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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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Identifying this cube

I have a MoYu cube that goes quite well, but I am unsure what model it is. I have looked everywhere, but to no avail. Pictures for the cube and its insides have been provided. Thanks in advance! (...
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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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Looking to find the name and objective of this puzzle

I'm playing an escape room game that requires me to play this game. It's my first time coming across this type of puzzle so I'm confused as to what I am suppose to do with it. If anyone can tell me ...
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Is this a puzzle? Cup cakes

This picture was in a pippi long-stocking book ( the lauren child version). This picture looked to me like it should be a sequence. Does it?
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Identify this type of graph puzzle

There are $V-1$ pieces, each with an identifying symbol. The board is a graph with $V$ vertices and some number of edges $E$. The idea is to move around the pieces so that each piece's symbol matches ...
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Need help to decipher this encrypted text

I am relatively new to deciphering texts and I have the following ciphertext: xbt ufp ekyzkikn dt nkojvhk? e ndmr jfo nggv du kwjt gun pjv. I tried Caesar Cipher but to no avail. It would be ...
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Any ideas how to solve this wooden puzzle? (And anyone happen to know what it's called?)

Goal is to move all the red balls to one side, and all the "white" balls to the other side. The center piece slides left and right, and the balls can be slid around each side.
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Solution or name to this puzzle

I bought this puzzle at a local market and the vendor could not tell me, what kind of solution this has. Is the ring supposed to come off completely? And does anyone know the name / solution to this?
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Help me save Christmas - clock and word puzzle

My friend created this puzzle, it tells the Grinch's plan to ruin Christmas. I need to derive the plan from the clocks I have counted that there are 60 words. The clue is that time doesn't go ...
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Cross between a crossword and sudoku. What's it called?

My wife is a big fan of crosswords. Years ago I ran across a book with an unusual puzzle that was basically a crossword mixed with sodoku. The center of the puzzle was an empty grid, perhaps 6x6, ...
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I have a puzzle and a solution… it's the method I'm after

The cipher message is: J B A Z R X K Z N T W K O Y E Z The answer is: T O N G L A N D B R I D G E How did I (or more accurately my father) arrive at the answer?
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What are some puzzles where it is difficult (for humans) to determine if there is a solution without trying to solve it

I'm looking for straightforward puzzle types where it is difficult to determine ahead of time whether or not there will be an solution to the puzzle (and therefore one must either try to solve it, or ...
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Puzzle with numbers you have to add up to get given numbers? Can't remember the name

Basically what that title says. I remember a puzzle that had a white area in no specific shape that would give you large numbers on the outside and you have to fill in the boxes with numbers that add ...
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What is this type of puzzle called?

for these puzzles you're given a set of letter pairings that you line up into a code via the overlapping letters as an example: you have pairs "CA", "CO", "DC" and "OD" for a 5-letter code. with the ...
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Solution or Origin of logic puzzle

This is not my puzzle and I do not know the solution. This was shared to me by a friend. Their former boss told them this riddle. I was told this question originated from Steven's Institute of ...
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Can anyone solve this?

My cousin sent me this today. I am totally confused with these characters.
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Number circle with gaps

Does anyone know what this is and how to solve it? Thank you.
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What is another name for this Dell puzzle?

I remember, when filling out variety puzzle books from Dell Publishing, there being one or two logic puzzles per book called "Eight Ball." I really like these puzzles, but I can find NO information on ...
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What's that puzzle that goes like, Person A Never lies Person B Always lies ..etc

What's the full puzzle that goes like Person A Never lies Person B Always lies Person C I don't remember.. Then they all say what they have and it continues like Person A says that person B is lying ...
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Puzzle Type for employment test

I am taking a logic test for employment. I'm trying to find practice questions to help me prepare. The type of questions on the test are, for example: 5 people are in line, George is ahead of Jim ...
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Late 18th/early 19th century numbers grid

I was researching an historical figure on the Isle of Man, Capt George Quayle (b.1751 - d.1835), and in amongst the museum's papers was this numbers grid which was part of his effects. The museum ...
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Possible number based cipher… but which one?

Here's a sequence of numbers: 133, 173, 30, 133, 176, 160, 171, 63, 137, 176, 160, 60, 177 I'm sure they are an important part of a puzzle I'm trying to solve which I found hidden in an image - ...
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How to solve this Morse code like puzzle

I am trying to solve this Puzzle based Geocache. It is simply this string on dots and dashes --.-..-....-.---...--.--.---..-..--..-..---.--.--..--..--.---..-..---.-..--..-..--..---.-..---..--.--.....
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Calculating with Symbols

& x & = €& What is &? Each Symbol is one Number. Possible answers: 0, 3 , 7 , 6 Correct answer: $6$, because $6 \times 6 = 36$ What is the correct name of this kind of ...
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Grid based color changing puzzle

I am trying to identify the minigame used in the game Fontanero (the code for it is here). It consists of a 3x3 grid of squares, and each square is red or green. You can click on a square to invert ...
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The case of the world’s easiest puzzles

   Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends.   We’ re so glad you could attend,    Come inside, come ...
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Do Magicians Really Exist?

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the following two users in any way: What I would like to know is: Does the following paradox have a name? What is the fallacy of the argument? If possible, where ...
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I have forgotten what the puzzle was

I have a notebook in which I draft little puzzles during meetings my free time. I came up with one that was to post the acronym version of famous quotes along with the author's initials and the ...
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What puzzles can I make out of origami?

I recently made and solved a soma cube puzzle out of origami. What other puzzles can I make out of origami?                &...
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What are these types of puzzles called?

What is the name/type/search term I can use to find similar puzzles to the one below (so I can practice them, as I really struggle currently wrapping my head around them)? Any type of question where ...
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Puzzle similar to 15-puzzle but more moveable pieces?

In the name of Science!™, I'm trying to look for (or, in the worst case, create) a puzzle/game similar to the n-puzzle whereby a player or player(s) have to put some pieces in a particular order (e.g. ...
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A riddle in James Still's “River of Earth”

I'm working on paper for SAMLA 88 on riddles in James Still's novel River of Earth. There is one I can't seem to find an answer for. It goes like this: First green and then yeller, (sic. yellow) ...
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Arithmetic Puzzle

The British Independent and i newspapers run what they call an "Arithmetic Puzzle", which comprises a grid of nine cells, with each cell separated from the others by arithmetic symbols: (+ - / *), and ...
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Single letter chemical elements on a 2x2 grid

In the past somebody showed me the puzzle below. I remember the answer but not the entire solution. Here it goes: On a grid of 2x2 put four single letter chemical elements. The result should have ...
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3-sided pyramid with 9 red and white triangular pieces on each side

When I was in my teens in 1980s Britain a puzzle was created that came with a prize of 1 million pounds sterling (USD$ 1.6m) for the person who submitted the solution. It consisted of a pyramid with ...
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Puzzle that consists of all possible combinations of pieces containing 5 squares

When I was a child my father gave me a wooden puzzle that consisted of pieces that represented every possible combination of 5 squares. The goal was to arrange the pieces in various rectangular ...
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Is there a name for a puzzle class where later puzzles rely on effects of previous puzzles' answers?

There's a class of puzzles where: The puzzles come in a themed set Usually, the puzzle requires you to answer by listing the steps to do something The subsequent puzzles are often reliant on facts ...
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Name of this kind of word puzzle: find a word with string of letters in the middle

This is a puzzle I have used with my school students, and I am wondering if it already has a name. The idea is to give a string of (often three) letters and to find a word with that string of letters ...
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Column-complete latin square problem: everyone rotates through all seats, never sitting at the same seat as another more than once

The problem that this applies to is difficult to explain (for me), which may account for a lot of why I cannot solve it. The example below should highlight the process for which I want to come up with ...
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what can we call this?

I have recently received this woody puzzle toy. What's its name ?
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Switching puzzle identification

I'm looking for the name of a puzzle where the goal is to activate (or deactivate) a set of buttons. If you activate a button, it switches the state of this button and of its neighbour. Say you ...
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Physical Teamwork Puzzles for Adolescents

I am trying to develop a list of physical teamwork puzzles for 11-16 year olds at camp. When I was a kid at camp, we sometimes had to solve puzzles that depended on equally team work, fitness and ...
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What makes the “Who has the hat puzzle” so hard? How can this be effectively reused?

TL;DR: How do I use "outside of the box" thinking well in puzzle making? One of my friends came to school with a puzzle. It's a rather popular puzzle, but, us never having heard of it before, were ...
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What is the name (and brand / year) of this puzzle?

First a bit of background. I'm a collector of twisty puzzles. I've been collecting them for almost 3.5 years now. Here is my current collection of 209 puzzles. As you may be able to tell by the ...
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The origin of the blue eyes puzzle

The Blue Eyes puzzle is possibly the most popular induction-based puzzle known. Is it really known who was the first to come up with it (in any form). The link at xkcd says: I didn't come up with ...
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What is the difference between enigma puzzle and cryptograms?

Title is self-explanatory. I know that this question is bit too dumb. But I don't know how to say for sure if a puzzle is enigma or cryptogram. Both of them has a message to decipher. So, finally, ...
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How can a logic puzzle be defined?

Myself and two others had a debate earlier over what separates a logic puzzle and a riddle. Friend A was arguing that a logic puzzle was a puzzle that required any kind of logical and lateral ...
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Is this two-sliding-block overlapped puzzle equivalent to the 8-puzzle?

I'm creating a new puzzle: two sliding blocks 8-puzzle, one on top of the other. Several pieces are covered and cannot be moved until the covering piece moves away. The objective is to pair colors, no ...
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Is reverse-engineering crossword puzzles a thing?

I was recently trying to recreate a crossword puzzle based off of a picture of half the puzzle and the answer key. I found it to be very enjoyable. Is this a thing? Is there anywhere that I can find ...
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Can anyone help me identify these logic puzzles?

Can anyone help me find out what these kinds of puzzles are? 1. B&W Grid Puzzle There's a grid with black & white blocks. A black block will turn white if it's surrounded by 3 white blocks. ...