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Ridiculous problem from an old maths textbook

There's a puzzling little problem I found in one of my old maths textbooks (Basics of Madthematics). In the middle of a whole bunch of normal problems on calculus and algebra and whatever, suddenly ...
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…Let it begin

The task is to somehow make sense of these images: each image represents a single word/noun/abbreviation except image 7 (two words). Once you've done that, replace the question marks (each question ...
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Google (Maps) Hacking worldwide

(For those seeing this puzzle for the first time, the following links may be spoilers, I've now significantly restructured the puzzle in order to try to avoid giving the answer away too quickly - ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Happy Jack

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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The Sound After

Oh, my beautiful lady first There goes away the thirst If today were not this blue There would be a direct clue Oh, please look at this mirror Then you'll see me no error If people called us twins ...
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Connect Fano Plane - Mark 2

Despite my despair at creating a Connect Fano Plane in the spirit of a normal Connect Wall, I think I succeeded, thanks to the database of world cities I downloaded from Geo Data Source. In this ...
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On visiting a certain place, I wrote a line of poetry. Where was I?

Longest in its kind across the globe Where five of seven meet the shore Here the rights are set in stone To cruise along the world's floor Where am I? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 ...
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A giant's step - for giants?

Were there giants in Game of Thrones? I didn't watch it - no really, I didn't. No really... Well, to be honest, I did watch the first episode and there were no giants in that. Anyway, that's enough ...
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I used to get sung this lullaby and I don't really know why

My name is Beret K. (I think?) I am normally the one with all the answers, except for right now. I used to get sung this lullaby and I don't really know why. Can you help me make sense of what all ...
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Tribute to Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

The background text that follows is in this case not part of the puzzle, nor fictitious. The puzzle, which is self-contained, consists entirely of the image below; I have composed it as a genuine (...
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a difference of 29°

The eight words pictured here, along with their positions, can be divided into two groups of four words apiece. Identify the two groups and why each word-position combination belongs to its group. I ...
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I found a puzzle that no-one can solve

I found a puzzle that no-one can solve. I created a law but I was not a lawyer. I lived in a hostile world but found refuge in a hut. Who was I, and can you explain my story? Clue 1 Clue 2
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Formula One (?) Hard Puzzle

On a website I use to go, one of the writers gave this hard puzzle: What are the meaning of those numbers given they are not Norwegian coordinates. 60.6604211,10.7210713 I have no clue how to solve ...
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increase your knowledge

BEE, DON, EXAMINER, GLOBE, HORNET, RETRIEVER, ROO, STAR, SUN, TERRIER These ten words can be paired up into five pairs according to a certain rule. How?
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Google (Maps) Hacking

So I think I might have been hacked...my Google maps has gone crazy. I tried poking a couple of places in, and it is taking me to the wrong location. When I enter CAYMAN, it tells me it is between the ...
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This number sequence has entered my life recently

Just recently, I've noticed this sequence of numbers has become a pretty big part of my life. It goes like this: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 So here's the mystery: What is this sequence? Where do I keep seeing ...
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Obfuscated characters

Hidden in These Numbers, letters, and symbols YOu will find something quite Particular. To solVE: please stAte the name foR Code LIke this ...
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Help - I think my computer's broken!

I wrote a little computer program to count letter frequencies. Don't worry you don't need to know anything about computers! Except of course for Googling, Wikipedia, etc. So, for example, the ...
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Running through its corridors

It shifts and move before their sights It rumbles with shifting every night Within its walls many are long trapped Running through its corridors in hope Eight ways and for one man each To find a way ...
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Pop Culture: My name with just one letter replaced

Happy Independence Day to you American users, here is a puzzle to provide some entertainment on this fine Saturday. Once each clue is solved, there will be a final answer that they all share in common!...
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I Have a Major Problem

For my final university project, I am recording the majors of popular students in my year. Including students who do not have a real major. However, I am presenting tomorrow and I am missing some of ...
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The desperate wanderer

After the bride was won, Thought it was time to return home. Sadly the fate was not so kind, I should not have made him blind. Now i wander losing my faith, Keeping in my mind the hope with. Who am i?
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What is a Patternful 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 a Patternful Word™. Use ...
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It is a Geographical Region: Seriously

Take a good look at the numbers below and tell me Which Geographical Region is represented by the blank circle and why?
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A Sergeant Sequence Sequel (fan-fic)

Thanks to @Stiv for his original Sergeant Sequence puzzle , and for permission to borrow his characters! Sergeant Sequence yawned as he entered Headquarters at 2am for the second time in just two ...
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Sergeant Sequence takes the case

It was 2am and Sergeant Sequence had been called in to Headquarters urgently. The second he stepped through the door a file was pressed into his hands by the Chief Investigator, who began to talk ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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You are the admissions counselor at a school for magic

You are the admissions counselor at a school for magic. You are tasked with the job of sorting incoming students into one of various study-tracks provided at this prestigious institution. The way the ...
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What is a BS 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 a BS Word™. Use the ...
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What is the Color Code™?

Inspired from Can you name the country code? and What is a Number™? series $ \begin{gather} % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{21px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}}...
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Words along a laurel wreath

These eleven words must be placed along the laurel wreath. One has already been placed. BOUND, CLOSED, COMPANY, DARK, GATE, GREAT, KING, LAST, MANY, PAST, WHITE Hint 1A Hint 1B Hint 2 Hint 3
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A Pointless Endeavor

I found an box of weird junk in my Grandmother's storage closet earlier this week. It included: A tin can, painted green Another can, this one an old store-brand Diet Root Beer can in light brown A ...
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Goodbye grand mother <3

My grand-mother died the 17th of June 20 from cancer after spending the last three months nearly alone in her house because of Covid Pandemic. I dedicate her this puzzle. She's Lao and today, for her ...
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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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A Puzzle in The Two Towers

Our local used book store is going out of business, and I ran in to pick up another copy of Lord of the Rings. When I picked up a likely copy, a scrap of paper fell out of The Two Towers...I've done ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Pocket Edition

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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You're being Cryptex!

Loop around, bottom to top until they all align. Rotate to reveal the magic words in each line. Once you knock everything out of the park, With these seven lines you can make your mark. Hint 1: Hint ...
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Complete this cross sequence

What is the next element of this sequence and why? Possible choices: Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5
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A nest of vipers

Somewhere in France, Summer 1858 They invited the priest. Would you believe it? The priest! There is a mirror in the mayor's office. My reflection looks at me with his emotionless eyes, his stiff ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Current Events

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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One to cure a disease

I can see a disease that no one else can perceive, I have the cure and showed it so others would believe. Through my mask I've seen it spread for centuries, with just one touch I can solve everyone's ...
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Seconds of constant funk

This is a themed cryptic crossword, with five answers sticking to the theme. ACROSS 2/29d. Guitarist for 20-down (or Radiohead), content in retiring, achieved $1000 (4, 4) 4. Reactions of ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: An Unexpected Puzzle

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...
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Travelling Europe

Coming from Antwerp on the day Florin resigned, Louis and Evans brother watched the match at the old forest lodge and with Louise, but without Cécile, they visited the first movie of the day. ...
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Complete the following analogical analogy

In an analogy ":" means "is to" and "::" means "as/like". Now, since this is almost an analogy (maybe a future type), I will accept the solution if it's almost correct. Kinberg : ‴niɘɈƨnɘƨiƎ‴  :: ? ...
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The Marching Tune

And a one, and a two, and a three four five six! Or a one, and a two, and a three four five! From my home right here, To the end way down there! And then I have a choice Of a one, a two, or a ...
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No trap in this one

This visual puzzle resolves to a number. HINT Hint2 Hint3 Hint4 Hint5 Hint6 Hint7
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A short puzzle especially for social isolation time

Solve the following analogy. ":" means "is to" and "::" means "as". Text only: story with anopia : smell :: story with hyperosmia : ? Hint
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Truly unexpected thingy in a Radcliffe novel!

Ann Radcliffe was an English author in the Gothic style at the turn of the nineteenth century. Among the many interesting points in her remarkable career though, one little story is but poorly known. ...
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Cryptic Family Reunion: Everyone knows it's Windy

The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a ...

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