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Questions tagged [knowledge]

A puzzle whose solution relies on external sources (like tables, dictionaries, wikipedia) or specifics that may not be common knowledge.

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Divine apple island

Arrange the following words into pairs. What cities are being clued here? What city is missing? divine, apple, island, oxford, big, love, novel, lower, rival, refuge, saxony, odysseus, guidance, ...
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X marks the what?

In the following clues, a certain term been replaced with $X$. Find out the meaning of $X$ and solve the crossword. Down Deadly $X$ (5) White heroine or cocaine (4) Introduction of good ...
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Precipitation, etc

Precipitation, falling from heavy clouds, Crashing down onto delicate flowers. Thin sensory organs placed on Young feline mammals. Glimmering metallic sheen of No. 29, Forming ...
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My contractor has questionable methods

I hired a contractor to build one simple thing! How hard could it be?! He claimed to have completed the job 3 times, but all I heard was this lame excuse: I went out west to take a test But ...
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What will the Frenchman say?

An Englishman, a Frenchman and a German are speaking. First the Englishman says : "M". Then the Frenchman says : "M" as well. And the German also says : "M". They all agree and decide to ...
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Emojional cryptic crossword

ACROSS 3. 🌟½☥🐪🚫👣 (9) 7. 🏆❌🖽⚔️ (3) 8. ½🍔🇫🇷🌊🏢 (6) 11. ♉½🇬🇷✉️ (3) 12. 🔫⭐⏺️♥️🗽🎭 (5) 13. 🍈♥️🇨🇴🏙️⏮️🍟🔚💐 (6) 14. 👂♀️🦌💰 (5) 16. 🎩👦♻️🐴🦄☝️🗾🏝️ (6) 19. 🐏💪🔀 (3) ...
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A Cautionary Suggestion

Some pictures are worth a thousand words. This one is worth just five. What are they?
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Sailing the cryptic seas

So, I've built myself a ship. The image shows it from above. (Look, use your imagination, ok?) With the clues below, try to figure out whether my ship is headed toward the top right or toward the ...
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The Wild Bogeyman's Crossword

Solve this cryptic crossword and find the common theme: The wild bogeyman dropped his bag in the bank (5) God returned the small animals (4) The insect stayed in the hospital and became a family ...
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Where will this killer strike next?

I'm going to try something new here... this puzzle is going to play out in real-time, so if it remains unsolved long enough the final objective will change. That'll be bad news for some fictional ...
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Two Riddles on a tower

I'm trying to create two riddles for a D&D campaign and I'm worried they aren't clear. I'd like people to try and solve them and give suggestions on how to improve them if possible. It's set in ...
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The missing ingredient

Using the starter and main course as examples, fill in the menu by adding the type of beverage required for the dessert. Starter Peebles goat cheese and Vietnamese bread in the manner of ...
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Which country has more?

Saw this question and couldn't help but make it into a different riddle. China has three more than Chile Algeria has one less than Nigeria Ireland and Iceland...? Are they even different? ...
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Traversing the US and Canada: A Cryptic Journey

Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in the United States or Canada. The answers traverse all Canadian provinces, Canadian territories, U.S. states and the District of Columbia. This is done ...
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Bro's password… must've forgotten

My overseas friend has forgotten the password to his SackExpunge account, and the only information he wrote down about it was this: Username: LiveSound Password: ...
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Who has more? Ireland or Iceland?

China has three more than Chile Algeria has two more than Nigeria Ireland has _____ more than Iceland. Or other way around? How many and why? This is also a clue to the previous puzzle " ...
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A Study in Entomophobia

When love take make the times love going sad just Comes you is better you of be get into old And sing forever can sugarplum darkness nothing eyes better read In you see afraid boy words ...
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The Key to the Door

I need to get into this building. Next to the only door is a keypad with a simple 10-key numeric keypad. I hear someone approaching so I hide in a nearby bush to observe. They walk up to the door, ...
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What world is he talking about?

" This is not easy to figure out", said Grandpa " In this world, 403 = 308 and is same as 83" I couldn't figure that one obviously. " Here is a hint. 5 1 9 2" Grandpa spoke slowly. ...
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Ahoy, Ye Traveler!

I am a traveler. In birth, I had struggles, but shifted a tad to become a double saint, Based, to be honest, on what I could do with a bit of paint. I'm proud to say that I became ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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What's In The Box?

Welcome to Archie's Fun House! I would like to begin by thanking you for paying us a visit today. This is a craaaaaazy place indeed! Today though, we have something rather special waiting for you. It'...
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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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Traversing Africa: A Cryptic Journey

Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Africa, one per country. The answers first traverse all countries on the mainland by crossing land borders, and then the remaining ones go around the ...
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No rhyme nor reason

Can you find what's hidden behind each element of this list, and why they are described in this way ? cheeky ancestor continuously capers and counts free falls for greatly adventurous arachnid ...
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Why won't George come?

"Oh boy, it's a boys-only party ! There'll be Jim, who never sleeps, and Jimmy, who's capable of anything. Charlie and Mike'll be there for sure, they're always so excited. And Nick... man, Nick just ...
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Cryptic with missing capitals

Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different European capital city. Across 1. Funny beret men strike $??$ to convene (4) 3. Containers found in a $??$ plaza (...
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What does any of this have to do with chickens?

A few words about me: Whenever I need something investigated, I always turn to a 1990s dance artist. I have no problem travelling to the Free State, but will refuse to go further south ...
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Where's my scale?

You have a cylinderical beaker completely filled with water, and having no markings on it. You have to somehow empty two thirds of water, without using anything else. Some info about beaker: It has ...
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A title for a history book

A German historian is sitting by his desk, pondering a title for his book. He picks up and pen and starts writing down possible titles. South Asians No, too short. Let's try to add ...
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Never Completed Game - Difficult Riddle

The seventeenth of the primes. Its twin is twentynine. Po. Let’s drive. Bye, Alfonsín. Add seven triangular. Sweet. It named the Valley. This riddle is taken from https://www.nevercompletedgame....
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Globe trotting Grandpa. Where is he going next?

Grandpa was busy finishing up his travel itinerary. "Where are you going Grandpa?" I asked "Many places! I want to visit places that are charming, historical--" "Wow" My reaction "exciting, sunny, ...
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Cryptic with some cross words

Across 1. Philosopher rejects Vietnamese soup, producing gas (5) 3. A penguin's formal attire (3) 5. Primate's kiss is the greatest success (4) 7. Meet not in extreme Korean clothing (3) 10. ...
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The Puzzle Hunt

This puzzle is like a scavenger hunt; the solution to each part of this puzzle becomes a critical part of the next part of the puzzle. Part One [Steganography] Be very aware, dear. Buttons ...
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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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Cryptic cross… with words

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid. Far north Silicon Valley's research & development leaders surround Jessica (8) Pop star loses British-American distribution ...
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A real-world puzzler - find the pattern!

This is a bit of an unusual puzzle - one that is purely "real world" :) My console can produce a load of colours. But I can't find any obvious way to relate the colour to its number. I'd hoped that ...
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Headless horseman claims new head

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid so that each of the coloured squares contains exactly four different letters. Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in ...
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San Francisco is my home

Joseph Story Mary Stuart Malala Yousafzai Theodore Roosevelt Bill Joe red army pharaoh bullet note: the clues form 2 words hint: The first and third groups should be ...
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Here is another interesting person

This is a compound word Made up of three consecutive verbs, two in the past tense Starts with a noun and ends with a noun Starts with a metal, ends with kind of metal Starts with a ...
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A Distracting Puzzle

One, three, four, two; seven, eight, six, five. Size, we're told, doesn't matter. But if it did, there's the answer! Four solid, yet light. Four airy, yet heavy. One stands ...
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Colourful cryptic

No numbers in this grid. The clues are grouped into 12 squares by the location of the word's first letter. No guesswork is needed – if you have the correct answers, there's only one way to fit ...
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Where did they find Gold?

A lesson in US Colonial history. ( A stretched version) After the thirteen colonies declared independence they needed resources badly. So the enterprising brave pioneers of those times set out to ...
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An untouchable time traveller

I'm needed by a doctor to travel through time, Or a player looking for their keys. When on the plane where the great answer resides, I'm part of the whole Strategy. I can be found in a ...
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A Sequel: A Test or an ABC?

A Sequel for A Masterpiece: A mirror or an ABC? , thanks for all your support for that puzzle, and hope you like this! In a science quiz you scratched your head, For it was a puzzle nowhere it ...
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The Secret Meeting

In a special operation our unit was able to intercept encrypted chat messages from a group of spies who plan a secret meeting: Ifmmp fwfszpof! Jk Krzgb Wyt? Fwj dtz htrnsl yt ymj Sjb Djfw'x ...
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Seven levels through Europe

Let's take a little trip through Europe, shall we? Each level forms a word chain. Even-numbered levels (yellow) go clockwise, odd-numbered ones (white) go anticlockwise. Each level has ...
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Let's play tag!

I have a short and bitter-sweet riddle for the community this evening. As always, I hope you enjoy it; good luck! I want to play a game of tag; however, there are some very important rules: We both ...
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Listen for my color

I've been away from the site for a while with work, kids, and going back to school; but since I have some down-time this evening I've decided to write a few riddles for the community. As always, I ...
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Knot-Tying (With a Twist)

This puzzle is based on one from a Boy Scout event a few years ago. You need basic knowledge of knot tying and a little outside-the-box thinking. You are given command over three people, and you have ...