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Puzzles which are themed towards or particularly relevant to a certain time of year, e.g. seasons, events, holidays.

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A quick, easy mistyped question

Waht is the appareytln ewird solution to this mestyrious arndom question? Note: Everything you need to solve the question is above, and when you get the solution it should be quite obvious that you'...
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My Uncle's present

It was Christmas at my Uncle's and I rushed downstairs waiting to see the present he had bought for me. But instead of a giant wrapped gift, I found a puzzle. My greetingc! I hope you are woll. ...
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The Prognosticator

As I traveled across the web, searching far and wide, I came across an odd puzzle that made me feel awry. It foretold the future's path and predicted no tie. How could this puzzle work, and what was ...
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Can you decipher the hidden message in this Christmas card image?

Sent by a friend in Germany. I have no idea what it says yet!...
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The year 2016 is approaching

Do there exist integers $r,s,t\ge100$ such that the decimal representation of $(r+\sqrt{s})^t$ is of the form $~~~\ldots\ldots2015\,.\,2016\ldots\ldots$? (In other words: the four digits before the ...
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The Musing Of the Eggs

The other day, I was working on decorating eggs for the upcoming holiday, and I was humming appropriate music to myself, while I worked. When I was finished, I was very amused to find that I had ...
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The Longest Chess Game

In honour of Stockfish and Leela Chess Zero just finishing the longest game in TCEC history at the Superfinal of the Top Chess Engines Championship Season 14, here's a simple problem related to chess ...
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Why didn't this kid get any presents from Santa?

He counted the days until Christmas every morning, lunch and evening. He made a huge wishlist of presents; a RC car, flashy shoes and much more. He couldn't wait until the day that he could show off ...
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A conversation about a Christmas gift

The Christmas fever has already arrived. So yesterday I saw the following weird conversation in a chat room: -${}$ You know, I figured out what to buy ou for Christmas. - What? - I'll tell you ...
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Time for Something New

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #23: Seasonal... Today, when you go to your mailbox, you find a thin card-sized envelope from your (in?)famous uncle—a games and puzzles creator of ...
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Piece of Cake for King Solomon

Today (7th of July, 2018) marks 40 years of independence for the Solomon Islands. To celebrate, I have decided to bake a cake! And what a pretty cake it's going to be: When viewed from the top, ...
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What is a X-Mas Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a X-Mas Word™. Use the ...
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A weird and spooky clock

Out of nowhere, a clock appeared on my desktop: (you don't have to be able to view the GIF in order to solve it, I think the "preview" image gives you all the minor clues hidden in it. I also ...
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Santa's Sacks and the Puzzling Presents

It's that time of the year*, and Santa is delivering presents to all the good children of the world. *Almost, since the fortnightly challenge is a tad late :) Informed by his elves that his sacks ...
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Diabolical Deceptions: A 333rd Birthday Tribute to J.S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most famous composers from the Baroque period. If he was still alive today, he’d be 333 years old. So, let’s celebrate 3 of his most famous works with a 33x33 loop ...
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Time to ring in the new year with an enchanting puzzle

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Pumpkin Carving

It's almost Halloween at Farthingbottom School and Professor Charles Flavanna is getting festive. "Right children, put down your copies of The Origins of Fort Monmouth - it's time to carve some ...
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A Halloween Riddle

My first's where you are when you aren't trick-or-treating My next is the start of what kids will be eating My third, when gigantic, might test your comport My fourth starts the season where ...
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Puzzling SE in 2017

Now twenty sixteen has faded away: A terrible year, I really must say. People dying, relationships up messed, Elections and politics dividing the West. I turn over on my side, For all is upside ...
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A man, a woman, and a pot of tea

A married couple making themselves some tea, but which is the man and which is the woman? It's impossible to tell from their names, so let's have some clues... Look at the one on the left. If it's a ...
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Capital Punishment - The Clock is Ticking

A little spooky teaser for the coming Halloween... A minor tag that suits but can't be put in due to the tag limit is omitted. Hints: 1 2 3 4
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Measurements for 2017

Just your basic New Year's puzzle. What do the following quantities have in common? 6 gigabytes 35 hours 50 hours 1 millimeter 3 imperial gallons Cryptic hint: Explicit hint:
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There's a Ghost of a Chance!

It's the eve of Halloween, and everyone is gathering for the Monster Bash at the Monster Mansion. The same haunts are hosting this year's event: Count Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Wolfman, Mummy, ...
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Post-Christmas - Christmas Movie Rebuses

You wait all holidays for a Christmas movie rebus and three come along at once! Can you deduce the films from the images? If you enjoyed these, there are some trickier ones here: The Revenge of ...
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I would look so cool in that hat

What common theme do the missing elements have? Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Image credits: 1.3 Hex, CC-BY-SA 3.0 2.1 Nevit Dilmen, CC-BY-SA 3.0 2.2 Cramyourspam, CC-BY-SA 4....
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Zeebus Puzzle #10

My dreaming took a turn towards nostalgia last night...
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Replace some letters at PUZZLE to find out a sentence

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A Christmas rebus

-Overheard at a party last night- "First, to my French friends: I wish you a "Joyeux Noël"! - ... - ... - ... - And finally, to my Spanish friends: "Feliz Navidad"! - Oh, and to you, ...
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A Halloween Chess Puzzle

Halloween is finally here, so I thought I'd do a theme puzzle! I love chess, and I wanted to do a chess puzzle... so... (It kind of looks like a jack-o-lantern, okay?) Black to move and ...
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Puzzling SE's Annual Advent Calendar 2016

It had finally arrived! PSE's annual Christmas advent calendar for 2016! The one thing that I had been waiting for all year! I tore open the packaging and let out a delighted gasp at this year's new ...
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Monstrous Morphemes

Below are thirteen clues that describe paired words. The first word in each pair is an atrocious attribute. The second word is a fearful figure. The words in the pair share a sort-of stem (or simply a ...
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The Spirit of Christmas

Alice: Help, It's almost Christmas but my house is full of spirits! Bob: But isn't that a good thing? Your family is joyful because it's the holiday season and they're excited for Christmas! Alice: ...
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Spooky Five Words (-----|||||)

Bringing this puzzle type back again. (See the original for the solution format.) My first is what you will seek. My second is what you should be. My third is something all monsters have. My fourth ...
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The Recursive Song

This is a revival attempt of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge. Easter is coming, time to hide some Easter eggs. As you probably know programmers hide them in program code. This type of Easter eggs ...
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A Twice-Seasoned Riddle

This riddle is in season twice per year. Now is one of those times. My first turns a harsh command into a start And aid for a structure to aid from the heart. Two of my second can take you ...
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Compound word cousins

Find a single word answer with the property that compound words formed from the answer have a word in common with compound words formed from each of the following : Text version: ...
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Can you figure out the christmas message?

Some puzzle-makers have decorated their Christmas tree. They have used glue to stick a letter to each Christmas ball. Every letter can only be found on one certain color of Christmas ball. But oh no, ...
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Don't get caught by the Hang Man

Bringing back the Backwards Hangman (created by Alex, see here for the first). fill in an "f" - The devil may carry. fill in a "d" - Probably has glasses. fill in a "c" - Popped at the party. fill in ...
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The Revenge of the Post-Christmas - Christmas Movie Rebuses

Rather enjoyed my first outing as a poser in Post-Christmas - Christmas Movie Rebuses so I have made some more. Hopefully these should be a little trickier! Deduce the three movies from the images. ...
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Happy 2017 Sudoku

This is a simple Sudoku. The only thing different from a regular sudoku are the symbols used: HAPY2017*. The snowflakes (a.k.a. asterisk) are like any other character. Wishing you a Happy New Year ...
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Christmas Day Cryptogram / Riddle

This is a cryptogram puzzle, with some riddle-style clues to help you solve it. When you find the thing that links all of the clues, that will let you deduce the keys to decipher the cryptogram. Here ...
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Help me to decorate my Christmas tree

Help me to decorate my Christmas tree with garlands of 7 bulbs. I want to fill in all the blank bulbs with numbers 1 to 7, so that each garland contains 7 different numbers. To make the tree more ...
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An Easter Puzzle

I woke up this morning to find Easter eggs hidden around the house. Instead of being filled with chocolate, each one had a slip of paper inside. Apparently the Easter Bunny left a puzzle to solve. ...
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Eight students in a line

The eight students filed into the classroom. The first thing they noticed was that the eight seats had been arranged in a line. The second thing they noticed was that the blackboard had some writing ...
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Holiday Formatting Dilemma

Can you find a way to reformat the following scroogy message into a more appropriate holiday sentiment? Hint:
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Christmas light horror story!

Inspired by stories of strangely behaved Christmas lights here on Puzzling, I feel comfortable now to share my own Christmas light horror story. It all started when I ordered a grid of star lights on ...
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Putting up the lights

Feeling festive, you decide it's time to put up the lights. You dig out the box and plug a strand in. Uh oh, they are all the same color. This won't work, these are supposed to be multiple colors ...
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Car hotter in winter

Every day I park my car in the same spot, which has not had any alterations done in years, nor has the surrounding area changed. No new trees, building, etc. I park my car in the same fashion each ...
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Trick or Treating in Trutham-And-Ly

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge... Trutham-And-Ly, you may remember, is a small town in the north of Logistan. It is divided into two districts, Trutham and Ly, separated by a small stream....
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What is a Christmas Word™? (also: Connect the Clues!)

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. 'Tis the season .... If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Christmas ...