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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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A Shakesperian inverse alphametic

Every digit (in base-10 representation) stands for a letter, different digits stand for different letters. 233 + 8519 + 954 = 9706 The whole is a famous ...
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Slumdog millionaire (14)

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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Sequence dependent on my place and the time

I am on place A, somewhere in the United States of America. If I go to the Southwest, my sequence starts as following: 3880181, 967089, 299246, 212635, 194944, ... If I go to the Northwest, my ...
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Slumdog millionaire (13)

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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The square of 43

I am a square, I am made in the year square of 43, also, 106 years after my second child was born also, in a year with the number 43. People pay with me a square amount of dollars....
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Slumdog millionaire (12)

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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What could be it?

It was too 6-6-500, then I've decided to 1009 it with more color, but it became too 54-1-500. What could be it?
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Sequence dependent on my place

I currently stand on point A, somewhere in Europe. When I do my sequence here and if I start with 25, I get the following sequence: 25, 13, 7, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, x, ... When I step a few metres to ...
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Again: State the rule!

This puzzle continues the puzzle "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 ...
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What is this symbol? [closed]

No backstory or hints here. Just a symbol. What does this symbol mean? Any theories are welcome too.
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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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Slumdog millionaire (11)

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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A curious little planet

Somewhere in this universe, there is an extremely tiny planet covered entirely in water. The only inhabitable surface on The entire planet is a raised Platform that keeps the animals on the planet ...
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Slumdog millionaire (10)

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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Slumdog millionaire (9)

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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Google ngram puzzle No 2 (and they are getting tougher!)

Encouraged by the reasonable success of my first ngram puzzle Assassinate Shakespeare! I've decided to explore the idea further. Here is a new ngram. Your task is to reproduce it exactly by entering ...
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Slumdog millionaire (8)

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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Slumdog millionaire (7)

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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14 links to a single word

From the White House to the Trevi Fountain I have sought advice from secret sympathisers Stalactites met stalagmites and orchids bloomed There were falling blocks and Napoleonic Attacks PSE ...
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Where to ask these questions?

Here on SE I've only answered questions so far, so I thought it was time to ask some of my own. But where should I go to find the answers to these questions? Would a tsubo-niwa garden help with my ...
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Various cross-sections of platonic solids

We're going to take the 5 platonic solids (tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron) and suspend them in various ways (we'll assume that they are solid and of uniform density). ...
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Something for the real fans

Terry guessed the key based on clues she got from Jack In a music-linked movie roughly three decades back But you need to start from a more continental track From Harold G to Harrowing (as Schmieder ...
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No shoot Sherlock: Test your internet and detective skills with this one!

Clues I have hired Sherlock Holmes to find something for me. We are near my home at an outdoor event and queuing for the refreshment tent. I suspect that the object is to be found somewhere in this ...
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Rebus arone! (We're frying here)

This is my first rebus. The titre is a crue. Hint
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Who are we? We are the elite

I came from a large family, with lots of people looking after me. My family now lives all over the place, but I have my very own space. My oldest sister was one of her kind, but she could not do ...
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Cryptic clue: Are you bowled over by this beauty?

Can you solve the following cryptic clue? ...... (6) Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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What do you make of these lines?

Can you recognize the lines below? Do you utter the moniker of your emancipator ...
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Tonight is movie night

Tonight I went to my friend's for a movie night and he asked me what we should watch. As I was playful, I handed him the following picture so he could guess the movie: He couldn't figure it out, so ...
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Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

Two Pepperbox Pistols, a Lemat 1861 revolver, a Winchester Model 1873, a Colt Thuer Derringe, two Colt 1860 Army, a Smith&Weston Model 1 1/2, a Coach Gun, and a Double Barreled Shotgun. 10 dead ...
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Two lists of favorite words

My great aunt Edith keeps this list of her favorite words tacked on the refrigerator: Atlas Chance Detail Frost Hand Magnet Orange Ring Sand Tiger Winter Wolf My great uncle ...
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Slumdog millionaire (5)

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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Arithmetic/Knowledge Step-By-Step Number Puzzle! (What Is The Final Answer?) [closed]

Start with the number of U.S. ounces in a U.S. gallon. Subtract the atomic number for Samarium. Add the amount of days in February on a leap year. Multiply this by 6 factorial. Divide this by pi ...
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Slumdog millionaire (4)

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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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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Slumdog millionaire (3)

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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Where are you going on holiday, Julian?

Mary asks: "Where are you going on holiday this year, Julian?" Julian says: "What do you mean - this year? You know that I don't go every year. I did not go at all in 2007. In Summer 2008 I went to ...
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Slumdog millionaire (1)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show "Who wants to be a millionaire?" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Wants_to_Be_a_Millionaire). You might have heard or read ...
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An arcane property of independent countries

The following alphabetical list contains independent countries with a certain arcane property. (The list is complete to the best of my knowledge). Algeria, Cambodia, Croatia, El Salvador, ????????, ...
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Italy is to Hungary as Netherlands is to France

This puzzle talks about a certain (clear and justifiable) relationship between certain independent countries. With respect to this relation, we have Italy : Hungary = Netherlands : France = Austria ...
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Which are the missing dates?

Here are the dates for a series of events. As you can see, some of the dates are missing. What are the missing dates. And what happened at these dates? $~~~????,~ 1914,~ ????,~ 1939,~ 1958,~ ????,~...
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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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A cryptic ranking of the US-states

I have ranked the US-states according to a certain cryptic property and put them into a list. A contiguous piece of this cryptic list looks as follows: ..., ?????, Nevada, West Virginia, Kansas, ...
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Who is the odd one out?

Nineteen of the following twenty famous persons share a very distinguished property, whereas the last one does not have this property: Albert Camus, Elias Canetti, Bette Davis, Nadine Gordimer, ...
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An enigmatic partition of the chemical elements

I have partitioned the chemical elements into two groups based on a certain property that is shared by some of them, but not by the remaining ones. The following elements have my enigmatic property: ...
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Eight remarkable places

Something very remarkable connects the following eight geographic places. What is it? Bodaybo (Russia) Cape Horn Christchurch (New Zealand) Cocos Islands Ghanzi (Botswana) Honolulu Punta Peclas (...
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Distinguished country pairs

I guess that everybody here at puzzling.stackexchange is aware of the fact that Uzbekhistan and Liechtenstein are the only two countries in the world that are doubly landlocked and hence share a very ...
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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Can you recover the following two dozens of (well-known) movie titles just from their initials? ...
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Three geographical entities

The following three statements describe a perfectly symmetric relationship between certain geographical entities A, B and C. What are A, B and C? A borders on all the B except the one named C. C ...
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Four letter puzzles on US states

Here are four questions on the letters in the names of US states and US state capitals: What is the only US state that has no letter in common with it's capital city? What is the only US state ...
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Canada and USA geography puzzle

From some US states, one may travel straight south and get into some Canadian province or territory (of course without crossing the equator). What are these nine "US state $\to$ Canadian province/...