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Middle-of-the-day intoxication?

Considering all categories, I've selected some examples of multiple winners and put them in order. However, I have a problem deciding where to put the one remaining entry on this list. Here's my ...
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Today's horoscope: You will solve this riddle

You may see me in 7 if it's your time Though you will probably see me in 6 all around town Some say my predecessor can hold up the world In the west I am a group of siblings in a cow Though in ...
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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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An unwanted guest

I am here, but not really My presence is eerie. Why the long face, why the frustration After all I am only a sensation You and my body went separate ways I fill out the empty space ...
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More important than the destination

This puzzle is the 26th and final part of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Spoiler alert: This puzzle gives ...
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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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Cool language nerds won't hang out with me

It has long been my dream to be a part of the extremely exclusive Language Nerds' Club. Today, I walked into their clubhouse and stated my wish to become a bona fide member. See how I used Latin there?...
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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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Let us all join the party for hope!

The students at Hope's Peak Academy decided to throw a party to have some thrills and chills (and let's stop there, please!) They played all sorts of games with each other, and now it's time for the ...
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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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Super High School Level Crossword

Note: This crossword contains objectively more references to Japanese popular media than necessary. Does that fill you with despair? Upupupu... Clues ...
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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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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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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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Fire and Water, Hear Me Roar

My first is the first of an outrageous utterance My second the second of appropriate circumstance My third's the essence of heat, why anything cools My last a procedure, all about the rules ...
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Me and my successor

Take a half of me, or my successor, You might become an addict, Good or bad, For many it’s a habit. Take a half of me, or my successor, You should use it to begone, "Stop annoying ...
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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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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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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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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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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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History Calls - Twice!

You'd send a letter to me, but I'm not quite what you think. You'd send a letter in me, but only if you didn't know me. I was a gem in my day for being both bold and precise. I stood ...
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Emojional cryptics (slight return)

The final answer is the name of a country.
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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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It is a very big state: Says Grandpa

"Wow, this is a very big country, our USA" Said Grandpa. He was looking at the USA map. "Everyone knows that" My two cents. "Did you know that California is twice as big as Nebraska?" "Could ...
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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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Answering the Question of Life

Researchers from Ecuador knocked down an important obstacle in the road to a complete understanding of the human mind. "The initial plan to map specific areas of the human brain is 95% complete", Dr. ...
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Mint, orange or pear

My prefix prefix comes from near the Med, my infix infix is slightly weird, my suffix suffix is brightly coloured, I am something sweet which may be sprayed.
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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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I’m there when everything goes wrong

I come from a place way out of town. Yet I only have fake friends when I’m on the ground. If I fall, I will not be able to hold it in. Twice, and I might just have to run back home. But I’...
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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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To tell me who I am, you must have made me cry

They paid to see it and they applauded, as this concept was very new. But only I could relate, for the differences in our cases were very few. This made me sad and I chose to cry. It’s the only time ...
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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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Sun setting in East! [closed]

It was a bright and sunny day during April- May(can say, peak of summer) in a country in the northern hemisphere, near to the equator. I was wandering(on foot) through this country's vast and open ...
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Video game puzzle

Each line of the puzzle is a different clue which refers to a different game. Once you've solved each clue take the first letter of the game and find the hidden message. Man called jon hates ...
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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 ...