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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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♥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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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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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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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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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. — Jane Austen

Each answer is the title of a famous novel. A few of the titles are split into two clues - you should find those clearly marked. Across 3 Think of the Phoenician, a possible drench, bleached ...
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A Dark But Quite Progressive Puzzle. What's the musical solution to this riddle + cryptogram?

Well, my previous few puzzles have been too hard, so I've done my best to avoid that this time. If this one is too easy then let me know! :) This is a multi-part puzzle. We start with a riddle: I ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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A Letter to a Lady

Parse the rebus to determine the words and their source.
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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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Slumdog millionaire (5)

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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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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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. My third was the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Your ...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...