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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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A Philosopher's Dream

I am heavier than most, but I still run faster than you. Some mistake me for a fool, yet everyone else loves me. Even as centuries pass and empires disappear too-- I stay by their sides, ...
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Eric Andre had a dream

Eric Andre had a dream. What did he dream? Hint $\downarrow$ (the answer does require knowledge, though I'd assume it's pretty common to know about it) Not part of the puzzle. TL;DR This is my ...
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What is a NaturaW 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 NaturaW Word™. Use the ...
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Piece de Resistance - Five Flowers with One Missing

Five - Flowers with One Missing This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five ... Removing the silver matter, you see this ...
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A trip to the library

I try to go to the library at least once every month, so I've developed a pretty good relationship with the librarian, a nice old man who sometimes teases me about my broad set of interests. Yesterday,...
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Where in the world is this astronomical convergence? [closed]

At this location on planet Earth, on April 8, 2024, you can observe a total solar eclipse. At the same location, at some time on June 29, 2024, the sun will be directly overhead. Where in the world is ...
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I'm a really tiny critter. Come close

Come really close and take a look at me. May be you will think I am sleepy May be you will have a couple of questions: Why is he far away at the end? Why are there six in a row then ...
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Listen to this riddle carefully!

Hi all! Here's a riddle. Please guess what thing is described below, and don't forget to explain each clue. :) - - - Riddle starts - - - Oh, my dear friend, If you want to know who I am, listen ...
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Ordering a word list

I think I've alphabetized this word list correctly, but my friends keep telling me it's not in the right order. Can you help me spot the mistake? divvy, dry, dues, Eden, elf, fear, knee, opt, pet, ...
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What is a Human 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 Human Word™. Use the ...
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It was a dark and stormy night

September 8: It’s raining, and Russian Emperor Czar Nicholas awakes, confused. Someone enters, completely soaking. “It’s positively vile – I’d resist going outside.” It’s Czarina Alexandra. “...
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What is a Scott Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.Template taken from Rubio. After seeing so many of these puzzles, I thought that it ...
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On Doors and Passcodes, or Flying High

After going to sleep one night, you wake up in the middle of a dimly-lit cavern. You can feel the cool, damp surface of the stone beneath your fingers as you push yourself to a sitting position and ...
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Properties: Left of the colon

Here are three short 'property' puzzles I wrote. In each puzzle the words to the left of the colon all have a (non-trivial) property that the word to the right of the colon does not have. What is ...
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Trapped in Time

A Greek trapped in time by a Roman refine Mother precedes we'll never be freed Circling around waiting to be found perhaps by my shipmates if they've not met their fates Who am I? And where can ...
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Find the missing country

Below is a list of ten countries, with one missing. Find one attribute (for example, the population) of each country, so that if you take the first number or first letter of each country’s attribute, ...
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A wiild aanimal, a cardinal direction, or a place by the water

I'm in the north. I can be accompanied by violent crimes, a relative direction, or a body of fresh water. I'm in the east. I can be accompanied by a wiild aanimal, a cardinal direction, or a ...
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What is a Mono 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 Mono Word™. Use the ...
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Tricky Tropical Water Temperatures

Herman lives in a house on the Caribbean island of Kinja, where the weather is warm all year. Let’s assume all Kinjan houses are of similar construction, and no houses have a water heating system. ...
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Violations of the law

I live in A but work at B. The two are 45 minutes apart and I could commute back and forth either by driving or by taking the bus. Every day, before going from A to B in the morning and before going ...
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What is a Fade 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 Fade Word™. Use the ...
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What is wrong about that person?

I once was in a relationship with Ms. Litson. Things were OK, I guess. But not before too long, I could see that I could not keep up with her. Things were slipping. I couldn't bear this, it ...
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A Group of people: A simple word

This word describes a group of people Take the last letter out: A person with some authority Take the last two letters out: Same person Take the last three letters out: Same person ...
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What are the missing letters?

What letters are missing from the end of this list? ...
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#, %O, and so on

I woke up this morning to find someone had added a new button to my basic calculator. Besides the $+$, $-$, $\times$ and $\div$ buttons, there's now also a $\#$ button. I figured, "Well, this probably ...
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What is a Union 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. After a long period of division, tends to unite; After a long period of ...
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What is an Earth 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. The Earth is composed with many various elements or objects. But some of ...
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My name, my name, it's a guessing game!

I needn't be late, that would be bad As a man with a job, I must get to work I must travel quickly now, so I go I travel by the underground train I have bills that I need to pay I need that money to ...
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Is Grandpa Irrational? Another Grandpa Mystery

Grandpa likes iron skillets but not aluminum pans He likes m&m but not just "m" He likes Michigan but not Georgia Why is that?
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You could help me, couldn't you?

Introduction I am an enthusiastic geometry student, preparing for my first quiz. Yet while revising I accidentally spilt my coffee onto my notes. Can you rescue me and draw me a diagram so that I ...
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Stella and the president's secret notes

Jason Trump, president of the Untitled Statues Association, has left a notebook containing presumably important information lying around on his desk. Stella, his nosy assistant, takes a look only to ...
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Is it simple Math or something else?

Grandpa with his mischievous smile said: "If zero belongs to One And two belongs to Four Twenty seven belongs to Seven Then what belongs to Three?" Hint When I could not guess, I ...
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Which family is it?

On the 20th of July '19 it's a large family of 175 members that keeps growing. Youngest is only 2 months. Only four of them are more than 10 years old. What family is it?
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Everyone but three

For the first time, a photo was taken with every person, living or dead, in frame. Everyone that is except for three. Who were those three?
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What happens on Day 6?

My friend, who works in a Library, has recently learned about Puzzles, in general, and Puzzling Stack Exchange, in particular. He was excited and has sent me this puzzle to "test" the users of PSE. ...
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Here's a riddle, so listen up yo

I'm from Italy, yet I speak English On top of that, my name is French I hail back from the late nineties galore Last in 2016 did I release lore Until then it has been a decade But we never truly ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #2-Check!

Xit's time for round two! Given that: -Black has 6 pawns and a king -White ehas three pieces of any kind you to deduce the identity of and a king Construct: -A nlegal position in which both sides ...
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Measuring mystery distances

Some puzzling distances: If 110 to 39 is 1046km And 105 to 115 is 114km Then how far is 97 to 38?
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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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Back to the nineties!

I've left the world before the 90's, But I'm still many a ninety. Inside me there's an instant, I've proposed many a constant. My universe is not stable, But I'm still there at the table. ...
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Where shall we go next?

The following nonogram is about $92\%$ solvable. Also, the grid is not really like it should be. All this feels somewhat annoying, but honestly, not that much, because this is most likely the last ...
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Translate this “especially important” note from “War with the Newts”

Language-identification questions are off-topic on linguistics.stackexchange.com, or I would have posted this over there. Since it's also a puzzle, I figure puzzling.stackexchange might appreciate it. ...
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One night in Baker Street

The raindrops ran down the windows of 221B Baker Street while Sherlock Holmes played a sad melody upon his violin. The weather and the music reflected his mood, for it had been a trying and vexatious ...
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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7)

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the richest of them all? (I make billions #7) Clue group 1: This spa provides a great relaxation rub. Earbuds are included too. I compared virtual machines, and ...
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The flying colours

Here's a $36\times36$ nonogram with two colours. Name all 12 things depicted in it. Note that cells filled with different colours do not need to have a gap between them.
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Simple Arithmetic Puzzle 8. Or is it?

This one's different to all the previous ones... \begin{align}7+53&=28\\16+6&=21\\5+19&=97\\15+8&=\,?\end{align} Can you find the value of the question mark?
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Puzzling Knight has a Message for all- Especially Newcomers

Of all the more than a Trillion messages he can deliver, he has especially selected this message for all. Follow his(normal chess moves for the Knight) path to get the message. His journey starts ...
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Deduce Distinct Digits of the Given Fibonacci Sequence- Detail all Steps

$DEPUS$ $SRST$ $UDQD$ $CTQU$ $DTPR$ $PQR$ $SDE$ $VRR$ $CVV$ $DUU$ $QP$ $TT$
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Valiant Knight is back..but he is in grave danger from the Evil Queen

King has placed a bounty on Valiant Knight and enlisted his evil queen’s help. Queen knows knight’s regular stops of his journey and knows he goes through all odd prime cells. She strategically ...
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Strange? Primes and Palindromes have no business being in this Place?

$1$ $1$,$2$ Good easy start $1$,$2$,$4$ As expected $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$ I know it is going to be easy $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$ why is he giving this? I got it! $1$,$2$,$4$,$8$,$16$,Prime ...oops!.....