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Important days in history… and to come!

The other day I decided I wanted to come up with another simple puzzle before releasing another toughy on puzzling.SE. I came across an interesting series of dates that I wanted to share and see if ...
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The hearts of gold

This puzzle is part 10 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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a spell for summoning help

Mutter dos de thou around a rhetorical shape, then pause with the hero of Card's game. Then let it sit for far too long while the celts tell you how many bards came. Our protagonist makes another ...
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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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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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A James Bond Mystery

Inspired by @DEEM's amazing Grandpa Puzzles, I decided to make my own (ran out of ideas for the title so I just picked James Bond) So, one day you meet the famous James Bond and since you are a huge ...
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Rebuses linked by a certain topic

See if you can solve these rebuses which range from easy to hard. They are all linked by a topic. On e luu (-4) EDIT: Hints: [Note that I have now posted the solutions to this puzzle below] ...
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Four Directions #9 - Where and what am I?

To the North is a fortress containing a rose. To the West is a place that may leave you aghast. To the South stay on track to see where it goes. To the East is a place you won't find in the ...
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Looking For Riley Rebus #3? It's Right Here!

This the part 3 of the Riley Rebus series. Be sure to check out part 2 and part 1 Prefix + Infix + Suffix : To Clarify : The answer is only 1 word Hint : Additional Small Hint : Another ...
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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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Mr Ling Designed My Jewellery

I wonder about my wife sometimes. She's getting harder to comprehend all the time. Take last weekend, for example: my nephew had come over to visit and was telling me all about the movie club that ...
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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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A crumbled, jumbled poem

I wrote a beautiful, verbose poem for you all, but Riddler went and scrambled the whole thing up! Can you figure out the order of the lines and put it back together again for me? And while you're at ...
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Save the Eggs! - An Angry Birds Puzzle (Part 2)

⬅️ Angry Birds 1 After saving the eggs, the birds are more cautious. Good News! You can finally relax and enjoy the birds’ hospitality. Unfortunately for you, you’re not the only visitor in town. ...
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A Timey Wimey “Sci-pher”

It's time to pull out your favorite Sonic-Screwdriver/Lightsaber/Wizard's Staff and hop into your Police-Box/Delorean/Phone-Booth, because this puzzle is going to require geeky knowledge and accurate ...
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A Quick Easy Riley

I've hit a road block with my story riddles and need to refresh my mindset; therefore, I am writing a quick and easy puzzle for the community to solve. Good luck to all of you! Look for the prefix, ...
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There's been a kidnapping!

Alfred C. Bacon, an avid puzzler, has been kidnapped! Fortunately, we were able to find where he was being held. Unfortunately, he was no longer there. Fortunately, he left us a note, letting us know ...
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Gladys goes shopping

This puzzle is part 22 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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State the rule!

State the rule behind the following partition of letters, and fill in the questionmarks. (The puzzle has a clear and justifiable trivia-type solution.) ...
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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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Another Riley puzzle 'My prefix is part of a race…'

My prefix is part of a race, My suffix likes to wear lace, My infix wonders and is wistful, My whole has arrows by the fistful. Many thanks to Riley for this puzzle format.
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The Riddle - I Could be Used in Many Ways

In whole, you may use me in the measuring. With my $1^{st}$ & $2^{nd}$ part, you may use me in the coloring. With my $2^{nd}$ & $3^{rd}$ part, you may use me in the casting. ...
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Future countries – party like it's 19999!

I recently met a time traveller from a distant hypothetical future, and we had an interesting discussion about the geographies of our respective worlds. It turns out that the world map is pretty ...
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Bookshelves 2 - what am I reading?

Here's a picture of my fiction bookshelf. Every book has its place, and no part of the sequence can be duplicated. The fifth novel from the left is missing as I'm half way through reading it. What am ...
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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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What have I done here?

I have a bad habit of lurking around and answering other riddles without offering my own. So here is my first attempt the break the tradition, a simple rebus puzzle if you will. It just might be too ...
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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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Don't clear your terminal history 2

Previously, on terminal use... The door accepted your input and slid open! Unfortunately, so did a trap door under your feet. You slide down and end up in another room. The only apparent exit is a ...
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The most dangerous game

Hello again, remember me? It's been a while, certainly I've not been round for quite some time, But now I have another rhyme In my normal style, I have a word It's in 3 ...
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Anonymous letter from somewhere sometime today

Not many know of me, and even less have touched what is mine. A lonely fella I am, like being the smallest pebble in the puddle, Unless you ask the bishop, he owns the title, according to a ...
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Station to Station

The gang can't wait for their upcoming trip. Whereabouts are they headed? ...
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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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How would you like your face? Scrambled?

Great! First day on the job here at the F.B.I., and I've got a mess on my hands. Someone hacked into Langley's mainframe and scrambled twelve of the mugshots that we have on file, and it's my ...
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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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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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What Is An Explain Word?

This is in the idea of the What is a Word/Group of Words group started by A Person with a new type of Word and Group of Words problems. If a word is the best I call it an Explain word. Use the ...
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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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What world is he talking about?

" This is not easy to figure out", said Grandpa " In this world, 403 = 308 and is same as 83" I couldn't figure that one obviously. " Here is a hint. 5 1 9 2" Grandpa spoke slowly. ...
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What is a Touch Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Touch Word™. Use the ...
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A Brand New, Festive Rebus!

Here is a basic rebus with a common theme!
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Reverse Puzzling 5

(Continued thematically from here) "George, you know this puzzle?" I asked. "Oh yes, of course. And I much prefer this version to the French one." "Yes, it's much better." I agreed. "So you can ...
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Why Do You Love Me?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. I met an amazing girl today. Not only is she smart and share my love for art, she also really like puzzles! However, when I asked her ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Go Meta

At the library, cryptic rebuses read a book on self-reference. If you're unsure how cryptic rebuses work, you may want to check out this primer. *I don't own any of the images from which I drew in ...
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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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A Fountain of Colors

A Fountain of Colors A rock overlooks as my garden unfurls. His pebble admires as the nice sky, it swirls. The odd-looking pink one is chipper today. The lily exposes when Chopin I play. There's ...
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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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4 sums of flags (Part 2)

The previous 'Sum of' puzzles can be found here and here + = + = + = + = ? Which flag should replace the question mark? Hint:
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What's our Name? (Also: improve my riddle)

I've thrown together a quick riddle inspired by the as-of-yet unsolved riddle from CodeNewbie. I don't feel like it's very solid, though, and the cadence isn't quite right. It's easy to show that the ...
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Fowl Perpetrators Caught as Robberies Add Up

After several years at Private Eye Academy, Joey Solvesalot finally earned his detective license and was looking forward to solving some cases. So he decided to settle in the infamous Problem City to ...
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Piece de Resistance - King Deusovi, Flag this Blo*dy Post!

King Deusovi, Flag this Blo*dy Post! This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Queen King... ...