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A puzzle that is primarily built around a well-known book, novel, drama, poem, or author.

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Where Ages Meet

Note: Knowledge Tag: The knowledge required for this puzzle is straightforward and very easy to find. Prefer no partial answers. “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #22 (Art and Literature 4/4): Bookstore

This is part 22 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Yesterday, I was asked to create some window displays ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #16 (Art and Literature 3/4): X

This is part 16 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. The final answer is a thematic 8-letter word. Text ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #10 (Art and Literature 2/4): Bookshelf

This is part 10 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Colourblind-friendly version available here. The ...
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An engineer, a mechanic and an athlete walk into a bar

...to exchange puzzles about the thing they talked about the other day and have a drink. The engineer showed these numbers: 2, 8, 14, 2, 99 2, 4, 0, 0, 1 The ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #04 (Art and Literature 1/4): Threesome

This is part 4 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. QUE STI ONS SEC@ND L@TR V@LUME B@ANWELL’S AUTHO@ ...
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Python Conundrum: Guess The Song

Python Conundrum: The Series The key to the puzzle: The puzzle: ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #02 (Entertainment 1/4): Wrong Superhero

This is part 2 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Minecraft character who receives enhanced abilities ...
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Breaking Gnomon Cipher [closed]

[First time posting so apologies if this is an inappropriate question for this site.] I recently finished reading the book “Gnomon” by Nick Harkaway. At the start of the book there’s a set of numbers ...
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Three people sit down for a meal in France, who is the time traveller?

As the time traveller and the two others sit down at a table to eat and drink, they discuss who they are (but without giving their names). Then one of the three says, "We are all..." And ...
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Not like the one in Texas

I... PILFER AND MASK (or SKIMP AND FLARE) I also... BOB A GRANNY THERE I... USE A PRISON and APE OUR SINS I'm often... EYELESS AND SIT IN BINS I... PIPED CURD AND I JEER, you see... At the end of the ...
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How many nails?

A man from Samsat tells you a true story. It goes as follows: The king of the horned cannibals goes out to the great forest. Suddenly, a herd of a dozen deer arrive and charge at the king. Though he ...
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A magical place, for sure

What can you buy in the place that I encrypted here?
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A Harry Potter sequence puzzle

What is the next term in the following sequence based on Harry Potter? None, 16, None, 16, 5, 9, ?
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Billy Leg's Secret Treasure!

Billy has been following a treasure hunt since he moved. Now, he's stumped! He just uncovered a clue: CLUE: )?006¶5*) 6)05*† )- Where does he go now? Hint 1: ...
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In this decrypted cipher, what is meant by "GABL" and how should I make sense of the whole message?

In "The Blue Scarab" in Dr. Thorndyke's Case-Book by R. Austin Freeman, Thorndyke finds the dead body of Uncle Reuben in a meadow based on hieroglyphic letters inscribed on a blue scarab ...
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Help - I think my computer's broken!

I wrote a little computer program to count letter frequencies. Don't worry you don't need to know anything about computers! Except of course for Googling, Wikipedia, etc. So, for example, the ...
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Harry Potter Rebus Puzzles #3

Another set of Harry Potter word rebuses for you to solve! Part 1: 11 Harry Potter rebus puzzles Part 2: Harry Potter Rebus Puzzles #2
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Harry Potter Rebus Puzzles #2

Here are 4 more Harry Potter word rebuses for you to solve! (11 more Harry Potter rebuses are posted here.)
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Read it carefully

My prefix is found in an automobile, My infix corrects a mistake with mistakes, My suffix is practice if you're very old. My whole may be found unexpectedly. Hint:
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This Riley is out of order

My prefix is big in the Middle, my infix is found at the end, my suffix was once at the front, my whole is what is involved. Hint 1: My two anagrams, as a rebus Hint 2: An alternative fix, ...
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Who wrote this potion recipe? (#2)

Below is a recipe for a Nosebleed Antidote written by a mysterious wizard. Just like other wizards before him have done, the one who wrote this recipe has hidden his name within the recipe. Can you ...
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Find the hidden word (Harry Potter theme)

Bouncing bulbs are jumping all around the greenhouse. Can you help sort them out and figure out the hidden word? (Note: the answer is something from Harry Potter)
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Harry Potter Ditloids

Each of the 15 lines below represent a phrase related to Harry Potter. For example: $$\text{1994 I W the W C} = \text{1994 Ireland Wins the World Cup}$$ Can you figure out the rest? $$\text{150 P ...
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11 Harry Potter rebus puzzles which together spell a word

11 Harry Potter rebus puzzles. When you have solved them all, there is a word they are hiding. Hint:
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Christmas Sentences

I've received an early Christmas gift with a combination lock and a letter containing a poem and some sentences. There are several typos: I don't believe they're intentional, but they might be. I have ...
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Half a wife, did you say?

My first and my second are in HUSBANDRY, Though one is in UNION, one ZOOLOGY. My third is in DUBITABLY, in SUFFERABLE; My fourth and fifth are in BUSINESS and in SEPARABLE. My sixth is in GOAL,...
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Translate this "especially important" note from "War with the Newts"

Language-identification questions are off-topic on linguistics.stackexchange.com, or I would have posted this over there. Since it's also a puzzle, I figure puzzling.stackexchange might appreciate it. ...
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Storms form above my head

I have searched for treasure in Egypt, and spent a lifetime fishing in the Atlantic. I have seen powerful storms form above me, and felt the earth shaking with devastating effect. I have seen ...
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Where have I visited?

Now an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet Having a new try on "where do I want to go next" questions", hope you enjoy it. I have visited: 1: Regulations on the ...
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A Cryptic Dirty Dozen: Do your best!

Age a herb salad for a cat. (8) Wolfmother confused a shark. (6) Alias around the Spanish leader (5) The Colonel runs through that hibiscus patch (5) Ursine stench holds soothing plant ...
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A Classic Conundrum

I had a quick idea for a puzzle that may or may not be too hard to solve, but nothing is too hard for Puzzling SE so let's give it a go. One of my friends gave me a list of classic books to read last ...
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Four Directions #6 - Where and what am I?

Inspired by metazen's riddles, I have decided to create my own To my west are a bunch of crooks To my north is a special fruit To my east is somewhere everyone wants to be To my ...
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Zeebus Puzzle #8

Don't be spook'ed by the math signs, For they're the key to find the line...
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A Discworld Riley

My prefix is the heir to the apprentice of the final reality, Without the Ephebean "not" My suffix is both a noun and a verb Dwarf Bread is not an example of the noun, Though it may help ...
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What am I wearing today?

Captain of serenity. Lover of Polish beast slayer. Sister of double victor. Foul-mouthed one-eyed soldier. Murgo-hating emperor. Owner of runaway bum. Fateful answerer of "What do you want?" ...
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♥Veni♀Vidi♂Vici☠

Third in a line, bred to be realistic, Somewhat compassionate, not too sadistic. Taught a new game, I learned how to rack 'em. In spite of their cheating, I improv'd and sacked 'em. Surprised how ...
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Look up to him, who is he?

Born on the first soil, aiming for the next Stolen as replacement, his life a lie To be loved, serve but never die Death came in a flash, lost mother Hideous rictus, fear and darkness ...
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Though some may find me lacking, others call me less

Though some may find me lacking Others call me less Some may think I’m both Despite my flame and my finesse Family, no family, mind's asunder Feel the elements, hear the thunder ...
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How long time does it take an infinite number of monkeys to type the collected works of Shakespeare?

Imagine an infinite number of monkeys typing random texts on typewriters. Each monkey has same single unit of typewriter. We assume that typewriters and monkeys are ideal i.e. do not need to be fed/...
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Riddle from Harry Potter

This is a riddle from the 7th Harry Potter book. Who am I? I christen myself to the rightful lord, there is nothing I cannot overpower; A crimson splattered history, I was stolen at the top of a ...
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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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Cryptic Rebuses Hit the Books

In order to learn more about Emily Dickinson and T. S. Eliot, who made cameos here and here, cryptic rebuses are going to the library. If you're unsure how cryptic rebuses work, you may want to check ...
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A Heroic Narrative of two

We two were the ones destined to do great things We started as did Jon aware of Nothing A world we didn't know turned out to be our home Waited where we were with glorious foretellings While ...
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A Letter to a Lady

Parse the rebus to determine the words and their source.
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The Guard Of Fantasy

I am back with a second riddle, hope you enjoy this and I expect some to answer it correctly within a matter of time. Here I will live and here I will stay, as I will guard this all today. This ...
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A riddle in James Still's "River of Earth"

I'm working on paper for SAMLA 88 on riddles in James Still's novel River of Earth. There is one I can't seem to find an answer for. It goes like this: First green and then yeller, (sic. yellow) ...
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Words with a Mask - Looking for Truth

An opportunity to pull back masks and bring light to truth. IWOKKXCXMBKSXWTKRYTNXMSTRNXIMSXTXVICXBMTTKBYHKHTRX SVWXMZYITBWOXBHYHMHBZHYXSXQMRWKYTDKMYIRXMHLHMICYIR ...
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Confusing holidays

Tired of playing games, you decide to take a holiday. You first location, you wander about for a bit, completely lost in the crowds until finally the relative you were supposed to meet spots you. ...
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Literary Haikus

Inspired by this riddle, I've created a group of haikus each of which describes a well-known work of literature and its author. A mighty master Of small precious jewellery. A tollman eager. ...
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