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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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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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Is this puzzle legitimate?

I've been browsing through Puzzling SE's most downvoted questions, when I stumbled upon one of those "bad communication I will xkcd cut your arm off" questions. I've heard similar questions with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tips for making board game victory sequence puzzles

(I might ask on meta for a new tag and term to describe these puzzles. "board game victory sequence puzzles" is unwieldy.) I was thinking of making a Homeworlds puzzle, which would be analogous to ...
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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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Good maze creation software?

I'm trying to make a maze for a puzzle hunt, and I can't find any good software for creating them. I seek an appropriate simple drawing tool, not a program to automatically create the maze. I ...
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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 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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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 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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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. Promotions are allowed in the game, but the position is not allowed to start with ...
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How do you guys generate the Density bitmaps?

Basically just the title. I've seen a lot of Density puzzles and want to know how the images were made. Thanks in advance.
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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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Proving the existence of a given matrix

I found this problem in a programming forum Ohjelmointiputka, https://www.ohjelmointiputka.net/postit/tehtava.php?tunnus=ahdruu and https://www.ohjelmointiputka.net/postit/tehtava.php?tunnus=ahdruu2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Biuld a Box up Puzzle game [closed]

I want to build a box up puzzle game. I am struggling to implement this. Can you all suggest some sources or logic to implement it? Thanks in advance.
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Identify unique Verbal Arithmetic Puzzles

I am attempting to create original Verbal Arithmetic puzzles such as the famous one from this question Alphametic (Verbal Arithmetic) general strategy : SEND+MORE=MONEY For these problems each ...
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Minimising information to guess all hats correctly

There is a well known N logicians wearing hats of N colors puzzle: N logicians are wearing hats with numbers from 1 to N (each hat has one number; there can be multiple hats with the same number)...
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Try to design a uniquely solvable masyu

Warning: extreme difficulty Does there exist a 6x6 masyu puzzle with one black pearl in each row/column (without any white pearls) which is uniquely solvable? What about for 7x7 grids? In fact, what ...
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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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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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