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A puzzle whose solution relies on external sources such as tables, dictionaries, Wikipedia, or specifics that may not be common knowledge.

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My friend's letter

I received a letter from a friend yesterday, and thought I would share it here. Here's what it said: I hope you're keeping well. It was nice to hear from you the other day. I finally figured out your ...
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A Classic Blunder

My boss arranged for me to run things whilst he was off on a European vacation. While almost everything was set up for a graceful transfer of power, he must have been busy and distracted, because he ...
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A Pairing Puzzle

Show how the following words may be sorted into five pairs Cameras Came Apart Easy Back Up Broken Pieces Flights Feet Can you suggest another pair of words which could belong to this group?
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Find the country name

Which country’s name is hidden in the lines below? ...
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Spelling Bee Bee Bee

I once attended an English-language spelling bee where a speller, during her turn, repeated the same letter three times in a row, and she was judged to be correct. She spelled the word perfectly, ...
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What links these numbers?

What links the following numbers (and many more) in the UK: ...
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What is this thing?

Here is a riddle from my side. I think it's bit easy. Clues 8 times a day. Bent 97 of the cent useless. It saves you from death but you can also die within it. Might cause a war.
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Gotta have Faith

PLEASE: To be fair to other solvers, for this puzzle, do not post partials until you've got (almost) all of the wordplays correct. The answer to this puzzle is a list of eleven thematically related ...
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See you in the morning

"See you in the morning. Make sure you're not late," my grandfather said. Then, he handed me this photo and left. I was worried I wouldn't be able to solve my grandfather's puzzle, so I ...
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Watch as I pass you by, Hurrah!

I'm usually on top, or behind a bar Some sly-sounding people will throw me far So watch as I pass you by, Hurrah! I can be sweet yet cold you see And few will want to count on me Question What am I ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Begins at a boil!

The answer to this puzzle is a list of seven thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of ...
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Ideas on spatial puzzles for a city walk

Background. With the relaxation of covid-related restrictions, there was a need for intelligent city walks. Walk here is a moving between city objects by a certain (deterministic/stochastic) route. I ...
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Board of Important Numbers

I was visiting my cousin, a mystery writer and lover of puzzles, when I noticed this list of numbers on her white board. 13,814,070 26,818,110 86,811,060 18,819,190 10,914,190 33,915,010 36,912,211 ...
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Hacked maps, back in the UK

[TL;DR? - scroll down to to Summary section for the key points] [Inspired by Jeremy Dover's "Google (Maps) Hacking" puzzle. That and my previous puzzle on a similar subject may give "...
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Old Bob is ill : Said Grandpa

“Darn good computer, this new one I just got. So you can have my old one”, said Grandpa to my sister. I was impressed, but a bit cynical. “What’s the catch?” Grandpa smiled. “Just guess the 4 letter ...
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How many times can the “X” tile be used in one Scrabble game?

How many times, at most, can the “X” tile be used to form new words in one game of Scrabble? Show the resulting board, and provide a list of each new word formed, in the order played. For example, in ...
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A Devilishly difficult puzzle (I am the author of the puzzle)

Who is summoned by this pentagram? Hints:
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Unfitting names

I have been called an odd immortal lover, or even worse Dill doormat mover, But I answer none of those. You may know two of my other names, One I have rejected and one I have become
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Place of Safety - A North Daniels' Puzzle

It's not everyday you get a text from a dead friend, especially if you saw them being executed by guillotine, which is why D.S.I North Daniels was a bit sceptical when his ancient Nokia Cityman 1320 ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. In this puzzle, the clues are ...
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Rows, circles, wordplay, and semi-obscure cultural references (a crossword)

A "Marching Bands" puzzle has rules and a structure that are distinct from a typical crossword: Rows 1-12 each have two answers, A and B. They can be any length (except rows 6 and 7 which ...
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Stress Not! - A North Daniels' Puzzle

Beep, beep, beep, beep... No, this was not the sound of D.S.I North Daniels playing miniature cricket on his phone, although that would be a preferable situation to the one he is in now. Unfortunately,...
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A treasure hunt at your local fair!

(Note that due to the nature of this puzzle, it's inaccessible to folks who are using screen readers. Sorry about that!) You're at a local fair with your friend Kayleigh in the good old US of A, and ...
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What tools do you use to solve these puzzles?

So, I know that this is more a puzzle-question-gets-asked sort of gig. But I was wondering what tools you all use to solve these puzzles. I know that creativity and logic are a must, but when it comes ...
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Geometric logos 2

Following the idea of Geometric logos. Which famous company/software logos include the following geometric shapes (listed alphabetically by company)? Three congruent parallelograms forming a hexagon ...
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This month's $100 question (not a real prize)

****A big one to celebrate my half-century (50th puzzle)!**** I work as a puzzle setter at FakePuzz (not a real magazine). This morning I burst into the office of Eddie Tor (not a real editor) so ...
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Cultural Center

Samoan number Egyptian gas Filipino actor Czech sauce What do the above items have in common? And can you find another member of this set?
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My brilliant attempt at humour!

??&T Who’s On ????? We ??????? the excessive use of force ??? World In Data ???? (online retailer) Apologies for my ?????? attempt at humour! ?????? me Smoking is bad ??? you ?????????? Is Awesome ...
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What you gotta do?

You have 10 groups of 4 words: DUO, IRON, LINKS, ROCK ICE, LED, METAL, TIC DRILL, PI, WIN, WOO BRA, IGNITE, LOOM, RUBBISH AIR, DUST, GO, PAT AUDI, AURA, MEOW, SPEW GRIMM, HOOT, MUD, TAIL ASK, BELL, ...
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Looks can be deceiving

Text version: I saw an "I", he said "it's L" I saw an "L", he said "it's V" I saw a "P", he said "it's Q" "Don't you get it?" he ...
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A mysterious thing I am

So you say now I am not what you used to say I was? You've kicked me out of the group you used to say I was a member of? Well, without me the other members of the group are eaten, ungrammatically. But ...
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Geometric logos

Which famous company logos have the following geometric descriptions (listed alphabetically by company)? Four congruent circles with six points of intersection Regular pentagon containing five ...
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What order to they go?

Below is a list of clues, in no particular order: Home Forever At 7:00 PM Frequently Annoyingly Speedily One order is the correct order. What is this order, and why is it the "correct" ...
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Remember the 60s? Far-out man!

Can you convert the following to my unusual currency? 1.25, 1.75, 2.75, 3.25 Having done that, can you explain why some people think the smallest of these is somehow the biggest - at least as far I'm ...
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An Elementary Connect Fano Plane

I never thought I'd be able to make a connect Fano plane out of chemical elements, since there are so few to choose from. And I was right, but I got really close. So if you haven't seen previous ...
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A Cousin's Code: Settle It!

So I have a younger cousin who's been hanging out with a group of other teens recently. Unfortunately, my cousin is at the stage where they don't want to talk about their friends to their parents, so ...
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Guess what I'm listening to

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Where is the gold?

I made a puzzle, but it's probably bad¯\ _(ツ)_ /¯. Here goes. (CRINGY POEM WARNING) The fallen leader spread a plague that turned people into the undead. He got tricked by Xavier Fisher, who took all ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: I don't want to work

UPDATE! The old clue for #2 was dirty pool...when I wrote it I remember thinking "is this fair...ah, it's fine" and moving on. It was not fine...replacement clue added. The answer to this ...
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My friend's scrapbook

I was visiting with my friend Susie the other day when we got talking about our travels. As we discussed favorite cities we had been to, she suddenly got up and went to grab a dusty scrapbook from the ...
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The trip of a lifetime… but to where?

Your best friend Alex is great, but she's a bit too into puzzles for your taste. Today, she sent you a package. It included a letter informing you that she’s planned the adventure of a lifetime for ...
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…Let it begin

The task is to somehow make sense of these images: each image represents a single word/noun/abbreviation except image 7 (two words). Once you've done that, replace the question marks (each question ...
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A Cata-Strophic Pun

Got this one off a Batman Forever cassette tape, but the choice to repeat it is all mine: I shoulder the blame. Why can't you know how many people can fit on the floor of an opera house?
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Happy Jack

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Connect Fano Plane - Mark 2

Despite my despair at creating a Connect Fano Plane in the spirit of a normal Connect Wall, I think I succeeded, thanks to the database of world cities I downloaded from Geo Data Source. In this ...
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A giant's step - for giants?

Were there giants in Game of Thrones? I didn't watch it - no really, I didn't. No really... Well, to be honest, I did watch the first episode and there were no giants in that. Anyway, that's enough ...
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Google (Maps) Hacking worldwide

(For those seeing this puzzle for the first time, the following links may be spoilers, I've now significantly restructured the puzzle in order to try to avoid giving the answer away too quickly - ...
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increase your knowledge

BEE, DON, EXAMINER, GLOBE, HORNET, RETRIEVER, ROO, STAR, SUN, TERRIER These ten words can be paired up into five pairs according to a certain rule. How?
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Formula One (?) Hard Puzzle

On a website I use to go, one of the writers gave this hard puzzle: What are the meaning of those numbers given they are not Norwegian coordinates. 60.6604211,10.7210713 I have no clue how to solve ...
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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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