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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Which country is INDIA in?

An intrepid globetrotter needs to know this: BENIN is in Libya CANADA is in China DENMARK is in the United States FRANCE is in Germany INDIA is in ??
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This party ends in tragedy (I planned it from the start, you see)

The DJ from Moscow was pumping out tunes. The house mostly bare but for furniture, strewn; A sofa for three and an armchair for one. The guests started piling in, looking for fun... 'Twas ...
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Do I Work with an Orangutan?

This morning I found myself face-down in front of a large building. It was obvious that I had taken a great fall from one of the rooms above me, but now I apparently had amnesia. I went in. I could ...
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A strange hotel

Entering the lobby, I requested a room. The clerk handed me my key and I took the elevator to my floor. To my surprise there was a sign on the door of my room telling me I should try a different room ...
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Thanks, dad! Never again

No idea why my dad dragged me into this place. Some guy is performing on the stage. He's reading numbers out loud. I think it's some kind of a sequence puzzle. 1... 8... 9... 16... 17... ...
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My friend sent me a photo of his keyboard, but there's something I can't figure out about it

Two months ago, my friend bought a new Chromebook. He told me yesterday that while he is happy with the computer overall, he's not that impressed by the quality of the keyboard. My friend is an ...
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You've Probably Seen Me Naked

As an alphabet aficionado, I can make you laugh long into the night. As a make of Japanese vehicle, I can keep your surroundings clean and beautiful. As an execution apparatus, I make you laugh ...
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Strange women and their strange ways of giving you phone numbers

While Bob was walking down the street one day, he met a wonderful woman that was attractive and smart and a great conversationalist. After they had been chatting for a while the woman looked at her ...
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How Many Policemen?

A friend of mine presented this nifty little puzzle, he said it's from Round Britain Quiz. It goes like this: An athletics competition, arranged periodically, rewards a medal to 79 winners, 47 ...
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A Lazy Breakfast

Clark and Albert sat at the same old table they'd met at years ago. As per usual, there was hardly anything to drink, and they'd had nothing but sips between them. Near Albert, there were some ...
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R.H.P.C. crossword puzzle

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 I got a ticket to the Red Herring Puzzle Club in the middle of the street. There was just a guy giving them out, like some advertisement ...
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A pilot's messages

A friend of mine works as a pilot, so he travels a lot and I don't see him that often. But every year around the same time he sends me a message. He has been doing that ever since 1997. Here is a list ...
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J, KK, LLL, what's next?

What comes next in each of these sequences? $$\begin{array}{align*}\textbf{ 1 }&\text{J, KK, LLL, MZ, A, BO, ?}\\\textbf{ B }&\text{HNAKXR, EERREA, LOGYND, INOPOO, ?}\\\textbf{ C }&\...
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The Evicted Tenant

Today, I started my job as a package delivery man. As chances have it, one of the delivery addresses was right on my apartment floor! However, the handwriting was so bad I couldn't even make out the ...
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My Spying Girlfriend

I need your help again. My girlfriend Ada now has a job at a spy agency and there's a... situation. Ada's boss called her into his office this morning. He was holding a weird tube with a button in ...
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Shady business in the local paper

I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 ...
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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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For all your flag design needs

Pleased to meet you. I'm the CEO of a startup that specializes in designing flags for newly-independent countries. As an example, let me present to you the flag we designed for the proud republic of ...
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An untouchable time traveller

I'm needed by a doctor to travel through time, Or a player looking for their keys. When on the plane where the great answer resides, I'm part of the whole Strategy. I can be found in a ...
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I apologise in advance for this

A man has 17 cigarettes. He gives half of the cigarettes to his oldest son. He gives one third of the cigarettes to his middle son. He gives one ninth of the cigarettes to his youngest son. ...
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Geography at the pixel level

(enlarged version) The answer is a group of islands.
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My twin was born 16 days before me. Who am I?

We were born out of mankind's unquenchable thirst; Despite my name, I wasn't the first: Because of a difference in trajectory My "younger" twin was born 16 days before me. We were recently ...
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Twisted TV Titles

This is a puzzle I created for a road rally / puzzle hunt a few years ago. It shouldn't be very difficult but hopefully will be a bit of fun. This is my first puzzle, so I welcome any feedback in ...
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What crime have we committed?

We start in a city that rhymes with angina, the masculine form, add in what's drunk in China, then take phylum's first six, of the minor kind, components will make what in our hand we find. ...
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Guide to Codes and Ciphers

Note: This is a Guide not a Puzzle ciphers are quite common now on puzzling, and at first can seem quite confusing. But ciphers are bigger than this site, used worldwide by companies and secret ...
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How do I force-quit the program?

My friend has been playing with a program he found. He enters a 5-digit number into the command line and receives another 5-digit number in return. However, after 20 or so entries, he's about done and ...
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International Hunger Crisis

Study the Inkblot Test. Read the anecdote. Determine the name of the establishment. Blots are not necessarily scaled relative to each other. So I was really {3} one day, so {3} off to get me a {5}...
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Who stole the bitcoins?

Introduction You want to give bitcoins to a person you have met. Part of the deal is to give the bitcoins in the most untraceable way. So you have decided to send an email to him with the address (...
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Film plots explained badly

Everybody slept for most of the movie. An Apple computer discovered some plant and eventually make everyone do exercise. It’s a Shakespeare adaptation but with cats and monkeys. 90+ ...
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One 'double agent' two-step on a waltzing floor

I'm in a jam – cornered I am! – No clue 'bout where to go Here's what went down, a pretty gown Some wine, a French chateau She whispered underneath her breath "Come dance with me and ...
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Expert puzzler, apprentice movie-maker

During rand al'thor's unscheduled sabbatical from Puzzling, he's managed to keep himself busy. How, you ask? Why, by making movies, of course! Unfortunately, our resident Puzzling expert is not quite ...
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The four of us are brothers and sisters. Who are we? And why?

For convenience, the four of us are nicknamed: ONE, TWO, THREE, and FOUR respectively. What are our real names? And why do you think so? We answered the following six questions to give you clues as ...
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Who was the US president in [oh rubbish, I forgot the year]?

I've been trying to remember who was the US president in the yea- Oh... Oh god, which year was it again? Anyway, I wrote down a note to myself while I was sleepy last night. If anybody can help me ...
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A Sea O' Letters

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This puzzle's main portion is a piece of… cake?

10 + 1 puzzles to feast upon! See the formatting (hit "edit") for transcriptions for Puzzles 4, 5, 7 and 9. You'll want to enlarge some of the images (there's nothing hidden, it's just that the text ...
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Can you follow Directions?

Unemployed? Lk no further! Are you: Able to follow directions? Able to read Flowcharts? Highly motivated? Able to count on your hands and feet without utilizing your big toes and thumbs? Well ...
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I shouldn't have asked him

My roommate (rm) always looks busy in front of his laptop, so I try to start talking to him Me : "Hey, You always look busy, so how do you entertain yourself? Do you have a favorite book, movie, ...
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“Groupie” Therapy

This is a list of groups. The letters of each group's name are indicated with underscores(_), words separated by hyphens(-). As these are groups (containing more than one item), most will end in ...
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An Only Connect Wall

The $16$ words below may be partitioned into $4$ groups of $4$ thematically connected words. What are those connections and groups? Text version: ...
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What is Mike's formula for naming software packages?

Mike works for the marketing department of a software company. His job is to come up with names for new products, and he has devised a formula for doing so. For example, when the company developed a ...
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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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Oh dear, I've got my puzzle all stuck to itself, please help!

Oh dear. It seems I've got myself in a spot of extremely circumstantial and convoluted bother again. I was building this quick puzzle for a Fun Friday session, but I seem to have got the ends stuck ...
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I am a car. What is the car?

There's a car that exists. If you take off the first and last letter it's still a word. If you take off the first and last letter again it's still a word. If you take off the first and last letter ...
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What movie is this?

A 2 year old built this and I couldn't resist taking a photo of it. It reminded me of a scene from a well known movie. Which movie is the scene from? A little hint:
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Difficult in the language of banana

I'm looking for a name. Totally uncommon, yet strangely familiar. Starts with ein affirmation, ends with a metal. Middle is a vulgar intensifier. Extremely difficult in the language of banana. ...
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Can you explain the Summation?

This is my first riddle, so I hope it is not to easy. Can you explain what I am calculating here? Without N I am following the same creature like Alice + Add my short name to my long ...
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The Importence of Proper Spelled and Grammar

Most accomplished autohrs are aware of the critical importance of proper grammar and spelling. The the neccessity of riting one's ideas succinctly, appropriately, and without error is parmaount. ...
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Mysterious Flash Drive

First puzzle I ever do! Hopefully it won't be too easy or too challenging. My co-worker just gave me a USB flash drive, which was supposed to contain a couple files of code for me to review. ...
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Born on the same day, but one is two years older

Two people were born on the same day, same year, and share the same birthday. One is 2 years old, the other is only a few days old. What's going on here?
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Cryptically dumb medieval jokes

Why did the chicken cross the river? Well, I believe that is a question too vague to classify for a riddle, eh? Well, I had to draw your attention. Actually, my story is a bit more complicated than ...