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Questions tagged [literature]

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

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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 internet ...
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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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Vizzini has captured Buttercup!

You're the Dread Pirate Roberts (Westley), and you've crossed the Sea, climbed the Cliffs of Insanity, battled a Spaniard fencer and a Turkish wrestler, and tracked your Lady Love to near the Fire ...
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The Sorns are Demanding Ransom: Can You Help?

This is my entry to the 15th Fortnightly Challenge: Stories. You are a human inhabitant on a distant planet. You live there, along with a large population of an alien species known as the sorns. ...
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A place without hands

Perhaps you have read of the story I tell A tale of the darkness which cannot be felt And the treasure that beds in the lidless lockbox Of the dancing white horses with red gums for socks In the ...
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I am a genius. Find out who am I

I am a genius. You all miss me I specialise in Mathematics and crime. A deadly combination, isn't it? People consult me for both. I have only one nemesis of my level of intelligence. He destroyed ...
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Numerical enigma

My whole, composed of 19 letters, is a quotation from Milton's "Paradise Lost". My 13, 7, 16, 18 is to be peevish, to worry. My 15, 3, 5, 9 is broad. My 4, 12, 19, 14 is deprivation. ...
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Oh no, my library!

In my study I have a great collection of books of fine literature and pop fiction alike. Looks like Posling the Poltergeist has broken into my study and pulled another one of his practical "jokes". ...
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Three linked oppograms

Inspired by this puzzle where an oppogram was defined as an anagram of opposites For example: $\color{blue}{ratify }\space\color{red}{smart}\space\color{green}{peace}\rightarrow\color{blue}{deny}\...
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Who do these lines tell about?

My name is the first, third, and last of my name, Or first, fifth, and sixth; that is quite all the same. Take first, second, sixth, and again you will see: My first, fifth, and last can also ...
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The German Terrorist

The CIA has arrested and interrogated a German terror suspect who was trying to enter the country with a Syrian passport. The suspect is low on the totem pole, but he does have information that Daesh ...
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An alphametic for Nikolai Gogol

"Diary of a Madman" (Russian: Записки сумасшедшего, Zapiski sumasshedshevo) is a short story by Nikolai Gogol. MAD * MAN = ASYLUM Which digit does each ...
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What is missing?

I don't know how classy it is to design a puzzle of exactly the same type as one already posted. Feel free to delete if you think it's unfair. But they say that imitation is the sincerest form of ...
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I will be uttering this with a moan

What line is hidden behind the stars? I will be uttering this with a moan someplace aeons and aeons therefore: $*****$ $*****$ $*****$ $*****$ and I picked up the one with inferior migration, ...
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Hither is an examination of prudence

What line is hidden behind the questionmarks? Hither is an examination of prudence. Prudence is not ultimately checked at college. ?????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ...
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An Exercise in Spatial Geometry

You're on a treasure hunt for a mysterious object, and the clue you need is hidden somewhere in a giant library. You have the following clue: uxq pt as well as the following piece of paper: ...
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A wordsmith's bravado

The following clues lead to a famous quote. Can you tell me what the quote is, and how you got there? Emily Dickinson has decided that something of ours is swiss. Laura Regan's 2002 one-...
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A Shakesperian inverse alphametic

Every digit (in base-10 representation) stands for a letter, different digits stand for different letters. 233 + 8519 + 954 = 9706 The whole is a famous ...
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Immovable object

I have a long history from east to west, to some I'm the worst and others the best. With a core made of resin I dance and I flutter, no one judges me when I speak with a stutter. I may be an object ...
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Small and resilient

At the same time I can be low or high, I can be found where the ground meets the sky. I may have a bald spot on top of my head, but pick a fight with me, and you may be dead. Slow moving, slow ...
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Old love letters - but who wrote them?

I recently discovered some old love letters, I estimate that some of them date back as much as 40 years. Here are some snippets from a few of them$\ldots$ We share so many little memories that ...
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“In darkness it is me they dread.” Who am I?

No matter the road they tread, at the beginning I lurk. In darkness it is me they dread. I stalk and plot my strike, eager to finish my work. It is after their long hike - in the middle of their ...
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Name me, Who am I?

I am who I am, Returned to the world, To Save or to Damn, My banner's unfurled. So many names I have, But one always true. No golden Calve, But worship you do. My people, they came. Their weapon ...
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Disemvowelled Books

I recently put together a list of books by some well-known authors, but something went horribly wrong when I tried to print it out. The first entry in the list was completely unreadable, but the rest ...
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A cipher and a book…?

Long time no see! Hello Stonehenge!(I mean PSE) A man named Kasiski gives you a letter that reads this: Yssy uztzt t hzbvhqfhew wphivzwim mt tbdnhp wnvjchimzos agi qirmmpfmhwp ho uwtbg mt youzme ...
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Emojiture Challenge - Next Generation

After looking through the list of books my friend sent me the last time I asked him to send me some recommendations for more recent books. Here is what I got: I hope you can help me again. Hints:
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Emojiture Challenge

This is the first question for the new Fortnightly Topic Challenge #5: Literature. My inspiration source was a TV show. I wanted to read some books during holidays, so a friend sent me a list of some ...
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Eureka!: A Riddle

The first one borne, the others belated. Legions have my intentions debated. Headdress upholding my endless mission; I rule either way, death or submission. Gather your might to face my ...
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Shakespeare. William Shakespeare

Can you determine these popular quotes as retold by Shakespeare? Before anyone points out, yes I'm aware that Bill used predominantly iambic pentameter, but I've never been a huge fan of that, so I'm ...
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Nine Obscure Fellows

The names of nine fellows are concealed in this peculiar verse. Find the names and provide your exegesis. An apple for Charlemagne, one that takes great steps, returning in Skyrim or Oblivion, and ...
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Riddle with seven - or is it eight?

Here's another riddle on the theme of literature. I am the oldest, and take care of the monsters. My first is a loner, but has a few children. My second is a lion, lover of wealth. ...