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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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5×5 image grid – What are we looking at?

The final answer is the name of a fictional character. Image credits: 7: Rama, cc by-sa 2.0 fr | 11: Jonathunder, GFDL 1.2 | 13: Volatus, cc by-sa 3.0 | 15.1: ZngZng, cc&...
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What ARE they talking about?

The other day I was in a group chat on that brilliant messaging app WhatsGoinOn? when some banter between a few of my friends totally baffled me. We had been getting nostalgic - talking about all the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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#1 of the Memebus™

What phrase does this rebus represent? (Apologies in advance for MSPaint skills)
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What was it when it came for a third time?

For the first time it happened one night as 0025316 and after forty-one years it flew over the earlier one as 0073486. What ...
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Station to Station

The gang can't wait for their upcoming trip. Whereabouts are they headed? ...
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Bill the Conspiracy Theorist

When my friend Alice called me very early one morning, it meant one thing: Bill was at it again. Bill is Alice's husband and a devoted conspiracy theorist. He regularly spent hours looking for hidden ...
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Spaced Out and Obfuscated

In this puzzle I took an English phrase, spaced it differently, then replaced the resulting words with synonyms or definitions. This is an example to show you what I mean. Spaced out and obfuscated: ...
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Sculptures in a park

Edit: all the unhelpful clues, including bad hinting and misleading ASCII art, were removed and other, (hopefully) more sensible ones were added. You just moved to a new city, and your childhood ...
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Is Grandpa right? Another Grandpa mystery

Grandpa likes Warren Buffet but not Bill Gates Grandpa likes Prince Harry but not Prince William Grandpa likes President McKinley but not President Clinton Why is that?
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No Answer Should Answer

One day, the King ordered me to visit the city of NASA to find a rare herb to cure his daughter's illness. However, upon arriving at the city's gate, a guard stopped me. "Hello, why are you here?" ...
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A title for a history book

A German historian is sitting by his desk, pondering a title for his book. He picks up and pen and starts writing down possible titles. South Asians No, too short. Let's try to add ...
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Can you name the two?

TWO came forth from the very same mother and most people could not tell one from the other They arrived the same day, on the very same spot, they look just the same, yet twins they are not To further ...
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Easy riddle. Prove the equation

Background: I am a French educated person. My old math teacher keeps posting some small and funny riddles, here's one of his: The next equation is correct: 11111=0 Can you prove it? ...
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A strange family indeed

We are a family of members twenty-four. There used to be more, But we threw them out the door. Except four of them would rather stay And I think that's okay As long as they don't play. ...
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Astronomical number sequence

1 2 3 0 [4] 4 0 [4] [1] 5 6 7 0 [4] 8 0 [4] [1] 9 10 11 0 [4] 12 0 [4] [1] We're gonna [1] [2] [3] [4] tonight! Can you name $[1]$, $[2]$, $[3]$ and $[4]$?
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Where is my friend right now?

A friend of mine is travelling the world and likes to send cryptic messages about where he is, I think he enjoys challenging me. Anyway here is the latest message, can anyone here help me figure it ...
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A relaxing glass of Shiraz

You see, I am that what makes you able. What I am is an element stable. Without me a name for oneself's lacking. I'm in fish, Thai, Shiraz and unpacking. You can try and guess what with ...
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A globetrotting riddle, with a twist

This is an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1. First time doing an FTC, so let me know what you think. Let's take a little trip around the world, shall we? Make sure to ...