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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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Anime guess Riddle

I'm searching for the name of an anime. Knowledge from the anime is required so maybe, if you havent seen it, you cant figure it out. I hope you have fun :) Arrrgh and a roman goddess are trying ...
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The 2015th question on Puzzling SE

At the time of posting, this was the 2015th question posted on Puzzling Stack Exchange, in the year 2015. Take the number of multiples of 5 among the numbers featured in this puzzle. Multiply it by ...
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A stranger wrote this on his arm

A stranger walked up to my friend and drew these symbols on his arm with a Sharpie. I have no idea what they mean. They were written on his right and left arm. The second picture might be upside down....
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Nice song, pity about the words

There's a song I really like but I can't remember the title and I certainly can't remember the words. Perhaps you can help me. I've summarised the lyrics as best I can, but in a rather literal way. ...
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Farewell Emrakul, here's a truly puzzling goodbye

Sadly, our moderator Emrakul is stepping down. They've done a fantastic job, so if they have to leave, let's see them off in true puzzling fashion! There is a message for them hidden here, can you ...
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The Pitiable Coder

One day, I found an odd newspaper lying on a bench called '$\large\bf\text{The Pitiable Coder}$'. I opened it and to my delight found an entire page on puzzles! Most were easy, but there was one I ...
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4 sums of flags

The previous 'Sum of' puzzle can be found here + = + = + = + = ? Which flag should replace the question mark?
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Wikipedia Says So #2

Previous puzzle of this kind: #1 A bird without wing, body, feet or tail, An invention am I who can effortlessly sail. I am unlike my lowly brothers who only deliver mail; Surging over the ...
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Search the Pantomime 4 Clues

The final year students at Farthingbottom School have to get through a set of exams at the end of the Christmas term before they can relax for the holiday season. For extra credit there is a section ...
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Japan is in India

Inspired by this question: Which country is INDIA in? Japan is in India. New Caledonia is in Lima. Greenland is in Quebec, but only during the winter. Portugal is in November in the winter too. ...
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When was this marvelous thing first invented?

The answer to this puzzle will be a year.
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The Transmogrifier

The city had a new transmogrifier. I was willing to go in, but it would be boring, I was told. Meanwhile, some people were bragging about how they would come out the transmogrifier. One said, "My ...
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Moons and messages

This puzzle is part 15 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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Another Linux movie command

Inspired by this question, here's another Linux command representing a famous line: cp -a ~she ~ Which line is it?
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A derivative word search

This square is composed of elements, all in the same set, written either horizontally or vertically. There is no overlap, each letter belongs to exactly one word. However, the words are anagrammed. ...
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Corsets, movie sets and assets

My prefix prefix does exhilarating kicks, My infix infix uncovered the wizard's tricks, My suffix suffix is quieter than a tick, Gone a century since, he made infinite picks.
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Girls are Mean!

Can you help poor little Benjamin fix his homework paper before he submits it? He needs to know what words to put back into his paper. Transcript: ...
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The Wonderful Set

What is the name of the set in which these elements usually are? {GPoG, HGoB, SoZaO, ToAaE, MaH, CoR, LoA}
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Contours of a clandestine nature

What does each of the answers describe? The answer is two words (11 + 4 letters). #1 #2 #3 #4 Image credits: 1.2 Slashme, CC BY-SA 4.0; 2.1 AngMoKio, CC BY-SA 2.5; 2.3 ...
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I am found in a pool, never sinking nor afloat; pass the squares that I rule, and a soldier must promote

Riddle me this: Although I'm a cube, I do not have six sides; Beneath me is green, although no grass resides. My pockets are large enough — I can fall in! But then you'll fall out, though at ends you ...
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Fun Friday: What even is a layback sound mixer anyway?

It's Friday, it's fun, it's time to block up some of that valuable brain of yours with useless trivia. Text Version Suggs, Chas and Lee: --- ----- George, Bill and Ronald: ----- ----- Mary-Kate, ...
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Freddy Krueger's Lullaby

1, 2. Freddy is drawing eyeballs. 2½, 3. One iris got bigger. 3½, 4. The other got bigger. 5, 6. Aura passes from and to irises. [NUMBERS REDACTED] Never sleep again. What is Freddy singing about? ...
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Anagrid (word search with anagrams)

I have to give Tom the opportunity for a rematch, so here's my attempt at an Anagrid (here is the first puzzle in the series). The rules: This square is composed of elements, all in the same set, ...
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Which node(s) does 16 connect with in this simple graph?

If we add 16 as a node to the graph below, which node(s) will it connect to? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5
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Program rebus (VBA)

The code snippet below in VBA contains all the clues to find an old movie quote. Who said it, and in what movie? ...
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Only True Pokemon Fans Will Be Able to Solve This!

Can you guess what these popular Pokemon are??
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Cryptic Rebuses at the Zoo

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Cryptic Rebuses Continued

Let me remind you, in case you haven’t read my previous puzzle, that a cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Improbable Inequalities

I'm making a work decision, and in my as I weigh the digits {0-9} as they pertain to this particular situation, I find: In one case, this is true: ...
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Room 11: Bits and pieces of Chinese history

Credit: Brandon X. This is part of a larger riddle room puzzle. Other rooms: Room 213 You have just woken up. You recall the night before, being driven from your home to a luxurious hotel by some ...
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Contest winners cryptic clue

Winners of non-US weekly magazine challenge: end for one side, beginning for second (6)
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Iconic Places and 820.5: Grandpa's silly math

This riddle could be considered short and sweet and may need some lateral thinking. Grandpa says to me with a mischievous smile: "Hope you know your famous iconic places or landmarks. Show ...
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The biggest artificial cloud ever made

Bigger than a boy, heavier than a fatty. Even though I had lost some weight, still the only one on a flight. I do split, I do combine, and I split for a greater one. On a icy island I was lit, ...
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Can't Even Sit Down

So I just re-watched a fun movie from a few years ago. tart con arc host What was the name of the movie?
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Gladys visits a campus

This puzzle is part 9 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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What's the theme here? (#4)

Here's the fourth installment. 🔗 🔗 🔗 Pictures with a Common Theme: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Hint:
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My Landmark Puzzle

After travelling around the world and returning home, I opened my passport to admire my stamps. Five individual pieces of paper fell to the floor: I must have picked them up somewhere, but I can't ...
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One at a Time Riddle

This riddle borrows a format from Guess me riddle #4 by Quark-epoch. The word is a four letter word which is in the oxford dictionary My first letter is a green cut-out vital sign. My second ...
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Opération Gutenberg

Paris, 5 January 1858 Gutenberg is dead. For five years I have been on this fanatic's trail. Five years of stalking his accomplices, intercepting his correspondence, tracking him down to his lairs ...
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The Mathematics Department

After a whirlwind tour of the English department, the tour entered the Mathematics department. Upon entering, I immediately heard some interesting conversations: "It's like a puzzle, that game..." ...
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Gladys's Mismatching Cryptic

This is part 9 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today I'm visiting a small town to marvel at some fantastic examples of Renaissance architecture. Sadly, this is also the last ...
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…And they were stumped for a long time

This puzzle is part 16 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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One is outstanding, another doesn't belong : Says Grandpa

"Here is a group of words with a specific property-- except for one", said Grandpa. He had his Merriam Webster dictionary out. I looked at them. Raking Finest Latest Parent ...
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A bird-brained cipher

Today my partner, an avid ornithologist who I swear spends his whole day looking at codes and tables online, left me this cryptic clue when I asked where he had been all day. He complained about a ...
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Where does my friend live?

When I asked my friend who lives overseas where he lives, he gave me a code: MBOD, DONE, ETNA, LAYS, ANMA, PINE, ILAN, PORE, RUNE, ESTE The country where he lives is not included in the code, where he ...
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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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How many times can the “X” tile be used in one Scrabble game?

How many times, at most, can the “X” tile be used to form new words in one game of Scrabble? Show the resulting board, and provide a list of each new word formed, in the order played. For example, in ...
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Gladys's Misprinted Cryptic

This is part 2 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today, I'm taking a tour of historic sites in an ancient city. The crossword has 24 clues containing an extra letter, which you ...
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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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Gladys's Gridless Cryptic

This is part 3 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, Today I'm visiting a place that has been completely abandoned for centuries. That may sound dreary and depressing, but this place ...

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