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A question about the creation and development of puzzles. Not to be used for requesting the creation of a puzzle.

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How to create a logic grid given three categories?

How do they make the three category setup here? I do not understand how this works. A detailed answer to this is most welcome.
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How can connecting marks in a text to form a picture be used as part of a puzzle?

Recently I rewatched "A Beautiful Mind" based on the life of the American mathematician John Nash. And the other day I came across a book spread photograph, in which one attentive reader ...
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Proving by weighting

Here is the puzzle: Alice and Bob leave in a world where all diamonds are divided into 2 types: Light and Heavy. All diamonds look exactly the same. All light diamonds weight exactly the same, all ...
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Do minecart puzzles like this, with buttons that rotate track, exist?

This is the end result of me messing around with minecarts and moving floors. When you press the red or green buttons, the neighboring platforms rotate counterclockwise. The yellow button switches ...
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What are some examples of “cheat-proof” trivia questions?

I'm planning on running a Zoom trivia tournament with monetary prizes and am trying to avoid any concern about cheating to preserve competitive integrity. What are some types of questions that are ...
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Is there a puzzle that is only solvable by assuming there is a unique solution?

Is it possible to construct a puzzle that is: Solvable if you assume there is a single unique solution Not solvable if you do not make this assumption My intuition says that the answer is "No&...
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How to prevent overcluing in a Statue Park?

I'm interested in making some Statue Park puzzles. This genre seems easy to accidentally overclue. I have read Deusovi's grid-deduction creation guide, but all it had to say was this: When placing ...
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When designing a tougher Connect Wall, how to provide good entry points and signposting for a solver?

I'm still very new to Connect Wall puzzle design, and I don't want to make a puzzle that frustrates or confuses potential solvers, so I figured I would ask here for some advice. Recently I've designed ...
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Designing a new type of twisty puzzle

Recently, I was fiddling with my Rubik's cube and tried scrambling it only using R and U moves. I then tried to solve it using only R and U moves. I didn't use any cube rotations. It was an ...
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How do I make an Around the Bend crossword?

This post is not a puzzle. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. What exactly is an Around the Bend crossword, and how do I make one?
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How to union a slitherlink and a nonogram?

I would like to union two puzzles in one. The first puzzle is a slitherlink, the second is a nonogram. The main idea is: the slitherlink's solution is the entrance for the rows of the nonogram. In the ...
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Design of enigmatic puzzles

I've been trying to practice my enigmatic puzzle design skills, since these are the kinds of puzzles you find in many video games. (That is, puzzles in games don't often come with explicit ...
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Cryptic clue for business people?

I have been asked to produce something funny or interesting in a video for work (yay working from home, right?)... so I decided to produce a "Puzzle Hunt". As part of it I was hoping for ...
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Cryptic Clue for “Time”

I've created a cryptic crossword clue for a short story I'm writing. It starts with the protagonist pondering the clue, the solution for which is "time". This is thematic, as is the fact ...
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How many items are there in the lab?

I am looking for how to complete the following question so that it gives a unique solution. Maybe somebody can give a visual solution. A lab contains experimental equipment. 24 items are ready to use ...
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Translating a fiendishly exceptional automorphism of $S_6$ into a lay-math puzzle

Foreward: This post not a puzzle in itself, but an invitation for you to show off your puzzle-making skill regarding a given topic. Although the tag description of "puzzle-creation" seems to ...
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Connect Wall V. S. Word Web

This post is a question about puzzles, not a puzzle in itself. There is nothing puzzly hidden inside it or the self-answer, posted at the same time. No lateral thinking is required. Question 1: What ...
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Designing the system for a series of systemic puzzles?

I want to make games that give the player the feeling of being a scientist in another world. That is, the puzzles and systems within the game follow a set of rules that the player needs to discover. ...
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Ideas on spatial puzzles for a city walk

Background. With the relaxation of covid-related restrictions, there was a need for intelligent city walks. Walk here is a moving between city objects by a certain (deterministic/stochastic) route. I ...
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Modifying the puzzle: Cooperative hat-guessing, no mistakes, 3+ colors

Following Guess your hat color, but you don't have to and it's interpretation via Covering codes I tried to create a puzzle with more hat variativity, i.g. 3 types of hats. 4 hats are put on 4 ...
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What to make of $\!\:\tt puzzle.\!txt$?

Puzzling Stack Exchange: Don’t even ask where I found the old printout, below, of an uncommented computer program. As I am a leading-edge software solutionaut hone-tuned for elegantly annotated ...
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Guess your hat color, but you don't have to

Here is the puzzle: N hats are put on N logicians, each hat color is selected randomly: black or white. As usual, every logician doesn't see the hat on his own head, but sees the rest. They cannot ...
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Is this a good question for an IQ test? [closed]

Once, in a college class of mine, my teacher defied each of us to elaborate a good question for an IQ test. I proposed the following one. Is the option C a correct answer for this question? Please ...
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Intellectual numerical puzzle of different sizes

There is an intellectual puzzle 3x3, as in the photo: You need to get an ordered set by moving the buttons through an empty area, like: Question: Is a 4x4, 5x5, 6x6 game possible? Sub-question: Does ...
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Hill cipher with 100x100 matrix?

Is it possible to decrypt/encrypt something using a Hill Cipher whose key matrix has a size of $100\times100$?
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Find the next country and the parameters

I created this puzzle. Denmark = [1 or 4, 11880, 1, 15, 4.433687003, 4 or 5] India = [11803, 381024, -1, 23, 0.3706062241, 5] New Zealand = [8916100448256 or 302875106592253, 43680, -1, 40, 0....
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GameDev: stuck with first puzzle design, would love resources to study from or algorithm suggestions!

First time posting here and I'm really, really hoping this is the community I've been looking for. I'm developing a game, right now I'm in the middle of designing levels as the core mechanics have ...
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How can I create written logic puzzles with multiple variables and the fewest number of clues?

When I refer to written logic puzzles, I mean those in which, for example, 5 men wearing 5 different colors of aprons are bringing 5 different pies from 5 different cities to 5 different booths in the ...
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How to make a “virgin” Google search?

Disclaimer: this question is intended to be asking for help about puzzle creation, but in a way it can be regarded as a puzzle in itself - except I don't claim to have a very good answer. When you ...
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How do I construct a Japanese-style “grid deduction” puzzle? [duplicate]

Logic puzzles like Nurikabe, Slitherlink, and Battleships -- the ones we call grid-deduction puzzles -- can be a lot of fun. How do I go about constructing them? What's the best strategy for making ...
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Sharing of answers in online puzzle/treasure hunt games?

I'm planning to organize a Online treasure hunt game for the students of my institution. The idea is very simple. You register and login. You start at Level 1. You'll be given a question/clue/image ...
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Algorithm for creating a “Dot” logic maze

I've been looking at Robert Abbott's logic mazes, in particular his Dot maze, and I'm trying to understand how they can be constructed so I can write an algorithm to do this automatically for ...
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Puzzle idea to develop an app as a birthday gift

I plan to develop a simple fun puzzle app and install it on my wife's phone to play with it, as her birthday gift. The puzzle should be very simple, as I don't have much extra time to spend on its ...
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Is it possible to create a knot that is locked only when the rope is stretched?

Is it possible to create a knot that is stable/locked when the rope is stretched? When the tension is relived the knot should open.
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How do you generate Density puzzle bitmaps?

How do you generate Density puzzle bitmaps? I've seen a lot of Density puzzles (such as this one and want to know how the images were made.
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Hamiltonian Puzzle Algorithm

I know how to create a Hamiltonian path or circuit for a given grid size (in which all nodes are free). However I just wonder how to create specific type of puzzles like the ones given below. I'm ...
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Wordplay tricks for “Schrödinger” cryptic clues

I'm trying to write a "Schrödinger" cryptic clue. That is, a clue which can be solved in two different ways resulting in two valid answers, potentially with a different number of letters. What tricks ...
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How to visualize the tasks for the rope and nails puzzle?

Following the A&Q I want to visualize the tasks for the rope and nails puzzle. In the paper, one can see 11 puzzles: Puzzle 1 (1-out-of-3) Hang a picture on three nails so that ...
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How heavy each of these 7 creatures weights?

I was thinking about creating some riddle for TED-ED and somehow I came up some math riddle something like that: "A group of seven creatures weights together 1000 kg, the largest one and second ...
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Feedback for puzzle i made up

So I made this puzzle where you have words that branch off into other words. For example: The blue letters you take and move it on to the next blank space, still putting it in order: For ...
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Is it possible to put the numbers into circles?

This topic is motivated by the trolley813's answer on my question. Question. Is it possible to put the numbers $1,2,3,...,23$ in circles so that the sum of the four numbers on $9$ sides of $3$ ...
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Rotary phone with numbers and letters

I am going to organise a quest for teenagers. I have a vintage phone like below: I am looking for ideas how to use the rotary phone with numbers 1,2, ..., 9, 0 and letters A, B, C, F, H, I, K, L, M, ...
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What are sequences of letters/symbols for creating a cipher?

I have two gears with different numbers of teeth (20 and 10): The small gear makes two turnovers, while the large gear makes one turnover only. My idea is to use a large gear as an alphabet wheel (...
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What is the most appropriate clue here?

Background. I'm specifically interested in how to design a puzzles chain for a team (8-10 teenages). We are going to play at a Scientific Museum. The main the idea is to find a key and open a lock. ...
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How to use a Mobius strip for puzzle creation?

A Mobius strip is one of the basic concepts of topology. There are many interesting tricks using this strip (for example, interesting results of cutting the tape with a different number of turns). ...
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Does the puzzle have a unique solution?

Let's say you have a sphere-maze. The sphere is fixed on the fixed half-ring (1) and two independent rings (2) and (3). These rings are connected at point A. Inside the sphere one can see a small ...
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How to connect a chessboard and a cipher into puzzle?

Let's say you have (a) a chessboard with figures and (b) a text from a book. The figures configuration is the Cardan grille, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardan_grille When you put the chessboard ...
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Riddle whose answer is children

I would like to find good What Am I riddles whose answer is a child/children. (As in filiation, not kids as in young people.) Or even an answer such as "legacy". I have tried to search for them online ...
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Guidelines or Theory for Rebus Creation?

I want to start the creation of educational rebuses for kids, the subjects are math, physics and languages. I have never done it before and would like learn how to create rebuses in general and for a ...
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Does this puzzle really not exist already?

I have invented a puzzle about the start of the year that I believe is new. But is it really? I call it Begriddled. It uses a grid of characters that you join according to a sequence (either given or ...

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