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What's the most rewarding path?

Get from the top-left to the bottom-right using only right and down moves. Pick up as much gold as possible. There is only one maximum.
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A String-based Puzzle: Can you get from the string “baa” to “bacaccacacccc”?

Goal: Go from the initial string to the final string by applying a sequence of string replacement rules. You are given the following: Initial String - baa Final String - bacaccacacccc You ...
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Minesweeper puzzle - Too many twos

A Gobo is caught for leaving the school for the lnternet bar to play computer games without permission. He is asked to solve a problem. Put 4 mines in a 3 by 5 minesweeper grid to fill ALL the other ...
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Dodgy Dies: The Puzzling Premiere

Inspired by the "Treasure Hunter Monolith" minigame from Danganronpa V3 Dodgy Dies Guide Terminology Block - a single die on the grid. Cycle - a list of blocks Value - the ...
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Hand tiling puzzle demonstrating Eisenstein triple $c^2 = a^2 -ab + b^2$

An Eisenstein triple is related to 60 degree triangles and a special case of the cosine law. But we need not worry about that except to note that a specific example of an Eisenstein triple is $7^2 = 5^...
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Four hand tiled squares demonstrating a Pythagorean Quadruple

Demonstrating the Pythagorean Quadruple $6\times6 + 6\times6 + 7\times7 = 11\times11$ Using the pieces shown in the $11\times11$ square: The objective: Arrange the pink pieces (four enneominoes) ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #3-The Inverse Babson

Another day, another task! Today's challenge is to construct four positions, with White to move and win, such that: In each position, White's move is to promote to a particular piece, for a position ...
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The Rambling Monster

The Rambling Rook is back, but this time, they are a true monster! It’s White to move and reach a winning position in 101 moves. Source: Gijs van Breukelen, Schakend Nederland, 1981, Special ...
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Son of the Revenge of the Riley Riddles in Reverse Strikes Again

Because why not, here's yet another bunch of these inverted riddles, where the solutions are what you'd usually use as the wordplay clues in a Riley Riddle. Here's how it goes: You get three words. ...
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A Curve of Pursuit Yajilin

Following on from my previous Yajilin, I wanted to make a harder one for your entertainment and amusement, and hopefully to keep @Deusovi occupied for more than 20 minutes. Rules (shamelessly ...
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TripTog's problem with his socks [closed]

Our friendly three-footed alien TripTog has two triplets of socks, which he keeps in a drawer in a room. Each triplet of socks is labeled 1, 2 or 3, because TripTog is very meticulous about which ...
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“Short” And Sweet Math

In the following chess diagram, how many possible chess postions exist? No looking at the solution! Source: P1359129 & Andrew Jonathan Mestel, Retros mailing list, 2/1/2019
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Smallest number containing the first 11 primes as sub-strings

113257 contains the first 6 primes as sub-strings when reading them from left to right: 2: 113257 3: 113257 5: 113257 7: 113257 11: 113257 13: 113257 What is the smallest number that contains ...
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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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Back in time, in my time, all the time

I present to you all a highly interesting problem that I came across awhile ago on Tim Krabbe’s site. It’s White move and win, i.e. reach a winning positon, in 21 moves. Source: David Gurgenidze &...
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Missing lattes and mutually mistrustful words

It's always amusing to watch two kids who don't trust each other swap baseball cards by exchanging them at exactly the same moment. Words can be equally mistrustful about trading their letters. ...
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Dear Fellow PSE Users,

This puzzle is dedicated to all of you! Instructions There are 8 anagram questions below. In each question, you can rearrange the letters to find an answer, which is 2 English words that describe a ...
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The Google Earth Challenge: “A dangerous flower”

This puzzle is based on Where is it? - The Google Earth Challenge series started by Conifers This puzzle will provide a screenshot in somewhere on Google Earth, please try your best to identify where ...
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Not Seven This Time - another Google Earth challenge

Where is this? Please don't use Google reverse image search, but solve the puzzle using inspiration and deduction.
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Don't look back, crazy clown

Start with these two words INSANE RETROSPECT and see if you can get them to exchange places by transferring one letter at a time. With each ...
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Manually mixing words

Inspired by my struggles with this puzzle. In that puzzle, I needed to mix two words, meaning blend them together without changing the order. For example, "ab" mixed with "cd" would give us 6 new ...
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Around The World

It's White to move and checkmate Black in 36 moves. I have slightly changed the original stipulation. Feel free to explain the title if you want to! Source(Couldn't copy and paste!): (Oleg Pervakov ...
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Connect the wires without setting off the bomb

You just saw a planted time bomb! Just 5 minutes are remaining until it explodes and as you are in currently in a rural area (no bomb disposal squad) and you know how bombs usually work it is up to ...
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A Remote Location

Here be a simple problem For the keen directmate eye White to move and win In seven moves, Black shall die However, I remember now a relative Long ago did he begin to live About a two decades or ...
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The little bee buzzes around the flower garden

Watch the little bee buzz around the flower garden. Pay particular attention to how he picks up or drops off pollen (i.e., a single letter) at each flower. Notice: — The little bee visits each ...
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Winning the Lottery

Bob: I hear you won the lottery. Alice: So I did! Bob: What six numbers did you win it with? Alice: Can't remember. All I recall is that they were all different, and none greater than 28. Bob: ...
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The 7-numbers crossword

This crossword doesn't have any regular clues, however, all the words are made with the same 7 letters (each of them got a number). No automatic solvers are allowed. CSV version: ...
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A Game of Sprouts

I have a partially played game of sprouts that I need help solving. The rules are simple (Kevin over at VSauce2 did a great job explaining it if you don't like reading, though the Yoda voice is a bit ...
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So, what's to do?

It's White to move and draw the game. What must White do? You must provide proof for your claim of what's to be done by any reasonable means. This puzzle was created by Nikita M. Plaksin, and ...
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Minimum number of tries to find the balance!

There are 8 distinct weights and a two-pan equal arm balance scale, and you know the weights' weight order: the lightest is numbered as 1 and the heaviest is numbered as 8 and the rest accordingly. ...
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lightest ball among 8 balls by 2 tries using a balance scales [duplicate]

I have 8 balls and one of them is lighter than others. How could I find that ball by 2 tries? Also I have a balance scales.
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Alphametic puzzle, involving square and prime numbers [closed]

I have been trying puzzle solving recently and came across this problem. Any hints on how to do this? So far, I have found that N, R and F must be odd (as they are the last digit in a 5 digit prime ...
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The Dropper, But With A Twist

Here's a piece-drop puzzle of my own. In the below position, a White piece is to be dropped onto the board. This means that, before White can move, they must legally put a single piece on them board. ...
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Can you stop the rambling rook?

This is a chess puzzle someone showed me a long time ago. If you already know this puzzle please give the others a chance to solve it first. This puzzle was originally created by Otto Gallischek 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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That Ain't Right… #4

Here's a small head-scratcher for you all today. In the above position, it is White to play and mate Black in four moves, assuming that Black plays their best moves. However, there is a catch—there ...
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100 Years of GCHQ - A quick afternoon puzzle!

I'm off to the Science Museum London tomorrow, to the Exhibition celebrating 100 years of GCHQ. As such, they sent me a little reminder email this afternoon. On the bottom of the email was the ...
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Tempoverlustspiel

Tempoverlustspiel-A German word that roughly translates to "loss of tempo game." An interesting chess term that I leaned a while ago With White to move in the below position, how many moves will it ...
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A Breeze Through

Here's a small problem for you all to breeze through tonight! It's White to move and selfmate themselves in 7 turns. Can you tell me what the special concept is that arises from this problem? As ...
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Tricky Tricky!-Can you find the secret?

Here's a selfmate problem that just might be baffle you! Thus, I name it "Tricky Tricky!" It's White to move and selfmate themselves in 8 moves. Can you find the secret? As always, no computers ...
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The Sea Snake's Slithering Problem

Here's a really long chess puzzle, not made by me, that has the "sea snake" theme, which just basically means that it's super long. It's White to move and checkmate Black in 122 moves. Please do not ...
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De-zephyr The Solution!

Here's another original chess problem of mine for you all to solve today! In the following position, White wants to stalemate Black even though they can win, for unknown, unclear, unexplained, and ...
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coordinate encription

today I found myself in front of the following codified text: MzIgVCA2NTg3MjYgNDg1MTY0Nw0KMzIgVCA2NTc5OTkgNDg1MzExMw0KMzIgVCA2NTc0MDUgNDg1MjMxM ...
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Newton's cradles

I went to one of those discovery stores and picked up a few Newton's cradles, except these have hanging words instead of hanging spheres. Check it out: This one has a starter pendulum with two ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #1-Read First Please!

I'm starting a new series in which I set a very specific goal with a unique (to be more specifically defined here in a bit) answer in which the solver must construct a chess position, sometimes a game,...
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Coin around shapes: A Geometric paradox?

Here is a circular coin with diameter D Figure A From its starting position the small coin goes completely around a bigger circular body of diameter 4D without slipping, always in contact ...
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Find Those Notations #5!

Here’s another different one. You must find as many mates in 4 as possible. Include shorter ones if you want that you find, but at least one mate in four has to be included in your answer. But no ...
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Square Spin #4: Rude Awakening

Square Spin History: #1>#2>#3>#4 New Rule This puzzle introduces a new square type: Lonely squares (Ly) Lonely squares This type of square contains a box and it is ...
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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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The distance between David and Eric

Alice and Bob are looking at each other, both turn $10$ degrees and now they both can directly see Claire. If they continue turning in their same directions before, Alice will directly able to see ...