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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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What a peculiar family

I once met a family, well actually only the kids, quite a strange bunch. They said Dad was a busy man, so they were often alone. I asked about Mom, and they just shrugged their shoulders and shook ...
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Baby don't hurt me no more

You've been taken captive by a spy organization who seems convinced you're an agent for the other side. You've already spent a miserable day of questioning and torture and have no wish to spend ...
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What is an Odious 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 an Odious Word™. Use the ...
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Seven levels through Europe

Let's take a little trip through Europe, shall we? Each level forms a word chain. Even-numbered levels (yellow) go clockwise, odd-numbered ones (white) go anticlockwise. Each level has ...
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- A Poem Riddle -

As the newly hired secretary of your local poetry society, one of your jobs is to go through the mess that is the archives and try and get things in some semblance of order. Currently, you are trying ...
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Who Am I? I am not sure myself

I am a number, I've a number of names. My name is in itself. I am hiding in plain sight. I am damned if I don't and damned if I do. (Perhaps this riddle would be better if it rhymed...) ...
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I am a Russian ay

I am a Russian ay, ah, in the English way! For many is to say, the booty's ours, hooray! I am an English ay, ah, in the Russian way! For many not to say, and all is quite okay! ...
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Can YOU guess this Riley Riddle?

My Prefix returns us to the dark ages. My Infix belongs to someone. My Suffix has annoyed me since birth. Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Cryptic with missing capitals

Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different European capital city. Across 1. Funny beret men strike $??$ to convene (4) 3. Containers found in a $??$ plaza (...
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Cryptic cross… with words

Solve the clues and fit the answers into the grid. Far north Silicon Valley's research & development leaders surround Jessica (8) Pop star loses British-American distribution ...
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My Friend in Kanto

I have a friend in Kanto. He sent me a message and told me that he's looking for all sorts of creatures. Included was the following list of descriptions. I know there's a message hidden in there ...
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Sightseeing on Crack

Recently I went on an around-the-world vacation. Unfortunately, I dropped my phone just as I was getting out of the cab at the airport before my first flight out. Not so bad in and of itself, but ...
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What prominent figure am I?

My namesakes are plentiful, though some antiquated: A company defunct and a system outdated. One unavoidable an honor shared by few just give it some time it will come into view. Two bearing my ...
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I can't remember what I was doing last night

I can't remember what I was doing last night... Could you help me figure out what I was doing? This is what I can remember... I was standing in a room. Some guy from another country, ...
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The Imaginary Food Riddle

I am a food you'd never find or certainly wouldn't eat I don't exist, and yet I do, now isn't that a feat! I am a good example of something that is wrong I'm mentioned in the speech of some but more ...
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(According to me.)

Can you identify the six things below and determine the final answer? First thing My first three are the code for a port airport in Malaysia. Next you'll need one of the least-common ...
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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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Name that Movie

The following each describe a movie title. Figure out what they are! (I'm really bad at intros.) 1. :*:*!! 2. ...
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The strange story of Lord Lefthide

Lord Lefthide was found dead in his mansion, to what it would seem of a heart attack. But it appears that moments before his death, he was writing some uncanny childish story. He was indeed found dead ...
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A curious little planet

Somewhere in this universe, there is an extremely tiny planet covered entirely in water. The only inhabitable surface on The entire planet is a raised Platform that keeps the animals on the planet ...
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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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Bankers with rancor

Three colleagues at the bank are boasting to each other… Colleague 1: “Ask anybody – I’m clearly the best.” Colleague 2: “And how do you figure that?!” Colleague 1: “Well, just ...
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The Video Gamers' Double-Duty Crossword

"OK, so I know that you two are always arguing about what type of crosswords to do- 'Normal crosswords are too boring!' 'Cryptics are too esoteric!!' Trivia vs wordplay, yeah, I've heard both sides. ...
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Planning a round-the-world trip

My friend is preparing for her upcoming round-the-world trip and is excitedly making lists of places she wants to visit. She sent me a list of her current top 20 destinations. Mostly I see what the ...
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A sum of images

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = ? The answer can be given as either an image or a description of the image.
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What Is An Explain Word?

This is in the idea of the What is a Word/Group of Words group started by A Person with a new type of Word and Group of Words problems. If a word is the best I call it an Explain word. Use the ...
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A puzzling conversation

“I’m thinking of a word,” said Lionel. His hands moved quietly while he spoke, setting pieces in their accustomed places. “It has two zeds in it.” “How puzzling,” said Adolf, allowing himself a ...
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A mysterious email from the Historical Society

You are a secret agent in the service of the KGB, recently deployed on a highly dangerous mission to infiltrate MI6. After a delay when your superiors thought your cover had been blown before you even ...
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Another Sensational Crime Fiction?

William Herschel III, heir to the Herschel Paper Company, is dead. His body was found in fishing gear, discovered near the family estate's lake by his Labrador. Police immediately suspected foul play. ...
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Mr Ling Designed My Jewellery

I wonder about my wife sometimes. She's getting harder to comprehend all the time. Take last weekend, for example: my nephew had come over to visit and was telling me all about the movie club that ...
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Superb Undeniably Awesome Legend!

Never try to ignore, b'lieve in the pentagonal head of mine. It gives you my first three, out of nine. As a rightful person, look and say to my face. Three of these and thrice more, ...
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Pokémon, Gotta Guess Them All!

Below are some "rebus" that lead to names of different Pokémons. However, here is the catch: The rebuses do not all explicitly lead to the name of Pokémons. The rebuses may be describing the Pokémon's ...
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That which bends but does not break

Though a different shape, my form I take From that which bends but does not break. Two in love, or simply lust, Doing as they feel they must. The rhythm of a heart that beats, The changing ...
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The gang's all here

Of us there are three one of which is part tree; The other one you should not fear, but it will make you burst in tears; As for the last one, and there is no bluffing, that's the one you'll ...
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The city of fortune & failure

In Unit nine in Xiamen I live, Away from the windows. Although I'm not edible, I'm quite tasty if followed by Ed and Eddy. Committed no crime, I will be executed. You might ...
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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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Where Mongol herds graze

One of us – largest outside polar regions; another one's island's shared with Indonesians; a third one is found at the edge of the first, a break from the dryness to quench people's thirst....
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Elizabeth's six destinations

The ship departed from the Lisbon harbour. Elizabeth sat in her cabin, holding a small USB device in her hand. The important information it contained was meant for the authorities of six foreign ...
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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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Written every which way

Looking for the name of a country. This puzzle is part of Recycling old answers.
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Where is Grandpa going next? A Grandpa Mystery

First Grandpa goes to Biloxi in China Then he goes to Del Norte in Spain Then he goes to Manchester in France Then he goes to Sydney in ________? Fill in the blank and tell me why.
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Some of our Professors are Missing

It has emerged that four members of the mathematics department at Farthingbottom School have been working on a top-secret code-breaker for the government. Unfortunately for them (and the school) ...
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Mathematical rebus: $x^2+15600=649x$

Which name of a large American city does the following equation represent? $$ x^2+15600=649x $$
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Rebuses with an unknown symbol

Each picture features the same unknown symbol. What does it mean? Where would you place it fit in the final answer?
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A Tale of Snake and Coffee

I had the strangest dream last night: I am in field of red stones. I start walking around until a smell of fresh coffee catches my attention. I follow it until I see a large cave, and in its ...
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Traversing Africa: A Cryptic Journey

Each answer is a place, landmark or attraction in Africa, one per country. The answers first traverse all countries on the mainland by crossing land borders, and then the remaining ones go around the ...
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Cassocks and castles

I start at one end of the table. Replace my ending with a ton of ice, and I sip my beer. Then remove my ending, and I sit in a Scandinavian castle. Put a girl in between, and I walk around in my ...
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One of us carries a shield

Hi, I'm Jackie. I'm pretty sure you know me already, but in any case it's nice to meet in person. I'd like to talk a little bit about my little group. I wouldn't call myself our leader in any ...
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Jack was not there…Need to find him!

If you don't remember me, I am Aidan. I was in search of Detective Jack a few months back. And after a hard fought battle, I reached where he called me. But, unfortunately, when I reached the ...
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What do these U.S. states have in common?

The following U.S. states have something in common that is not shared by any other state: Alabama Arkansas California Colorado Florida Georgia Indiana Louisiana Maryland Minnesota Missouri Montana ...