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Introducing Gladys, an intrepid globetrotter

Gladys has always led an active life full of adventure. As a retiree, she has a lot of free time on her hands and loves to spend it on her two favourite pastimes – travelling and crossword ...
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Deusovi Honeypot

Looks like the community has spoken. With a heavy heart (as if), I have trapped @Deusovi behind a never repeating, fractally recursive, infinite, unsolvable labyrinth. To keep him busy, I added a ...
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Wormeus and the Pink Lady Stickotaur

Wormeus lives in a labyrinth containing lots of apples. His main ambition in life is to eat as many apples as possible but his nemesis, the evil Pink Lady Stickotaur, has other ideas – if you pardon ...
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Maze Solving Robot

Archie the archeologist has discovered an Egyptian temple, and plans to send in a robot to explore it. He uncovered the ancient engineers' papyruses which explain almost everything about the temple's ...
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4D Maze Creation!

I have a problem for anybody who cares to try. You're job is to take a 10x10x10x10 size tesseract and design a maze that fits. The maze must be a perfect maze (no loops, one path cannot be followed ...
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Escape across the floorboards

A mad lexophile sits alone in his apartment obsessively rearranging his Scrabble tiles and writing words on every available surface, even filling each floorboard with a word. The Scrabble tiles have ...
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The Persistence Of Memory

You find yourself on the floor, slowly waking up and unable to remember how you got here. As you slowly come to your senses, you realize that another weird guy has trapped you in another unfamiliar ...
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A blue, white and red maze

First, let's give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar: this maze comes from the mind of Dave Phillips, a brilliant maze designer 1. So, for the maze. It is a fairly easy one:     &...
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Read. Learn. Live. Escape

You wake lying face down on a hard stone floor. Your head hurts. As your eyes find focus, you see a haiku scratched into the ground beside you: A wrong step brings death! But, a wrong guess brings ...
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A-maze-ing Wordsearch

This is an entry to the 12th fortnightly challenge You and your party realize that you possibly shouldn't have crossed the mad wizard at the black tower when all your vision goes pink and pale. When ...
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Can I have a 'P' please, Bob?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #51: Non-rectangular grids. For the avoidance of doubt, while the puzzle set-up is based on a real quiz show, the exact scenario described here is entirely ...
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Help me to find a small but hard and clever maze

For a competition, I need to choose a maze puzzle, only one. There are tons of mazes, but most of them are not clever, i.e. they are just solved by trial and error. Few days ago I saw A blue, white ...
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The maze of letters - Clue Three

<---Previous clue This is an entry in the 12th Fortnightly Topic Challenge Inspiration from @BMyGuest's puzzle After keying in your answer, the screen goes dark, and emits a BEEP!You step back ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #7 - Maze

This is the seventh Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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How to fill a honeymoon

        How can a honeybee visit all cells exactly once in this crescent shaped honeycomb, beginning at the bottom tip and ending at the top? The starting cell, at ...
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Lights in the Dungeon: Eighteen by Eleven

This is the fourth in a series Lights in the Dungeon puzzles. previous (3rd) <--|--> next (5th) The five by five dungeon was only a little harder than the previous ones. You're feeling pretty ...
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Wormeus and the Stickotaur (maze 2)

Here is another Wormeus maze, following a previous puzzle that is yet to go viral. Wormeus has to eat all the apples without dying a horrible squishy death at the hands of the Pink Lady Stickotaur. I ...
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Lights in the Dungeon: Five by Five

This is the third in a series Lights in the Dungeon puzzles. previous (2nd) <-- | --> next (4th) You are practically skipping as you leave the four by four dungeon. This has been pretty easy so ...
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Lights in the Dungeon: Four by Four

This is the second in a series Lights in the Dungeon puzzles. previous (1st) <-- | --> next (3rd) As you exit the three by three dungeon, you are greeted by a grinning Lord Hooty McOwlface. A ...
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How many different Paths exist in this journey?

Rules: 1. Start from point A reach back to point A. 2. Each path needs to be visited at least once and only once in each journey. 3. never turning off at crossroads. to make it more understandable ...
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Alice and the Fractal Hedge Maze

This is an entry to the 12th fortnightly challenge. Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. ...
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The Ludicrous Loop: over a thousand cells of circular logic!

Flavourtext is for flavour only. Ladies and Gentlemen, are you feeling ludicrous today? A little loopy, perhaps? Then come one, come all, for I have just the thing for you. Lampreys and Jellyfish, ...
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Labyrinth Puzzle

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Surprised no one went for this low hanging fruit yet Get from MAZE to DONE When you're DONE with the MAZE, apply the following the ...
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Edward's Maze I

Edward's "revenge" on Bob the mute house servant Edward had enough! This was it! During the yearly sorcerer meet in a hidden cellar in Léon, Edward discovered a red stain on his precious robe. ...
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A Page of Puzzling

I found this puzzle page from a newspaper and found it absolutely confounding. The sudoku had question marks and other things all over it, the logic puzzle made no sense, the cryptic crossword was ...
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Magic Maze Puzzle

Inspired by the board game, Magic Maze Set-up: Cut out each 4x4 tile, and the four small tokens (orange, yellow, green and purple), from the provided image below. Place tile 1 on a flat surface with ...
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The maze one should not enter

Once upon a time, somewhere in Italy, two archaeologists unearthed a buried passage. As they explore the passage they reach the doorway which is clearly the entrance of a wide structure behind. They ...
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A torus maze™™™™™

Since this is a torus maze, the left side of the maze connects to the right side and the top of the maze connects to the bottom. Corresponding openings in the walls of the maze have been labeled for ...
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Labyrinth of stones

Help Princess PurpleSprite navigate through the labyrinth to retrieve the mystical jewel. She can slide the lettered stones around as needed, but she must not leave any non-words, or the labyrinth ...
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Every Fourth Wormhole

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #33: Surface Geometry Mazes
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Curiouser and Curiouser

CHAPTER ONE Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: when she was overcome with the strangest sense of deja vu, and saw a 7x3 grid of ...
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A Warped Chess Maze

A chess maze is a kind of chess puzzle where: Only one side moves (and that side usually only has one piece). That side must capture a piece with every move. The goal is to capture all of ...
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The Knight and the Maze

Shown below is a grid of blue and yellow squares with a knight in the upper left hand corner and green square in the lower right hand corner. Your task is to guide the knight from its starting ...
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Nodes & Tunnels

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #33: Surface Geometry Mazes Behold, a tricky maze created on the surface of a cube. There are 'nodes' to collect and tunnels to traverse, are you up to the ...
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HAISU: Nought and Crosses

HAISU is a portmanteau of three Japanese words - 'hairu', to enter, 'su', number, and 'hausu', an English borrow word meaning house, of course. Together, we get a meaning of 'enter number house', ...
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Can Isaac get an even tan?

Isaac is in need of money to buy himself a car so he can go to the beach with his friends, so he's decided to start a lawn mowing business. When mowing lawns, he needs to make sure he gets an even tan ...
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The Beehive Clock Maze Puzzle

Here is an example of a maze I'm calling the beehive clock maze: Rules. Let's call the hexes TL, TR, L, M, R, BL, and BR (for top-left, top-right, etc). You start outside and to the left and step ...
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Is progress possible in an infinite maze?

Inspired by Maze Solving Robot and the related one on code golf SE Rules You start in a cell in an orthogonal grid of infinite size. Each cell has four edges, and hence, a maximum of four ways to ...
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The Baffling Birdcage

Entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #22: Animals I received a package today from a certain Mortin, and I assume that it's some sort of puzzle, knowing him. Inside the package was a board of ...
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Winetasting Far from Home

This is part 51 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, I hope you are well. My journey continues with another exciting destination. Today ...
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Campfire Crossword

This is part 34 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, These are printer’s devilry clues with an additional definition part in each clue. ...
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Shipwreck hunting

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" My Uncle Redbeard, the great sailor and shipwreck-hunter, is in trouble and needs my help! This morning a mysterious ...
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Motion in the Ocean

This is part 65 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. ”It’s not the size of the crossword that counts.” – unknown Dear Puzzling, Today I have dived ...
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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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Can you solve those laser puzzles? (puzzles created by the community) [closed]

So, I was bored and I made a small game for this site! In this game the user who solves the previous puzzle gets to create the next one and they will always be more complex. Website link and string ...
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4 page maze ft. portals!

I found a large 4-page maze that I made a while back. Made entirely with pen and grid paper. Here's a digitally scanned and cleaned-up version Your goal is to find a path from the start to the ...
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Wormeus and the Stickotaur (maze 3)

This is the third maze in the Wormeus series. Previous puzzles are here and here This shouldn’t be too difficult but contains a cute gimmick that isn’t possible in the original Theseus mazes sans the ...
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Oriental House: An original grid-deduction challenge

A different approach to an old concept of mine, Oriental House is a new grid-deduction puzzle based once again off exits and entries. The rules are as follows: Draw a path from S to F, passing ...
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A Maze of Characters

I have a maze here with me. However, this maze is quite hard to see. w Q q # 2 ñ ÿ The bottom of the list of characters is the start of the maze. The top is the ...
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Mazed and Confused

This is part 3 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, Today I have admired the natural beauty of a paradise island and seen sand dunes ...
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