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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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Cryptic Clue Guide

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 a cryptic crossword clue, and how do I write one?
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Guide to Codes and Ciphers

Note: This is a Guide not a Puzzle ciphers are quite common now on puzzling, and at first can seem quite confusing. But ciphers are bigger than this site, used worldwide by companies and secret ...
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What are the features of a well-written puzzle?

When making a new puzzle, the average person is usually faced with a hard problem of guaranteeing quality. I want to know some key points and ideas, for beginners and experts alike, to keep in mind ...
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Burning ropes as timers - How many time intervals can be measured?

Note: This is a follow-up question to Burning ropes as timers. The following question and its answers may contain spoilers. To sum up the puzzle, these are the rules (slightly modified): You have ...
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How do I write a “solid” Riddle?

This is about the objective interpretations/assessment/quantification of riddles. Let us define a riddle as a type of puzzle relying on the usage of only language and context. Using precise English ...
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How do you come up with a good classic rhyme riddle?

I'm asking about classic riddles as they appear in books and kids' literature, based on metaphors - not maths problems or tasks, or deceitful questions but just an old good-natured rhyme describing ...
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How do you create a general locked-box problem?

In this question, I presented a puzzle involving seven locks, with a Grand Vizier and four slaves. But I would like to use this style of puzzle in some of my own secret-unlocking riddles, in order to ...
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How can the “Boy or Girl” paradox be worded unambiguously?

The first time I encountered the Boy or Girl paradox I was struck by how ambiguous all of the formulations in English are. As Wikipedia notes: Gardner argued that a "failure to specify the ...
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Tips for solving poem riddles

Poem riddles are becoming more prolific and more popular on Puzzling.SE (examples: Pacoverflow Riddle Poem, Pacoverflow Riddle Poem #2, Identity Crisis: What Am I?). Inspired by the 'Tips for Golfing ...
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Riddles/puzzles having answer hidden in the question? [closed]

Can you give any example of riddles or puzzles in which the answers are someway "cleverly hidden" inside the question? I think that such examples are more common in word-related riddles, but maybe ...
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Are there “rules” (or consistent conventions) that limit when the NY Times Crossword can deviate from rotational symmetry?

Most American crosswords use rotational (or "radial") symmetry so that squares directly opposite each other (through the center) are identical. In the Times, I've only seen this not be the case ...
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Help me to find a small but hard and clever maze

For a competition, I need to choose a maze puzzle, only one. There are tons of mazes, but most of them are not clever, i.e. they are just solved by trial and error. Few days ago I saw A blue, white ...
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What's a good way to introduce someone to puzzle-making?

First off THIS ISN'T A PUZZLE. It's a question about puzzle making, as the title suggests, though I thought I would make it clear, as I can see someone out there making a puzzle with such a title. ...
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Ideas on puzzles for a scientific event

I hope this kind of question is welcome here. A festival of science will take place in a few months in my university, and I would like to set up a simple but exciting escape room for people to ...
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What should you look for when rating the difficulty of a puzzle?

After you're finished making a puzzle, what types of details should you look for when rating it's difficulty? What makes a puzzle easier or harder? Keep in mind a puzzle includes both the question and ...
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The mess of Adrian Puzzlinger

Adrian Puzzlinger has gone missing again. Even worse, for puzzle lovers, the latest puzzle under construction is a mess. The only shred of order in the chaos of Puzzlinger's puzzler parlor is this ...
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Let's deal with “Names in Boxes” Safely

I met a puzzle, which is basically well known 100 Prisoners' Names in Boxes , but... it has an algorithm, which gives prisoners 100% chance to survive! This is achieved by a small change in the ...
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T Knights, L Knaves and R Jokers

Following these questions: Faulty computers, Knights and jokers I wonder, what if the conditions are the following: We have T Knights (truth-tellers), L Knaves (liars) and R Jokers (random-...
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How to choose the best answer in puzzles?

I gave my friends a lateral thinking puzzle There are six eggs in the basket. Six people each take one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg is left in the basket? My intended answer was But ...
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Exponential time in a Blue Eyes variant

I created a variant of the Blue Eyes problem where the logic took 4901 days (over 13 years) to totally play out. I thought this was nice, but I was hoping for an even longer period of time. Of ...
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Making a grid deduction puzzle

When making a grid-deduction puzzle, what are the strategies in making it? For most grid-deduction puzzles, simply putting numbers/dots/whatever in the grid simply doesn't cut it. However, sometimes ...
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Riddles whose answer is “the moon” [closed]

The short version: what are five riddles whose answer is "the moon"? Longer: I'm preparing to run the D&D module "White Plume Mountain". At one point in that Adventure there's an encounter with ...
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The lists of Adrian Puzzlinger

Adrian Puzzlinger has gone missing again. Even worse, for puzzle lovers, the latest puzzle under construction is missing as well. The puzzle police are puzzled by an imprint of aligned lists of ...
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Near-impossible puzzle for Christmas

I'm going to setup a puzzle contest for my family and friends for Christmas. The puzzles are hard, but doable in 1-2 hours (along the lines of Sudoku, Crosswords and Logic Tables puzzles). However, ...
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How would one make a good liars puzzle?

I’ve seen and made a few liars puzzles, and a recurring theme with liars puzzles is that they can be too easy, and can be dull, perhaps a bit repetitive. How can you come up with a Liars puzzle that ...
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How to build pattern search puzzles

This is a question about puzzle-building. I very much enjoyed (albeit not solved) the puzzle Find the missing elephants by GOTO 0. And, as it is often the case with intriguing puzzles, it sparked ...
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What size of puzzle is appropriate?

I am making a puzzle based on a Project Euler problem. Here is the puzzle at present: What path in the triangle below, starting from the top number with each step moving to one adjacent number in ...
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How many digits can be removed from a multiplication puzzle and still give only one answer?

There's a common category of mathematical puzzle which involves determining missing numbers in a long multiplication problem. As an example from this site (problem 10): ...
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What's our Name? (Also: improve my riddle)

I've thrown together a quick riddle inspired by the as-of-yet unsolved riddle from CodeNewbie. I don't feel like it's very solid, though, and the cadence isn't quite right. It's easy to show that the ...
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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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Pathfinding with disappearing platforms - is it solvable?

This is a puzzle but might not have a solution. So "is it possible?" is a proper question. The puzzle idea was inspired by the question logic problem/puzzle solving, and if the puzzle here turns ...
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What is the minimum number of steps to solve this cloning particles on chessboard puzzle?

I'm creating a puzzle based on the idea from this numberphile video: pebbling a chessboard. You can see a working (yet unfinished) version here. I would like to give the user a feedback of how well ...
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Difficulty judging difficulty

Ok, so I run a play-by-post RPG campaign and I have the following "puzzle" set out for the group. My main worry is that they won't get it so I figured I'd try it here first. Other than solving it, I'd ...
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Children's riddle

I have a 6-year old niece who is beginning to understand the English language (our native language is Spanish). A few days ago I came up with a short riddle and I want to try it before giving it to ...
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Strategies for creating a cross sums puzzle with a unique solution

I am looking for strategies for creating a puzzle with a unique solution, and ways of testing for uniqueness. Specifically, I'm trying to create cross sums puzzles. How can you create one with a ...
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Web of Spirits - a puzzle of romance

Spirit Web: Can you figure out the interconnected web of affections among these characters using the provided clues? Basic Rules: 1: There are exactly three existing relationships. 2: No character in ...
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Help me improve the jumping robot problem

I recently posed a puzzle about Robot High and Robot Long That puzzle was inspired by a comic I saw in Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray. The particular comic is shown below: As ...
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The strength of ciphers against brute force methods - what makes it more difficult but keeps it fair for humans?

EDIT: We have a couple of cipher puzzles on this site which use primitive, simple ciphers like Caesar, Bacon and substitution ciphers, and some of these puzzles combine them. This made me wonder ...
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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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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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logic problem/puzzle solving

I'm here to ask you if it is possible to find a way to solve this problem. I'm designing the puzzle-enigma section of a video game and try to find possible solutions and mechanic for it. Imagine each ...
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How could I have improved my interlinked cryptic puzzle?

I recently posted a cryptic puzzle here: Can you extract the value from this interlinked cryptic puzzle? This is my second time posting puzzles on the site so I welcome feedback on what was good or ...
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When setting number-sequence puzzles, is there any accepted method to prevent arbitrary solutions?

When setting a number sequence puzzle, one normally gives a finite sample and asks for the rule that specifies the members. The sample has to be finite because it's impossible to uniquely specify an ...
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T Knights, L Knaves and R Jokers with one question type only

I would like to try more strict conditions for puzzle, which frodoskywalker solved so simply. Basically all the same, but only one type of questions is allowed. We have T Knights (truth-tellers),...
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Guessing among 3 possibilities with a single question - can this be done with letters as well as numbers?

This is an open question to all. I have seen a few " I am thinking of a number/s-- can you guess by asking one question to which I can only answer Yes, No or may be" puzzles which are interesting ...