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For puzzles referencing or relating to historical events or knowledge. Use tag 'puzzle-history' for the history of puzzles.

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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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The Beale Papers

The background to this one's given here. NB: These may not be a genuine cryptograms (current thinking is that these are gibberish); but I though it interesting to share these in case they're genuine / ...
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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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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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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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This day in history VI

It was defectedWBC who got the last one. Well done! On this day (8th May) an event happened. Can you tell me the event, explain the clues and tell me what year it happened. A sickly-sweet syrup-like ...
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This day in history V

Well done to Beastly Gerbil who got the answer to This day in history IV. Something happened on 4th May a certain number of years ago. Can you tell me what it was and how many years ago it happened? ...
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This day in history IV

I haven't done one of these for almost a year and I'm planning to continue this. The correct answer to This day in history III was found by Mordechai (who just beat Tahel to it). On this date (03/05/...
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Opération Gutenberg

Paris, 5 January 1858 Gutenberg is dead. For five years I have been on this fanatic's trail. Five years of stalking his accomplices, intercepting his correspondence, tracking him down to his lairs ...
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Colouring the map of Canada

A previous question asked whether the map of the USA needs four colors. Now, what about Canada? If you want to assign a colour to each province and territory, so that no two neighbours have the same ...
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Historical Figure Identification

The computer at the history museum is on the fritz! When asked about a famous general, all it spit out was Clean. 2,000 lbs. Who did it mean?
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What is the (apparently) next number in the sequence?

$42, 62, 67, 14, 27, 45, 4, 14\dots$ This is the number sequence which does not appear in OEIS and actually has little to do with maths. To find the next number, please look at the title and the tags!...
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Many have become me, many more desire to be me

For the past centuries, many have been me. Many more desire to become me. Some are forgotten, others are remembered. At first I became a whole city; later on I've been a neighbor, a teddy bear, a ...
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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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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 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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Where am I? A scene of death

Hint (for those of you who are stuck): In this question, I have given a total of 5 hints (or even more). Once you have the answer, please include how these hints worked.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 you? Haven't ...
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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,...