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Are there any ways to make a good Cryptic rebus?

How do I make a good "Cryptic rebus"? It's a cryptic REBUS, not a text clue.
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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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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 ...
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For n nodes that are connected to at most m and at least 2 other nodes, what values of n and m always allow the connections to not intersect?

I am trying to develop a puzzle game where $n$ nodes are generated and placed randomly on the screen. Each node is connected to at most $m$ and at least 2 other nodes by straight lines. This is an ...
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How can I represent these three words conceptually, without using words?

I'm looking to represent three separate words without using words. The goal is for somebody to be able to guess each word from the representation. For example, I'm looking to represent the word "...
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Creating a Sudoku where all clue numbers are orthogonally connected to the edges of the puzzle

I'm one of a group of people building a big puzzle hunt. I have what I think is a pretty good idea for a puzzle, but I'm having trouble constructing it. Basically, what I need to do is make a sudoku ...
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How does one go about creating a new grid-deduction puzzle?

The grid-deduction tag covers puzzles like Sudoku, Kakuro, etc. where the goal is to fill in a grid of numbers [/letters/colours] in a unique way by logical deduction from some predetermined rules and ...
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How to rephrase this puzzle about a meditating monk and incense

Here's a math-flavored puzzle I found on Andrej Cherkaev's website that I like to give to my undergraduate math students. I've paraphrased it to try to make it clearer: A monk was instructed by his ...
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Logical descriptions of logic puzzles

What notations are there to describe a logic puzzle format? Here, I'm talking about logic puzzles like Sudoku, Bridges, Kakuro, Tents; games with exact rules and an exact & finite number of ...
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Cheryl's birthday with one more dimension/person

I kinda like that viral riddle from a few years ago with cheryl's birthday Today i tried to craft a similar one which one would be solved with the same technique. I especially like how the last line ...
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Files hidden in files (puzzling question)

Not sure if Puzzling is the right place for this, but I couldn't find anywhere else to ask. I've been seeing this image circulating around a few Discord servers: When converted to mp3, you get the ...
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Odd one out between 4 words

I've designed this myself and I want to know whether my answer is correct and if there are any more possible answers. Which is the odd one out? $$\large\text{courtesy, bird, hurdle, learn}$$ Answer: ...
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Improve my 3D puzzle to have a single solution

3D View of one solutions http://autode.sk/2Dg4FWx I designed a 4x4x4 soma cube in AutoCad and then built it with wood cubes. There are twelve pentacubes and one tetracube. Each piece is unique and if ...
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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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Ask my girlfriend to prom [closed]

This puzzle is a little different from most of the ones on this site. Instead of solving a puzzle we will be making a puzzle with the most creative receiving the extra +20 rep as a bonus. Puzzle Prom ...
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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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Harder to find out which letters have to be taken away or which letters have to be added? [closed]

The title says it all. Is it harder to decrypt a secret message that has some Letters added to it or one that has some removed , like: Heerlollo, ibtq'is meen ...
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A riddle whose answer is "data" [closed]

For Christmas, my 18 yr old daughter asked us to add data to her phone plan (she's not had it). We will do that. I'm looking for a clever way to make it a gift she can unwrap. I thought I'd put a ...
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Are all "Who did it?" puzzles the same?

I recently came across this puzzle here and several others not on Stack Exchange, which seem to follow a common pattern I call "Who did it?" for now. "Who did it?" does not refer to any puzzle ...
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Who killed the frog🐸? [closed]

There was one frog, mistakenly fallen into a pan full of boiling water. No animals were harmed in the making of this question Biologically, frog has tendency to change the temperature of his/her ...
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How to create my own murder mystery game?

I’m hosting a game night next week at a local bar, and. I wanted to have a segment with a murder mystery. The owner of the bar has agreed to be the deceased victim, and four people who regularly ...
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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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Puzzle involving - and \

This is a good fun puzzle I made up for my students. Thought people here would enjoy it.
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