my brother, Inside he bled a lot. [see hint 2] Generally I had a tough reputation. Yet to modern ears I can sound quite sweet! Who was I and can ...
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Fun with ^#**#!@ flags

(h/t to @sarsaparilla and that user's Fun with Flags series of puzzles earlier this year) "Hi Pat." "Hey, did you get my note about our next trip?" "If by 'note', you mean '...
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I found a puzzle that no-one can solve

I found a puzzle that no-one can solve. I created a law but I was not a lawyer. I lived in a hostile world but found refuge in a hut. Who was I, and can you explain my story? Clue 1 Clue 2
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A Riddle from my Past

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The Eighth Color

For this puzzle I've made, guess what is the missing color. You can't use a computer to find the solution. But once you know you have it, you are allowed to use a computer, mostly to select a RGB ...
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Can anyone help poor Fblthp?

my name is Fblthp, and I am completely lost. I don't know the location of my home planet, and given the barriers in language and culture, I can't tell you its name in any meaningful manner either. The ...
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Connect Wall: Americana

In honor of Flag Day here in the United States, I hope you're up for another connect wall! The set of sixteen words below can be partitioned into groups of four words that have something in common. ...
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This day in history VIII

What historical event happened on this day (11th May). Can you explain the clues? Also, well done to El-Guest who got the answer to This day in history VII. A man of great mind Bested by the first ...
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This day in history VII

This day in history was solved first by Glorfindel with Yuzuriha Inori giving a more detailed answer. Today (9th May), a number of years ago, some sort of event happened. What was it and what do the ...
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