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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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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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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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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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Connect Wall - Find the common word: Senior, Station, U.S., Request

This is a fairly easy (I think) connect-wall I made (my first one): ...
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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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Rhymes with angina

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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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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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 ...
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Not Really Into Pokemon

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. I'm not really into Pokemon, you see But a friend of mine is, as much as can be. He goes on and on about this move and that, ...
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5×5 image grid – What are we looking at?

The final answer is the name of a fictional character. Image credits: 7: Rama, cc by-sa 2.0 fr | 11: Jonathunder, GFDL 1.2 | 13: Volatus, cc by-sa 3.0 | 15.1: ZngZng, cc&...
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Riddle on Cities. What am I?

What am I? I was 10 times as big in Athens as in Rome I'm just myself in London and New York I traditionally count in San Francisco I will make you lean in Geneva Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 ...
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What is it? Based on a real person

Once a fruit has won a different fruit. Undesirably! What fruits are we talking about?
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This one is about YOU! (and other things)

This first one is just you plus... ...dwarfs in Snow White, ...bits in a byte, ...tripod's upright, ...and a number that is quite lucky at least in my opinion. Then there's you plus... ...
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I am a Russian ay

I am a Russian ay, ah, in the English way! For many is to say, the booty's ours, hooray! I am an English ay, ah, in the Russian way! For many not to say, and all is quite okay! ...
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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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Thanks, dad! Never again

No idea why my dad dragged me into this place. Some guy is performing on the stage. He's reading numbers out loud. I think it's some kind of a sequence puzzle. 1... 8... 9... 16... 17... ...
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I rhyme with omega

The place of the birth of a short-reigning king, the fifth of his name and the last of his kind. As well as the place of his death one cruel spring, the label of genocide later assigned. ...
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Anime guess Riddle #9

Had not too much time to spend the last month, so here is the 9th part of the series Like in my eighth part, I'm searching for the name of an anime. There is knowledge about this anime needed to solve ...
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For all your flag design needs

Pleased to meet you. I'm the CEO of a startup that specializes in designing flags for newly-independent countries. As an example, let me present to you the flag we designed for the proud republic of ...
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Is there a hidden message this old Polybius listing?

I recently watched this video about the mythical arcade game Polybius. It's a well-crafted investigation that thoroughly debunks the myth, but there's a segment in which the investigator suspects a ...
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She has a unique personality

Each square is one word, and each row also has a one-word answer. The final answer is what I tell everyone whenever my sister is coming to town. #1 Image credits: 1. Mickayyy, CC BY-SA 4.0; ...
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My Centre can be found in North Yorkshire

If I score on myself, it's written in stone. I will act badly when given a bone. If it's handed to me, I'm likely to drop. But if I'm allowed, I'll avenge my pop. What am I? In your answer, ...
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“Always pass on what you have learned.”

I'm trying to decide what is the best quote of ancient earth history, and many, many choices have I. Can you help? I've narrowed it down some, and ordered it is, significantly: People who think ...
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Connections, S4E1

There is a timber a hallow is made out of, by some bemused by its uselessness, yet Vitruvius already pointed out the advantage of this timber being that it doesn’t rot. Indeed, a city was built upon ...
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Let me hurl this riddle to you

Role 1: These people do things in mountains, pastures, hills, fields, forests... Role 2: These people do various things. They can find you a house, a hotel, send you something, kill you... Role 3: ...
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Frenchman claims new victim

A notorious French contract killer has taken another high-profile victim. The following clues describe the time of year of the attack, the weapon used, the place in which the hit was made, and the ...
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Where is the money?

When I was just a little kid my parents died in a terrible accident, and I was left alone in the world. When I reached the age of 18, I received an envelope with a letter that read the following: ...
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Sequence of Days : Another Grandpa Question

"Take any day. Next is the day 2 days before that. And next is the day 2 days before that and so on" Says Grandpa "That is your sequence? What is that related to?" I ask "You tell me. Use your ...
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The Spirit of Christmas

Alice: Help, It's almost Christmas but my house is full of spirits! Bob: But isn't that a good thing? Your family is joyful because it's the holiday season and they're excited for Christmas! Alice: ...
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Where Do I Come From And Where Am I Going?

I have long lost count of the number of days I have spent in this darkness, gaining distance from that prison. As I travel, I cannot help but fear. Soon I will land on a world of burning fire filled ...
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Clairvoyant job hunting

I recently got offered an exciting new position. Not knowing whether I should accept or stay at my current job, I sought the help of Wise Oracle to help me decide. O Wise Oracle, why did my ...
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African king walks into a bar

An African king walked into a bar wearing a military hat. Only one third of his abs were trained – this was no Romeo. The radio was playing Latin music without any mention of a sun god. His ...
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I live in a pretty complex social structure, apparently

At my core I am pretty dense. So I like to stay grounded and don't really change where I am at. But there are more who are denser than me! Compared to them I change a lot more freely. But from your ...
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I still don't know what I am. I have no Brain!

I have no eyes yet I see. I have no mouth yet I speak. I have no hears yet I hear. I have learned everything I know. I always know the way. You cannot control me! I think ...
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Three Word Train

I am looking for 3 words in the form AB, BC, CA where A, B, and C are strings of letters. The words should satisfy the following descriptions. AB: - figure from Greek mythology who is also ...
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These three people are connected, How so?

Sally just started a game of checkers with Susan. Dave's back is against the wall and there is no where to run. Adam is a really popular Australian animal. How are Sally, Dave, and Adam ...
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Mysterious Flash Drive

First puzzle I ever do! Hopefully it won't be too easy or too challenging. My co-worker just gave me a USB flash drive, which was supposed to contain a couple files of code for me to review. ...
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Even street orphans speak in riddles nowadays

How do you do, my name's Gavroche, whispering words of wisdom, see? Bucharest coins are nothing posh, neither is neighbouring currency. This is the man that wrote the song "Charmaine", this ...
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Name that place!

An easy puzzle, but I hope it brings some fun (especially if you are a programmer). What's the name of the place?
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Hebrews, Muslims and Biblical men

The first among Hebrews, a beverage of barley, the first among Muslims, a city with Ali, share a relationship which is the same as a Biblical man's English and Spanish name. Who is the Biblical ...
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The Missing Taste

After a tiring soccer match which I absquatulated because I got insulted all the time by my own teammates, I went to my regular restaurant and ordered a fancy sashimi “the agushi special” but the ...
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Who is John's favourite painter?

John being his usual self forgot the name of his favourite painter. He went to the Oracle for assistance but inadvertently walked in on her while she was busy eating pie. Angry at the interruption, ...
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I would look so cool in that hat

What common theme do the missing elements have? Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Image credits: 1.3 Hex, CC-BY-SA 3.0 2.1 Nevit Dilmen, CC-BY-SA 3.0 2.2 Cramyourspam, CC-BY-SA 4....
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Shady business in the local paper

I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 ...
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Calling all number sequence lovers!

What number follows in this sequence 93 1 855 45 593 500 241 ?
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What ARE they talking about?

The other day I was in a group chat on that brilliant messaging app WhatsGoinOn? when some banter between a few of my friends totally baffled me. We had been getting nostalgic - talking about all the ...
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I am found in a pool, never sinking nor afloat; pass the squares that I rule, and a soldier must promote

Riddle me this: Although I'm a cube, I do not have six sides; Beneath me is green, although no grass resides. My pockets are large enough — I can fall in! But then you'll fall ...
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Sukarno's Holocene Extinction Discovery

You are a renowned paleobiologist who travels the world and evaluates recent discoveries. You recently were contracted to fly to Jakarta University and check in with one of their researchers. You ...