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

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What is the next integer in this sequence?

First, I offer you a little something to put you in the right spirits: For many many years, black cats have had some interesting associations and reputations, which no doubt helped inspire The Black ...
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A simple “scientific test…”

I hold every single day, in my lovely picture frame. I look a hundred years old, but I was built on the spot. You might say I'm weak, and I'm four times over the hill. Sometimes I take the elevator ...
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Will Riley Riddles ever end?

Maybe, maybe not — but the answer won't. My prefix is the first half of what was before. My suffix curses Scotland in red and no more. My infix is a hotshot when scrambled (what egg?). ...
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Number 1 Mission

When Inspector Kit was just a little kitty, she desperately wanted to be a spy - jetting off to foreign countries, thwarting international diamond thieves. And now the big day has arrived - her very ...
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Finding Rogue Kitty II

Having been met by a group of very unhappy bosses at Kitty is being 'returned' to the staff car when suddenly there is a commotion and she makes a run for it. As they chase her, little old ladies ...
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Slumdog millionaire (2)

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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Guess me riddle #4

View the last puzzle here The word is a four letter word which is in the oxford dictionary My first letter is related to root-nodules My second letter is a start My third letter is related to Loki ...
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Four Directions #8 - Where and what am I? (fan-made)

To the north is a bank of extreme altercations. To the west is a land that is claimed by no nations. To the south is a seat of a union's operations. To the east is a site of devout lapidations. ...
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The Librarian's Labyrinth - Part II [closed]

If you haven't completed the first puzzle in this series, go check it out: The Librarian's Labyrinth - Part I Part Two You now know what these books are. You place your hand over the first page, ...
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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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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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Finding Uncle John!

It was a chilly winter night when I was hanging around with some friends. We were gossiping about the recent kidnapping cases where a few of the people from the town were missing. There was a news ...
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Anime guess Riddle

I'm searching for the name of an anime. Knowledge from the anime is required so maybe, if you havent seen it, you cant figure it out. I hope you have fun :) Arrrgh and a roman goddess are trying ...
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A stranger wrote this on his arm

A stranger walked up to my friend and drew these symbols on his arm with a Sharpie. I have no idea what they mean. They were written on his right and left arm. The second picture might be upside down....
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Farewell Emrakul, here's a truly puzzling goodbye

Sadly, our moderator Emrakul is stepping down. They've done a fantastic job, so if they have to leave, let's see them off in true puzzling fashion! There is a message for them hidden here, can you ...
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Nice song, pity about the words

There's a song I really like but I can't remember the title and I certainly can't remember the words. Perhaps you can help me. I've summarised the lyrics as best I can, but in a rather literal way. ...
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4 sums of flags

The previous 'Sum of' puzzle can be found here + = + = + = + = ? Which flag should replace the question mark?
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Wikipedia Says So #2

Previous puzzle of this kind: #1 A bird without wing, body, feet or tail, An invention am I who can effortlessly sail. I am unlike my lowly brothers who only deliver mail; Surging over the ...
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Japan is in India

Inspired by this question: Which country is INDIA in? Japan is in India. New Caledonia is in Lima. Greenland is in Quebec, but only during the winter. Portugal is in November in the winter too. ...
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Search the Pantomime 4 Clues

The final year students at Farthingbottom School have to get through a set of exams at the end of the Christmas term before they can relax for the holiday season. For extra credit there is a section ...
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When was this marvelous thing first invented?

The answer to this puzzle will be a year.
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Moons and messages

This puzzle is part 15 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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Another Linux movie command

Inspired by this question, here's another Linux command representing a famous line: cp -a ~she ~ Which line is it?
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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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The Wonderful Set

What is the name of the set in which these elements usually are? {GPoG, HGoB, SoZaO, ToAaE, MaH, CoR, LoA}
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Only True Pokemon Fans Will Be Able to Solve This!

Can you guess what these popular Pokemon are??
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Program rebus (VBA)

The code snippet below in VBA contains all the clues to find an old movie quote. Who said it, and in what movie? ...
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Can't Even Sit Down

So I just re-watched a fun movie from a few years ago. tart con arc host What was the name of the movie?
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The biggest artificial cloud ever made

Bigger than a boy, heavier than a fatty. Even though I had lost some weight, still the only one on a flight. I do split, I do combine, and I split for a greater one. On a icy island I was lit, ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Continued

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Iconic Places and 820.5: Grandpa's silly math

This riddle could be considered short and sweet and may need some lateral thinking. Grandpa says to me with a mischievous smile: "Hope you know your famous iconic places or landmarks. Show ...
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From nine to thirty-two, who are the members of this list?

Ordered from nine to thirty-two, Your job now's to find out who: Who are the members of this list? Try again if your guess you missed. Sixteen, twenty, twenty-five, thirty-five Didn't leave their ...
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My Landmark Puzzle

After travelling around the world and returning home, I opened my passport to admire my stamps. Five individual pieces of paper fell to the floor: I must have picked them up somewhere, but I can't ...
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Cryptic Rebuses at the Zoo

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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What's the theme here? (#4)

Here's the fourth installment. 🔗 🔗 🔗 Pictures with a Common Theme: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Hint:
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Gladys visits a campus

This puzzle is part 9 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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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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The Mathematics Department

After a whirlwind tour of the English department, the tour entered the Mathematics department. Upon entering, I immediately heard some interesting conversations: "It's like a puzzle, that game..." ...
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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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I'm purple and small, what am I?

I'm purple and small, not hard to make at all. I take you to new places, Where you will see some new faces. I'm part of the world, yet take you away, When you step through me, you see mostly grey. ...
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Anime guess Riddle #5

Like in my fourth part, I'm searching for the name of an anime. There is no knowledge about this anime needed to solve it, but it helps! I hope you have fun :) When the plants are cutted, by the ...
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Who am I, and when will I appear?

I came regularly once a year, from '05 to '08, Barely staggered through the next couple of years, Returned in 2010, and broke in 2011. In '12 and '13 I was only half there, But in '14 and '15 ...
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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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Wordmorph K: An Introduction

Let me introduce you to a game I invented called Wordmorph K (WmK). You may have played a variation of this game in the past. WmK Rules: 1) The objective is to transform the "Start Word" to the "...
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Diagrams of a Summer

My friend was being cryptic about how he spent his summer. I was prying, so he gave me two oval-shaped diagrams and told me I could figure it out, at least before next summer. However, I'm lazy and I ...
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…And they were stumped for a long time

This puzzle is part 16 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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Pulling a fast one

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The shifted library

I'm keeping an alphabetically sorted (somehow) collection of books in my library. Unfortunately somebody shifted things around a bit and then deleted some stuff in all of the resulting pairs. Only the ...
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That is a battlefield

These emails keep coming, and I can't block them. Apparently my ISP has told me that they're too secure to end up on my block list, and for some reason, I can't send these messages to spam. Whoever ...
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Another another Add-A-Gram

This is based on the Add-A-Gram puzzles by wildBillMunson. You need to find a chain of words, such that each next word is an anagram of the previous word plus an additional letter. Example: a doctor ...