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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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You've Probably Seen Me Naked

As an alphabet aficionado, I can make you laugh long into the night. As a make of Japanese vehicle, I can keep your surroundings clean and beautiful. As an execution apparatus, I make you laugh ...
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Emoji Puzzle - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Emoji Puzzle - UNESCO World Heritage Sites Created by myself during Covid-19 lockdown. I've posted an image because emoji rendering as text are not working too well.
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A Game Of Cat And Mouse: Part 2

Part 1 can be found here. Information from Part 1 is not required to solve this puzzle. Having identified where El Gato intends to strike next, you charter one of the Bureau's jets and fly off to ...
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A Sea O' Letters

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Twisted TV Titles, season 2

Inspired by this puzzle by Pugmonkey, here is a second set of Twisted TV Titles. Each of the new shows pictured or described below is a copy of an existing program with the name changed by a single ...
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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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This one is about YOU! (and other things)

This first one is just you plus... ...dwarfs in Snow White, ...bits in a byte, ...tripod's upright, ...and a number that is quite lucky at least in my opinion. Then there's you plus... ...
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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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Two lists of favorite words

My great aunt Edith keeps this list of her favorite words tacked on the refrigerator: Atlas Chance Detail Frost Hand Magnet Orange Ring Sand Tiger Winter Wolf My great uncle ...
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How to get 32 by using +1 , +1 , ×3 , ×3 , ÷2 , ÷2, ^2, ^2?

How to get 32 by using +1,+1,×3,×3,÷2,÷2,^2,^2? (The last two operators are 'squaring'.)
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Coordinated efforts

I was showing off my knowledge of obscure geography trivia to my father. He admitted he'd never remember all those details, but insisted that there was a certain other topic where nobody could ever ...
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Our puzzling friend

One of our friends spends all of his time on the Puzzling Stack Exchange, so to get him to come out with us, we let him pick what to do. This was a pretty big mistake as we soon found out. This was ...
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This should be a tough one

Oh my, oh my, my puzzling friends My last riddle is unsolved but for a few odds and ends. With no interaction, I've gotten quite bored. I wrote this riddle so I won't be ignored. I've got another word,...
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The Gnosis questions(3)

This is the third question of the series: The Gnosis questions "Link a phrase which means being depressed, A phrase which means propitious future, Something utilizing the phenomenon which results ...
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The Worst Afternoon

Was worried about this trip for days -- couldn't take the car -- terrible traffic all the way there -- a gang of jerks blocking my way and the bus had just left -- tried to run and maybe sprained my ...
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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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Muddled movie titles

A friend of mine has a really (selectively) bad memory, and often gets things muddled. He's trying to recall the titles of these movies / series, but all he can give me is a very brief synopsis of ...
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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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Prevent a Terror Attack

Agents of P.U.Z.Z.L.E. (Part-time United Zippy Zealots Loving Enigmas), we need your help. Terrorists are planning an attack on an underground railway station. One of our undercover agents placed an ...
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Super High School Level Crossword

Note: This crossword contains objectively more references to Japanese popular media than necessary. Does that fill you with despair? Upupupu... Clues ...
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Bob's unnecessary trip to the shops

Alice and Bob live in London, UK. On a Friday, as per usual, Bob leaves for work before Alice. At lunchtime he receives a WhatsApp message from his friend Charles: Sorry to cancel on you last ...
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Gladys unchained

This puzzle is part 2 of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you're new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Dear Puzzling, Today I spent the ...
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The LEGO house cipher

This is a true story... Today I am at home looking after my daughter who is off sick from school. We spent some time this morning playing with LEGO and built a house. Not just any house though - ...
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Important days in history… and to come!

The other day I decided I wanted to come up with another simple puzzle before releasing another toughy on puzzling.SE. I came across an interesting series of dates that I wanted to share and see if ...
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The trip of a lifetime… but to where?

Your best friend Alex is great, but she's a bit too into puzzles for your taste. Today, she sent you a package. It included a letter informing you that she’s planned the adventure of a lifetime for ...
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The hearts of gold

This puzzle is part 10 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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a spell for summoning help

Mutter dos de thou around a rhetorical shape, then pause with the hero of Card's game. Then let it sit for far too long while the celts tell you how many bards came. Our protagonist makes another ...
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In excess I'm lethal

I'm found in nature, but you'd never know the difference if I wasn't. I'm used in plants, but not as the critical part. I'm safe to consume, but you might think otherwise. In excess I'm lethal, ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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A James Bond Mystery

Inspired by @DEEM's amazing Grandpa Puzzles, I decided to make my own (ran out of ideas for the title so I just picked James Bond) So, one day you meet the famous James Bond and since you are a huge ...
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Rebuses linked by a certain topic

See if you can solve these rebuses which range from easy to hard. They are all linked by a topic. On e luu (-4) EDIT: Hints: [Note that I have now posted the solutions to this puzzle below] ...
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Four Directions #9 - Where and what am I?

To the North is a fortress containing a rose. To the West is a place that may leave you aghast. To the South stay on track to see where it goes. To the East is a place you won't find in the ...
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Station to Station

The gang can't wait for their upcoming trip. Whereabouts are they headed? ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #10 – Risky Finale

This is the tenth and final Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. Once this puzzle is solved, this Chain ...
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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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Written every which way

Looking for the name of a country. This puzzle is part of Recycling old answers.
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A crumbled, jumbled poem

I wrote a beautiful, verbose poem for you all, but Riddler went and scrambled the whole thing up! Can you figure out the order of the lines and put it back together again for me? And while you're at ...
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A Quick Easy Riley

I've hit a road block with my story riddles and need to refresh my mindset; therefore, I am writing a quick and easy puzzle for the community to solve. Good luck to all of you! Look for the prefix, ...
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Save the Eggs! - An Angry Birds Puzzle (Part 2)

⬅️ Angry Birds 1 After saving the eggs, the birds are more cautious. Good News! You can finally relax and enjoy the birds’ hospitality. Unfortunately for you, you’re not the only visitor in town. ...
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State the rule!

State the rule behind the following partition of letters, and fill in the questionmarks. (The puzzle has a clear and justifiable trivia-type solution.) ...
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A Timey Wimey “Sci-pher”

It's time to pull out your favorite Sonic-Screwdriver/Lightsaber/Wizard's Staff and hop into your Police-Box/Delorean/Phone-Booth, because this puzzle is going to require geeky knowledge and accurate ...
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There's been a kidnapping!

Alfred C. Bacon, an avid puzzler, has been kidnapped! Fortunately, we were able to find where he was being held. Unfortunately, he was no longer there. Fortunately, he left us a note, letting us know ...
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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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Another Riley puzzle 'My prefix is part of a race…'

My prefix is part of a race, My suffix likes to wear lace, My infix wonders and is wistful, My whole has arrows by the fistful. Many thanks to Riley for this puzzle format.
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The Riddle - I Could be Used in Many Ways

In whole, you may use me in the measuring. With my $1^{st}$ & $2^{nd}$ part, you may use me in the coloring. With my $2^{nd}$ & $3^{rd}$ part, you may use me in the casting. With my $3^{rd}$ &...
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Riddle on Cities. What am I?

What am I? I was 10 times as big in Athens as in Rome I'm just myself in London and New York I traditionally count in San Francisco I will make you lean in Geneva Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 ...
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What is an Icy 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 Icy™ word. Here is a ...
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Future countries – party like it's 19999!

I recently met a time traveller from a distant hypothetical future, and we had an interesting discussion about the geographies of our respective worlds. It turns out that the world map is pretty ...
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The Alan Parrish question

Two stereotypical british gentlemen that don't know each other engage in this unusual conversation (it's almost as if they were a setup for a puzzle): Gentleman A - Hello sir, I'll have you know that ...
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Bookshelves 2 - what am I reading?

Here's a picture of my fiction bookshelf. Every book has its place, and no part of the sequence can be duplicated. The fifth novel from the left is missing as I'm half way through reading it. What am ...

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