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A puzzle that uses images and/or text, where solving the puzzle requires examination of the components' attributes. Typically wordplay combining the images/text will yield a word or phrase.

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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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Regular Expressions

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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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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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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 ...
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❤️🐖🤯Scrambled emoji tale☠️💰😊 #️1️⃣

Note: If the emoji characters 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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Quick rebus – Blink and you'll miss it!

The answer is the name of a place.
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GRID-THIRTY-SIX

Solve 36 puzzles (or more) to find the final 6 letter answer.
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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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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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Emoji Puzzle - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Emoji Puzzle - UNESCO World Heritage Sites Created by myself during Covid-19 lockdown. I've posted an image because emoji rendering as text are not working too well.
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Ridiculous problem from an old maths textbook

There's a puzzling little problem I found in one of my old maths textbooks (Basics of Madthematics). In the middle of a whole bunch of normal problems on calculus and algebra and whatever, suddenly ...
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Chuck Norris vs. This Question

public var c: = Infinity; public var w:Array = [,<...
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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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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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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 crossword with no clues?

This crossword doesn't appear to have any clues... or does it? Solve the crossword to get a bonus puzzle, and find the final word to describe the crossword! Google Sheets Link
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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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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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🍩🔔🔥Scrambled emoji tale⚛️🎶🛒 #️2️⃣

Note: If the emoji characters 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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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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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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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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What is the phrase represented by this rebus?

For those who don't know, a rebus is where words are represented by a picture and you try to figure what word or phrase the picture is trying to represent. What is the phrase above?
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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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#1 of the Memebus™

What phrase does this rebus represent? (Apologies in advance for MSPaint skills)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does this pic rebus mean?

This is a 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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What is a Prebus Word™?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix (Somewhat in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.) If a word ...
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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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I was popular in the 1970s

I was popular in the 1970s. I can be represented by the following image: What am I?
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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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Pain By Numbers - a friendly enigmatic puzzle

I found this worksheet going though some old notes. Unfortunately, it seems the answer key got lost. Can anyone help?
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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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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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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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