Questions tagged [knowledge]

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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Slumdog millionaire (11)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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This one should be popular!

My first attempt: One was a star. The best was bested. One drove a car. One only rested. One made art. With stones they vied. But then they did part. And half of them died. ...
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Could you *be* any more metaphorical?

The following, apparently random list of seemingly random nonsense is a metaphorical interpretation of something that exists in the real world. What is it? As always, go line by line. But once you ...
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A Riddle of Many Faces

I have been many things in my life. Specifically, and in order, a monkey, a knife, a junkie, an alien, a lunatic, a cat, an aristocrat, a clown, and finally, an earthling. What or who am I, and ...
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This one should be popular: Part two!

Beatles and Friends: Derek, some called me, Earlier in my life. I took Majnun's story, And my best friend's wife. I met them with Richard. In circles it goes. And twice near the end, My service ...
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Seeking Sidekicks

Video game theme period has ended but have another puzzle anyway. You're in some sort of apartment of interconnecting rooms. The below map materializes in your hands (so magical), highlighting that ...
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Nice song, pity about the words

There's a song I really like but I can't remember the title and I certainly can't remember the words. Perhaps you can help me. I've summarised the lyrics as best I can, but in a rather literal way. ...
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Enemies are Everywhere I Look!

A last hurrah for the video game challenge: Well here I am, on the run from the mob. Lin Hyle, that’s the pork-peahatted big boss that I’ve done wrong. Like, like I don’t really know what I did ...
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A love letter, 13 years after death

You walk into your room, and give a quick glance at your iPad that you've had for so long. It's been a while (to be exact, 6, no, 13 years) since everything's, well, happened, and you've realized that ...
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My Life…Sucks

I feel empty inside, but I think writing about it will help me cope. Here is some prose I wrote: Am I dreaming again? This doesn’t look like the dreams that I am used to... Worse. At times I ...
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Eat It! Through Multi Paths

Here's a custom Pac-Man level. Pac-Man is to do what Pac-Man always does: eat, eat, eat! Wait, where are the pac-dots? INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL There are 3 hidden phrases representing otherworldly items ...
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Dungeon Crawler: Level 3

You are the protagonist in a game designed by NeedAName Inc. Proceed through the levels using your video game knowledge to solve the puzzles therein. Solve all levels and beat the game! Level 3: ...
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Dungeon Crawler: Level 2.5

You are the protagonist in a game designed by NeedAName Inc. Proceed through the levels using your video game knowledge to solve the puzzles therein. Solve all levels and beat the game! Level 2.5: A ...
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Dungeon Crawler: Level 1

You are the protagonist in a game designed by NeedAName Inc. Proceed through the levels using your video game knowledge to solve the puzzles therein. Solve all levels and beat the game! Level 1: ...
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What a kooky association

One evokes pizza One fuzzy, maybe funny Spooks, fruit or pork, frog Double letters (in Japan?) Two known names; link them to solve Bonus: This poem has link, too Hint 1: Hint 2: Warming up for a ...
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Characters make the game

I wanted to tell a friend about a character in one of the best games I ever played. However, this game is pretty old and I neither remember the name of the game nor of the character. But there are ...
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Our Honor is Unstained

Here are four photos from Google satellite maps and one from Wikipedia (see note 1). These photos show a family related by strength and endurance. The goal of this puzzle is: to identify the ...
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A Suite of Thirteen (Company #4)

The following thirteen English words all share a certain property: ACE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN JACK QUEEN KING However, there is a fourteenth word that belongs to this group, ...
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Entertainment Discombobulation

In the very near future, Bob Mancave (the one who lives on Krypton street next to the Jawa shop) was presumed dead after having been missing for over a week. He was said to be found in his mancave, ...
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Assassinate Shakespeare!

Factoid: The noun "assassination" first appeared in print in Shakespeare's Macbeth. However, forget that. The puzzle is to reproduce the following ngram. The correct answer will be a link to the ...
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Forward and backward

Extend the following sequence forward and backward: ...
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Is the Fuzz onto My Family?

My family is troubled, but it seems it’s been that way for some time. While some of us claim to be “shrewd businessmen”, this is sadly not the case; you could say we act in some underground ...
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Slumdog millionaire (2)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Who is my best friend?

It's that time of the month again, For my best friend And I feel slightly apprehensive. I'm not sure whether this is all part of nature's Grand Scheme Of Things My other friend, Dodge, Thinks that ...
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Slumdog millionaire (6)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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A Test of Musical Knowledge

We're a real party people, An American creation; Our seven parts combined Became a musical sensation. Who are we?
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Who's missing in this list?

My first brother loves the winds and the birds, My second has been cast out from the family, he is the black sheep, My third brother loves the waters, even in the deepest caves, My fourth brother ...
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Riddle with seven - or is it eight?

Here's another riddle on the theme of literature. I am the oldest, and take care of the monsters. My first is a loner, but has a few children. My second is a lion, lover of wealth. ...
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Guess the book character

His raiment was the color of the king of Doriath's cloak, But now is the color of the Spirit of Fire's prized creations. His weapon is from that which was betrayed by the Child of Twilight. His ...
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Twinkle Twinkle Bob Junior the Umpth

The year is 2674 and the earth has long been abandoned for a greener planet (apparently even the sky is green). Unfortunately for Bob Junior the Umpth, he has still 250 years left on his shift aboard ...
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A Hard-Luck Farmer

I work on a farm, but it's not as romantic as you think: I need to wake up around sunrise to go to work, and I get paid just 4 pennies per minute. I had to take a second job to pay the bills. Honestly,...
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Redesignated students

Class 6F at Farthingbottom School was very unusual this year. All the students had transferred from a School in the USA. Today was their first history lesson with Professor Flavanna. "Welcome, ...
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The hangman game backward #6

Hangman game backward version 6 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - I am a magical device that you can convert energy with the tip of your fingers. fill in a "g" - You can hear, under one ...
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The Homophonic Riddle

I used to have a name like a valediction, Others say it's purely fiction. My surname keeps your valuables safe, My upbringing was completely as a waif. You've seen me in many a grand time, Up the ...
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Reverend Spooner's Favorite Movies

Reverend Spooner dictated a list of his favorite movies to his befuddled secretary. That well-meaning lad, unaware of his master's tendency to swap some of the consonants in a phrase, did not realize ...
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A complete Change - Who am I?

Little known I was before, Now so many do me adore. I changed my life around you see, Now puzzle out who I may be. I shot that kid, the cover up. Not quite rain, can't fill your cup. I puzzle it ...
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Find The Third One From The First Two Riddles

HERE IS MY ENTRY TO THE FORTNIGHTLY TOPIC CHALLENGE #1 First One is the answer of this Even when my eyes are closed, I can see it. Even when my ears are covered, I can hear it. Even when ...
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What prominent figure am I?

My namesakes are plentiful, though some antiquated: A company defunct and a system outdated. One unavoidable an honor shared by few just give it some time it will come into view. Two bearing my ...
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Identify this person with 13 clues given

I was given riddle and have not been able to solve. Can anyone help me please? I'm an executive producer. I love gold shoes. I was born in Kansas. I'm well traveled. I'm a designer. (not clothing) I ...
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Scripts are like a box of sweets

Scripts are like a box of sweets, you never know if a line or two is going to stick in people's mind.  Just imagine if the scriptwriters asked the actors to say: 1 It's breathing! It's breathing! ...
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This isn't really my life story

When this man was young, Frankenstein films inspired him to take up acting, but during a performance at The Rep (L.A.) cement splashed on his face so he switched to directing for a while and there ...
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Maybe we're all just pavement oil

I don't think it'll be a hard one, but hopefully it's fun : ) One is not unlike your home, albeit to some eyes, much darker. Another was abandoned and hidden, a shameful and suppressed ...
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How do you rank these actors?

Kickstarting the fortnightly challenge, here's a movies puzzle. The following actors have been ordered on a particular criteria: Gerard Depardieu Damon Wayans Jacques Perrin Maurice ...
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Can you detect the pattern?

Read the title and identify Airtight ace has, our "helicopter". Cold manner hydra, implore "phi" law. A only hardcore nut, he shook Mr. cell's. Loathe "big" geezer, a Lonely Myth's. Soon "sign" ...
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Expert puzzler, apprentice movie-maker

During rand al'thor's unscheduled sabbatical from Puzzling, he's managed to keep himself busy. How, you ask? Why, by making movies, of course! Unfortunately, our resident Puzzling expert is not quite ...
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In the news this month, September 2015

I have an IDEA for a puzzle. I think I'll add two letters. But am I a puzzle about a recent discovery? Or a very old conquest, newly recoined? The news would tell you both of these are very new and ...
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Luminous Balloon

Four times they proclaimed their name, Spare the Romans and it was the same. Diverging, in a sacred abode they prayed, Afterwards some real ideas they sprayed. Despite their fame, they ...
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What really happened - Who am I?

The last thing you remembered, Or what happened at the start. From reality dismembered? That is a magician's art. He really wasn't funny, Neither the following curse. Can't sleep, dark or sunny, ...
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Gold Lamé swimsuit, / Asthmatic dad's dead. / Sorry Luke, she's your sister

Guess the movie (or movie series): Gold Lamé swimsuit, Asthmatic dad's dead. Sorry Luke, she's your sister. Plagued by movie curse, Odd-numbered installments bad. Is Vger God? No. ...
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Well-known quotations

Continuing the Movie theme, can you unravel the well-known quotes below? I would encourage teamwork with this one. ...