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A puzzle whose solution relies on external sources such as tables, dictionaries, Wikipedia, or specifics that may not be common knowledge.

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The case of the pranking snowplow

It’s circa 1990, and there is a big snowfall in Some City, USA. The mayor has left his car parked in a public parking lot, and the next morning, he discovers that the lot has been plowed, but the ...
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It was a dark and stormy night

September 8: It’s raining, and Russian Emperor Czar Nicholas awakes, confused. Someone enters, completely soaking. “It’s positively vile – I’d resist going outside.” It’s Czarina Alexandra. “...
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What was Detective Sherlock missing?

Detective Sherlock, known for his amazing adventures, went through a distressful time in his life. It was like he had lost interest in solving his cases. For straight six days, he was under a lot of ...
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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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Mi, So, Re, Do?

Not quite! But it's even easier to do! Here's what you'll need: It may? help some people, but the title should have been: Also: Hints: Warning! One step of the solution! ...
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Farewell Emrakul, here's a truly puzzling goodbye

Sadly, our moderator Emrakul is stepping down. They've done a fantastic job, so if they have to leave, let's see them off in true puzzling fashion! There is a message for them hidden here, can you ...
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It's time to play…Add-A-Gram!

Anyone who loves Scrabble or this site is probably familiar with anagrams. But what about Add-A-Grams? An Add-A-Gram takes a word, adds a letter, and then shuffles the letters to make a new word (I ...
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MSSNG VWLS CNNCT WLL

The words and phrases in the following connect wall are missing their vowels. Insert the missing vowels into each word or phrase (all of the words/phrases are spaced correctly), then sort them into ...
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Looking For Riley Rebus #3? It's Right Here!

This the part 3 of the Riley Rebus series. Be sure to check out part 2 and part 1 Prefix + Infix + Suffix : To Clarify : The answer is only 1 word Hint : Additional Small Hint : Another ...
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What's his horse name?

You're an adventurer looking for treasures. During one of your journeys, you encounter a knight riding a horse who agrees to tell you informations about a huge treasure he has heard of. Only if you'...
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Clairvoyant job hunting

I recently got offered an exciting new position. Not knowing whether I should accept or stay at my current job, I sought the help of Wise Oracle to help me decide. O Wise Oracle, why did my ...
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What am I? (My first original riddle)

I am very new to writing riddles and such, so bear with me if this one is terrible. My prefix is the dream of many, but the life of very few. If you were my infix, you'd wish that you further ...
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Rating words from best to worst

In my personal classification, certain words are assigned a rating based on some criteria. The top rating is AA, and below it the ratings go from A all the way down to Z. Seventeen AA-class words are ...
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Help! Where am I?

Help! Can you tell me where am I? If you don't come soon, it'll be a bye-bye! It's hard to breathe, it's hard to walk And I met some citizens who can talk! First, Steven Spielberg, who ...
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I don't have luck on my side, but I have fortune on my side. Who am I? And why?

Hi. My name is six letters long. Sometimes, women try to avoid me for fear of something – not for fear of me, mind you! But they find it hard to resist me and my charming tanned body. As weird as it ...
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What happens on Day 6?

My friend, who works in a Library, has recently learned about Puzzles, in general, and Puzzling Stack Exchange, in particular. He was excited and has sent me this puzzle to "test" the users of PSE. ...
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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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Emojional cryptic crossword

ACROSS 3. 🌟½☥🐪🚫👣 (9) 7. 🏆❌🖽⚔️ (3) 8. ½🍔🇫🇷🌊🏢 (6) 11. ♉½🇬🇷✉️ (3) 12. 🔫⭐⏺️♥️🗽🎭 (5) 13. 🍈♥️🇨🇴🏙️⏮️🍟🔚💐 (6) 14. 👂♀️🦌💰 (5) 16. 🎩👦♻️🐴🦄☝️🗾🏝️ (6) 19. 🐏💪🔀 (3) ...
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Detectives vs Nelson: The Chessboard Serial Killer

This is about Nelson, a serial killer who, after each murder, leaves a chess diagram in the scene of the crime. These chessboards give the detectives the opportunity to decipher where, how and when ...
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A Minesweeper Crossword

This is a Random thought that occurred to me. It consists of combining aspects of Minesweeper, Nonograms, and Crosswords together to create this rather interesting and, I believe, difficult puzzle. ...
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Unlock My Phone! February 2018

I forgot my password again! I changed it a few days ago but already forgot! What is my phone's password this month? Hint #1: Hint #2:
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Misspelled Movies

Continuing in the Twisted TV Titles and TV Title Mondegreens vein, here are some Misspelled Movies. Each title is a homophone of (i.e. sounds the same as1) a real movie title, but is spelled and/or ...
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A Hard-Luck Farmer

I work on a farm, but it's not as romantic as you think: I need to wake up around sunrise to go to work, and I get paid just 4 pennies per minute. I had to take a second job to pay the bills. Honestly,...
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Headless horseman claims new head

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid so that each of the coloured squares contains exactly four different letters. Sahara desert capitals of historically African region in ...
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Don't mistake me for my brother, he's fatter than I am

I am one of many, but one thing's for sure, If you are hit by me, your death I'll assure. Don't blame me if you get hurt, I'm just a kid, I'll end the war that's happening. Hope, I'll rid. ...
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What's my real name?

Though quite well-known, few know my name. And in it, you'll find others' fame. For what it's worth, I'll name a few, I'm sure you want me to - don't you? What's up? Are you not having ...
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A Mythical Member of the Scientific Community

I've provided the link between man and machine. In rivers and trees, respectively, I can be seen. I've been key in measuring the speed of light. The Pacific Ocean is where I developed flight. ...
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How would you like your face? Scrambled?

Great! First day on the job here at the F.B.I., and I've got a mess on my hands. Someone hacked into Langley's mainframe and scrambled twelve of the mugshots that we have on file, and it's my ...
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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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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 will the Frenchman say?

An Englishman, a Frenchman and a German are speaking. First the Englishman says : "M". Then the Frenchman says : "M" as well. And the German also says : "M". They all agree and decide to ...
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What is this story describing?

You sit in an open space with many others. You tremble with fear as you hear It approach from behind. You hear the terrible ominous sound, rhythmic and monotonous and yet seeming to build in a ...
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Setting up the trap

Start with eleven in one e four e six; add what is missing from otherhood, oke, icks; improving position, go upwards by one; mix up for organs, remove fifty-one. Add to the end an ...
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The Defining Moment

I'm not sure what to put here... but I'll do it regardless! ...
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Bankers with rancor

Three colleagues at the bank are boasting to each other… Colleague 1: “Ask anybody – I’m clearly the best.” Colleague 2: “And how do you figure that?!” Colleague 1: “Well, just ...
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The Brief Puzzle Hunt

Recently, I was invited to give a speech during the kickoff phase of a local puzzlehunt. I’ve almost finished writing my first draft, but I just can’t figure out the best way to end it off. Can you ...
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A Message carrying Train!

- - - - - - - - - - | | ++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++ | 1 |-...
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What is a Self-Absorbed Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it an Self-Absorbed Word™. ...
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What video game is this?

Four days ago, one of my seven brothers told me he had a riddle for me. He already told it to five of the others, but only two got the answer right, so I had to give it a try. One thing I can ...
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A smudge in his notebook

Lothar took his notebook and started scribbling some equations: \begin{align} 2 + 3&= 412 \\ 1+5& = 4321\\ 0+4&=4320\\ 4320-412&=40\\ 4321120-0&=3\\ 80-62&=0\\ 6+6&=\text{■...
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Look up to him, who is he?

Born on the first soil, aiming for the next Stolen as replacement, his life a lie To be loved, serve but never die Death came in a flash, lost mother Hideous rictus, fear and darkness ...
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Just a simple riddle

You can see me running but no legs can be seen. I like to return to places I've just been. Sometimes I get all angry and mad. So I love to wrap up warm with my dad. Often I'll just jump left ...
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The Wall of Walls

I present to you... The Wall of Walls! \begin{matrix} \text{sniper} & \text{bauxite} & \text{marshmallow} & \text{viper} & \\ & \\ \text{sparrow} & \text{absolution} & \...
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My memory was erased by some external force. Where did I travel?

The higher-ups (my peers) in our company drop f-bombs all the time, so I'd had enough of them and decided to go on an journey, escaping the current situation. First, I headed south-east, and the first ...
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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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Fun Friday: This puzzle does what NintenDONT

It's Friday, lunch is over, and why get back to work - when you can relax with a quick 5 minutes video game puzzle! Enjoy! Text Version
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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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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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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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More important than the destination

This puzzle is the 26th and final part of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Spoiler alert: This puzzle gives ...