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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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5×5 image grid – What are we looking at?

The final answer is the name of a fictional character. Image credits: 7: Rama, cc by-sa 2.0 fr | 11: Jonathunder, GFDL 1.2 | 13: Volatus, cc by-sa 3.0 | 15.1: ZngZng, cc&...
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What ARE they talking about?

The other day I was in a group chat on that brilliant messaging app WhatsGoinOn? when some banter between a few of my friends totally baffled me. We had been getting nostalgic - talking about all the ...
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Muddled video games titles

First of all, this is totally a rip-off of @ferret idea, but with video games instead of movies. So, basically the same story: I have a friend that use to mix things up and is unable to clearly ...
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Bill the Conspiracy Theorist

When my friend Alice called me very early one morning, it meant one thing: Bill was at it again. Bill is Alice's husband and a devoted conspiracy theorist. He regularly spent hours looking for hidden ...
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No tea. No coffee. No water

Fr Owen More had left the exclusive Dublin Temperance Society meeting and was relieved to be sitting down in the living room of Mrs. Philippa Glass. She brought him a wee fat-free jam oat scone ...
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#1 of the Memebus™

What phrase does this rebus represent? (Apologies in advance for MSPaint skills)
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What was it when it came for a third time?

For the first time it happened one night as 0025316 and after forty-one years it flew over the earlier one as 0073486. What ...
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Easy riddle. Prove the equation

Background: I am a French educated person. My old math teacher keeps posting some small and funny riddles, here's one of his: The next equation is correct: 11111=0 Can you prove it? ...
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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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There's no place like Home Theater!

Dorothy, now 93 years old, was watching some of her favorite movies in her home theater when, as one would expect in tornadic climes such as Kansas, her house blew away to somewhere over the rainbow. "...
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Can you name the two?

TWO came forth from the very same mother and most people could not tell one from the other They arrived the same day, on the very same spot, they look just the same, yet twins they are not To further ...
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Station to Station

The gang can't wait for their upcoming trip. Whereabouts are they headed? ...
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Spaced Out and Obfuscated

In this puzzle I took an English phrase, spaced it differently, then replaced the resulting words with synonyms or definitions. This is an example to show you what I mean. Spaced out and obfuscated: ...
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Sculptures in a park

Edit: all the unhelpful clues, including bad hinting and misleading ASCII art, were removed and other, (hopefully) more sensible ones were added. You just moved to a new city, and your childhood ...
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Is Grandpa right? Another Grandpa mystery

Grandpa likes Warren Buffet but not Bill Gates Grandpa likes Prince Harry but not Prince William Grandpa likes President McKinley but not President Clinton Why is that?
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What is James's middle name?

There once was a man called James who liked to use different names If you're slick and astute by removing the fruit your favorite flava remains What was his middle name?
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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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I can be heavy, but I'll never sink. When I am ready, my glass is a drink

Riley Riddle: My prefix runs past, When you leave what you cast, Where a square may be skipped by a pawn. My suffix is vast, When I swap first with last, Where a breath may be currently ...
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No Answer Should Answer

One day, the King ordered me to visit the city of NASA to find a rare herb to cure his daughter's illness. However, upon arriving at the city's gate, a guard stopped me. "Hello, why are you here?" ...
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A title for a history book

A German historian is sitting by his desk, pondering a title for his book. He picks up and pen and starts writing down possible titles. South Asians No, too short. Let's try to add ...
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Video-games Mondegreens

Inspired by TV Title Mondegreens, I, too, came up with a similar puzzle. It is still based on Mondegreens, obviously, but with video-games! Each of these 10 descriptions will lead you to a (weird) ...
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A strange family indeed

We are a family of members twenty-four. There used to be more, But we threw them out the door. Except four of them would rather stay And I think that's okay As long as they don't play. ...
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Astronomical number sequence

1 2 3 0 [4] 4 0 [4] [1] 5 6 7 0 [4] 8 0 [4] [1] 9 10 11 0 [4] 12 0 [4] [1] We're gonna [1] [2] [3] [4] tonight! Can you name $[1]$, $[2]$, $[3]$ and $[4]$?
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Where is my friend right now?

A friend of mine is travelling the world and likes to send cryptic messages about where he is, I think he enjoys challenging me. Anyway here is the latest message, can anyone here help me figure it ...
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A relaxing glass of Shiraz

You see, I am that what makes you able. What I am is an element stable. Without me a name for oneself's lacking. I'm in fish, Thai, Shiraz and unpacking. You can try and guess what with ...
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A globetrotting riddle, with a twist

This is an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1. First time doing an FTC, so let me know what you think. Let's take a little trip around the world, shall we? Make sure to ...
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Popularity Within a Target Audience

This is a metapuzzle with four component puzzles and a final meta. Creations of CSIRO The Australian research institute CSIRO is notable for producing inventions such as gene shears, the insect ...
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Who is the Greatest Classic Rock Band of All Time?

This is not a "normal" crossword, but the clues are pretty normal, i.e. they're not cryptic-clues. The words you put into the boxes, though, aren't the answers to the clues, they're just related. ...
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Tricky T Tribute (or: Humble H Homage)

I made up a bunch of riddles over the weekend and wrote them on a stack of cards. Unfortunately, I dropped the stack outdoors. The cards blew everywhere and one of the riddles is missing. Can you ...
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Recycling old answers

Each of the puzzles below gives a two-word answer. Solve the puzzles and arrange the resulting 16 words into four groups of four, each with a common theme. The resulting group names form a clue for ...
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Which family member doesn’t belong?

My second older brother is a dangerous man, a pig who gorges himself on all our land. He hurt our mother’s feelings (called her a cow), so she hurt him back from belly to brow. My oldest ...
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The odd one out amongst odd ones out

For this task you will be presented four lists consisting of eight items. All items consist of two parts. To make things slightly easier for you, the length of the shortest part is given. In each ...
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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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Charlie goes on vacation

ADAM: Hey Benny, check it out. It's a letter from Charlie. He's going on vacation! BENNY: Cool! Where is he going? ADAM: No idea. Maybe the letter will say. Let's see... Hey guys! So I ...
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Name the sword aloud to save the castle from the monster

One morning the castle awoke to a shout: "A monster's attacking, come quick!" "Call for the wizard", said somebody else, "He'll save us - his favourite trick". They called him 'Ard Merlin ...
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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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Where will this killer strike next?

I'm going to try something new here... this puzzle is going to play out in real-time, so if it remains unsolved long enough the final objective will change. That'll be bad news for some fictional ...
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Potter Cryptic Clues

Today is July 31st, which, according to JK Rowling, is apparently Harry Potter's birthday. So, let's celebrate with some Harry Potter themed cryptic clues! The final answer is a good bit of trivia: ...
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Twisted Book Titles

(Obviously, inspired by Twisted TV Titles and its sequels.) It's not just TV and movie studios that are facing a lack of original ideas. In fact, publishing houses have started getting highly ...
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“X” Marks the Spot

My stupid cousin is off on vacation somewhere. He told me he found a really nice fishing spot and if I can figure out how to get there, he'll pay for my transportation. He sent me this map: I'm ...
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A tour of alternative spellings

English spelling is notoriously difficult and inconsistent. Let's try some alternatives for a size, shall we? Ö spelling das not häv tu bi båring. Vi kän ålvejs improv it baj ädding sam nu ...
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Rating words from best to worst

In my personal classification, certain words are assigned a rating based on some criteria. The top rating is AA, and below it the ratings go from A all the way down to Z. Seventeen AA-class words are ...
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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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The Great Escape: Room 1

You wake up trapped in a room. In front of you is a door. Next to the door there is a computer. On the computer you see the following Select the correct image to open the door Tries Left: 1 ...
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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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A Racing Heart!

This puzzle is about an athletic, hearty person. Therefore, there are 3 pieces of information hidden accordingly: For each clue, including trailing remarks such as "(2 words)", remove all numbers, ...
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From the death to the fresh beginning - A treasure hunt

Shortly after your mentor's passing, you received an envelope along with the following note: My Dear Disciple,      I am afraid my time to leave this world has come but don'...
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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 was Detective Sherlock missing?

Detective Sherlock, known for his amazing adventures, went through a distressful time in his life. It was like he had lost interest in solving his cases. For straight six days, he was under a lot of ...
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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. ...