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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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new “Only Connect” puzzle

Please be kind - this is my first puzzle! ...
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Who are we employees? And who do we work for?

The generalised name of us employees is seven plus five letters long. Our company's name is five plus five letters long. Can you put your finger on what each of the following clues alludes to? Our ...
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See me once, see me twice #2

I had a lot of fun with my "see me once, see me twice" question, so I thought I'd make a series out of them. So here is the next riddle: see me once, the hammer falls. see me twice, the gamer ...
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Rebus this, Rebus that

Here are three medium difficulty, rebus puzzles,
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A journey… into the MIND

Across 1. Drench 6. Garland 7. Senior executive 8. Jack's fellow grumpy old man 9. Willy Wonka or the Mad Hatter 10. Chose between two pills 11. Iconic Dracula 12. Dissuade 13. West ...
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TV Title Mondegreens

Inspired by the original Twisted TV Titles and its follow-up, I came up with a similar puzzle. This one builds on the idea of Mondegreens - misheard lyrics (like “Excuse me while I kiss this guy” ...
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What's the name of my cat?

Do you like "Little Dorrit"? It’s a nice funny book. I would read, but I lost it, though is hard to overlook. Nerdy books don’t inspire you? Then let’s play play a game, Good old classic’s my ...
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Slumdog millionaire (14)

My Indian friend Jamal recently participated in the well-known TV quiz show Who wants to be a millionaire?. You might have heard or read about Jamal's spectacular success; the media reported on it ...
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An Englishman Playing 'Ell With the Great Lakes!

Who is identified by the following verse? I'm known for words I never said And gear that seldom graced my head. Of siblings I am not most smart. A doctor said I'm cold of heart. Amused by ...
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Eric Andre had a dream

Eric Andre had a dream. What did he dream? Hint $\downarrow$ (the answer does require knowledge, though I'd assume it's pretty common to know about it) Not part of the puzzle. TL;DR This is my ...
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The Vowel Eater

Here's a quote from a very famous book with all the vowels and punctuation removed. Can you re-assemble it? ...
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What is a CirKle 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 a CirKle Word™. Use the ...
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A Missing Vowels Mishap

How exciting! Your first day as a BBC intern, and you get to meet the Victoria Coren Mitchell! You take a deep breath as you walk up to her dressing room, not wanting to sound like a crazed, nervous ...
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Puzzling is a Forte of Mine

(Click image for larger size) Answer is a two-word phrase. Text transcript of the clues (for copy-paste purposes) ...
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Kill That Irritating Fly!

There is a long-lived fly fluttering somewhere out there. Some say this fly is able to perform additions and substractions. Quite an amazing diptera, right? Well, there are 7 friends who would ...
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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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Please don't bite

When things gets shaky, you can use me to keep it together, but that might also get you one step closer to your demise. When I get close to ten inches long, I make nice music, but using me on a ...
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Grandpa can't even tell time? Another Grandpa Mystery

Grandpa was waiting impatiently in the Waiting area of Yale Hospital in Connecticut US. It was past midnight. His second daughter was giving birth to her first child (C-section). His son-in-law came ...
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Tag! You're it! :)

Everyone should {my prefix} that an {my infix}, like most others of its type, can easily perch on a {my suffix}. What's the word?
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Where are the --— ---— stored?

Friday fun trivia puzzle time. Goodluck all!
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The hangman game backward # 11

It's been a while! Hangman game backward #11 - guess what the question was: fill in "c" - Some said I'm black, others said I'm white. Either way you'll find it hard to lose me. fill in "j" - You ...
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What sentence is hidden here?

The title says it all, try and find it! Not sure about the tags, don't really want to spoil it too much... I will add hints if required :) P.S. Gray is just a frame
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A wiild aanimal, a cardinal direction, or a place by the water

I'm in the north. I can be accompanied by violent crimes, a relative direction, or a body of fresh water. I'm in the east. I can be accompanied by a wiild aanimal, a cardinal direction, or a ...
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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 ...