Questions tagged [puzzle-creation]

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

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Puzzles with multiple, user-specific, solutions

I have been tasked with coming up with a puzzle given the following constraints: Users (possibly 200 in all) will arrive at a fixed location and see a portion of the puzzle, which will be common to ...
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What is a good/standard list of “simple English words” suitable for puzzling?

Suppose I'm trying to computer-solve a puzzle, or computer-create a puzzle, where "every word in the whatever is a common English word." For example, intuitively, ...
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How can I find riddles or puzzles to point players in one of two directions (in a maze)?

I am creating a maze for a tabletop roleplaying game. The maze will reveal itself as the players advance through it, but simply presenting a maze to them to walk through is too simple. I also don't ...
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Is this 3d Sudoku possible?

I was looking at images of 3d Sudoku's on Bing, because I was looking for a $9\times9\times9$ Sudoku, where each horizontal, vertical left-right and vertical top-bottom plane was also a Sudoku. ...
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How to write good puzzle hints?

When creating puzzles, I often find that the difficulty is difficult to estimate. Some puzzles seem to be "too difficult" to be solved without any hints (as in, the person who is supposed to solve the ...
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What would be some fun/unique and relatively easy puzzles for people to put words together?

I am playing a table top role playing game and want my players to discover two words by putting together different hints. Let's assume the words are "devourer" and "avocado". I was thinking of a ...
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Why did this prime-sequence puzzle not work?

While attacking a recent puzzle (whose solution ended up being entirely different from what I was trying), I was inspired to create a number-sequence puzzle with a sequence $(p_n)$ of primes where the ...
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Looking for a Logical Puzzle with Scalability

I hope I am in the right place to be asking a question like this! That being said, I am experimentalist in need of a 'good' logical puzzle. There are aspects of the puzzle I would like and other ...
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What’s the most discovered checkmates in one in a position?

Just another puzzle for fun! A discovered check is defined as “when a piece moves, while not giving check itself, as to let a piece behind deliver a check.” What’s the highest possible number of ...
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Can a “select a missing 3rd symbol” puzzle made at least a bit difficult?

Looking at all the Mensa IQ test puzzles, usually there are two rows with in total 6-8 symbols and where you need to choose the last one properly to match the pattern. I wonder whether at least a bit ...
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What’s the most possible checkmates in one, but with no promoted pieces, in a position?

What is the most possible checkmates in one without promoted units in a position? It must all be legal, of course. Consider this a part two of this question: How many total checkmates can you ...
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Find the result of this dual key cipher

I came up with a neat little cipher that I'm calling the dual key cipher. The basic premise is that there are two cipher keys that, when used together can decode the cipher text against a given ...
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How many total checkmates can you possibly make against the enemy king?

Just an interesting idea for a puzzle that I had So, I decided to see how many possible checkmate I could theoretically make, in a legal position that can be legally reached. Always assume that the ...
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What term is used for puzzles that involve finding the correct sequence of mathematical operators?

There's a class of puzzles that require the solver to arrange a set of numbers so that they result in a desired outcome by manipulating mathematical operators. Example: Using the numbers [1,3,5,7,...
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How long should an anagram be in order to be solvable by a human?

I'm writing some puzzles for a bunch of smart friends, but I'm unsure if the puzzle is too easy or too hard. For instance, an anagram like this: fangos theorem Should be solvable by a human without ...
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Errors and Warnings in clues

I want to use "Error" and "Warning" as anagram indicators, like this: Run Time Error (4) --- EMIT Error: Please get a rest (6) --- ASLEEP (not sure yet) Error 106E: Something Wrong (4) --- VICE ...
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Creating a maze that is traversed by a pair of compasses

Normal mazes require you to move a point-like object from the entrance of the maze to the exit. I am wondering whether a different kind of maze would work as a puzzle: Imagine a maze printed on a ...
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Puzzle creation problems using unbounded unknown numbers

I occasionally see puzzles that include language like this: You go to buy a specific car, whose fair price we’ll call N. You have absolutely no idea what N is Or this from the same site: Given ...
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scientific logical puzzle theme for secondary students

I'm an university student doing an internship on escape room. Can you please give me some ideas/ theme relating to mathematics or science ?
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Are there any ways to make a good Cryptic rebus?

How do I make a good "Cryptic rebus"? Edit: It's a cryptic REBUS, not a text clue. Note: Look at the tags.
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Creating a puzzle with rotating parts and logical approach

I am a game developer working on a project and I had an idea to create the following puzzle. There are two robotic "tentacles", each with 4 joints. The player can control some, but not all of the ...
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How to make someone open an origami?

I'm offering someone an origami (rabbit shape) with a QR code written inside. This is the beginning of a series of riddles. My question is, how could I make the person I'm offering the origami to ...
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How to Make Non-too-broad Cipher Puzzles?

// I'm not sure whether this is better to be asked here or on meta. Unfortunately, many people (or at least my friends) agree that puzzles are plainly just "random guessing" in a sense that they ...
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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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Which number replaces the question mark in the circle?

While solving the number puzzle, I couldn't find any solution for this problem. Please help me solve it and briefly explain your answer. Which number will replace the question mark in the circle below?...
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What are some good resources to practice logical puzzle-solving? [closed]

I currently own this book called "Algorithmic Puzzles" by Anany and Maria Levitin, and I am having a hard time getting through the higher level problems. I have always been interested in logical ...
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A riddle where the answer seems to be one thing but is another

For a project I'm doing I need a "trick" riddle - one where the first answer most people would think of is wrong, and the true answer is something else entirely that isn't way too hard to come up with ...
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How to generate a Zebra Puzzle?

Zebra puzzle, is a very famous puzzle, where several statements are given regarding a group of people and some of their qualities, and the solver has to deduce all the qualities of each person in the ...
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Called by human names, we always existed

We are like sinful dwarves, or wonders that glisten. One of us is there to listen. One of us is there to cook. Another, at night, is there to look. One is the leader to show the way. One does what is ...
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Puzzles like Sokoban?

I am looking for some puzzles like Sokoban or 15-puzzle but more difficult to solve and satisfy the following requirements: The number of possible moves at each step should be limited, let's say < ...
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How to create a puzzle from a pre-existing, fixed data source?

Examples of what I mean: Instructions lead puzzlers to a library where the names of donors are inscribed on bricks out front. Along with some piece of information that is given to them on a piece of ...
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How do I create a custom website-based puzzle? [closed]

There's a few examples out there of websites which show you a clue / hint, and if you guess the correct password you get to the next level. Some e.g.: http://www.totallytricky.co.uk/riddle/ame.php ...
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What's wrong with this cheesy riddle?

To celebrate the 10 years of Stackoverlow, I made an online cheesy riddle, where one uses the answer to a question to unveil the encrypted message! The message gets decrypted by hopping back ...
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Is it fair to interlink clues?

Is it fair to link clues both ways? E.g. can I do: 1a. Local girl gives 8 (4, 4) 8d. 1 gives smooth head (5, 5) I'm quite libertarian. What could I get away ...
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Finding the hidden path (new grid puzzle concept?)

I was toying around with grid-based puzzles, and I can up with a format that I'm not sure exists yet, and from my testing leaves only one solution. (If it exists or is broken, please let me know so I ...
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Coding puzzles with pen and paper

At work we are doing a coding competition on hackerrank – it is real coding – you are given input and you have to code a program that produces the correct output. Now, I would like to promote this ...
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Custom Jigsaw Puzzle [closed]

I would like a custom jigsaw puzzle for my husband. he loves large puzzles (2000+ pcs) and he loves large cats (lions, tigers, etc) Can anyone tell me where I can get a photo enlarged and a custom ...
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How does one write a short riddle that is not too vague and not too obvious?

I have recently been offered to write riddles for a shop, which I will not go into too much detail about (because that is personal). However, I will say that the shop mostly prefers a riddle up to ...
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Looking for a party puzzle

I'm having a block party coming up soon and thought it might be interesting to have some kind of riddle or puzzle for the guests to solve. The idea would each guest would be given a clue when they ...
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How to choose the next board in the 8-puzzle?

I hope to have your help to solve the problem I am facing. I'm trying to make an 8-puzzle solver but I'm in doubt about how to select the next board, from the one they have already given me. Below I ...
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How can I avoid the “Riddle-maker's Dilemma?”

When writing riddles, I often encounter an issue that I've decided to call the "Riddle-maker's Dilemma." (Forgive me if there's already a name for this.) In short, the line of thinking goes like ...
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Generate a sudoku puzzle with minimum number of entries that has exactly $k$ solutions

Is there an algorithm to generate a sudoku puzzle having the minimum number of entries that has exactly $k>1$ solutions? What is this minimum number of entries, as a function of $k$? Given that ...
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Cryptic Clue Creation

In this puzzle, I put forth my first attempts at cryptic-clues, and would like some feedback/criticism on their construction. I'm curious to know: Do any of these not conform to these rules? ...
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What's the best life advice you would give to a child in Hex Speak? [closed]

This puzzle involves coming up with a sentence using any of following: characters: ABCDEF (+5 points) numbers: 0123456789 (+3 points) numbers disguised as letters: OILSTRG (0,1,1,5,7,12,6) (+3 ...
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How to create a code ring for 2 separate encryptions?

I'm trying to create a cipher ring for a Dungeons & Dragons game. I'm using what is basically a Vigenere cipher, but by doing some math you can solve it using a Caesarian Shift. I want to have a ...
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Need little help

Note: Sorry, this puzzle almost similar with the last question: The main purpose of this QUESTION is: To know what types of this puzzle is exactly. It is still can be solve if I remove the most ...
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How to hide coded messages in kaleidoscopes

Has anyone ever made or ever heard of making coded messages using repeating patterns or colors in kaleidoscopes? I had the idea for a project and was wondering if anyone had any experience with ...
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Trying to build a sudoku related puzzle box, struggling to ensure that there's only one solution

I want to build a specific puzzle box. The physical side I have down, but I'm struggling with ensuring that there's only one valid solution. The box consists of 9 freely rotating bands, inscribed ...
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Are there puzzles that take into account a specific time / day in the year? [closed]

I'm looking to create a type of puzzle that involves the passage of time where the puzzle can only be solved a specific times / days in a year. It could use environmental surroundings like the sun/ ...
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Ways of hiding information in a piece of text based on the number of words per line

I am trying to solve a riddle where someone has hidden information in a piece of text. The riddle is composed of 4 paragraphs of otherwise normal text (plain english, contents look fine, there are no ...