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

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Stella and the president's secret notes

Jason Trump, president of the Untitled Statues Association, has left a notebook containing presumably important information lying around on his desk. Stella, his nosy assistant, takes a look only to ...
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Is it simple Math or something else?

Grandpa with his mischievous smile said: "If zero belongs to One And two belongs to Four Twenty seven belongs to Seven Then what belongs to Three?" Hint When I could not guess, I ...
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Translate this “especially important” note from “War with the Newts”

Language-identification questions are off-topic on linguistics.stackexchange.com, or I would have posted this over there. Since it's also a puzzle, I figure puzzling.stackexchange might appreciate it. ...
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Which Birch Bark Manuscript is Genuine?

Inspired by a question from JLee You arrived at Siberia where, just one month ago, excavations discovered a civilization that existed and traded for hundreds of years, developing an elegant language ...
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What happens on Day 6?

My friend, who works in a Library, has recently learned about Puzzles, in general, and Puzzling Stack Exchange, in particular. He was excited and has sent me this puzzle to "test" the users of PSE. ...
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I can be heavy, but I'll never sink. When I am ready, my glass is a drink

Riley Riddle: My prefix runs past, When you leave what you cast, Where a square may be skipped by a pawn. My suffix is vast, When I swap first with last, Where a breath may be currently ...
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Which family is it?

On the 20th of July '19 it's a large family of 175 members that keeps growing. Youngest is only 2 months. Only four of them are more than 10 years old. What family is it?
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Short, but it shouldn't be sweet

Inspired by Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41 : Short and Sweet, this puzzle suddenly appeared in my head: "When American prefer to bring milk rather than water they will be called _____(5)." ...
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What does my girlfriend want me to buy for her?

I'm obviously dating up, because I can't figure out what my girlfriend wants me to buy her for Christmas. When I asked her what she wanted, she gave me the three puzzles below. The only hint she gave ...
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Everyone but three

For the first time, a photo was taken with every person, living or dead, in frame. Everyone that is except for three. Who were those three?
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Here's a riddle, so listen up yo

I'm from Italy, yet I speak English On top of that, my name is French I hail back from the late nineties galore Last in 2016 did I release lore Until then it has been a decade But we never truly ...
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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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Find me from this cluster

I lie between a tennis ball and a soccer ball, I agree that I'm small. I am at the bottom but at first, Sometimes, I may even burst. My prefix rhymes with an app, I'm in Earth, but not in ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #2-Check!

Xit's time for round two! Given that: -Black has 6 pawns and a king -White ehas three pieces of any kind you to deduce the identity of and a king Construct: -A nlegal position in which both sides ...
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Back to the nineties!

I've left the world before the 90's, But I'm still many a ninety. Inside me there's an instant, I've proposed many a constant. My universe is not stable, But I'm still there at the table. ...
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Bob's unnecessary trip to the shops

Alice and Bob live in London, UK. On a Friday, as per usual, Bob leaves for work before Alice. At lunchtime he receives a WhatsApp message from his friend Charles: Sorry to cancel on you last ...
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Measuring mystery distances

Some puzzling distances: If 110 to 39 is 1046km And 105 to 115 is 114km Then how far is 97 to 38?
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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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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7)

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7) Clue group 1: This spa provides a great relaxation rub. Earbuds are included too. I compared virtual machines, and ...
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Fun things to do at home

What do I do when I get home, you ask? Draw a dinosaur (11) Read about an elite person (10) Look at something that is written (10) Learn about navy officers (8) Take things back (7) ...
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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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Connect Wall - Find the common word: Senior, Station, U.S., Request

Connect Wall (my first one): ...
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I make billions (#3)

I make billions (#3) My products are quite edgy, But most have been a bust, I'm only one of many, Lord knows who we can trust, I'm not a politician, Yet I work with presidents, ...
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From the death to the fresh beginning - A treasure hunt

Shortly after your mentor's passing, you received an envelope along with the following note: My Dear Disciple,      I am afraid my time to leave this world has come but don'...
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The flying colours

Here's a $36\times36$ nonogram with two colours. Name all 12 things depicted in it. Note that cells filled with different colours do not need to have a gap between them.
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Simple Arithmetic Puzzle 8. Or is it?

This one's different to all the previous ones... \begin{align}7+53&=28\\16+6&=21\\5+19&=97\\15+8&=\,?\end{align} Can you find the value of the question mark?
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Let's do some CAP (Cosmology, Astronomy and Physics)

ACROSS 5 God of agriculture 8 Time travel 14 Not in Australia... 16 A friend of mine and 800 suns 17 Still growing... 18 Proposed capital Lambda 19 56 + 36 + 3(0) DOWN 1 Nearest ...
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Puzzling Knight has a Message for all- Especially Newcomers

Of all the more than a Trillion messages he can deliver, he has especially selected this message for all. Follow his(normal chess moves for the Knight) path to get the message. His journey starts ...
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Deduce Distinct Digits of the Given Fibonacci Sequence- Detail all Steps

$DEPUS$ $SRST$ $UDQD$ $CTQU$ $DTPR$ $PQR$ $SDE$ $VRR$ $CVV$ $DUU$ $QP$ $TT$
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Traversing Eurasia: A Cryptic Journey

Earlier parts in the series: Africa, US & Canada, Oceania, Latin America & Caribbean. Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Eurasia, one per country. The answers traverse all ...
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Valiant Knight is back..but he is in grave danger from the Evil Queen

King has placed a bounty on Valiant Knight and enlisted his evil queen’s help. Queen knows knight’s regular stops of his journey and knows he goes through all odd prime cells. She strategically ...
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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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Strange? Primes and Palindromes have no business being in this Place?

$1$ $1$,$2$ Good easy start $1$,$2$,$4$ As expected $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$ I know it is going to be easy $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$ why is he giving this? I got it! $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$,Prime ...oops!.....
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How do you make Prime “COMPUTERS”?

$Given$: $COMPUTERS$ is the smallest Pan Digital containing all the digits 1 to 9 occurring only once. $COMPUTERSV$ is a Prime only when one of the correct digit ($V$)is added at the end. Also, $...
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Listen to my Story…Let us find the Unique Invisible Pan Digital Pair

I was an avid reader of Popular Science magazine. In the last page or so, they usually had visual clues without words to make useful stuff. I always wanted to create a mathematical puzzle like that ...
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I make billions (#2)

I make billions (#2) At 9, I met my best friend, At 12, I lived an outdoor life, At 13, I broke my arm right before camp, At 15, I worked my first corporate job, At 17, I was ...
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All Aboard..Hop onto the Power Train to reach Destination Unity

Your goal is to reach the destination unity. starting from $3462$ with three intermediate stops. You are allowed to use only 2 mathematical operations..multiplication and Exponentiation. All the ...
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Primes from the Pan Digital

Pan Digital Number is the smallest with all the digits 1 to 9 with no repeats. When looking forwards or backwards, eleven Primes can be extracted from that number preserving the same sequence. Among ...
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Resolve this Fibonacci Relationship

$Given$: $A$, $B$, $C$, $E$, $F$ are distinct digits varying from $1$ to $9$. $A$ is a Fibonacci number. $BB$, $BC$, $EF$ are concatenated Numbers. $Relationship$: $(A*BB)*(BC)^2$ = $(EF)^2- B$ ...
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And literally admirable

These are my very first try on making cryptics after a very bad-formulated and inaccurately clued cryptic crossword, but are my very own attempts to pay tribute to those who have contributed sooo much....
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On Fri morning I was racing to work and took usual NYC train from Princeton and

I found a piece of paper with these scribbled on it Dark Thunder. X P X ...with P circled Silver Lightning. X X X... What could those X s possibly represent? Hint 1: Given yesterday Hint 2: ...
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Word Wall of Whimsical Wordy Whatchamacallits

I was making a particularly difficult word wall, when I misplaced all the words for it. Luckily, I still had the clues. However, poring through the clues, I realised that I had nine clues, yet my word ...
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Perfect Powered Relations - Please Figure them out

$D$, $E$, $F$, $G$, $H$, $S$, $T$, $U$, $V$ are distinct digits and can vary from 0 to 9. $DE$, $FGH$, $ESDE$, $SS$, $ST$, $SU$ are all concatenated Numbers. From the given Relations below, deduce ...
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Through the Looking-Glass

Two friends are discussing concepts for a new fantasy story: A: There exists a magical mirror that leads to a mirrored universe. In this universe, people drive on the left side of the road, and you ...
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Decipher this three times, periodically

After hanging around this site for a little while I finally decided to put together a cipher for my first puzzle. I hope you guys enjoy it. ...
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First impressions count

Insert four letters, which represent a place, to create what may be seen in that place.   N E T   N E T
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Fortune tellers have dinner

I've seen these before somewhere (maybe here?), but they're all mixed up! Who/what is being described by the clues below? Consequence of a disastrous harvest What a mathematician might do to ...
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Tom travels extensively all over. He was trying to figure out

The missing members in the following sequence. $A$, $A$, $A$, $A$, $?$, $?$, $?$ Please help him out.
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See me once, See me Twice #12

See me once, I'm watching your every move Thanks for your visit, I know you were there I see what you did there in my lair Look for my acronym and you'll have your proof. See me twice, ...
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Can you see through me? Then guess my name!

This is yet another guess-my-character puzzle. Here you are: My name relies on two things: The technique used to find the hidden text in the image. The meaning of the text inside the image. HINT 1 ...