Questions tagged [literature]

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

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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. My third was the ...
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Who's missing in this list?

My first brother loves the winds and the birds, My second has been cast out from the family, he is the black sheep, My third brother loves the waters, even in the deepest caves, My fourth brother ...
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Guess the book character!

We are Legends, We are Prodigies, We are Champions, But now is the winter of our discontent… or something like that. Now, the Minotaur has appeared, Let's see how far we've come… Something bad ...
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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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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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