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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Charlie's geography presentation

Okay, so hi everyone. I’m Charlie and I’d like to talk to you about my home country, the United States of America. We’re the third most populous nation in the world (after China and India), have the ...
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A combination lock, I can only read half the hints, please help me!

A friend of mine sent me a birthday present, but after unwrapping it, I could see that it was a locked metal box, with a huge combination lock on it. The lock had 8 rings, each featuring the digits ...
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Extraordinarily Forgoes Anthem

Island oranges don't mix well (11) Liquid wastes run into river (10, 4) Cold canines found in the mountains (10) A season before a season's past in Northern capital (10) City at the ...
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Rosetta Stone puzzle

The answer to this puzzle is one word.
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Riddle Requiring Magical Knowledge

This may be too tricky (it requires specialized knowledge) or have multiple answers, but I'll try to make it specific: My name sets afire confusion and ire. With creatures acquired, battles ...
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Hello, Goodbye, Adios, Aloha

I say hello, I say goodbye One moment I'm low, the next I am high I can make you see something you did not see The invisible can be seen through me. What am I?
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What's his horse name?

You're an adventurer looking for treasures. During one of your journeys, you encounter a knight riding a horse who agrees to tell you informations about a huge treasure he has heard of. Only if you'...
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Geography at the pixel level

(enlarged version) The answer is a group of islands.
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“Thinking of ” question for Comics readers [closed]

I am thinking of one of the following three comics characters Hellboy Captain Marvel Spiderman You can ask me one question starting with "Does the character you are ...
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Four Directions #18 - Where and what am I?

To the North, Jorge and Natan spent some quality time To the South, a victory for a famous symbol To the West, you can check out one of Baird's To the East is a presidential coastal town A Nereid ...
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Riddle - What does it mean?

What am I? 03/04/19 13:36 UTC This is very abundant The most that you'll see And its group and number Is what you will need Now somewhat repetetive For you who ...
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Four Directions #17 - Where and what am I?

To the East is a place where arrows may flow To the West you may see Beelzebub hitching a ride To the North is a view if your vision's not clouded To the South is a place where languages were born I'...
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Four Directions #12 - Where and what am I?

To the South is the jewel in the ring you can't wear To the East was envisioned a mountain pair To the North climb a tree to work your own way To the West are buildings that don't see ...
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A Journey Through Space and Time

Word Train Find a word for each line that will fit the definition and that its suffix will be the next word's prefix: Musical instrument Time machine Music genre In space Public ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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Ah, the old SE puzzlearoo

Hold my crossword clues, I'm going in! 1973 Ford tow truck Trip to geeks’ country in Portugal Why Germany imprisons mother John Stewart, according to Wikipedia Classic m7xBI.jpg ...
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No shovels, please!

$ \color{red}E $ Second time skimming through Beatles residence Sandwich way What do these clues point to? Looking for a single word answer. This puzzle is a hint for Ah, the old SE ...
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Tricky T Tribute (or: Humble H Homage)

I made up a bunch of riddles over the weekend and wrote them on a stack of cards. Unfortunately, I dropped the stack outdoors. The cards blew everywhere and one of the riddles is missing. Can you ...
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The Video Gamers' Double-Duty Crossword

"OK, so I know that you two are always arguing about what type of crosswords to do- 'Normal crosswords are too boring!' 'Cryptics are too esoteric!!' Trivia vs wordplay, yeah, I've heard both sides. ...
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Unlock my phone! March 2018

New month, new password, but I've already forgotten! Help! What is my phone's password this month? Hint #1: Hint #2:
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Location, Location, Location

I'm south of the common, yet found by the middle. I'm due east of one article, and in the middle of another. The earth is north, west, and east of me, but outer space is more southwest. ...
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Unlock My Phone! February 2018

I forgot my password again! I changed it a few days ago but already forgot! What is my phone's password this month? Hint #1: Hint #2:
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Horrendous Scope of Text

w34rfvgy78i 34rtyhbvftyu89 567tgyhvbn 87654edft5cvbnmkiuhn ? w3edcr5tgby7ujmiokn dfgt67uhjkcvbnm w3edcr5tgby7ujm,> rgncgu9ik987 w3edr5tgbnmkiuhbvc ...
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Four Directions #16 - Where and what am I?

Inspired by MetaZen's riddles, I figured I might try making one. It's definitely not as...indirect...as their puzzles, but still difficult nevertheless. To the south and east is the North West ...
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Unlock My Phone! January 2018

I can't remember my phone's password! Ever since January of 2018 I have changed my phone's password every month to stay secure, however even I have trouble remembering my passwords. Luckily my ...
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Super-Villain's Super “Riddle”

We are four entities fear us all, We are the most feared above them all. Below is our spoken message, prepare your fall, Mixed and scrambled to watch you fall. We are all born into this world through ...
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Mystery Word Game: Square Wave with Dots

My friends and I were playing a game recently in which, for each round, four of the players were given a word of which they each had to give a rough description to the fifth player. The guessing ...
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Summer Break - It's a *wrap*

I spent my summer in my backyard, enjoying some candy and an icy beverage. I was reading the newspaper, and my eyes crossed at the sight of the morning puzzle. It was a standard riddle, a ...
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Recycling old answers

Each of the puzzles below gives a two-word answer. Solve the puzzles and arrange the resulting 16 words into four groups of four, each with a common theme. The resulting group names form a clue for ...
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Coordinated efforts

I was showing off my knowledge of obscure geography trivia to my father. He admitted he'd never remember all those details, but insisted that there was a certain other topic where nobody could ever ...
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In excess I'm lethal

I'm found in nature, but you'd never know the difference if I wasn't. I'm used in plants, but not as the critical part. I'm safe to consume, but you might think otherwise. In excess I'm lethal, ...
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Contours of a clandestine nature

What does each of the answers describe? The answer is two words (11 + 4 letters). #1 #2 #3 #4 Image credits: 1.2 Slashme, CC BY-SA 4.0; 2.1 AngMoKio, CC BY-SA 2.5; 2.3 ...
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Written every which way

Looking for the name of a country. This puzzle is part of Recycling old answers.
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Keeping you safe

Complete the grid and find a two-word final answer. Across 1. Ability to move first to northern aristocracy (8) 4. Animal to rip a short tail back (5) 5. Oral tradition about the origin of ...
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Pulling a fast one

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A manager's dilemma

A sports manager was walking nervously on the street. It was a stressful time for him and he didn't know what to do. Two of their biggest stars had drunkenly trashed another hotel room after a ...
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A pseudo-riley?

This is my first puzzle, so feedback welcome! I wanted to be the very best, so here are six legendary rileys for you to solve. My prefix is a mythical creature; my infix has went away, but ...
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A Rare Riley Riddle

My prefix is ironic. My infix is well-oiled. My suffix briefly handled a worm. There aren't many of me - what is my name? As usual, please include an explanation for each line in your ...
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Headless horseman claims new head

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid so that each of the coloured squares contains exactly four different letters. Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in ...
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Rethinking this series on the syllabus

I assigned each person in my class the task of creating a number-sequence, however, 4 of the guys I usually consider to be leaders came back with baffling results. Can you make sense of their work ...
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Watchers of the Word Wall

The guards group near the campfire. None of them wants to leave the warm flames, yet someone has to go to make the patrol along the border. Of course, in this situation, the youngest of them is the ...
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Divine apple island

Arrange the following words into pairs. What cities are being clued here? What city is missing? divine, apple, island, oxford, big, love, novel, lower, rival, refuge, saxony, odysseus, guidance, ...
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My prefix is salty and smarts, my infix will occupy without a g,

IMHO this is the hardest riley riddle I've seen. My prefix is salty and smarts My infix will occupy without a g My suffix three white triangles upon the blue For I myself require a council (...
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A Trivial Diagnosis

"It's the same stuff over and over, doc." "Can you try to explain it?" "OK. Well, at first... I—I feel high. My eyes are red, I can't breathe; I feel crazy!" "What else?" "There's ...
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X marks the what?

In the following clues, a certain term been replaced with $X$. Find out the meaning of $X$ and solve the crossword. Down Deadly $X$ (5) White heroine or cocaine (4) Introduction of good ...
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When at first you don't succede try and Try again

Sherlock had just arrived to work one day when he happened to overhear a conversation between some coworkers on the way in. The conversation went like this: Bob: Did you hear they just came back ...
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My contractor has questionable methods

I hired a contractor to build one simple thing! How hard could it be?! He claimed to have completed the job 3 times, but all I heard was this lame excuse: I went out west to take a test But ...
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Precipitation, etc

Precipitation, falling from heavy clouds, Crashing down onto delicate flowers. Thin sensory organs placed on Young feline mammals. Glimmering metallic sheen of No. 29, Forming ...
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What will the Frenchman say?

An Englishman, a Frenchman and a German are speaking. First the Englishman says : "M". Then the Frenchman says : "M" as well. And the German also says : "M". They all agree and decide to ...
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Emojional cryptic crossword

ACROSS 3. 🌟½☥🐪🚫👣 (9) 7. 🏆❌🖽⚔️ (3) 8. ½🍔🇫🇷🌊🏢 (6) 11. ♉½🇬🇷✉️ (3) 12. 🔫⭐⏺️♥️🗽🎭 (5) 13. 🍈♥️🇨🇴🏙️⏮️🍟🔚💐 (6) 14. 👂♀️🦌💰 (5) 16. 🎩👦♻️🐴🦄☝️🗾🏝️ (6) 19. 🐏💪🔀 (3) ...