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

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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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Backwards pawns

Part One: Reach the above position from the starting position Part Two: Find the fastest way to get to this position. Answering part one will get you an upvote, answering part two gets the ...
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Word-Letter Ladder

Inspired by this What is the longest word you can form by using other words arranged in alphabetical order, and making a ladder out of their letters. Example: (8 letters - Identity) ...
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Digital Font Puzzle. One easy the other may be not

In the Digital Font shown below, each letter is made up of line segments. For example letter A has 6, B has 7, C has 4 segments and so on. Question 1 ( Easy) Which english number, when spelled out ...
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Second-rate spelling

Find the longest word which can be spelled with the second letters of a group words in alphabetical order. An example with incomprehensible (16 letters): a...
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Holiday cookies word attrition [humans only]

I am inspired by the story of the boy who came upon an assortment of holiday cookies beautifully arranged on a platter. The boy quietly helped himself to a cookie and artistically rearranged the ...
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1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1

Start with the digits:       $1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1$ You may then add (only!) these simple arithmetic operators:       $+\ -\ \times\ \div$ You may also ...
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Nested word series [humans only]

[This is just a fun little puzzle for humans. We'll see you next time, computers!] It's interesting to think about words contained in other words. How often do we notice, for example, that ...
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The No-Straight Maze

Consider the following maze. You can walk on the black lines, and your aim is to go from the green at the maze's bottom to the red on the left side. However, each time you reach an intersection of ...
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Unsolving a Rubik's Cube

A few days ago I picked up a solved Rubik's Cube that I had abandoned due to forgetting how to solve it, and started turning the faces to make nice patterns. A few minutes later, I'd made one - each ...
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The hardest one I believe [duplicate]

If you are really smart solve this Sudoku within a day BEST OF LUCK
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Unusual letter combinations 2

I really liked this puzzle so I made my own version of it! I'll give you an unusual set of letters which are present consicutively in one* word in the English language (and possibly its derivatives, ...
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Slumber, watcher — What am I?

This is the start of a poem I've always loved. If you don't know the source, can you guess the answer? ...
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ENCRYPTED MESSAGE

I have been given a code to break, and I did frequency analysis on it, but I cannot go any further due to the fact that I am not clear on where are the spaces between words, so in example I present ...
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Digit sums of successive integers

For a natural number $x$ both, the digit sum of $x$ and the digit sum of $x+1$ are multiples of $7$. What is the smallest possible $x$?
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This word is a name. Also a Surname

Starts with a place, ends with a place Starts with a number, ends with a number Starts with a surname, ends with a surname A word to the wise. Only one vowel- used twice. Can you guess,...
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What's the most triangles you can make with 4, 5 or 6 straight lines?

All the triangles can stick together. The triangles counted is the independent triangles, triangles made up of two shapes, a triangle made up from 3 shapes, or the outline of the shape consisting of 4,...
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The “Evan” Numbers

The Even numbers are simple: $2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, \dots$ The "Evan" numbers follow a tricky rule: $2, 4, 6, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40, 42, 44, 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 60, 62, 64, 66, 2000, 2002, 2004, \dots$ ...
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Unscramble the words and find the odd one out

Unscramble these words: noacb olve aukccpe Which is the odd one out? There are several possible solutions.
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A word if you take one letter away at a time you will be left with a two letter word [duplicate]

A word where if you take away one letter away at a time you end up with a two letter word. What is it? Hint 1: Hint 2: The word is not mentioned in The most words that can be made by ...
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The Multiple Choice Test Test

One day, the logic professor announces a pop quiz. "All questions in this test are about the test itself. In fact, the test is open note since you have a copy of the test itself. Good luck!" 1. What ...
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Word that is fun. Nine and one

Starts with a name, ends with a name Starts with a charge, ends with a charge Starts with an element, ends with an element Would be fun to guess this one! (May be more than one?)
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The Inducheon Conspiricy (Who is guilty #8)

At the Korean Nation Police Agency (NPA) in Migeun-dong, Seoul, researchers discovered that 73% of the Senior Inspectors (경감, 警監) all came from the small village of Inducheon. At first, they thought ...
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The Inducheon Conspiracy (Who is guilty #7)

At the Korean Nation Police Agency (NPA) in Migeun-dong, Seoul, researchers discovered that 73% of the Senior Inspectors (경감, 警監) all came from the small village of Inducheon. At first they thought it ...
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This compound word is a fun thing

Here is an interesting compound word It has all the 5 vowels but used only once (no repeat of the same vowel) It has 4 consecutive words that include 2 names. It starts with a name and ...
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Murder Detective (Who is guilty #6)

[This is a puzzle I've been working on. It has a unique solution. This one is meant to be one of the easier ones. Comments, thoughts and suggestions are welcome!] The suspects are Amos, Celia, Emilia,...
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A Criminal Conspiracy (Who is guilty #5)

[This is continuing from previous puzzles. #4 was quite tricky. This one is meant to be much easier (I'm testing the boundaries here). I've been testing various versions and would love your thoughts. ...
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A Criminal Conspiracy (Who Is Guilty #4)

[Appeal: I'm trying to figure out a fun puzzle formula. There are many out there ("Who owns the fish", sudoku, etc). I'm interested in feedback on whether this works or is interesting for people. ...
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A Body Part inside another Body Part

In one of his silly question mood Grandpa says: " Can you name a body part that is entirely inside (within) another body part but some distance away?" Taking the clue from his last question I ...
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A Compound word full of words

This compound word is full of words. You might say it is made up of 2 words and you would be right. But the first of the 2 words is also a compound word! You might say it is made up of 3 ...
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Endless eight swap

I have a pegboard with 10 pegholes numbered 1 to 10. There are 10 pegs of different colours: dark blue, orange, violet, black, light gold, indigo, navy, green, ivory, and teal. Each peg initially is ...
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The Chessboard Exhibition

Why not, another entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet I just bought the newest, coolest chessboard! I think I'm going to share it to my five chess pieces at the National ...
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Anagrams: From Cheese to Sneeze [closed]

Anagram time! Similar to Anagrams: From Food to Food, but this time its From Cheese to Sneeze, or (almost) Anything You Please. Brief: You must turn the names of cheeses into common nouns using ...
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Unusual letter combinations

This is an entry in the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet. English spelling is very strange. Sometimes you encounter words with letter combinations that would seem entirely ...
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But it is not an Enclave

What country (sovereign) lies entirely within (inside) another country, But It is not an Enclave? Two possible solutions
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Grandpa's Numbers

Grandpa likes pencils but not pens Grandpa likes Beijing but not Tokyo Grandpa likes math but not chemistry Grandpa likes Contact but not _______ Make sure to explain! Hint 1: Hint 2: ...
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100 Fruits for 100 Dollars a more challenging version

This is a more challenging version of the reported puzzle " How will you get 100 fruits in Rs. 100? " Bob buys 4 different fruits for exactly 100 dollars Jackfruits cost 15 dollars each ...
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A Halloween Chess Puzzle

Halloween is finally here, so I thought I'd do a theme puzzle! I love chess, and I wanted to do a chess puzzle... so... (It kind of looks like a jack-o-lantern, okay?) Black to move and ...
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Knight Checker Puzzle

Inspired by this question Here's a quick Knight Checker (a chess variant) puzzle. In case you haven't read the rules to it in the above link, I'll repost them here: Each player begins with 1 ...
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Spelling Puzzle

All right students, take your seats for the "Spelling Bee." Perhaps I should say "Arranging Bee." Listed are the names of seven countries of the world. For the test, I have scrambled the letters that ...
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No spanish required

Each letter represents a digit, so what is Mucho and Poco (although who's to say?) ...
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A poorly-designed chess problem

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40 Out of character comment: For effect, don't open up the next spoiler until you've finished the statement before. If answering, please explain each remark. ...
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Excited Raichu vs the Dream (Chess Puzzle)

(Source: An actual tournament game I played all the way back in 2016) I had the weirdest dream last night… It started out normal enough, which for me, is basically nothing… but then I woke up, ...
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The Wheel of Judas

I was studying up on some pretty archaic methods for testing intelligence and I came across one called The Wheel of Judas. It is said that if you were able to fully solve the wheel that you were a ...
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Facing four mate threats

Just a regular chess puzzle. White to move and win.
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An Antichess Puzzle

There's a fairly popular alternate version of chess called Antichess, or Losing Chess, or about seventeen other names. In this variation, the pieces move as usual, but the rules are slightly altered. ...
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Nobody likes this compound word

This compound word, that no-one likes, is made up of 3 consecutive words. Also made up of 2 consecutive words. Also the prefix and suffix are identical words Uses only 3 consonants. ...
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Cannibalistic Words

Drawing from the word pool below, find the twelve Cannibalistic Words. (Note the no-computers and logical-deduction tags.) WILD _ _ ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐ PENS ☐ _ _ _ _ ☐ _ _ DEED _ _ _ ☐ ☐ _ _ _ BLED ...
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Row of alternating coin

I stumbled upon a mathematical puzzle that goes like this: You have 2n coins that alternate between head and tail. For example, if n=3, then it looks like H T H T H T, where H = head and T = tail. To ...
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Some Really Confusing Math

I was talking to a co-worker this morning and he stated that he was able to make both of these statements true using only $1, 3, 5,$ or $ 7$. He then proceeded to tell me: $1 = 5$ $2 = 4 + 7$ $3 = 1$ ...