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Riddle from Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention

As posed by Frank Zappa and Don Pardo on “Saturday Night Live” in 1976: “I am gross and perverted I'm obsessed and deranged I have existed for years But very little has changed ...
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I'm far from perfect. Who Am I?

I am far from perfect Though perfect is like me I acted like an idiot On live late night TV You could say I am a cat With stripes of orange and black But I am more an angry bull For flags make ...
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The hangman game backward #7

Hangman game backward #7 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - If this is marked on the calendar, you might be in some trouble. fill in a "h" - Google picture of this, you'll find mostly ...
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Bursting with… broad-mindedness

If 2010THADFA + 2014IFTH = WHAT IF?, 1996RE + 2012NE = SANTA FE, 1987INTHWO + 2002HA = IT TAKES TWO, 1975THWI + 1994BEANTHBE = HOME, then (in increasing order of difficulty) 2007XA + 2009NETONO = ?,...
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Alternate rankings for the same data

Jill and Suzie are given the same data set and instructed to rank each entry, but they are not allowed to rank the data using the same criteria. Jill goes first and has no trouble at all. She easily ...
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Rosenkreuz and Guilderstein have Fled

You are the powerful prince El-Tham of Merkand, and to display your power and largesse, you allow a number of foreign alchemists and mystics to inhabit your court. However, this morning the rooms of ...
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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 do all these people have in common?

Some people were gunned down on the frontier a few years back. Their goal of seeking a new life, tragically cut short. Still, they did see some strange things before they died. Aside from being shot,...
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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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Name me, Who am I?

I am who I am, Returned to the world, To Save or to Damn, My banner's unfurled. So many names I have, But one always true. No golden Calve, But worship you do. My people, they came. Their weapon ...
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A cipher and a book…?

Long time no see! Hello Stonehenge!(I mean PSE) A man named Kasiski gives you a letter that reads this: Yssy uztzt t hzbvhqfhew wphivzwim mt tbdnhp wnvjchimzos agi qirmmpfmhwp ho uwtbg mt youzme ...
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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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Can anyone help me remember the title to this song?

This is related to my previous question, Q: Nice song, pity about the words I have a terrible memory for the words of songs and I'm even worse when it comes to their titles. I'd really like to find ...
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Could you *be* any more metaphorical?

The following, apparently random list of seemingly random nonsense is a metaphorical interpretation of something that exists in the real world. What is it? As always, go line by line. But once you ...
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What do we have in common?

In each category, all the animals have something in common, and all the categories are related. Category 1a: Walruses, birds, ponies, tigers, elephants, cats, monkeys, bulldogs, bees, raccoons, ...
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A Riddle of Many Faces

I have been many things in my life. Specifically, and in order, a monkey, a knife, a junkie, an alien, a lunatic, a cat, an aristocrat, a clown, and finally, an earthling. What or who am I, and ...
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This one should be popular: Part two!

Beatles and Friends: Derek, some called me, Earlier in my life. I took Majnun's story, And my best friend's wife. I met them with Richard. In circles it goes. And twice near the end, My service ...
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Seeking Sidekicks

Video game theme period has ended but have another puzzle anyway. You're in some sort of apartment of interconnecting rooms. The below map materializes in your hands (so magical), highlighting that ...
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This one should be popular!

My first attempt: One was a star. The best was bested. One drove a car. One only rested. One made art. With stones they vied. But then they did part. And half of them died. ...
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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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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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Enemies are Everywhere I Look!

A last hurrah for the video game challenge: Well here I am, on the run from the mob. Lin Hyle, that’s the pork-peahatted big boss that I’ve done wrong. Like, like I don’t really know what I did ...
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A love letter, 13 years after death

You walk into your room, and give a quick glance at your iPad that you've had for so long. It's been a while (to be exact, 6, no, 13 years) since everything's, well, happened, and you've realized that ...
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My Life…Sucks

I feel empty inside, but I think writing about it will help me cope. Here is some prose I wrote: Am I dreaming again? This doesn’t look like the dreams that I am used to... Worse. At times I ...
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Eat It! Through Multi Paths

Here's a custom Pac-Man level. Pac-Man is to do what Pac-Man always does: eat, eat, eat! Wait, where are the pac-dots? INSTRUCTIONS MANUAL There are 3 hidden phrases representing otherworldly items ...
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Dungeon Crawler: Level 3

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 3: ...
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Dungeon Crawler: Level 2.5

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 2.5: A ...
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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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Characters make the game

I wanted to tell a friend about a character in one of the best games I ever played. However, this game is pretty old and I neither remember the name of the game nor of the character. But there are ...
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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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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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What a kooky association

One evokes pizza One fuzzy, maybe funny Spooks, fruit or pork, frog Double letters (in Japan?) Two known names; link them to solve Bonus: This poem has link, too Hint 1: Hint 2: Warming up for a ...
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Entertainment Discombobulation

In the very near future, Bob Mancave (the one who lives on Krypton street next to the Jawa shop) was presumed dead after having been missing for over a week. He was said to be found in his mancave, ...
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Forward and backward

Extend the following sequence forward and backward: ...
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Is the Fuzz onto My Family?

My family is troubled, but it seems it’s been that way for some time. While some of us claim to be “shrewd businessmen”, this is sadly not the case; you could say we act in some underground ...
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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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A Test of Musical Knowledge

We're a real party people, An American creation; Our seven parts combined Became a musical sensation. Who are we?
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Twinkle Twinkle Bob Junior the Umpth

The year is 2674 and the earth has long been abandoned for a greener planet (apparently even the sky is green). Unfortunately for Bob Junior the Umpth, he has still 250 years left on his shift aboard ...
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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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Redesignated students

Class 6F at Farthingbottom School was very unusual this year. All the students had transferred from a School in the USA. Today was their first history lesson with Professor Flavanna. "Welcome, ...
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The hangman game backward #6

Hangman game backward version 6 - guess what was the question: fill in a "d" - I am a magical device that you can convert energy with the tip of your fingers. fill in a "g" - You can hear, under one ...
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Who is a real time traveller and who is lying?

A person is locked up in a mental institution because he claims that he's been having clairvoyant visions from ages long time ago. At some point, it becomes evident that he actually tells the truth ...
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A complete Change - Who am I?

Little known I was before, Now so many do me adore. I changed my life around you see, Now puzzle out who I may be. I shot that kid, the cover up. Not quite rain, can't fill your cup. I puzzle it ...
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Find The Third One From The First Two Riddles

HERE IS MY ENTRY TO THE FORTNIGHTLY TOPIC CHALLENGE #1 First One is the answer of this Even when my eyes are closed, I can see it. Even when my ears are covered, I can hear it. Even when ...
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Reverend Spooner's Favorite Movies

Reverend Spooner dictated a list of his favorite movies to his befuddled secretary. That well-meaning lad, unaware of his master's tendency to swap some of the consonants in a phrase, did not realize ...
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This isn't really my life story

When this man was young, Frankenstein films inspired him to take up acting, but during a performance at The Rep (L.A.) cement splashed on his face so he switched to directing for a while and there ...
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Maybe we're all just pavement oil

I don't think it'll be a hard one, but hopefully it's fun : ) One is not unlike your home, albeit to some eyes, much darker. Another was abandoned and hidden, a shameful and suppressed ...