# Questions tagged [puzzle-identification]

This tag is for questions about the name or nature of a specific puzzle, given as much descriptive information about it as the asker possesses. For challenge questions where the asker knows the puzzle type and gives cryptic clues about it, use the [reverse-puzzling] tag instead.

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### Metallic Puzzle

I've had this metallic puzzle for a very long time (actually it's a replica since the original was lost). It was bought in a shop were I was told long ago that it must have a solution. The question is,...
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### identify cipher? [closed]

I have this, I just need help identifying the cipher. Any tips/pointers are welcome! Text version (for those who can't view images) ...
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### Looking for the name of a specific numerical logic puzzle. Involves swapping digits for shapes

I took an online assessment for a job and there was this really interesting section where you had to solve simple algebra problems, except the digits (not the numbers) were replaced by symbols. An ...
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### What kind of puzzle is this?

Hello, I found this puzzle in an old puzzle book, it's fun. Does anyone know if this kind of puzzle has a name, I want to find more, and maybe try making some. Thanks very much! Here is the cover of ...
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### Do puzzles like "write 120 using four 8" have a specific name?

Here on puzzling SE there is the category "calculation puzzle", but it's very broad. I'd like to know if somebody gave a specific name for such puzzles.
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### What is this number square puzzle called? (10x10 grid with numbers 1-100)

Does anyone happen to know a name for this traditional(?) number square puzzle/game? The puzzle has a board of 10x10 squares that are initially empty. The player starts the game by entering the number ...
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### I have a 3d square wooden block puzzle with no instructions

I have a square wooden alphabet block puzzle. Over 50 years old. It is 27 blocks glued into different shapes. I believe one of the shapes is the empire state building and there was a list of other ...
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### Identify 12-piece wooden puzzle with two colors

I bought this puzzle (without box, dismantled, no idea how it was before) and I can’t figure out how it should look like. There are 12 wood pieces (6 black / 6 white) which are roughly 5 x 1 x 1. They ...
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### Need help identifying a puzzle with a series of rings

Any help identifying this puzzle would be greatly appreciated. My wife's grandfather got this puzzle from a relative, we are looking for any information possible.
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### What is the name of this problem about maximizing the accepted offer from consecutive offers?

There was a problem I have read more than 15 years ago. I just remember the problem and the rough outline of the solution, and I would like to know if it has a canonical name to look up the ...
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### What is the name of this puzzle game?

Person A formed 10 small balls of paper (plain white paper, all 10 looked the same). Then person A picked up all 10 paper balls and threw them on a table at the same time. Then you should be able to ...
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### Wooden puzzle with multiple balls on strings attached to a central hook, from which metal arms connect top and bottom

I bought this puzzle few years ago at a market. I couldn't solve it since. I started to think it was wrongly assembled, therefore can not be solved. Tried to find the solution on the internet/YouTube ...
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### Is there a name for crosswords where the surface of the vertical clues resemble the solutions to the horizontal and vice versa?

Occasionally a crossword (often cryptic ones) would have a twist to them, such as being a 'nina': A Nina is a special feature of the crossword grid: a word, words or phrase hidden within a pattern of ...
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### 6 Piece Wooden Puzzle

I have been attempting to solve this puzzle that didn’t come with directions.
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### Which number replaces the question mark?

I'm trying to solve puzzles to exercise my brain. I'm stuck on this test, I printed it from Mensa IQ Test, an app on Android store. Can someone help me? Below is the test:
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### What is the name of this toy game having seven discs with six stones

I do not remember where I have it from, it might well date from the pre-internet age. I guess the discs can be interchanged and the stones not. Now, that you got this valuable hint, it is your turn ...
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### What is the name of this visual drawing puzzle made of simple lines and shapes?

I have seen puzzles that are drawn visuals. Someone told me that it involves deciphering the image and finding the meaning. Here's 3 examples of it:
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### What's the name of the kind of puzzle where in-story solvers have more information than us, and how far they get is a clue?

It involves logical/mathematical puzzle(s), so no wishy washy different interpretations like in riddles. The puzzle in question tells a story involving a puzzle, but some details about the puzzle in ...
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### Six-piece mechanical puzzle with multiply-pointed pieces which fit into a concave polyhedron

I need help identifying this mechanical puzzle that consists of 6 pieces (see image) which I have to fit together into a sort of concave polyhedron.
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### What is that colorful plate puzzle?

There was this colorful puzzle I remember playing with almost 8 years ago. It was consisted of a number of different colored plates (green, purple, blue), that, connected to each other by hinges, can ...
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### Trying to find a 2020 puzzle hunt with a puzzle based on Among Us

I am trying to find a puzzle hunt that I believe was held in 2020. It contained a puzzle based on the game Among Us with 26 characters, and you had to decide who were the imposters. The imposters all ...
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### Polyominoes piece puzzle, image was a storefront

When I was growing up, my family had a jigsaw puzzle of several store fronts, where you could see different people running, buying, and some kids. All the stores had letters and art. The pieces where ...
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### Identifying a wooden puzzle box

In a flashback sequence in the film Tomb Raider (2018), Lara is seen trying to solve a wooden puzzle box: It is reminiscent of the Karakuri group's "small box" puzzles, but I was not able ...
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### What's that puzzle where multiple levers change the locks' states on one door?

I have seen this one a few times in videogames and elsewhere, but I don't remember where. You have to open one door that has several locks on it. You have a bunch of levers that when moved change the ...
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### What is this 3x3x1 Rubik's cube with colored circles with colored borders?

My son got this from a friend: It seems to be some kind of 3x3x1 Rubik's cube. I am confused about the colours, however. It can be solved for the coloured rings, but not for the dots - I think. Does ...
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### Puzzle to match up the shapes on inner edges

My daughter (pre-school) had to solve the following puzzle: It consists of 9 square pieces and the goal is to fit them together in such a way that all inner (i.e. touching) sides show a valid, put-...
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### Twisty puzzle composed of hexagonal prisms, with As and diamonds

(click to enlarge) My friend let me have a go of his cube and neither of us know what its called or where to buy one.
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### Name and solution of puzzle to rotate all arrows to same direction

In this puzzle, when you click an arrow, all arrows immediately next to it (diagonally included), as well as the arrow you clicked itself rotate 90 degrees. The goal is to get all the of arrows to ...
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### Wooden puzzle/game - 16 dowels with five wooden balls with holes each

I acquired a wooden puzzle game from a local thrift store. They had no information about it. Here's a description: In a wooden board base are mounted 16 dowels on each of the dowels are 5 wooden balls ...
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### What type of puzzle is "Room to Grow"?

I saw this game on Steam. They have a demonstration of the game in video form here, and here's the GIF I generated from that video (that's lower in quality and shortened due to the maximum 2 MB ...
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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. The buttons change the orientation of either their nearest or their same-color track. Now I'm not asking you to solve the ...
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### Identifying the wooden puzzle-box featured in Tomb Raider

In the film Tomb Raider (2018) there is a wooden puzzle-box with rotating sections. Once the correct sequence of moves is performed, a drawer pops out. See here: Upon seeing it she says: Karakuri. ...
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### What is this puzzle with identical wooden pieces?

I received a bag of wooden pieces, but cannot figure out what the puzzle is supposed to be. I've tried several burr options and several Alketruse puzzles, but cannot find the correct configuration. ...
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### Identify a riddle about the moon or sun [closed]

I am searching for a riddle I once encountered during D&D. It goes along the lines of: I rise twice a day but yet I only set once This text is not the complete, and the answer is the moon or the ...
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### How is a something like a something

This may be a bit weird, but I remember a type of riddle but I can't remember any of those riddles nor their name. The riddle gives you 2 things and you need to find descriptions for both that are ...
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### What is the name & solution for this 33-piece 3D wooden puzzle?

I purchased this 3D wooden puzzle and wasn't provided with the instructions to reassemble it. I can't seem to find any information about it other than the source I bought it from. It has 33 pieces ...
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### What is the name or author of this tangrams-like packing puzzle?

Does someone knows the name of this packing puzzle, or its inventor? The goal is to repack the shapes into the square with the additional red square. It is an easy puzzle but the construction is ...
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### What is the Name of this Toggling Puzzle?

I came across an interesting toggling puzzle while looking through a code repository on GitHub. I want to find out more about it and see if there is any info on how to solve it, how to ensure ...
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### What is the name of this mechanical puzzle with two G-like hooks interlocked?

I don't know the name of this puzzle. See the photo below. I've already searched for G puzzle and Hook puzzle.
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### Is this wire puzzle correctly assembled?

I was given this puzzle some years ago and have never found the solution. Recently I picked it up again and have been trying for days to solve it. I presume that the goal is to remove the ring on the ...
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### What type of puzzles are the statue puzzles in Super Lucky's Tale, and what method should be used for solving them?

This question is about a set of puzzles in the video game "Super Lucky's Tale" (as well as its Nintendo Switch remake "New Super Lucky's Tale"). They are known as statue puzzles as ...
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### What is this puzzle and what is this solving strategy? [duplicate]

This puzzle is a mini game in an app I recently downloaded. In the game it is referred to as a Mobius Puzzle(after some searching I found referenced as a TwoBik Puzzle). But I cant find any other ...
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### Metal entanglement puzzle with an S-shaped piece, chain, and rings

I lost the instructions and I’ve spent hours trying to identify it on the internet with no luck. It’s 3 rings with a metal chain with one removable ring. I’m stumped.
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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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### I need help with a 12 piece wooden puzzle

12 pieces. See picture. Can’t find any solutions online.
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### Wood puzzle of 6 equal parts

I got a wooden puzzle (I guess it is a puzzle) consisting of six equal and symmetric parts (four of them from different angles in the picture). I have no manual and would like to know what its name ...
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### What is this wooden puzzle called?

What is this wooden puzzle called, and how do I solve it?
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### What's the name of this kind of puzzle? [closed]

Link to a video of a the puzzle What is this puzzle called, and if possible, what is the logic behind it? Clicking a square inverts the state of the square and the ones directly adjacent to it, and ...
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### What is the name of this game?

Around 15 years ago I remember playing on my computer with this game I loved. But it turns out I never knew its name and so, I can't find it anywhere now when I want to play it again. So, I've had ...
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