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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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a spell for summoning help

Mutter dos de thou around a rhetorical shape, then pause with the hero of Card's game. Then let it sit for far too long while the celts tell you how many bards came. Our protagonist makes another ...
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Luminous Balloon

Four times they proclaimed their name, Spare the Romans and it was the same. Diverging, in a sacred abode they prayed, Afterwards some real ideas they sprayed. Despite their fame, they ...
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My Centre can be found in North Yorkshire

If I score on myself, it's written in stone. I will act badly when given a bone. If it's handed to me, I'm likely to drop. But if I'm allowed, I'll avenge my pop. What am I? In your answer, ...
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Look, look with your special eyes!

Those often confused with mongols and a week part Heard on the green plus the bird of Always Sunny perhaps? Merger of an act of sadness and what's found in a racist's vocabulary Latino ...
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I would look so cool in that hat

What common theme do the missing elements have? Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Image credits: 1.3 Hex, CC-BY-SA 3.0 2.1 Nevit Dilmen, CC-BY-SA 3.0 2.2 Cramyourspam, CC-BY-SA 4....
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The summer term exams must go on

The staff at Farthingbottom School are in a bit of a fix: the summer term exams are due to start soon, but the exam papers haven't arrived yet. Dr Linnaeus (the Head of Biology) takes care of ...
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Never shall we die…!

Here now the accounts of the nine pirate lords And one impostor amidst them all Here now their voice and story And which impostor to die The first of all is the chief of all Hidden by ...
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The hearts of gold

This puzzle is part 10 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Globe trotting Grandpa. Where is he going next?

Grandpa was busy finishing up his travel itinerary. "Where are you going Grandpa?" I asked "Many places! I want to visit places that are charming, historical--" "Wow" My reaction "exciting, sunny, ...
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Colourful cryptic

No numbers in this grid. The clues are grouped into 12 squares by the location of the word's first letter. No guesswork is needed – if you have the correct answers, there's only one way to fit ...
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Girls are Mean!

Can you help poor little Benjamin fix his homework paper before he submits it? He needs to know what words to put back into his paper. Transcript: ...
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What am I forgetting?

It's 6:10 am. Just a few minutes ago, I heard a loud knocking on my door. I dragged myself out of bed to see what emergency required disturbing my sleep at such an unpleasant time of day — ...
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Another Only Connect Wall

This is an Only Connect Wall, like the several (some examples here) that have been posted here in the past. The goal is to divide the 16 words below into 4 thematically connected groupings of 4 ...
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Corsets, movie sets and assets

My prefix prefix does exhilarating kicks, My infix infix uncovered the wizard's tricks, My suffix suffix is quieter than a tick, Gone a century since, he made infinite picks.
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Making Things Difficult​

This puzzle was meant to be for Fortnightly Challenge #35: Restricted Title #1, but due to various reasons I only got around to starting it recently. Constructed with apologies to my friend Atrus. ...
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One night in Baker Street

The raindrops ran down the windows of 221B Baker Street while Sherlock Holmes played a sad melody upon his violin. The weather and the music reflected his mood, for it had been a trying and vexatious ...
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I'm a really tiny critter. Come close

Come really close and take a look at me. May be you will think I am sleepy May be you will have a couple of questions: Why is he far away at the end? Why are there six in a row then ...
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Batman and the calling card

A sequel to: Batman and the grid and Batman and the piano $ > \large\ Incoming\ communication... $ $ > \large\ receiving..... $ $ > \large\ Analyzing..... $ $ > \large\ copying\ to\ ...
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She has a unique personality

Each square is one word, and each row also has a one-word answer. The final answer is what I tell everyone whenever my sister is coming to town. #1 Image credits: 1. Mickayyy, CC BY-SA 4.0; ...
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I send you all to the Connect-Wall

Here's a random code-wall for you though; I think of it as unfair to the point of impossible, but some people of this site never cease to surprise me. You need to split the 16 words into 4 groups, ...
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Reverse Puzzling 5

(Continued thematically from here) "George, you know this puzzle?" I asked. "Oh yes, of course. And I much prefer this version to the French one." "Yes, it's much better." I agreed. "So you can ...
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Solemn, Unhurried Enigma

Scan me, seeking hidden worth. Uncover prizes, gems unearth. Envision! Witness! Look and find! Make mazes, paths. Unmask, unwind. Any means and any acts. Investigate wild wacky facts. ...
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a comet!

Ummm... this is a little embarrassing, but I need a bit of help with my homework... I got a riddle from English class, which I have no clue where to start deciphering: Air I miss, comet I be, ...
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A Riddle of Successive Subtractive Sentences

All in all: out of bed! Time the morning to greet! Minus one and the statesman is losing his seat. Minus two: it's a hue or a kind of a smirch. Minus three, in a way, nothing short of a perch. ...
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Basic manners in the UK [closed]

You are a foreigner with heavy accent living in the UK. If you want to be polite getting off public transport, you can say a number and a letter to the driver. Which number and which letter?
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3 = 6 ? Another non math question. Another Grandpa Mystery

Now I know Grandpa asks silly questions all the time. He says to me: "Son, this is based on my personal experience. I was with a friend today. He made a gesture. By making this gesture he ...
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Ron Paul's brain count

The number of brains found inside Ron Paul's head. With playing or model; it rhymes with small bread. A half of the seats of one-seven-two filled. With character, lead, voice; between screen and ...
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Where's Wahlberg?

Can you find the famous faces in this crowd? (click to enlarge) Two of these are in profile, the rest are facing the camera, though their eyes are not always focused on the camera. (All images ...
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Can 4 = 6 and 10 = 1000? : Another Grandpa Question

Grandpa likes PSE. He is amazed at the smart puzzle solvers who seem to solve any of his riddles. So he constantly tries to think of new challenging questions. So he says: "Ask Tom, SteveV, Jafe, ...
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Crossword gone overboard

This puzzle is part 24 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Harriet's final exam

Harriet woke up in her dorm room and found a letter from the school's faculty, along with 12 small cards with some words written on them. Congratulations on completing the coursework in the ...
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A Weird Librarian

Inspired by this puzzle, you decide to visit your local library in the hope of checking out a copy of Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword. Upon entering, you ask the librarian whether the library has ...
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Who am I and how did I die?

Protected from death by Oath. My father being the Father of men. Brother mischieved by brother, Led to one another. Who am I? Who killed me and how?
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Cryptic Rebuses Visit the Art Museum

Before we get to the art, we first have to go over museum etiquette. A cryptic rebus is a rebus that has the form of a cryptic clue. That is to say, there are two parts to a cryptic rebus: a ...
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Contours of a clandestine nature

What does each of the answers describe? The answer is two words (11 + 4 letters). #1 #2 #3 #4 Image credits: 1.2 Slashme, CC BY-SA 4.0; 2.1 AngMoKio, CC BY-SA 2.5; 2.3 ...
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Why Do You Love Me?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. I met an amazing girl today. Not only is she smart and share my love for art, she also really like puzzles! However, when I asked her ...
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What be these men doing?

A great long line of men stands before you Occasionally 2 and 3 stand side by side 1 was a lover. 1 was extremely funny. 3 were winners. 4 were lucky. 8 were from the ...
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Romans and Germans and such

My beginning is a halogen. My middle is Roman. My ending is Swedish. My whole was Roman. My beginning is a dessert. My middle is German. My ending makes plurals. My whole was German....
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Disembodied hand growing fangs

Across 2. Puzzle expert breaks first dilemma partially (7) 10. Nobleman bandleader (4) 13. Lead singer, AC/DC's second; extremely over-the-top (5) 18. Actor Morgan and organ lying on the same ...
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Dress up a ship's surface

Boss turns blind eye to knife user (4) Charge with first-degree larceny makes sense (4) Recite backwards about king computer worm (6) Start donning trousers, topless educators (5) Initial ...
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riddle with keys

Part 1 I have keys, but I don’t open any locks. I have a ribbon, but I didn’t win, place or show. I need some help from nature to be useful. Part 2 Now what is special about this word? Hint:
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What to do if you're a Luke in trouble

My infix has 99 names. My prefix is more. My suffix comes after XI. My whole is a dirty surname. What to do if you're a Luke in trouble?
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It's a school for children, my dear friend!

I was awakened last night to a thump on my front door. When I turned the knob, I found none other than my close friend Dmitri! Before I could begin to inquire what he needed at this late hour, he ...
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What is the subject?

Inspired by the recent "Name that Movie" puzzles, here is something similar. I will be giving away too much information if I tell you the subject, so you will have to work that out yourself. Once ...
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Fun things to do at home

What do I do when I get home, you ask? Draw a dinosaur (11) Read about an elite person (10) Look at something that is written (10) Learn about navy officers (8) Take things back (7) ...
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The Missing Taste

After a tiring soccer match which I absquatulated because I got insulted all the time by my own teammates, I went to my regular restaurant and ordered a fancy sashimi “the agushi special” but the ...
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What do all these people have in common?

Some people were gunned down on the frontier a few years back. Their goal of seeking a new life, tragically cut short. Still, they did see some strange things before they died. Aside from being shot,...
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Great-Uncle Alfred's Bewildering Formula

My great-uncle Alfred has, for several years, voiced the opinion that the children of today have a much easier life than when he was young. Kids are mollycoddled by their parents, there is no more ...
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The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper: Crime Scene #5 (The last crime scene)

The Story: It had taken longer than planned to sneak out after having solved the word search with the hidden message. Vimes was worried that he had alrady failed. Having taken the stairs to reduce the ...
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Name that Country!

What country does the following text represent? Forward By confidence, we Union seek justice, peace and the sword.