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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The coolest checkerboard magic trick

In the small town of Terni (Italy), there's a couple of young friends named Marco and Leonardo, who like to perform magic tricks to a restricted audience of common friends and relatives. They like to ...
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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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Where has the last dollar gone?

Lately I have found different versions of this puzzle, I was wondering if it has a name or belongs to a specific kind, so that I can understand it better. Here it is: Peter got \$10 from his father,...
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What is this magic trick with 6 cards featuring numbers between 1 and 60?

I hope this is on topic. I have a set of kids' magic tricks but I have lost the instructions! I was hoping this might be a good place to get some help. Here is the first one. What is the trick and ...
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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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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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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 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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Is this a new kind of liar puzzle?

I would like to ask if anyone has seen elsewhere this variation on the standard truth tellers/liars kind of puzzle. In the usual repertoire it is assumed that every person questioned knows the answer ...
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Help with the name of this puzzle

When I was cleaning my basement I found one puzzle that my father gave me when I was a child. I really want to know the name of it! Could someone help me? The puzzle consist in 4 disks, and each ...
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What's the name of this puzzle, which consists of small cubes connected by elastics?

Does anyone knows the name of the puzzle showed in the image below? The objective is to mount a 3x3x3 cube such that all sides of this cube are equal. The small cubes of the image are linked by an ...
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What is the name of this line-connecting game?

Can you tell me what is the name of the game I used to play in school? It's a game for two players. You need grid paper and two pens. The game is played on a 10x10 arena, shifted by half a grid to one ...
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What is this magic trick with a sarcophagus shaped box and a set of tokens?

I have a set of kids' magic tricks but I have lost the instructions! I was hoping this might be a good place to get some help. Here is the second one. This one might be a little more tricky but what ...
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Identify an Online Puzzle: Website Based Puzzle

Around 2007-2009, I was introduced to a website which hid puzzle clues in website data such as picture code as well as normal puzzles using various different types of code breaking and cyphers. The ...
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Mechanical puzzle ID: Ring, barbell, and four-holed panel

Hello everybody, Has anyone ever seen something like this? I don’t even know what I should do with the puzzle... Any suggestion or help is welcome!
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Is there an official name for visual puzzles based on observation skill?

Is there a common/official name for visual puzzles that are based strictly on the observation skill - like the common "Where is Waldo" pictures, "find all faces", "count all X in the picture (or find ...
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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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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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14 piece wooden cube puzzle

I bought this 14 piece wooden cube puzzle a while back, which I can’t remember the name of. I’ve been trying for a while now, and have also been searching the Internet for a solution. What type of ...
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How do I find more enigmatic, no-clues-given puzzles?

Most of my awareness of puzzles and puzzle games has come from a decade of haphazardly stumbling around the internet. There's a flavor/genre that I particularly enjoy, but I haven't had much luck ...
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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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I'm stumped on a simple roman numeral puzzle

I was working on this puzzle called cupid which listed a bunch of greek gods. I filled in all the answers in the answer grid which were their roman counterparts. Since these answers were now left ...
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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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What is this puzzle called? Have you seen it before?

The puzzle writer has named it “Twins and Triplets” but I believe that this might be an alias for the actual name of the puzzle. The premise behind it seems too simple for it not to already exist. I ...
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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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Six inch, clear plastic binary counting puzzle

About 30 years ago I remember playing with this puzzle. It was a device that was mainly a cylinder about 6 inches in diameter and perhaps 3 inches tall. The base was black plastic, and there were ...
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Kruskal's hard to refold envelope

In Wikipedia's bibliography of Martin Kruskal it is said: Martin, who had a great love of games, puzzles, and word play of all kinds, also invented several quite unusual origami models including ...
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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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Is there another name for this puzzle? (Kyudoku, Nine Find)

Is there another name for this type of puzzle? I can only find two examples of it online: https://www.brainzilla.com/logic/kyudoku/ http://ninefind.com/ In the game you start with a 6x6 grid filled ...
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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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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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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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Unknown 5-pieces cube puzzle - help recognize

I have strange 5-pieces cube puzzle which I can't solve for a long time. I don't know name of the puzzle and can't google it. I'm not sure that there are all pieces. Can you help to recognize it? ...
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Need help solving this code puzzle. Possible binary?

Me and a friend are trying to solve a series of puzzles, and this is the last one I need to solve and I'm stumped. It's a Christmas themed puzzle titled 'bLitZEN'. The only hints given are that the ...
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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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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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What is the name of AB×B×A=BBB puzzles?

Some puzzles goes as follows: Solve AB×B×A=BBB, where different letters denote different numbers and A and B are not zero. What is the name for these types of puzzles? Edit. I fixed my mistake in ...
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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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Remove first or last letter - What is the name of this word puzzle/type of word?

When I was a child I had a puzzle book. One of the puzzles involved finding words where you can remove one letter from the beginning or end of the word, and you still have a valid word. You can ...
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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 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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Is there another name or site for this “Dominotion” puzzle?

I discovered this very old Javascript game in my old bookmarks. It's a great puzzle. http://www.math.ucla.edu/~tom/Games/dominotion.html Does anyone know another name for this puzzle or a site or ...
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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 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 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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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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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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Looking for a kid's puzzle, cannot remember title

I'm looking for a kids' logical puzzle I saw in a Brazilian puzzle magazine several years ago. A farmer had a square farm with four houses and twelve trees and he wanted to divide it between his four ...
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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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I need help with a 12 piece wooden puzzle

12 pieces. See picture. Can’t find any solutions online.