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Grandpa really likes these brands [closed]

Grandpa is a foodie. But he is also kind of picky He likes Sara Lee but not Betty Crocker He likes Hershey but not Godiva He likes Carling but not Sapporo I wonder why.
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Zed's E-mail: My Good Ol' Uncle Sugar

My friend Gabby and I constantly look out for each other. Just the other day, she received a strange message from what I thought was an uncle of hers. "Problem is," she started with a worried look, "I ...
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Party Time with Captain Pun

The other day my good friend Captain Pun invited me to a party on board his new boat. "What will the dress code be?" I asked. Captain Pun said he'd email me the details. Later that day I received ...
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The answer to this puzzle is a three letter word

Easy riddle. Even kids should be able to get this. In the end, the answer to this puzzle is a three letter word and also a single letter. Ignore the Excel sheet lines Hint Each row is a clue ...
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By what means does the King wage war?

A King over all The nations will fall His garment of white Its hem stained red The darkness made light For sinners he bled In one hand a sword The word of his power In the other a ...
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What game am I?

Can you work out what game I am? (My original puzzle): Head hung low in… (5) - Best card of the deck (3) Written much by peer and shakes, often read for the love it makes (6) - Certainly not pretty ...
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Professor Pun's Personal Project

When I first met my good friend Captain Pun, he invited me to dinner to meet his wife, a physics professor at the university. Over a glass of wine I inquired into her research interests. "Let me show ...
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Mostly One Way Travel : Says Grandpa

"You know these tiny travelers?" says Grandpa "Billions of them! Born to travel. They have travelled to all continents, nations, and towns." "But they always need help, a chaperone so to ...
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Replace “?” in a squence of numbers

Replace the "?" in the following sequence:$ $ 2 7 10 13 14 22 26 27 28 31 49 53 54 57 78 79 ? 90 101 106 109 110 111
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Twelve Labours - #12 Pluto Pups

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 It was ...
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No Burglars Allowed

Thief! Thief! He took my rock!                             &...
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Weren't we supposed to know more of the story by now…?

This happened almost exactly a decade ago, so excuse me if I get some of the details wrong. I overheard a couple of people talking about somebody I assumed was a mutual acquaintance who had died very ...
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Three Tongues of Rock

Three tongues of rock My royal decree To ancient lore would hold the key Who am I?
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What's the girl's name? [closed]

Here is what happened: He sailed along 25 reefs, passing 1 chameleon, in order to see her sweet bosoms. What's her name? Hint: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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Captain Pun's new boat

My good friend Captain Pun has bought a new boat. "And this is a picture of its sail!" he said, showing me this: "Solve the nonogram and you'll soon know what type of boat it is!" Can you solve ...
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Name the product

I’m from northwestern Europe. I have a two-word name, and each word has six letters. If you take the first two letters of my first name, plus the first two letters of my last name, it spells a new ...
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Excavation Study

Layer by layer, we continue our journey to the center. Excavation area (in order) Excavation plans Expect plenty of overlap! Answer is a thematic phrase. Text transcript of the excavation area (...
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United States Towns/States Traversing by Name Puzzle

I’m new to puzzle solving in a structured way, so please go easy on me, but I thought the following was interesting (sorry if it’s not or seems like grunt work). I came up with this while staring ...
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An original non-recursive sequence

16, ?, 19, ?, ?, 15, 16, 9, ?, ?, 14, ?, ?, ?, ?, 1 According to my measure, this sequence is more original than that of Fibonacci. Replace the question marks with the missing numbers.
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Puzzling is a Forte of Mine

(Click image for larger size) Answer is a two-word phrase. Text transcript of the clues (for copy-paste purposes) ...
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Call Me at This Number

Come play with me in chat if you know my word! ...
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The Root is Constantly Changing

A negative sign is not a Peanuts character! -264.66409225 -462.71021449 -20.60615236 -21.38877504 -92.13888121 -213.77948944 -58.14977536 -276.29420841 -242.07314569 -276.16789489 ...
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What is in those numbers?

" I am famous" declared Tom, flashing a newspaper. He showed me some scribbled numbers."Because of this, I made the papers" He said. 8 = 4 8 = 3 6 = 2 6 = 3 3 = -1 ...
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Troubling Triples

The points appear to be connected, but in the end, we should have worked under aqueous conditions. $$ \begin{array}{|l|c|c|} \hline \textbf{Substance} & \textbf{Temperature (K)} & \...
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A letter sequence with curious repetitions

There was a time when I created some letter series puzzles. This one is an old one. Replace the question marks. P, Ca, ?, ?, O, Ca, P, Ca, ?, ?, ?, Ca Hints(1-3): I will reveal three question marks....
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A Boring Lecture - ft. Eggs, Donuts & Pills

You were yawning at your seat, being forced to attend this will-be-boring lecture by an always-boring teacher… “Good morning class, today, we’ll look into the use of different materials. ...
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Love and Sandwiches

I'm from the Bay Area, but if I forget my order number when I make whichever one... then I'll be very rile-y! $$ \begin{array}{|c|} \hline \\ \bbox[purple]{\begin{array}{c}\\\quad\quad\huge\mathbb{...
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McGraw said in grinning eerie manner

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What Just Happened?

The wife was out, the father was in, the men drank gin, the cards were played, it was hand made, the house was still, he wrote his will, then turned over, he found clover, so the phone rang, he would ...
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What is the verbal association to the following picture?

My first puzzle of this type. In the following visual design the hidden clues will lead you to the final verbal association. It is only one word. Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 Hint ...
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Zed's Note: Famously Infamous

My friend Al and I constantly bicker. One time, he proudly boasted that he can crack any cipher ever written, so I put out a little wager: if I can stump him with any cipher I write, he would have to ...
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What are the next three numbers in this sequence?

What are the next three numbers in this sequence, and why? 110, 150, 230, 350, 550, 910, 1510, 2510... Hint 1: here's another sequence that follows identical rules. Hint 2: here's a third ...
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Same word on both sides makes it right

Insert same one word on both sides (in place of the ?) of the following to make it correct. (No inserting any math operators or not equal to, > or < signs) ? (? V(LXVII)) = ? XIII Explain why. ...
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What kind of help does he need? [closed]

Old newspaper ad: "Handler of purple cows needed on farm. Leave a message on lj36@dropmail.me or call (31)725-618171421" What does he need help with? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 ...
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What's an Everyday Word?

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it an Everyday Word. Use the examples below to find the rule. $$\begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline \textbf{Everyday Words}&\textbf{Not Everyday Words}\\\hline ...
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A Puzzle for You and Mi

Several weeks before final exams were to commence, the enigmatic Dr. Noteworthy issued a challenge to their music theory students. "Each year, I like to test my senior students with a brain teaser," ...
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Replace the question marks with one single word

This one needs a lot of lateral thinking In the equation below replace all the question marks with one single word (same word at every question mark). Then show that the equation is correct.
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Complete the Pointer Set

The following items all have something in common. A Scandinavian country. A manual consisting of aphorisms. A famous former English professional footballer. Beef or mutton fat. A ...
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Double features: The wrap-up

This puzzle is the final part of the Double feature series (first part here). Note: This answers gives away the answers to previous puzzles. The answers to the twelve Double feature puzzles are ...
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How we sleep. Who are we?

Our 1st member likes to sleep near fireplace. Our 2nd member likes to sleep after a drink of water. Our 3rd member likes to sleep on a steel bed. Our 4th member likes to sleep after ...
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Me and my successor

Take a half of me, or my successor, You might become an addict, Good or bad, For many it’s a habit. Take a half of me, or my successor, You should use it to begone, "Stop annoying ...
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I’m there when everything goes wrong

I come from a place way out of town. Yet I only have fake friends when I’m on the ground. If I fall, I will not be able to hold it in. Twice, and I might just have to run back home. But I’...
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Emojional cryptics (slight return)

The final answer is the name of a country.
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I shall Keep Watch for My Family

Inspired, again. This time, by @Stiv. Enjoy! You asked me what I did before I fell asleep; Perhaps you'll know if I tell you whose watch I need to keep. I'm the freest of them all, all things ...
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A phenomenal riddle

I’m a natural wonder, hitched to a star. You could say I’m like an electric car. I’m hard to see, and some think I’m rare. I’m so fast, you may wonder if I’m there. You can try to find me where the ...
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A Land of Vehicles

I have a mountain named Ul, where cars are born. I have a great farmland, where the cars cross. I have a mountain of cauldrons, where ships are. I have a benevolent river, where ...
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Middle-of-the-day intoxication?

Considering all categories, I've selected some examples of multiple winners and put them in order. However, I have a problem deciding where to put the one remaining entry on this list. Here's my ...
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The Age of Jobs and Technology

Many years ago, Macintosh does not have a place in the technology field. Nokia was the beacon, the headlight of the kingdom of technology. Yet, there is a hidden force, in the far East, triggered by ...
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I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains, Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth, At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy, What am ...
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The shortest , largest number [closed]

"Write a number", said Grandpa "Which is the shortest number, that is also the largest" "Shortest?" I asked "Yup. You can write it with six straight lines, period" "So you want me ...