Questions tagged [knowledge]

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

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The Ultimate Deusovi Honeypot

Behold the ultimate Deusovi Honeypot! I ran across the linked thread recently, and found it rather humorous - and inspiring! I've taken it upon myself to not only create the ultimate Deusovi Honeypot,...
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Cryptic with missing capitals

Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different European capital city. Across 1. Funny beret men strike $??$ to convene (4) 3. Containers found in a $??$ plaza (...
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A puzzle-loving lady's phone number

After a long day, you head to your local bar for a couple of drinks. Halfway through your second beer, a pretty girl walks up to you and points to the empty chair next to you. "Is this seat taken?" ...
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Where's my scale?

You have a cylinderical beaker completely filled with water, and having no markings on it. You have to somehow empty two thirds of water, without using anything else. Some info about beaker: It has ...
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Never Completed Game - Difficult Riddle

The seventeenth of the primes. Its twin is twentynine. Po. Let’s drive. Bye, Alfonsín. Add seven triangular. Sweet. It named the Valley. This riddle is taken from https://www.nevercompletedgame....
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A title for a history book

A German historian is sitting by his desk, pondering a title for his book. He picks up and pen and starts writing down possible titles. South Asians No, too short. Let's try to add ...
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Globe trotting Grandpa. Where is he going next?

Grandpa was busy finishing up his travel itinerary. "Where are you going Grandpa?" I asked "Many places! I want to visit places that are charming, historical--" "Wow" My reaction "exciting, sunny, ...
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Cryptic with some cross words

Across 1. Philosopher rejects Vietnamese soup, producing gas (5) 3. A penguin's formal attire (3) 5. Primate's kiss is the greatest success (4) 7. Meet not in extreme Korean clothing (3) 10. ...
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What happened to the boat?

A man wandered around on a boat, And fell through a hole in the hull; He was gobbled up by a shark, And then by a flock of seagulls. Three days later the man's ghost came back, To haunt the boat with ...
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The Puzzle Hunt

This puzzle is like a scavenger hunt; the solution to each part of this puzzle becomes a critical part of the next part of the puzzle. Part One [Steganography] Be very aware, dear. Buttons ...
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Is it Basic Physics?

Which number is next in the sequence? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 ,11 ,12 ,13 ,14 ,15 ... Describe why and how your answer applies to the given problem.
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Cryptic cross… with words

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid. Far north Silicon Valley's research & development leaders surround Jessica (8) Pop star loses British-American distribution ...
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Let's play tag!

I have a short and bitter-sweet riddle for the community this evening. As always, I hope you enjoy it; good luck! I want to play a game of tag; however, there are some very important rules: We both ...
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A real-world puzzler - find the pattern!

This is a bit of an unusual puzzle - one that is purely "real world" :) My console can produce a load of colours. But I can't find any obvious way to relate the colour to its number. I'd hoped that ...
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The Secret Meeting

In a special operation our unit was able to intercept encrypted chat messages from a group of spies who plan a secret meeting: Ifmmp fwfszpof! Jk Krzgb Wyt? Fwj dtz htrnsl yt ymj Sjb Djfw'x ...
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San Francisco is my home

Joseph Story Mary Stuart Malala Yousafzai Theodore Roosevelt Bill Joe red army pharaoh bullet note: the clues form 2 words hint: The first and third groups should be ...
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Here is another interesting person

This is a compound word Made up of three consecutive verbs, two in the past tense Starts with a noun and ends with a noun Starts with a metal, ends with kind of metal Starts with a ...
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A Distracting Puzzle

One, three, four, two; seven, eight, six, five. Size, we're told, doesn't matter. But if it did, there's the answer! Four solid, yet light. Four airy, yet heavy. One stands ...
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Seven levels through Europe

Let's take a little trip through Europe, shall we? Each level forms a word chain. Even-numbered levels (yellow) go clockwise, odd-numbered ones (white) go anticlockwise. Each level has ...
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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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Just Another Cryptic Cryptic

Twenty-six cryptic clues -- each one a letter. Plug the letters into the cipher to get a final cryptic and a quiz question. Answer the question, and you've cracked the puzzle! Clues: Give money to ...
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Colourful cryptic

No numbers in this grid. The clues are grouped into 12 squares by the location of the word's first letter. No guesswork is needed – if you have the correct answers, there's only one way to fit ...
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Where did they find Gold?

A lesson in US Colonial history. ( A stretched version) After the thirteen colonies declared independence they needed resources badly. So the enterprising brave pioneers of those times set out to ...
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Listen for my color

I've been away from the site for a while with work, kids, and going back to school; but since I have some down-time this evening I've decided to write a few riddles for the community. As always, I ...
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Knot-Tying (With a Twist)

This puzzle is based on one from a Boy Scout event a few years ago. You need basic knowledge of knot tying and a little outside-the-box thinking. You are given command over three people, and you have ...
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Which Sport? A non math question

This relates to a sport, a great accomplishment. It is a word.
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Stocks and shares: Another Grandpa Mystery

In his retirement Grandpa likes to manage his own investments. He studies global company stocks, their earnings, products, dividends all kinds of statistics and numbers and makes his buy choices ...
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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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It's just a little weight

It's been a while since I've posed a riddle; so I'm back with a simple one! I hope you all enjoy, and as always, good luck! Sally went to the farmer's market, with her daily $100\,\text{lbs}$ of ...
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Batter up! (A cryptic clue)

Big noise in dugout retired by Rutherford? (4, 7)
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Dress up a ship's surface

Boss turns blind eye to knife user (4) Charge with first-degree larceny makes sense (4) Recite backwards about king computer worm (6) Start donning trousers, topless educators (5) Initial ...
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To all you Game lovers

If BACKGAMMON is reverse of CONNECT4 And OTHELLO is BACKGAMMON and MONOPOLY together Then TRIVIAL PURSUIT is OTHELLO and what together? The "what" is of course a sit down game! ...
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Name the fictional crime

The motive AṠT ẠTIONS ḄJECT ENTI ETṚE HAṄK ṄITED ORṬH OU RİENTED The weaponry ...
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John and Edmund's Game

I visited my younger cousins, John and Edmund, recently, and found them playing an interesting game. They would take turns to call out numbers until one of them declared themselves the winner. They ...
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Rating words from best to worst

In my personal classification, certain words are assigned a rating based on some criteria. The top rating is AA, and below it the ratings go from A all the way down to Z. Seventeen AA-class words are ...
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Who is the tall man?

Three men were talking in a bar, after drinking quite a bit. After an intense argument on the state of the city's crime, the tall one of them was indignant that he was right. He was wearing thick ...
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Rebuses with an unknown symbol

Each picture features the same unknown symbol. What does it mean? Where would you place it fit in the final answer?
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A puzzling conversation

“I’m thinking of a word,” said Lionel. His hands moved quietly while he spoke, setting pieces in their accustomed places. “It has two zeds in it.” “How puzzling,” said Adolf, allowing himself a ...
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You Can't See Me Coz I'm NOT John Cena!

As a pack, we pursue the pity, for power, on the flee. As a king, I was a clashing knight, couldn't you see? As a wolf, I am white without any whispers; And just for fun, I'm first fish,...
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The Five Cardinals

I've got five cardinals, one without its mate. My house is made of exactly four-hundred and thirty-five nice solid bricks. (I'm kidding - they're rather fluffy.) My length is about two ...
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Cryptic clues with a common theme

Concealed Yugoslav introduces military cemetery (6) Buddhist temple is top three watching photos (3 3) Central square hides koala to observatory (3-3) Thriller writer John adds three lines to ...
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Say My Name Please

People, demons, deities-- These three love to follow me. Starving, penniless--where reside thee? I may satiate or be half your need. Cupboards, crumbs, committees-- Those are different ...
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Storms form above my head

I have searched for treasure in Egypt, and spent a lifetime fishing in the Atlantic. I have seen powerful storms form above me, and felt the earth shaking with devastating effect. I have seen ...
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What's my line?

I like pies, but I don't like pastries. I like gents, but I don't like toffs. I like reason, but I don't like rationality. What have I been doing and how have I been punished? Bonus question: ...
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What crime have we committed?

We start in a city that rhymes with angina, the masculine form, add in what's drunk in China, then take phylum's first six, of the minor kind, components will make what in our hand we find. ...
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Can 4 = 6 and 10 = 1000? : Another Grandpa Question

Grandpa likes PSE. He is amazed at the smart puzzle solvers who seem to solve any of his riddles. So he constantly tries to think of new challenging questions. So he says: "Ask Tom, SteveV, Jafe, ...
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This should be an easy one : Another Grandpa Mystery

Why would Grandpa chose these folks? Grandpa likes Mozart but not Tchaikovsky Grandpa likes Queen Victoria but not Mary, Queen of Scots Grandpa likes Gandhi but not Mandela Hmmm.
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The Wall of Walls

I present to you... The Wall of Walls! \begin{matrix} \text{sniper} & \text{bauxite} & \text{marshmallow} & \text{viper} & \\ & \\ \text{sparrow} & \text{absolution} & \...
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Sightseeing on Crack

Recently I went on an around-the-world vacation. Unfortunately, I dropped my phone just as I was getting out of the cab at the airport before my first flight out. Not so bad in and of itself, but ...