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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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Guess the poem!

The world suspends like puppets on a string When I look away, the strings are cut It's like they're playing a game, because every time I try to see them, whenever I turn back around, the world ...
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Two groups of people- will they meet, ever?

A man of war A ball of carbon without pastor nor full hurricane A spider One whose strength is in the same area as Veralidaine Sarrasri A toy maker of sorts, A Jason-type And one whose pallor is ...
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Guess who I am: Born with a “spark”

Energy can only be manipulated and moved, but never created or destroyed. The two halves, they complement each other, And yet are complete opposites. I wish I was a channeler, Born with a "spark"...
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Do you know who I am? 2(requires some specific movie and book knowledge)

Am I a man? Am I a puppet? I am neither, for I have shuffled off this mortal coil, And indeed have no strings to hold me down. My family is many, yet I worry not for them. Some are strongly with ...
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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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How many years old am I?

My age squared is the number of commandments in the Torah minus the year in George Orwell's Book. When subtracting, consider the cause of the Y2K problem. How old am I?
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A riddle by any other name

On his retirement, Bill Gates left behind a four number combination safe with a dial similar to this. In that safe is a secret that had eluded him many years ago...along with a small fortune of course....
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The African elephant and the fly [closed]

This is from a republishing of an old taxonomy book. An African elephant weighs 4536 kg. A fly weighs 64.8 mg. What is the weight of an African elephant with a fly on his head?
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Slumdog millionaire (3)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Arithmetic/Knowledge Step-By-Step Number Puzzle! (What Is The Final Answer?) [closed]

Start with the number of U.S. ounces in a U.S. gallon. Subtract the atomic number for Samarium. Add the amount of days in February on a leap year. Multiply this by 6 factorial. Divide this by pi ...
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Slumdog millionaire (4)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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Where are you going on holiday, Julian?

Mary asks: "Where are you going on holiday this year, Julian?" Julian says: "What do you mean - this year? You know that I don't go every year. I did not go at all in 2007. In Summer 2008 I went to ...
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A cryptic ranking of the US-states

I have ranked the US-states according to a certain cryptic property and put them into a list. A contiguous piece of this cryptic list looks as follows: ..., ?????, Nevada, West Virginia, Kansas, ...
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Start with an unlucky Friday

Start with an unlucky Friday number. Multiply by the gables on Hawthorne's house. Add the number that a stitch in time saves. Add the number of blind mice. Subtract the number of William Pene du Bois' ...
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An arcane property of independent countries

The following alphabetical list contains independent countries with a certain arcane property. (The list is complete to the best of my knowledge). Algeria, Cambodia, Croatia, El Salvador, ????????, ...
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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 enigmatic partition of the chemical elements

I have partitioned the chemical elements into two groups based on a certain property that is shared by some of them, but not by the remaining ones. The following elements have my enigmatic property: ...
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Who is the odd one out?

Nineteen of the following twenty famous persons share a very distinguished property, whereas the last one does not have this property: Albert Camus, Elias Canetti, Bette Davis, Nadine Gordimer, ...
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Distinguished country pairs

I guess that everybody here at puzzling.stackexchange is aware of the fact that Uzbekhistan and Liechtenstein are the only two countries in the world that are doubly landlocked and hence share a very ...
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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Can you recover the following two dozens of (well-known) movie titles just from their initials? ...
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What is the northernmost country that borders the US to the South?

What is the northernmost country that borders the US to the South? What is the northernmost country that borders the contiguous US to the South?
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Three geographical entities

The following three statements describe a perfectly symmetric relationship between certain geographical entities A, B and C. What are A, B and C? A borders on all the B except the one named C. C ...
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Four letter puzzles on US states

Here are four questions on the letters in the names of US states and US state capitals: What is the only US state that has no letter in common with it's capital city? What is the only US state ...
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Canada and USA geography puzzle

From some US states, one may travel straight south and get into some Canadian province or territory (of course without crossing the equator). What are these nine "US state $\to$ Canadian province/...
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Country triples with two common points

In this puzzle, we only consider independent countries and we do not count overseas territories as actual part of a country. We say that three countries form a well-connected triple, if each two of ...