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Name that Movie

The following each describe a movie title. Figure out what they are! (I'm really bad at intros.) 1. :*:*!! 2. ...
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How do I force-quit the program?

My friend has been playing with a program he found. He enters a 5-digit number into the command line and receives another 5-digit number in return. However, after 20 or so entries, he's about done and ...
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Coloring the Sky

Disclaimer: I think I have a habit of making my riddles a bit too obscure so I'm trying to tone that down this time. Hopefully it won't end up being too easy and solved in about half a second. **The ...
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The Importence of Proper Spelled and Grammar

Most accomplished autohrs are aware of the critical importance of proper grammar and spelling. The the neccessity of riting one's ideas succinctly, appropriately, and without error is parmaount. ...
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A riddle of many elements

First a sport some love, Though it drinks their blood. Named for just a seat, Though power is the key. Then the sound of metal, Slamming together in war. That of which there are five, Vying in the ...
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Riddle for an rainy day

My first has green and yellow To take you there and back. My second is made up of three, A king, a queen, and just one more. My third is all about a message, Conveyed in the nick of time. ...
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Mathematical rebus: $x^2+15600=649x$

Which name of a large American city does the following equation represent? $$ x^2+15600=649x $$
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The Word Game, I'm test running on you guys

So every year I've been doing this "Word Game" in which I write a riddle or ask a question and I ask my friends to answer it. My sister claims it too hard. Here it is: Who am I? I am but a ...
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What is the subject?

Inspired by the recent "Name that Movie" puzzles, here is something similar. I will be giving away too much information if I tell you the subject, so you will have to work that out yourself. Once ...
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Name that Movie (part deux)

I am writing to inform you that I have constructed another set of clues that will each lead you to a movie title. To make it more interesting, each of the movies has something in common. Whatever that ...
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Name that Movie (part III)

In the spirit of thirds, this list is a list clues that roughly name movies that are each the first of a trilogy. 1. Not your breakfast cereal 2. ...
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Tonight is movie night

Tonight I went to my friend's for a movie night and he asked me what we should watch. As I was playful, I handed him the following picture so he could guess the movie: He couldn't figure it out, so ...
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The Last of the Sons of Fëanor

Essicilmë and anessi? Or maybe something else… 68 74 74 70 3a 2f 2f 69 6d 67 32 2e 77 69 6b 69 61 2e 6e 6f 63 6f 6f 6b 69 65 2e 6e 65 74 2f 5f 5f 63 62 32 30 30 37 30 38 31 32 30 35 35 33 32 30 2f ...
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You may know me - Who am I?

Though I am just a man, You may be quite a fan. You may think I cannot die, You may have seen my taxi fly. Later I saved everyone, I'll make you cry, even the sun. Then suddenly I was dead, Don't ...
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Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

Two Pepperbox Pistols, a Lemat 1861 revolver, a Winchester Model 1873, a Colt Thuer Derringe, two Colt 1860 Army, a Smith&Weston Model 1 1/2, a Coach Gun, and a Double Barreled Shotgun. 10 dead ...
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Friendly and welcoming, who are we?

Another riddle on the theme of literature. Our first has his hands on the money; Our second has his hands in fire; Our third was an outcast for years. Our fourth and fifth were ...
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Two-beat riddle - when am I?

My first was a grandfather, My second said when to run, My third was then a scarecrow, My fourth was there for longest, My fifth was a father-in-law, My sixth was like my fourth, My seventh changed a ...
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The 2015th question on Puzzling SE

At the time of posting, this was the 2015th question posted on Puzzling Stack Exchange, in the year 2015. Take the number of multiples of 5 among the numbers featured in this puzzle. Multiply it by ...
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Two lists of favorite words

My great aunt Edith keeps this list of her favorite words tacked on the refrigerator: Atlas Chance Detail Frost Hand Magnet Orange Ring Sand Tiger Winter Wolf My great uncle ...
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Our life and death are one, we two

Hair the color of rose's imperfection Eyes like the one who is part of me, Though we are two. And the other of us is the color Of his fallen relatives in the Safest place on the earth(besides ...
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Where are the twinkies?

You have been stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean for the past 26 days, and your food supply is starting to run low. Unfortunately the only person on the island that has any knowledge ...
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Contrary motion still sounds good: Guess the book [closed]

There are a lot of books that talk about things like this, where there are two people who are "chosen", and they're kind of opposites, So I guess that opposites is actually a good thing to write a ...
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What am I? You've definitely heard of me

I was used in 1812, I am in the title of the fourth. Flash! Fuji is my competitor And you may have seen me on websites that allow the user to talk about books. I'm a rapper and you can shoot me. ...
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Guess the poem!

The world suspends like puppets on a string When I look away, the strings are cut It's like they're playing a game, because every time I try to see them, whenever I turn back around, the world ...
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Two groups of people- will they meet, ever?

A man of war A ball of carbon without pastor nor full hurricane A spider One whose strength is in the same area as Veralidaine Sarrasri A toy maker of sorts, A Jason-type And one whose pallor is ...
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Guess who I am: Born with a “spark”

Energy can only be manipulated and moved, but never created or destroyed. The two halves, they complement each other, And yet are complete opposites. I wish I was a channeler, Born with a "spark"...
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Do you know who I am? 2(requires some specific movie and book knowledge)

Am I a man? Am I a puppet? I am neither, for I have shuffled off this mortal coil, And indeed have no strings to hold me down. My family is many, yet I worry not for them. Some are strongly with ...
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James Bond : No Access

James Bond, while working on a top-secret case for many weeks in deep enemy territory, finally collected and stored lots of critical files on his tight-security Linux system. Even though the system ...
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How many years old am I?

My age squared is the number of commandments in the Torah minus the year in George Orwell's Book. When subtracting, consider the cause of the Y2K problem. How old am I?
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A riddle by any other name

On his retirement, Bill Gates left behind a four number combination safe with a dial similar to this. In that safe is a secret that had eluded him many years ago...along with a small fortune of course....
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The African elephant and the fly [closed]

This is from a republishing of an old taxonomy book. An African elephant weighs 4536 kg. A fly weighs 64.8 mg. What is the weight of an African elephant with a fly on his head?
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Slumdog millionaire (3)

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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Arithmetic/Knowledge Step-By-Step Number Puzzle! (What Is The Final Answer?) [closed]

Start with the number of U.S. ounces in a U.S. gallon. Subtract the atomic number for Samarium. Add the amount of days in February on a leap year. Multiply this by 6 factorial. Divide this by pi ...
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Slumdog millionaire (4)

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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Where are you going on holiday, Julian?

Mary asks: "Where are you going on holiday this year, Julian?" Julian says: "What do you mean - this year? You know that I don't go every year. I did not go at all in 2007. In Summer 2008 I went to ...
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A cryptic ranking of the US-states

I have ranked the US-states according to a certain cryptic property and put them into a list. A contiguous piece of this cryptic list looks as follows: ..., ?????, Nevada, West Virginia, Kansas, ...
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Start with an unlucky Friday

Start with an unlucky Friday number. Multiply by the gables on Hawthorne's house. Add the number that a stitch in time saves. Add the number of blind mice. Subtract the number of William Pene du Bois' ...
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An arcane property of independent countries

The following alphabetical list contains independent countries with a certain arcane property. (The list is complete to the best of my knowledge). Algeria, Cambodia, Croatia, El Salvador, ????????, ...
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Italy is to Hungary as Netherlands is to France

This puzzle talks about a certain (clear and justifiable) relationship between certain independent countries. With respect to this relation, we have Italy : Hungary = Netherlands : France = Austria ...
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An enigmatic partition of the chemical elements

I have partitioned the chemical elements into two groups based on a certain property that is shared by some of them, but not by the remaining ones. The following elements have my enigmatic property: ...
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Who is the odd one out?

Nineteen of the following twenty famous persons share a very distinguished property, whereas the last one does not have this property: Albert Camus, Elias Canetti, Bette Davis, Nadine Gordimer, ...
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Distinguished country pairs

I guess that everybody here at puzzling.stackexchange is aware of the fact that Uzbekhistan and Liechtenstein are the only two countries in the world that are doubly landlocked and hence share a very ...
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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Can you recover the following two dozens of (well-known) movie titles just from their initials? ...
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What is the northernmost country that borders the US to the South?

What is the northernmost country that borders the US to the South? What is the northernmost country that borders the contiguous US to the South?
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Three geographical entities

The following three statements describe a perfectly symmetric relationship between certain geographical entities A, B and C. What are A, B and C? A borders on all the B except the one named C. C ...
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Four letter puzzles on US states

Here are four questions on the letters in the names of US states and US state capitals: What is the only US state that has no letter in common with it's capital city? What is the only US state ...
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Canada and USA geography puzzle

From some US states, one may travel straight south and get into some Canadian province or territory (of course without crossing the equator). What are these nine "US state $\to$ Canadian province/...
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Country triples with two common points

In this puzzle, we only consider independent countries and we do not count overseas territories as actual part of a country. We say that three countries form a well-connected triple, if each two of ...