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Questions tagged [metapuzzles]

A metapuzzle (or meta) is a puzzle composed out of the solutions to other mostly disjoint puzzles.

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More important than the destination

This puzzle is the 26th and final part of Gladys' journey across the globe. If you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. Spoiler alert: This puzzle gives ...
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What is the solution to this metapuzzle from a university puzzling column?

The puzzle Title: Italy is Divine Content: Flowers and spring Fresh water and the sea Hearth and home Grain and agriculture Answers from the last four puzzles: (spoilered in case you ...
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What's his horse name?

You're an adventurer looking for treasures. During one of your journeys, you encounter a knight riding a horse who agrees to tell you informations about a huge treasure he has heard of. Only if you'...
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Recycling old answers

Each of the puzzles below gives a two-word answer. Solve the puzzles and arrange the resulting 16 words into four groups of four, each with a common theme. The resulting group names form a clue for ...
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Modern Day Chaucer

If you lok, you will fid: There's an empty place Whee the laws of the wld are cmpletely disgraced. {2} In th spring, in this and, the hunting dries out; And y midsummer's day Hunter's nowhere abou. ...
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This is why we puzzle

What kind of puzzle solver are you? Let’s map it out! 1 Nail item before each paper item (7) After shooter’s return, receive big chunk (6) Encourage bone disease (4) Lost charge of gold ...
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Bongard Metapuzzle

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 A Bongard Problem is a problem where you have 6 symbols on either side of a line. The symbols on the left follow a certain rule, ...
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A Periodic Puzzle

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 Isn't it nice to have the same information to depend on, that you know will be reused? ... Wait, who said that you were getting that ...
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That's a lot of work… or not?

Answer the following clues to find a word (or 2 in the case of the 3rd) and find the common theme connecting the answers: Jack of all My prefix makes you miss school While my infix is one ...
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My ex girlfriend haunted me with these notes [closed]

After a couple of years I've decided to stop torturing myself and get help solving her taunts from my past. Image attached. I do not know the answer (if that wasn't obvious...) Thanks in advance your ...
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Why Do You Love Me? (Part II)

Thank you so much for your help in scoring my last date. The date went really well, and we have so much fun. However, after that date she didn't reply to my texts for days, only to hit me with this: ...
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A Way With Words

this isn't really much of a puzzle. it's just showcasing some meta ideas i had Bacon is said to have more than one origin. aguglia, lingot, lancelle, ain, other ...
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The Data So Far

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 If you've been following this xkcd series of puzzles, you know that 11 of the 13 subpuzzles have been solved so far. Consecutive ...
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Secretary: Parts 1-5

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 My friend worked as a secretary, and she left out of nowhere! I found a few strange notes/messages scattered around her room. ...
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The Celebration

Today is a very special day, a day for a party. It's time for a celebration, and you are invited. Here is my plan for our party today. First, we'll heat things up and have a shocking game of ...
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Circuit Diagram

An entry to Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 - based on the following xkcd. Circuit diagrams can be quite difficult to understand, so here are some documents that will hopefully ...
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Why Do You Love Me?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. I met an amazing girl today. Not only is she smart and share my love for art, she also really like puzzles! However, when I asked her ...
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You only have five

1: dim advantage in first French Expansion (4,5): Kiss Pain Boot City History Again Eat Avid (5,13,13,5,3,4) 2: undisturbed apartment ground hideout attach badge punch ...
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Making Things Difficult

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Factoring the Time Think fast! If you're looking for meaning, these clocks have some for you. Keyboards are Disgusting Gunky ...
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Recognizing a Metapuzzle

Creator's note: This puzzle was meant to be released in April 2017 for the metapuzzles fortnightly topic challenge. As you can see, it is currently over a year late. Real-life events interfered, and ...
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Popularity Within a Target Audience

This is a metapuzzle with four component puzzles and a final meta. Creations of CSIRO The Australian research institute CSIRO is notable for producing inventions such as gene shears, the insect ...
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Single Speak - Meta Edition

Followup to my previous Single Speak puzzle, this time I decided to follow the path of the original Double Speak puzzle by adding a metapuzzle. Like in the previous time, the answer to each riddle ...
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Double Speak - Phrases that need rewording

Each of these phrases can be reworded into a Double Speak phrase. A Double Speak phrase has two homophones together in the same phrase. For example a "Warrior's time of rest" could also be called a "...
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You go wherever you go today

A conclusion to my entries in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids. This metapuzzle incorporates the three previous puzzles in this series: Desert Irrigation Project I am an ...
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On to the Caribbean Islands!

This is a meta-puzzle. I will only confirm the answers to the sub-puzzles. Clues to words 1.Unending approval for males in a country (5) 2.Nobleman’s “Yes” for administrative region(6) 3.The ...
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Ugh, I decant even

You know those decanting-problems, where you have two jugs of different sizes, and a water fountain, and you need to get a specific amount of water into one of the jugs using the smallest number of ...
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Not quite Saturated

The answer to this Puzzle would be a single word. 1. Dancing Descent 2. Cryptic Rebuses for another idea? 3. Fish type, maybe? Crustacean, few, Culture, finest(4,1) or (1,4) Dear, spoken, tanks, ...
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Let us all join the party for hope!

The students at Hope's Peak Academy decided to throw a party to have some thrills and chills (and let's stop there, please!) They played all sorts of games with each other, and now it's time for the ...
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What makes an Interesting Puzzle™?

This puzzle is based off the What is a Word™ and What is a Phrase™ series started by JLee and their spin-off What is a Number™ series. I like What is an Adjective Noun™ puzzles. Here are a few I ...
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Parallelisation

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids Puzzlers, I am presenting a set of six duo-grids! Of course, I need to tell you how they work - you are given a grid. Looking at it,...
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This puzzle's main portion is a piece of… cake?

10 + 1 puzzles to feast upon! See the formatting (hit "edit") for transcriptions for Puzzles 4, 5, 7 and 9. You'll want to enlarge some of the images (there's nothing hidden, it's just that the text ...
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Ruklo Town Adventure

Last night you were enjoying a drink in the tavern. While keeping to yourself, you overheard the following conversation behind you: Man 1: ... but how are we ever going to afford that? Man 2: ...
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Take note, this is my favorite thing

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #30: Metapuzzles. Please note: This puzzle IS a metapuzzle. If someone wants to put the integrity into question, I'll feel free to privately send an answer. I'...
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Missing, 'till the very end

You wake up in a stark corridor, with a fully illuminated ceiling, black walls and large square white tiles the width of the corridor tiling the floor. Looking around, you notice a small piece of ...
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I, for one, welcome our new

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #30: Metapuzzles... For two months, the ship had hovered above the world ... silent, unmoving, just relentlessly hovering in a fixed spot over a desolate ...
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Ode to the heroes, vanquisher of puzzles

These heroes, although not as rare as you might think as a new one is born every 2 weeks, are precious gems appreciated by all. Sometimes all you can do is stare at them, other times you can't help ...
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Welcome To The Twisted Chamber!

Visual Transcripts ...
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Sensational clues

Some of the clues are images, because it seems like you can't do colors on SE. Like in a previous puzzle from me, if you get any "subanswers", I'll confirm them. This doesn't count answers to a ...
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I've got a riddle to put in the yard

I've got a riddle to put in the yard. Don't you all fret; it's really quite hard. A question I hide in these lines of bad phrase. Can you answer it and so just amaze? Thirteen and five squared ...
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Miniature Puzzle

This is my first post on here, and I doubt it'll be my last I figured that I probably should do a little puzzle because it's my first submission, but unfortunately, I'm way too literal Everything ...
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Metametacryptic

Inspired by Matt's metacryptic series, here's a metametacryptic. Solve the cryptic clues below to create two more clues. Solve those to create a final clue. Solve the final clue. Impenetrable union ...
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Community Metapuzzle - The Broken Time Machine

(This is the community metapuzzle, discussed in this meta thread. It requires answers from nine other puzzles linked below.) You find a mysterious device sitting on the ground. It's labelled in a ...
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Cryptic Clue Maze

The maze The paths Malfunctioning oven trade fixed kitchen (9) Damages small vehicles (5) Coastal airport department's vulnerability (3,8) Happy about rook color (4) Anger about queer, out ...
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Which US city is it?

This is a more advanced punzzle with a first level based on the same concept as this one. Each of the questions below is answered by the name of a US city which could be pronounced in a way that has ...
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A Puzzling Cafe Parfait

The Puzzle Cafe is famous for it's delicious parfaits, however, they come with a catch. To eat each layer, you have to solve the puzzle in the layer before it! After hearing all the rave reviews, I ...
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Chess Fortnight is finally over!

(Note: the backstory here may or may not be entirely fictitious.) The fortnightly chess theme is finally over! I couldn't stand it. It was chaos! Pieces moving around in all the wrong ways... I was ...
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The Unfinished Puzzle Section

Simply complete the sudoku and crossword, happy puzzling. Across 1. Achieved acclaim by being knowledgable about strange apron (3, 6) Down 2. Explode asteroid five to refrain from inactivity or ...
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A Message to the SE Admins

We're graduating! I feel the only appropriate way to respond is a Stack Exchange themed puzzle: Albertan politician who succeeded Lucien Maynard (6, 7 or 6, 8) Approved for passport authorization (6) ...