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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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The summer term exams must go on

The staff at Farthingbottom School are in a bit of a fix: the summer term exams are due to start soon, but the exam papers haven't arrived yet. Dr Linnaeus (the Head of Biology) takes care of ...
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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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Bill the Conspiracy Theorist

When my friend Alice called me very early one morning, it meant one thing: Bill was at it again. Bill is Alice's husband and a devoted conspiracy theorist. He regularly spent hours looking for hidden ...
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I am three chiefs

I am the king beyond the wall. I am three chiefs. To many, a symbol of hope and peace. And yet, I could adorn the banner of a coward. What am I? Hint #1: Hint #2:
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My odd music teacher

I have a problem, and I need your help! My music teacher is, well, a bit odd. Instead of telling me what topic we're going to be quizzed on, he's given me this puzzle to solve instead. He handed me ...
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But did he gave the cover?

You wouldn't call your friends the way he's called, Yet you envy him in his lab. He maybe had many various jobs, But purple isn't a good sign for him. he's the shepherd of us all, from weaks to heroes,...
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What colour was the chick?

First Puzzling question - A bird builds a nest, lays an egg, hatches an egg, feeds a chick, watches it grow, then watches it take flight for the first time. The bird never sees its young leave the ...
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The mysterious list

I was at my friends house and he has this list on his fridge that didn't seem to make any sense to me. I am certain it has a meaning since my friend is not one for frivolous things. Also his memory is ...
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Look, look with your special eyes!

Those often confused with mongols and a week part Heard on the green plus the bird of Always Sunny perhaps? Merger of an act of sadness and what's found in a racist's vocabulary Latino ...
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North-facing rocks that soak up polar sunlight [duplicate]

Chapter 155 in the book '365 Surprising Scientific Facts, Breakthroughs, and Discoveries' of Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (Wiley, 1994) states that: North-facing rocks that soak up polar sunlight can be ...
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Did you call for a Date?

This image represents a specific date: Disregard the poor quality of the image, consider all the little squares to be the same. :) What specific date am I looking for? (Year, Month, Date)
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A Mentor's Reassurance - The disturbed books

I came home, today, and several of my books had pages torn out, and the words turned to images. I've been able to replace a few of them and, strangely, the pages became intact, with their words, when ...
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The great puzzle

Someone one was trying to find out something, according to the following UNIX commands. ...
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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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#1 of the Memebus™

What phrase does this rebus represent? (Apologies in advance for MSPaint skills)
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Use your Atlas to figure out where you are

You will need your Mind for this one. For my Intro I will state that you lost your way at Dusk and are now lost in a not Far Away land. Under a Half Moon, you must Take Care to figure out where you ...
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Name the sword aloud to save the castle from the monster

One morning the castle awoke to a shout: "A monster's attacking, come quick!" "Call for the wizard", said somebody else, "He'll save us - his favourite trick". They called him 'Ard Merlin ...
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Someone graffiti'd my task list!

I need to perform some maintenance on my house, so the first thing I usually do is write a list of things I need to fix and what is wrong with them. I had it all written down so I went for a quick nap ...
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Let's play the name game

An accident leaves only me and my spherical friend I'm quite the hubristic tricky trickster I break backs and grew up in gloom I'm a pompous member of the snake crew I die a lot to save the ...
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A Riddle: To speak to an ancient Siberian brassiere

You might find it strange To speak to an ancient Siberian brassiere. I could fix your car, But I'll surely break the laws there. News of me has recently been big, Though that doesn't make ...
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A Strange Question of Identity

It doesn't matter what you had for lunch. Fat and weak, what a disgrace Don't be vain and don't be whiny. I'm too much man for you to take. You're the biggest joke on the Internet. ...
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Why do these apples have no nutritional value?

These apples have no nutritional value. Why?
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Oh no, my library!

In my study I have a great collection of books of fine literature and pop fiction alike. Looks like Posling the Poltergeist has broken into my study and pulled another one of his practical "jokes". ...
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A long winding road

Start at the mountain of kings Then go down the country to face the oldest rivals. Go on down through the bizarre, And you'll find the place that cuts. Go a hundred miles southeast to find birds, Then ...
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Become really good at puzzle solving [closed]

The post may not be appropriate for this site but I would like to post it anyway. So I joined this website almost a week back and enjoying a lot. I'm enjoying this website so much that I have started ...
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A curious question of lateral thinking

I could not be measured -        there wasn't the time Yet my knowledge was treasured        to help reach friendly climes My ...
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Our puzzling friend

One of our friends spends all of his time on the Puzzling Stack Exchange, so to get him to come out with us, we let him pick what to do. This was a pretty big mistake as we soon found out. This was ...
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Ronald and the traffic lights

Every time his car stopped at a traffic light, Ronald would move to get out, then realize that he did not want to get out. What was going on? Hints: BIG HINT
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The wordy cheerleader squad

Give me an AT! A british insult maybe? Give me an IS! Strong winds and a jumbler of tongues and body parts? Give me an EE! A Mansfield venue now a cable plan? Give me an IT! What am I?
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Today's horoscope: You will solve this riddle

You may see me in 7 if it's your time Though you will probably see me in 6 all around town Some say my predecessor can hold up the world In the west I am a group of siblings in a cow Though in ...
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An unwanted guest

I am here, but not really My presence is eerie. Why the long face, why the frustration After all I am only a sensation You and my body went separate ways I fill out the empty space ...
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What poison am I?

A very simple one: ----- .---- ----- .---- .---- ----- ----- .---- ----- .---- .---- ----- .---- .---- .---- .---- ----- .---- .---- .---- ----- .---- ----- .---- ----- ----- .---- ----- --...
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Guess the picture password

This is my picture password as used in windows 10. I took the picture from my wallpapers and added some hints. I showed this to many people whom I believed to be able to solve it, but the only one ...
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Spaced Out and Obfuscated: Afterwards Phone Number Abbreviation Heredity Unit Portion

This is, I think, the last of the series. The description of how these works is here. The answer is an English sentence. Enjoy. exclamation confined chop enclosed by index
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A puzzle inspired by “Cryptobiology? Biocryptology?”

This puzzle is a "look-alike" of the puzzle Cryptobiology? Biocryptology? but is different at its core. I was convinced that the other puzzle was trying to go in one direction, but after fruitlessly ...
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Two is company, three's a crowd

Should the northern wall serve beer The first of me and the last of a beloved voice Dark and flat on high A popular Dino and hard metal senator The beginning of a life without meaning and a ...
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I make a song of silence

I make a song of silence, so sit and listen well. I hold in beasts of many kinds far from where they dwell. I've taken some peculiar things, like artifacts and faces. I have thick skin and spent ...
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Spaced Out and Obfuscated 2

If you haven't seen it already, my explanation of a spaced out and obfuscated puzzle is here. I have a sequel. Here is my spaced out and obfuscated version of an English proverb: pasture ...
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A list-based argument

I have two asian friends who, like me, are into anime, comics and games. One is Chinese and one is Vietnamese. One day, I found them both in front of a whiteboard, arguing intensively. They weren't ...
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Spaced Out and Obfuscated

In this puzzle I took an English phrase, spaced it differently, then replaced the resulting words with synonyms or definitions. This is an example to show you what I mean. Spaced out and obfuscated: ...
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Cryptobiology? Biocryptology?

I have a friend who is a self-proclaimed cryptobiologist. Okay, maybe I don't, but if I did, I like to think she would have presented me with this puzzle: Find the hidden message: 441344•...
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One of the biggest of some boats, some trees, and pasta

When the final buffalo sings I'll most likely happen. I'm known to happen when you displace your faith. If you have a few minutes to rhyme under the boiling point, you might find me within myself ...
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Going to the movies

Although the 12 film posters displayed above (click on them for a larger version) may seem random, they follow a certain pattern. One of them, however, doesn't belong here. Can you find the pattern? ...
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My Friend in Kanto

I have a friend in Kanto. He sent me a message and told me that he's looking for all sorts of creatures. Included was the following list of descriptions. I know there's a message hidden in there ...
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The desperate student

Now that exam week is over and all of the tests have been graded, the professors of the Faculty of English Language and Literature finally have some time for themselves again. However, when Prof. ...
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The Gnosis questions(3)

This is the third question of the series: The Gnosis questions "Link a phrase which means being depressed, A phrase which means propitious future, Something utilizing the phenomenon which results ...
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Sculptures in a park

Edit: all the unhelpful clues, including bad hinting and misleading ASCII art, were removed and other, (hopefully) more sensible ones were added. You just moved to a new city, and your childhood ...
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The Gnosis questions(2)

This is the second question in the series: The Gnosis questions "Since people look at round figures with suspicion, They added two, to an Indian's estimation for a foreigner named object. Look, it's ...
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A Knight and a Jester

I was a knight, and a jester, and I created a king for my modest friend, but I was never able to guide the queen.. One time I told you of things that I greatly dislike on the fingers of ...
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I am a violent storm.. Who am I?

I belong to the rider's heel. Someone might think of wrestling, but I am not from there. I am a violent storm. But above all I am a sportsperson.