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A puzzle designed to be solved without using calculators, online decoders or computer programming.

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Square Spin #1: Sun and Moon

Defining Square Spin Lets play a game! The aim of this game is to transform one image into another using the least amount of moves possible. Here is what a move consists of: ...
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Barrel - Part 5

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. This is a continuation of Barrel - Part 1, Barrel - Part 2, Barrel - Part 3, and Barrel - Part 4, but this ...
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Some Stratospherically Strenuous Sudoku

These three sudoku are particularly irksome, can you logically deduce the solutions to all (or any!) ...and provide your reasoning? They are all proper sudoku - each has a unique solution. They can, ...
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Color Logic - Find the rule

Find the rule specified in the image below. Taken from Caterpillar Logic, now the app is gone.
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Riley Riddles in Reverse

In the all-famous Riley riddles, you have to guess one word from clues about its prefix, infix and suffix. Here, instead, You get three words. You must find one solution word that you can attach.....
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Alphabetical Sudoku

Who loves fish? Okay that might sound a bit weird but don't worry, I am still sane. Maybe. To answer the question you must complete the Sudoku below. A word will appear in the highlighted box which ...
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Some-what-not-with-standing word connections

What words can fill the boxes?   Each pair of linked words forms an uncapitalized unhyphenated word when joined end-to-start according to their left-to-right or top-to-bottom order in the link. ...
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Square Spin #2: Climb the Mountain!

Square Spin History: #1>#2 New Rules This puzzle introduces two new square types: Unmovable squares (Un) Replaceable squares (Re) Plus the concept of ambiguity! ...
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Desert Wanderings bring…Ciphers? Part 2

Part 1 can be found here Part 3 can be found here As you utter your answer, along with its reasoning of course, the Sphinx clearly looks disappointed. You are unfortunately… Correct. Clearly I made ...
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Solitaire Chess

A friend of mine got me Solitaire Chess for Christmas years ago. I set up the board below. Is it possible to solve it? If so, what is the solution? (No programs allowed- Use only your brain.) Rules: ...
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Perfect Squares!

A question was asked in a mental ability test yesterday. Write four distinct numbers with these properties: 1. Sum of each pair is a perfect square. 2. Sum of all four is also a perfect ...
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If 6 was 9, or 100 was 64, or M was N

         Now if a 6,          Turned out to be 9,          I don’&...
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Encoding Morse Code

The letters of a message are converted to Morse code, with a space between each pair of letters and two spaces between each pair of words. Each pair of elements (for example dot-space, dash-dash, and ...
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Crossword gone overboard

This puzzle is part 24 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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Self-intro to mo-Roman numerals

Here come mo -Roman numerals — just like Roman numerals, only mo’ so.   (Explained as we go.)   What number can spell itself in two different ways ...
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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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Triangle with incircle [closed]

This question is from the German mathematics competition Känguru der Mathematik. In this competition students have to solve 30 mathematical tasks like this in 90 minutes without calculator. Actually ...
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How many Strobogrammatic numbers are there from 0 to 99999

0,1,2,5,8,11,69,96 are Strobogrammatic numbers. We call a Strobogrammatic numbers if: When it is typed on a calculator, and the calculator is spun 180 degrees, the number visually looks the ...
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Word connection squares!

This puzzle is in the spirit of Word connections, but is a more elaborate version of the same idea. In each puzzle, you have a square of seven words of the following form: ...
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Word connections

I am trying a new kind of puzzle so feel free to leave constructive comments and opinions! Thank you! The objective of this puzzle is to connect 2 words by using a chain of words that connects each ...
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Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #2

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 ...
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Tiling rectangles with Heptomino plus rectangle #7

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 ...
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re-re-reCAPTCHA

Last Friday, I was feeling a bit sad because I hadn't earned much rep recently, so I decided to try this awesome sock puppet thing everyone's been raving about. I logged out of my normal Puzzling ...
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A Secret Job . . . but what is it?

Mr. Peters, a freelance muscle-for-hire sort of fellow, had been manning his desk for days now waiting for something to do when at last the phone rang. A job! The nerdy sounding person on the other ...
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A 16 Clue Sudoku Puzzle (but the kings can't be in check)

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge... Above is a 9x9 "chess" board with some pieces already laid out, your goal is to fill the board completely, following standard Sudoku rules (i.e. every ...
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A simple nonogram

Solve the nonogram.                   (Click for a larger version.)
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Uh oh, the propeller fell off

I was rummaging through a trunk in the attic when I found this vintage game. It is some sort of pinwheel or propeller mounted on a board. The propeller has a cryptic series of letters painted on it, ...
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Superhero words!

Quietly walking among us are words which are actually superheroes in disguise! Just as Diana Prince spins around to become Wonder Woman, some seemingly ordinary words can spin around to reveal their ...
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Riley Riddles in Reverse, batch 2

"post some more sometime :)" -- user @Dragonrage in the comments of Riley Riddles in Reverse Here's another batch of "inverted" Riley riddles. These still work exactly like the ones before: You ...
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Computation without a computer

In the number $(1+\sqrt{3})^{2015}$, what is the 224th digit after the decimal point? You may NOT use a calculator, computer, or any electronic aid to answer this question. Only pen(cil), paper, and ...
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Fully-Firstable Anagram Sets

Okay, first let's define some terminology: Anagram - Oh come on, how are you on Puzzling.SE if you don't know this one? Anagram Set - a list of words that are all anagrams of eachother, e.g.: ACTS ...
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The Lord of the Puzzles

In 1904 (at the age of 12) J.R.R. Tolkien sent a "puzzle letter" (pictured below) to a family friend; Father Francis Morgan. What does it say? Obviously it would be trivially simple to google the ...
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Don't bully your little sister at chess

This puzzle was inspired by @RewanDemontay's puzzle De-zephyr The Solution!. Rewan kindly granted me permission for making this puzzle and citing his as my source of inspiration. I thought of naming ...
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Five Slitherlinks

Solve five Slitherlinks, each with a unique solution. Please say a word regarding (or show an image depicting) each solution method.
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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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Farmer needs to get his word across the river

In the spirit of the classic river-crossing puzzles: ...
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Step into the Octagram

The diagram below shows a partially-filled "octagram". Step into it, if you dare! At every vertex in a long word. Flowing into every vertex are two short words. Anagrammed together, these two short ...
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Three for the price of one

While browsing through your local puzzle store, you see something you can't resist: a box which promises two grid deduction puzzles for the price of one! The vendor explains that the box contains a ...
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Divisible by seventeen

Determine the smallest integer $n \geq 0$ for which the decimal digit sum of n is a multiple of 17 the decimal digit sum of $n+1$ is a multiple of 17. No computers! The puzzle has a nice direct ...
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The road to El Dorado reconstructed from fragmented accounts

You are seeking the route to the lost city of El Dorado. You have assembled several historical accounts from explorers who claim to have reached it. Unfortunately, the accounts are incomplete, ...
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Fill in the boxes to get the right equation

Here is a math puzzle I had a little bit of hard time with No computers please There is a solution without inverting 6 to 9
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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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Uh oh, now the boards are missing!

I found another trunk in the attic, with more of those vintage propeller games. This time, I've got propellers, but no boards. Is it possible to figure out the whole board from just the propeller? ...
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Calculator Bomb

So, I need your help. I got home after a long day and found a calculator roughly taped to my door. However, there was something much more disturbing attached to that calculator. It was some kind of ...
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Like totally amazing interchangeable sister outfit accessory swapping or whatever

OMG, me and my sister are like total BFFs and we share clothes like all the time! We soooo have the same sense of style and we borrow stuff from each other like every single second! We don't even ...
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E's-y Word-Square Fill-in

Not necessarily easy, but "'E's-y"! For each word square below, the Es have been filled in for you. Your task is to complete the rest of the square using only ...
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The Etiquette Room

This puzzle can be solved as puzzle on its own, but its solution is also part of Deusovi's Community Metapuzzle. You wake up feeling rather dazed. Your head is pounding. Whatever just happened did ...
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And now you see it II (the B side)

It amuses me that the word CANOES has been there in VOLCANOES all along. And URCHIN is barely hiding in the word LURCHING. And ASPIRIN is right there in ASPIRING. SISTER is in RESISTER. AKIN is in ...
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KenKen Zen: A journey begins

Let us shy away from the materialistic opulence of 361- cell KenKen layouts (−9 to +9, squared).  Let us contemplate a modest KenKen journey, unburdened by gratuitously ...
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Use 1 9 6 2 in this order to make 75

I'm looking for a solution to make number $75$ with numbers $1$ $9$ $6$ $2$ in that order and the same rules as in Use 2 0 1 and 8 to make 67. Here a copy of those rules: You must use all 4 digits. ...