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Questions tagged [rebus]

A puzzle that is portrayed using images and/or text, where solving the puzzle requires examination of the components' attributes (for instance, word position or color) or meanings (for instance, the name of a depicted item, or mathematical symbols to indicate operations on words or letters).

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Lock your computer when you walk away!

Well this is strange. I forgot to lock my monitor when I walked away from my desk, at work, and one of my co-workers decided to have a little fun. When I got back, I found this little C# console ...
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REJBÄS - an unfinished flat-pack puzzle

I'm going to come right out and say it: I'm kinda bored of making puzzles, but I still want those sweet, sweet imaginary internet points, so I'm phoning it in this time with a flat-pack rebus I bought ...
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What famous line does this Linux command line represent?

The following shows a Linux command line with a # prompt: ...
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What famous dialogue does this Java code represent?

The following is a text rebus in the form of Java code: ...
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Regular Expressions

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Mathematical Rebus

Mathematical Rebus II Mathematical Rebus III $$ 4\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^n}{2n+1}\\ (-\infty,...,-1,0,1,...,\infty)\times(-\infty,...,-1,0,1,...,\infty)\\ \forall\begin{bmatrix}{-1}&{0}\\ ...
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Quick rebus – Blink and you'll miss it!

The answer is the name of a place.
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The telltale code

The other night, while writing this Java class that could be serialized into a socket, I fell asleep and had a weird dream. In my dream, when I ran the program, the socket and the class object ...
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What is the title of this modern art painting, if not “Stars and Stripes”?

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art Still in the hyper-modern art gallery... "You know, even now that you have explained to me, how hyper-modern-art works, I still don't quite ...
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Emoji Story - bad jokes edition

For devices that cannot display all the emoji, Android screenshots are included with each. ✊✊🚪😕❓👻👻❓🚫😢 ❓☠️💲🌽🦌👂 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🍻🚶🦆 ❓6️⃣😱7️⃣7️⃣🍴9️⃣ ❓👃🚫📏👞 ❓❌🐈🐦🥕
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GRID-THIRTY-SIX

Solve 36 puzzles (or more) to find the final 6 letter answer.
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❤️🐖🤯Scrambled emoji tale☠️💰😊 #1️⃣

Note: If the emoji charactres of this question and its answers are borked, doubtful and what you can see are mostly boxes (like □ or �), you could try to install this extension if you are using Chrome ...
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Chuck Norris vs. This Question

public var c: = Infinity; public var w:Array = [,<...
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Took a trip to a parallel universe, need help deciphering

I recently traveled to a parallel universe where the people wrote in a symbol-heavy language seemingly derived from English. While there, I attended various sorts of collegiate lectures to get a feel ...
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Evaluate the image

What does this image evaluate to? Apparently, stack exchange complains if I don't have enough text, so I put this here.
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You must be THIS high to ride this puzzle!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. What is this?
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5×5 image grid – What are we looking at?

The final answer is the name of a fictional character. Image credits: 7: Rama, cc by-sa 2.0 fr | 11: Jonathunder, GFDL 1.2 | 13: Volatus, cc by-sa 3.0 | 15.1: ZngZng, cc&...
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Question the solution: a question

against ^ against | v--- this is + busbus + against | . gnra + >, , @ The solution to this rebus is a ...
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A calculation error made a rebus

What does this little rebus mean?  14   0 Is fourteen wrong or what? EDIT: OK, there have been way too many answers, only a few having some reasonable match with the rebus. ...
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Five Linux command line rebus puzzles

Solve the following 5 text rebuses, which are in the form of Linux (bash) command lines. Rebus #1 (solved by Prem) # type beep sound > file.txt 2> file2.txt ...
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#1 of the Memebus™

What phrase does this rebus represent? (Apologies in advance for MSPaint skills)
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From an IQ exam: What does this say?

From an IQ exam: What does this say?  ↑ → ← ↓ (Edited from  ↑ ← → ↓ ; see my explanation in Deusovi's answer below. I'll be going now.)
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Emojiture Challenge

This is the first question for the new Fortnightly Topic Challenge #5: Literature. My inspiration source was a TV show. I wanted to read some books during holidays, so a friend sent me a list of some ...
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What does this Java main() method represent?

The main() method in the following Java program is a text rebus. What does it represent? ...
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Just do it rebus

$\Large n = \Large a^{-1}\cdot e^{\frac{\huge it}{\huge s}}$ It is a catchy phrase.
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The Comforting Death Message

Linda sadly passes away in a stampede of elephants and when she reaches St. Peter, she is distressed because she doesn't think she'll be buried properly on the family grave plot and having to listen ...
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Grandma's Rebuses

DISCLAIMER: This story is fictional My dear grandmother passed away two years ago, with her husband, Ed, sitting solemnly by the side of her hospital bed. She was always kind, friendly, but also very ...
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Rematry oshkabus

I just got another picture in the mail, and can't for the life of me piece together why I've been getting such unusual letters... To make things easier for colourblind solvers: the second panel is #...
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Guess the Famous Painting

A famous art critic has recently been writing amazing essays on various paintings. The public loves these essays so much that each time the next essay is published, its painting skyrockets in fame, ...
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Mathematical Rebus II

Mathematical Rebus I Mathematical Rebus III $$\det\frac{\partial(x,y)}{\partial(r,\varphi)}\\ \sum_{n=2}^\infty \ddot{\frac{t^n}{n!}} $$
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🍩🔔🔥Scrambled emoji tale⚛️🎶🛒 #2️⃣

Note: If the emoji charactres of this question and its answers are borked, doubtful and what you can see are mostly boxes (like □ or �), I took a screenshot for you. Here is a story. It has 12 parts ...
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RIDDÅL - another unfinished flat-pack puzzle

This is an entry to the 19th Fortnightly topic challenge Yesterday I got a package in the mail. Attached to its top was a letter: Dear Alconja, That's strange, I thought... Must have gone to the ...
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Add a letter to make this true

Add a letter to make this true. Please retain the = sign. (I consider solutions involving ≠, for example, to be trivial)
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Eight Kings Problem

Went through approximately six trillion words ending in "king" while trying to figure out this puzzle. Couldn't find one that would fit. Not willing to let the effort go to waste, here are 8 of them, ...
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What does this pic rebus mean?

This is simple rebus. What is this pic rebus saying?
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A few rebus puzzles

First attempt at rebus puzzles, hope you'll enjoy them: 1) 2) 3)
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Rebus For Those Who Strive

Do you strive to do the impossible? You might have heard someone say this!
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We interrupt your scheduled series for a pretzel rebus

What does this rebus, drawn with pretzels, say? (This is what happens when I get bored with pretzels on the table... ;P) Note: The 'scheduled series' mentioned is this. It still needs to be solved! ...
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A rebus I've just watched

These two rebuses will give you a clue to what movie I've just watched. Can you guess it?
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A few Mathematicians derived from formulae

Find the 3 mathematicians which may be revealed, with a little manipulation, from the formulae below. They are well known enough to be in the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive. $$\frac{\chi }{...
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Another idiom for computer programmers

One of my (many) mottos: ...
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Looking For Riley Rebus #3? It's Right Here!

This the part 3 of the Riley Rebus series. Be sure to check out part 2 and part 1 Prefix + Infix + Suffix : To Clarify : The answer is only 1 word Hint : Additional Small Hint : Another ...
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My Grandfather's Final Message

As my grandfather reached the end of his long and satisfying life, I sat by his bedside and asked him what advice he could give me to help me in my own. Unable to speak, he pointed to his bedside ...
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Rebus puzzle: S + tie + shoes? + g

This is on a shirt I got for free once and now it's driving me crazy!
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Prepared for Yet Another Simple Rebus?

Solve this simple rebus. ??? It is quite simple and I guess it will be answered within a few minutes. :)
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What did I do yesterday Rebus?

What did I do yesterday ? Above image is the rebus. Src : slightly copied .
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A Game You Know

What game am I thinking of? Answers should contain the game's name and an explanation. I believe this is a medium difficulty rebus, let's see how fast you guys can solve it :)
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Finish the illustration's caption

Shown below is an excellent illustration from the obscure textbook "Aquatic Waterfowl and the Physical Properties that Govern Them," written by Quincy Adams Wagstaff. While the acclaimed professor of ...
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Religious animals

Since I've been only answering so far, I figured I should try creating some puzzles of my own, too. Please be gentle. :-) Anyway, here's a rebus-like puzzle, but this time the answers are single ...
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Yellow-X-Blue Rebus

Bonus points for explaining the question title. Clue #1 Clue #2 Clue #3 Clue #4 Clue #5 Clue #6 Clue #7 Clue #8