Questions tagged [history]

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

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A mysterious email from the Historical Society

You are a secret agent in the service of the KGB, recently deployed on a highly dangerous mission to infiltrate MI6. After a delay when your superiors thought your cover had been blown before you even ...
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The Writings of Impostradamus

The controversial 18th century figure, Impostradamus, is perhaps best known for his extensive research in the fields of astrology, palm reading, magic potions and management accountancy. However, less ...
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Historical figures word search with a twist

You can take every path you like from the drawn paths, but you cannot repeat letters in the same word (person's name). There are at least 23 historical figures on the board. Here is also a text ...
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Only Kinect Wall

The 4 groups of a total of 16 words can be sorted into four connected groups of 4. The goal is to find the connections of the groups. Text version: ...
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Where do all the doors lead to?

You are walking in a hallway and find a door. You decide to enter the room. The door closes behind you, the room suddenly becomes dark and starts spinning. You fall on the floor in the middle of the ...
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The past is never dead. It's not even past.

This is an entry in the 14th Fortnightly Topic Challenge. We thought it was dead. We were wrong. The past history has risen again; it has taken over the present -- it has messed with the present, ...
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5 Quotes 1 Figure

These are 5 quotes all made by the same historically famous person that have all been transcribed slightly differently. What are each of the quotes and who said them all? SETAERGRUO TBGNILLAFR ...
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Historical figure word-search

There are 22 historical figures on this board. Can you find them all?
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Who was the powerful woman?

I took the name of a powerful woman. I applied her lover, who was famous for gambling at a river. The key for my next substitution was an emperor who failed in the east and returned from the south. ...
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Historical figure sudoku

This sudoku hides a famous person from the past. A solution will be accepted if the sudoku is solved (with steps to solve). The letters used are: abceloprt (in alphabetical order). PS. ...
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And the rest is hstr!

This is an entry in the 14th Fortnightly Topic Challenge. Ha, nice, a new fortnightly challenge. What's more, it is about history! It seems that people didn't like sports that much, huh? Fortunatly, ...
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Historical Quotes

Arrange the parts below in such a way that they form 6 history related quotes. Determine the corresponding person for each quote. a myth a new a new a race becomes between but change education and ...
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Five Historical Features

A type of boat, a font, a trek, a multi-country palace, A brand of car that used to be, a guarantee or promise. All of us are reside in France but three of us are foreign For two of us are from ...
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Historical Crossword Puzzle

This is the first question for the new Fortnightly Topic Challenge #14: History. Clues: A fight near a place which was sung about 159 years later. A great man dies in a city where they can't build ...
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♦ Series - Going back to the Stack

Introduction You enjoy eating the last bite of your donut as you realize something... You just took a month off from work to get ONE free donut... You come into work and notice there's a ton of ...
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A visual riddle about a figure

This is a visual riddle. Each picture has something to do with who or what I am. If something about the picture is unclear, feel free to ask. Note: The order of the numbers is random and doesn't ...
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A riddle of a reaper

I hope this riddle isn't too easy: Some see me as the reaper, But am I not somehow? I was a patron, Through time they celebrated me. They were going to cut me open, To free what was inside of me....
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Steganography TriBond™

These three have a technological attribute — me — in common:    •   What does each of these represent? •   How ...
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This image contains a “Great Discovery”

The Puzzle: Source material taken from here As discussed on Numberphile, here is John Herschel's doodle, sent to his friend Charles Babbage. John H. John Herschel was an English polymath, ...
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In Rebellion I Earned My Fame

In rebellion I earned my fame; Before the events, few knew my name. Of origin, none can be sure; My resting place too is obscure. With arrow and bow I left my mark; Life under foreign ...
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Someone graffiti'd my task list!

I need to perform some maintenance on my house, so the first thing I usually do is write a list of things I need to fix and what is wrong with them. I had it all written down so I went for a quick nap ...
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A curious question of lateral thinking

I could not be measured -        there wasn't the time Yet my knowledge was treasured        to help reach friendly climes My ...
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The unwriteable punctuation mark

What am I? I will never be written, that surely would be impossible. For thousands of years I was unused for practical purposes. Reputedly the Irish invented me? Nowadays I am often literally ...
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Sculptures in a park

Edit: all the unhelpful clues, including bad hinting and misleading ASCII art, were removed and other, (hopefully) more sensible ones were added. You just moved to a new city, and your childhood ...
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What place am I?

I was once part of an ocean, more specifically a sea, my only natural border, is a river sharing a name of what was once a legal enemy. Hint Hint2 Hint3
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Binary on a diet

How can you make binary data less filling? Remove the 1s, of course. OO O OO O OO OOOO OO OO O O OOO O OOOOO OOO O O OOO OO OO OO O OOO OO OOO OOOO ...
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Before the AZ Tech asset led Inc aqua group

Clarifying that this puzzle is looking for a hidden civilization - the title also contains clues alluding to something similar. Guy Fawkes slept on April Fools day and dreamt of American or Texan ...
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REALLY important days in history

@Z. Dailey asks a mathematical puzzle Important days in history... and to come! with a series of dates in years 1973, 1978, 1983, 1992, 2005. My puzzle asks the question: What is the previous date in ...
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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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A modern rhyme, paying respect to history

Secret stationary falls bitter, cross like purge, princess piic. They all pay tribute to me. Who am I? Hint 1: Hint 2:
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My aristocratic friend

I once had a friend. Every second year he wrote me a letter, hoping to receive acknowlodgements for his achievements and developments on behalf of all of human kind. He was born at an Imperial ...
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Lost at sea. What is the ship's cargo?

While trapped at sea, a small fishing vessel desperately tried to reach another ship for assistance. Finally, a large ship appeared over the crest of a magnificent wave. The crew members screamed for ...
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The real story of two mischievous brothers

Once upon a time there was a woman named Alice. She had two husbands, Mr. Cantor and Alex. From Mr. Cantor, she had a son. He was very mischievous. All people in the house were bothered by him. But ...
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What could be it?

It was too 6-6-500, then I've decided to 1009 it with more color, but it became too 54-1-500. What could be it?
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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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Leet of Legends

Mr. S, the history professor, offered his class a challenge. He told the class that bonus points would be given in the examination to the first student who deciphered the text. All students received ...
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who are you going to call?

First one, now two snakes Too much? Rightfully, not free Alternative, less?
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The Diaries of the Old

Some days ago, a young man came into my grandfather's antique shop and wanted to offload some of the old stuff that once belonged to his father. Among them were three really old journals. They were ...
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Two dead beans on a stone

Samuel Bean, a Canadian doctor, had a tombstone erected in Rushes Cemetery near Crosshill, Wellesley Township, Ontario, for his first two wives, Henrietta and Susanna. The original stone was carved in ...
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A good puzzle is a double-edged sword

A rare double-edged sword is currently on loan from the British Museum to the Magna Carta exhibition. The sword itself is described as likely made in Germany around 1250-1330 and includes the ...
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Cultural Patrimony

Few month ago, I was on vacation visiting an old friend in his own country. We were sitting on his balcony enjoying the sea view from up the hill and listening to his old favorite music when he asked ...
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The Punic Wars are back!

The Roman Empire is at war with Carthage. Hannibal's army is composed of $a$ archers, $b$ ballistae, $c$ cavalrymen, $d$ dart-shooters, $e$ elephants and $f$ fighters. In each round of the battle, ...
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Fire in a crowded theatre

Some time in the early 20th century, a fire occurred in a crowded theatre. Although the exit doors that were unlocked were not blocked on the outside, the panicked attendees could not get out of those ...

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