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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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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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Slumdog millionaire (1)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show "Who wants to be a millionaire?" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Wants_to_Be_a_Millionaire). You might have heard or read ...
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A Suite of Thirteen (Company #4)

The following thirteen English words all share a certain property: ACE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN JACK QUEEN KING However, there is a fourteenth word that belongs to this group, ...
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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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Which are the missing dates?

Here are the dates for a series of events. As you can see, some of the dates are missing. What are the missing dates. And what happened at these dates? $~~~????,~ 1914,~ ????,~ 1939,~ 1958,~ ????,~...
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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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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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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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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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Eight remarkable places

Something very remarkable connects the following eight geographic places. What is it? Bodaybo (Russia) Cape Horn Christchurch (New Zealand) Cocos Islands Ghanzi (Botswana) Honolulu Punta Peclas (...
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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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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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Our Honor is Unstained

Here are four photos from Google satellite maps and one from Wikipedia (see note 1). These photos show a family related by strength and endurance. The goal of this puzzle is: to identify the ...
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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 ...
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Country triples without common point

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 pair ...
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USA geography puzzle

Three US cities of over 100,000 inhabitants have the following characteristic: they include a particular point from which, if you travel straight north, straight south, straight east, or straight west ...
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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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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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The title of a song

The eleventh day of spring 26 The twelfth night of summer 74 The first night of autumn 80 The second day of winter 86 I have hidden 4 song titles in the sentences above. What are the song ...
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The Crown of the Torah

This should be an easy one if you have a Bible handy: My name is Kether Torah, the Crown of the Torah. I am a pillar of righteousness, and a foundation of mercy. I am four, and three, ...