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They say I should work on bigger things

I'm an important figure in my field. Who am I? ----------------------------------------------- | seat | heat | fish | line | |---------------------------------------------| | go ...
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Professor Pun's Personal Project

When I first met my good friend Captain Pun, he invited me to dinner to meet his wife, a physics professor at the university. Over a glass of wine I inquired into her research interests. "Let me show ...
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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 strong in the ...
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Up, down, left, right

Right 1. Stop behind fashionable content (6) 4. Wingspan is chosen to cover language for left clues (8) 10. Former students crossed feet and consumed metal compounds (9) 11. Six losses to start with? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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’m not simply ...
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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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On visiting a certain place, I wrote a line of poetry. Where was I?

Longest in its kind across the globe Where five of seven meet the shore Here the rights are set in stone To cruise along the world's floor Where am I? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5 Hint 6 ...
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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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Pretty lame reviews.. Why do people want this?

Browsing an online store, you see this product. The reviews are pretty low, but it seems many people want it. What is it ?
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Having a Row - Labouring under a Misunderstanding

There is an arcade of shops near where I live, Named for Isaac, and Heinrich, and Blaise. This story involves one such unit, But with times to obtain a result: Leaving a store where I bought rings ...
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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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What was this unstoppable vehicle?

I've made a small edit to this puzzle to try to make it slightly more difficult; see the edit history for the original version. The other day, I was taking a driving lesson. My instructor was sitting ...
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Check my drawing skills!

I was never too good at drawing, but... if this is the case, there is a word associated with this bmp image. Find out which one. Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3: Hint 4: Hint 5: Hint 6:
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A six letter Name

Can you figure this out? It's a name And a Surname An island A code Three US states And also elements A six letter word that ends in a college, that will need some ...
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ma(c + n + s) =?

This is an original puzzle. It may require some specific knowledge, but nothing that can't be easily acquired. ma(c + n + s) = ? To steer you in the right direction, there are no acronyms involved....
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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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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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They have the same birthday, but two are older

A while back, I was at a sporting event, holding my ticket and waiting for the race to begin, when a woman came up beside me and commented, "You know, the runner in lane one and lane two both have the ...
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A Salute to Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Day (which happens to be March 21st - go figure), I have crafted a puzzle which I hope will do a small bit of justice to this day. Carefully hidden in the four sections ...
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National Language

This is an entry into the Fortnightly topic Challenge: 35 Bob has had a few weird experiences with different people. Can you tell what is happening here? The final answer will tell you, why English ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Hacker's Love Letter

You work for an organisation that has been tracking a malicious hacker, attempting to get a copy of the code she has been using so as to reverse-engineer a counter-hack. You tailed her to London, ...
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Headbanging Emojis

Maybe you remember my emoji loving friend. To make it short, he heard about the current music challenge and sent me this (click for bigger version): (Emoji art supplied by Emoji One.)
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Wikipedia Says So #2

Previous puzzle of this kind: #1 A bird without wing, body, feet or tail, An invention am I who can effortlessly sail. I am unlike my lowly brothers who only deliver mail; Surging over the ...
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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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A puzzle-loving lady's phone number

After a long day, you head to your local bar for a couple of drinks. Halfway through your second beer, a pretty girl walks up to you and points to the empty chair next to you. "Is this seat taken?...
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A crumbled, jumbled poem

I wrote a beautiful, verbose poem for you all, but Riddler went and scrambled the whole thing up! Can you figure out the order of the lines and put it back together again for me? And while you're at ...
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Ah, the old SE puzzlearoo

Hold my crossword clues, I'm going in! 1973 Ford tow truck Trip to geeks’ country in Portugal Why Germany imprisons mother John Stewart, according to Wikipedia Classic m7xBI.jpg ...

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