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I am international anyway

When I was zero, I was Central African. When I was one, I was Japanese. When I was two, I was Laotian. When I was three, I was Dominican. When I was four, I was Danish. When I was five, I was ...
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Missing items in my list of abbreviations

I was going sailing the other day, and made a list of important things I might need to know. But I was in a hurry, so I abbreviated them, and missed some out altogether. What are the missing items? (...
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Mysterious Figure

In the heart of darkness Where shadows play A figure stands With a face of gray It's eyes are black It's soul is white It weeps for the living And mourns the night It's presence is felt By the wind &...
5 votes
1 answer
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Help me unlock an old laptop

My nerdy roommate has some really important notes for an upcoming exam and he won't give them to me! So I stole his laptop and now I need to find the password, which is why I'm here. I think you'll ...
22 votes
1 answer
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A Crossworm Puzzle

crossworm (noun) - A song that gets stuck in one's crossword puzzle. See also: earworm You know how it is - one moment, you've got a song stuck in your head; the next, it's stuck in your crossword ...
16 votes
1 answer
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I don't belong in this list!

What should replace the question mark for this puzzle (and the title) to make sense? The answer is seven letters long. ...
14 votes
1 answer
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Motion in the Ocean

This is part 65 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. ”It’s not the size of the crossword that counts.” – unknown Dear Puzzling, Today I have dived ...
11 votes
1 answer
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When you think you got it, think again

The clues below aren't hard to solve, but can you tell me what 3-word phrase that's hidden? One of me is used to hit the ball hoping to get a home run afterall. (3) One of me is often cubic shaped ...
12 votes
1 answer
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Bare Bones – a semi-DIY crossword

This is part 64 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a semi-DIY crossword. Shade some cells in the grid so that the grid has ...
15 votes
1 answer
781 views

Top Five As Flags

Which flag should be placed in the rectangle below?
15 votes
1 answer
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Mapping Jack's Chicken

Clues: Map of world with numbers 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 5, and 9 strategically placed. Portrait of man with numbers 1x2, 2, 3, 5, and 5 strategically placed in hair. Instructions: Name That Film _ _ _ _ E _ _ ...
16 votes
2 answers
847 views

When in Rome... – a deconstruction sudoku

This is part 63 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a sudoku deconstruction puzzle. Draw eight non-overlapping rectangular ...
6 votes
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A mysterious note in the lab

As I wrapped up another long day of running experiments with only mediocre yields, I prepared to turn off the fume hood and go home. However, before I left, a note caught my eye—my professor had ...
17 votes
1 answer
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Restricted – a cryptic crossword

This is part 62 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Every clue in this cryptic crossword contains one extra word, which must be ...
17 votes
1 answer
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All below hundred

What phrase is hidden below? ...
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Visual puzzle with a grid

Puzzle I composed, the reasoning matters more than the correct answer.
6 votes
1 answer
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Hobbies and travelling

My hobby is to travel, the following hints lead you to my next destination. What is my destination? And how do you know? Hints: Gsv kozxv rh mlg xolhv gl gsv hvz. Gsv kozxv dv ziv ollprmt uli rm ...
19 votes
1 answer
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The Tower of (-----)

What's the name of this tower? As usual, explain your reasoning. (You'll know if your answer is correct).
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1 answer
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Number salad with a meaning

617181419920141 128131119 1331152419 54141131811 Your goal is to explain what number sequence should come next and what it means.
3 votes
2 answers
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THIS mux be EASY!

Here's a hint: my favorite color is yellow.
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1 answer
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Numerical sequence puzzle: 552175, 228496, 198479, 583317, 140554, 114383, 117045, ?,?

So here's the sequence, that I composed on my own. Think trees and 🟡 : 🟡 552175, 228496, 198479, 583317, 140554, 114419, 117046, ?, ?
7 votes
1 answer
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Top of the World

This is part 61 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Today I have travelled to admire another massive mountain peak from a very safe ...
25 votes
1 answer
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A riddle with seemingly-unrelated clues

I am Catholic, but my boss isn't the pope. I am black, but people say I'm light. Moving one step, I can play a chord. What am I?
19 votes
5 answers
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You can't reach the answer

I sound like I'm near where a staircase once went, Or guarding a place that's impossible to reach. But I'm really a creature that you've never seen: My home is remote as it's possible to be. Though I ...
45 votes
1 answer
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Ridiculous problem from an old maths textbook

There's a puzzling little problem I found in one of my old maths textbooks (Basics of Madthematics). In the middle of a whole bunch of normal problems on calculus and algebra and whatever, suddenly ...
17 votes
1 answer
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19-year old me was into geography

My mother recently found an old puzzle I made over 20 years ago. It's a Finnish-language word search with a geography theme. (Note that we have a precedent for allowing non-English puzzles here.) ...
16 votes
1 answer
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Breaking New Ground

This is part 60 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This crossword is a combination of straight crosswords clues, cryptic clues and ...
5 votes
2 answers
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You probably don't have the courage to solve this. (THE LIST: PART 1)

ONE DAY, YOU WERE SCROLLING ON YOUR PHONE WHEN, YOUR MOM TEXTED YOU. READ THE STRING OF TEXTS: MOM: Hi honey! On the counter, I have put a list for you to do. But, keep in mind that one step is ...
4 votes
1 answer
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A simple puzzle with no happy endings

I JUST GOT AN EMAIL FROM MY TEACHER, BUT, I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT HE MEANS. With the start of spring, comes the end of fun where The Bat's home becomes just a name. ...
8 votes
1 answer
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A Qute Connect Wall

Group all of these words into 4 groups. All the groups have a certain famous individual in CINEMA as their theme. WHITE BLONDE HEAD GENERAL MAMBA MAJOR APACHE SEÑOR PINK MOUTH HUGO MOUNTAIN-SNAKE ...
9 votes
1 answer
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The Famous Five

What does this picture represent and why?
13 votes
1 answer
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The Planet of over a Hundred Moons

What does this abstract picture represent? Fill the answers to the clues into this grid for the answer: (Straight lines, standard wordsearch style) 1. Go at train tracks with a shovel (3 2) 2. Set ...
9 votes
1 answer
315 views

Somethings lead to the answer

I wanted to see if my group of 8 long-time online friends, some of which had the same nationality and some not, would be clever enought to figure out where I've hidden a treasure somewhere in the ...
1 vote
1 answer
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Not Once, Not Twice

FIND THE WORD HIDDEN IN THE IMAGE BELOW. GOOD LUCK!
7 votes
1 answer
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10 friends of a triangular baseball batter

"I'll do it tomorrow" "Lattices and nets are my forte" The paved one A shadowy character A place where organic and inorganic meet Older brother of a piece of text A job title. Do ...
16 votes
1 answer
379 views

Off to the sky!

What bird is represented below?
8 votes
2 answers
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Use your fingers!

This puzzle is my attempt to make one in the style of PSE user Prim3numbah: Find what is in the question mark! 1D3, 12, ED, ED, 5A, 244, 84, 1E2, 1E2, ? Go back a ...
18 votes
2 answers
954 views

Symmetries – a Quadritaisho puzzle

This is part 43 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a Quadritaisho puzzle. Divide the grid into rooms by drawing borders along ...
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1 answer
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An Alien Lands - where?

This is a question of general knowledge though if anyone gets it without investigative effort I would be mightily impressed. All you need is in the text and you will then require some intuitive, ...
6 votes
1 answer
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Connect the dots x Crosswords

About the puzzle: This puzzle is a crossover of "connect the dots" puzzles and crossword puzzles. It requires the solver to place dots on the graph using crossword-like clues. Then, dots ...
14 votes
1 answer
895 views

On track with my travel agent

"Hey Pat, thanks for arranging this day trip on the railroad for our scout troop." "My pleasure, friend. My friend at Union Pacific owes me a favor. I love the sound of the horn and the ...
5 votes
1 answer
302 views

Break into Goldbach's safe

You need to unlock a safe by typing in the correct password. All you have is the following note: ...
15 votes
1 answer
459 views

Catch the flag!

On a small island somewhere in Europe, a battle is fought in the middle of World War II. Two armies, blue and red, have strategically positioned their troops against each other. For convenience, the ...
13 votes
1 answer
589 views

Plumbing Issues

This is part 59 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a Pipes puzzle (also known as Net, FreeNet and NetWalk). Rotate some cells ...
25 votes
2 answers
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A Trivial Pursuit #25: Meta-Analysis

This is the final part of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Having solved the previous 24 sub-puzzles in this series, you have managed to find 24 keywords that will help you extract the ...
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1 answer
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The yet hidden identity

Can you guess who I am? My mother is the only person in my life. My room is small, but perfect for my art. My biggest wish is to see the stars. Merely how long will it take? I wish my mother wasn't ...
11 votes
1 answer
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A mysterious importance

These words. They have a poetry to them, do they not? A mystical or religious significance? Perhaps they were born of the fundamental, ancient stuff of reality, from water or metal. Or maybe just ...
10 votes
1 answer
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Cover me, I'm going in!

This is part 58 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, This is a diagramless checkerboard crossword. Empty cells are either blue or white;...
6 votes
1 answer
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A lesson in attention to detail

Background (to be read): In 2023, I created and posted on this site a series of puzzles called A Trivial Pursuit. This involved creating 24 themed puzzles, each of which produced a one-word final ...
4 votes
1 answer
295 views

Container without order

You try to see doubly well But I'm not for locations You try to slither in through But I'm not for foreign words Don't worry, I'm here to store You just need a key to find The time admits it's no ...

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