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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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Contrary motion still sounds good: Guess the book [closed]

There are a lot of books that talk about things like this, where there are two people who are "chosen", and they're kind of opposites, So I guess that opposites is actually a good thing to write a ...
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Guess the book character!

We are Legends, We are Prodigies, We are Champions, But now is the winter of our discontent… or something like that. Now, the Minotaur has appeared, Let's see how far we've come… Something bad ...
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What am I? You've definitely heard of me

I was used in 1812, I am in the title of the fourth. Flash! Fuji is my competitor And you may have seen me on websites that allow the user to talk about books. I'm a rapper and you can shoot me. ...
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Here's a little cryptogram I wrote, you might want to read it letter for letter

Mage's birth seems important. That's all I'm going to say. J EJPL QW VFIUQT UXWUTH YOSWSUV, HIU Q JQ PIAX PN HSV. BQIZ BQMKS R QBG WSU MGMTB, JRE IV E CQC ASWWK JV CLF PNEE QO M EW. R EN I KMU ...
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How many legs does the bear have?

Warning: This sounds like one you've heard before but it's not. A hunter leaves his camp and heads one mile north. Scanning the horizon for prey, he spots a likely spot to the east. He walks for a ...
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Two groups of people- will they meet, ever?

A man of war A ball of carbon without pastor nor full hurricane A spider One whose strength is in the same area as Veralidaine Sarrasri A toy maker of sorts, A Jason-type And one whose pallor is ...
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Guess who I am: Born with a “spark”

Energy can only be manipulated and moved, but never created or destroyed. The two halves, they complement each other, And yet are complete opposites. I wish I was a channeler, Born with a "spark"...
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Do you know who I am? 2(requires some specific movie and book knowledge)

Am I a man? Am I a puppet? I am neither, for I have shuffled off this mortal coil, And indeed have no strings to hold me down. My family is many, yet I worry not for them. Some are strongly with ...
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Who is my best friend?

It's that time of the month again, For my best friend And I feel slightly apprehensive. I'm not sure whether this is all part of nature's Grand Scheme Of Things My other friend, Dodge, Thinks that ...
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Guess the poem!

The world suspends like puppets on a string When I look away, the strings are cut It's like they're playing a game, because every time I try to see them, whenever I turn back around, the world ...
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Words where “ea” = “ay”

There are 5 words in the English language (6 if we count "Eamon") where the letter combination "ea" makes an "ay" sound rather then an "ee" sound. What are they? If you already know this please don't ...
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Guess the book character

His raiment was the color of the king of Doriath's cloak, But now is the color of the Spirit of Fire's prized creations. His weapon is from that which was betrayed by the Child of Twilight. His ...
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James Bond : No Access

James Bond, while working on a top-secret case for many weeks in deep enemy territory, finally collected and stored lots of critical files on his tight-security Linux system. Even though the system ...
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Only Connect - Connect Wall #1

There's a well-known British game show called Only Connect, which tests your ability to come up with the connections to things which are very hard to relate. One of the staples of the show is the ...
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The African elephant and the fly [closed]

This is from a republishing of an old taxonomy book. An African elephant weighs 4536 kg. A fly weighs 64.8 mg. What is the weight of an African elephant with a fly on his head?
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A riddle by any other name

On his retirement, Bill Gates left behind a four number combination safe with a dial similar to this. In that safe is a secret that had eluded him many years ago...along with a small fortune of course....
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Slumdog millionaire (6)

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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Calculate a mystery number: Add the number of United States …

You start with a mystery number from 1 to 100000. Add the number of United States, Divide by a quarter incense by sounding it out, Subtract the month of Hallowe'en, Take the square root of your ...
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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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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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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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A Suite of Thirteen (Company #4)

The following thirteen English words all share a certain property: ACE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN JACK QUEEN KING However, there is a fourteenth word that belongs to this group, ...
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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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Our Honor is Unstained

Here are four photos from Google satellite maps and one from Wikipedia (see note 1). These photos show a family related by strength and endurance. The goal of this puzzle is: to identify the ...
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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/...
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Country triples with two common points

In this puzzle, we only consider independent countries and we do not count overseas territories as actual part of a country. We say that three countries form a well-connected triple, if each two of ...
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Country triples without common point

In this puzzle, we only consider independent countries and we do not count overseas territories as actual part of a country. We say that three countries form a well-connected triple, if each pair ...
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USA geography puzzle

Three US cities of over 100,000 inhabitants have the following characteristic: they include a particular point from which, if you travel straight north, straight south, straight east, or straight west ...
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How many years old am I?

My age squared is the number of commandments in the Torah minus the year in George Orwell's Book. When subtracting, consider the cause of the Y2K problem. How old am I?
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What is the northernmost country that borders the US to the South?

What is the northernmost country that borders the US to the South? What is the northernmost country that borders the contiguous US to the South?
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The title of a song

The eleventh day of spring 26 The twelfth night of summer 74 The first night of autumn 80 The second day of winter 86 I have hidden 4 song titles in the sentences above. What are the song ...
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The Crown of the Torah

This should be an easy one if you have a Bible handy: My name is Kether Torah, the Crown of the Torah. I am a pillar of righteousness, and a foundation of mercy. I am four, and three, ...