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Questions tagged [history]

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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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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Another riley riddle

IMHO this is the hardest riley riddle out 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 ...
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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 ...
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Re order the clues

The clues are out of order when decoded. What's the correct order? A common color A rank in the army A popular candy bar A publishing house A roofer for cottage Orwells' true surname An ...
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Can we stand for just one more ordered set puzzle?

Actually, probably not. You might want to sit down for this one. I'll try not to ramble. Haven't we done this before? Out with the old, in with the new! Let's go!! The following is the first 7 ...
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Who was this famous man and what did he say?

My eccentric great uncle passed away, and included a provision in his will that I should receive his entire estate If I can prove myself by breaking his encryption. He claims to be the descendant of a ...
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Edward and Bruce

Turning my back on you A la a dramatic insult Like Edward and Bruce Q U W Z T F Z ' Q A Q ...
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A poetic day of the week

The genius discovered that the egg could stand In front of the sons of Jacob, I promptly admit my wrongdoings. Benjamin was never one of them, but two of his name brothers were. The little boy was ...
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What is my name?

I ran on the oars, being a sacred man, but was tormented to death by Saddam. One associative friend reached fame, with carrot and stick, another was shot dead on the street. What is my name? ...
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Something New(ton)?

Recognized as one of the most brilliant scientists of all time, Sir Isaac Newton was always ahead of his time.On the cusp of something brilliant, late in 1704, he had the idea to send you a coded ...
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Secret of the universe

There once was a mythical stone tablet on which was said to be written the secret of the universe. If the secret was to fall within the wrong hands, it was said that the consequences would be ...
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One of the history maker

I fall with my holey sleeves Release the load then I heave A five-year mission made me a crew of the war To boldly take action where no man has taken before When the dateline was ...
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PATROL Around Time Reliable Officers of Law

You've just passed your field test, and are now a fully certified PATROL officer! Your mother would be so proud of you right now! You're introduced to your new partner, a well-respected but sometimes ...
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Hnefatafl - a lost Art

Hnefatafl (Ner-far-taff-all) is a Tafl Game, though it is a lost art in the modern day. The aim of the game is either to capture the king, or get the king to a corner depending on which side you are ...
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A Modular History Lesson

Firstly, idea blatantly stolen from This great puzzle by Rand al'Thor I was preparing Exams for my students last night, and my wife offered to make some fun riddles to use as Extra Credit. I had five ...
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A Letter from the Past

It has been quite a while since your first assignment as a P.U.Z.Z.L.E. agent. Most of your tasks weren't even half that exciting and since your boss is currently on vacation, your most important task ...
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A strange crazy lady and her ramblings

I met a strange lady yesterday. She started talking to me and said the weirdest thing: "I have been boiling cats to get cows. Six cats for a cow, you know? But nothing happened." I was ...
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What is a Veteran Word™?

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it a Veteran Word™. Use the following examples below to find the rule: Here is a CSV version: Veteran WordsTM, Not Veteran WordsTM AGENT, ASSISTANT* ...
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Race to the Past: A Historical Scavenger Hunt

This was intended to be for History Fortnight, but I didn't quite get it finished up in time. (I now have a history of just missing these cutoffs.) Here's the puzzle, though you'll definitely need ...
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A Middle Name That Starts With 'G'

The name that you seek is both first and last. It was once more popular in the past Many who are famous have enjoyed the name But whoever possessed it never took the blame. Whether painters,...
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School Authorities Conundrum

Our School authorities have decided to extend our syllabus. Boo!! They have sent us a letter in which they address this issue. They tell us that the new book which will be prescribed to us is hidden ...