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Pole, rope, and chasm

You come across a chasm. It's perfectly smooth, 50m deep, and 50m across, and too wide to go around. You have a pole that is 40m long, and as much rope as you need. How do you get across the chasm? ...
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Murder Mystery. Who is the killer?

There is a riddle about a Murder Mystery. My friend, who is studying law, gave me this puzzle. It was originally given to him by his professor, who often gives puzzles to his students. There are 7 ...
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The Question of the Seven Barbies

This question reminded me of this brainteaser I first saw, in an extended format, in a mystery manga from my younger days. I bought my young niece a seven-pack of Barbies for Christmas. (Okay, they ...
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What is the probability that your life will have lasted for 100 years once you die?

You are in a world where exactly 90% of all people live for exactly 3 years, and exactly 10% of all people live for exactly 100 years. Aside from what I mention here there is no information that can ...
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Musical murder mystery

This is a murder mystery set in an alternate reality that involves siblings of two famous musicians. Your job is to toe the line between reality and imagination, and figure out which of the stated ...
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Jacket Problem: Why So Sure? [duplicate]

Three girls graduating high school named: Eshal, Stacy, and Bridgette are playing a probabilistic game where they need to wear jackets of two colors: Bear Brown and Milk White. Initially, their eyes ...
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How to share 2 apples equally [closed]

This is trending on Twitter now, but it's just too delicious to not post. Downvote if you must! The riddle is: Only 6% of people can handle this puzzle: These three want to share two apples equally, ...
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©Law of True Love

Katy flipped again and denied payment after the police left. Professor: "Hey! Please provide your parent’s number." Katy: "Sorry I flipped! Anyways I live with my aunt! Please dial ...
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At what time did John arrive home?

John has quite a curious clock at home. Every hour it rings a bell as many times as the number of hours (At 2 o´clock it rings twice, at 3 o´clock thrice and so on), and it rings only once at a ...
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Need help solving the 'Who killed the vole' puzzle - Can you crack the code? [duplicate]

I am hoping to get some help with a puzzle that I've been struggling with. The puzzle is called "Who killed the vole" and it goes like this: There are four birds - hawk, owl, sparrow, and ...
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Breaking Gnomon Cipher [closed]

[First time posting so apologies if this is an inappropriate question for this site.] I recently finished reading the book “Gnomon” by Nick Harkaway. At the start of the book there’s a set of numbers ...
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Oliver Black is murdered [closed]

Billionaire Oliver Black is shot in his own mansion along with an Asian businessman, Mr. Lee. Lee was visiting Oliver for the very first time to discuss an Asian venture. Both were shot at close range ...
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Down the River... on a Broken Boat

You bought a second-hand motorboat a few years ago, but are just taking it out for the first time. You get it into the water with no problem at all- why would there be? You start off moving north at ...
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Six questions for the story

6 questions A brick falls from an airplane carrying 1000 of the same over a forest. How many bricks fell to the ground? How do you put a giraffe inside a fridge in three steps? How do you put an ...
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The Case of the Filched Fanfiction

The cops called me to advise on a case in a McMansion at the corner of Kirk Street and Spock Avenue. Normally I don't work with the 5-0 (or the Colombo, for that matter) but they were insistent and ...
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What did the mung bean become? [closed]

Mung bean fell from a tall building. Mung bean fell to the ground, what did the mung bean become? Tips: Mung bean fell from a tall building. What did the mung bean become?
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Do you know who stole the diamond? [closed]

One day, a diamond was stolen. Detectives came to the scene and asked the owner of the diamond to tell what happened. He said: "Five people came to see the gems today. Before they entered the ...
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How did the dog do it? [closed]

A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it? (...
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Truths tellers and liars. A short one

On a strange island five people are living. Of the one half we know: they only speak the truth, of the other half we know: they only speak lies. How is that possible?
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The Cryptic Safe

EDIT 5/2/23 (originally 9/20/22): I have found a mistake in the puzzle, and have provided a note to help get through it. This mistake does not strongly hinder your ability to solve the puzzle, as ...
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An injured surgeon [closed]

Two brothers are both surgeons. They are skiing in the Alps one snowy day. They are both overly cautious and carry the same basic tools of their trade whenever they ski. Coincidentally, both brothers ...
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Moorangri Topic Archive (mystery)

It is a mystery for you and your flipped boots...where is the light switch? Moorangri is in the international archive of Internet...as a subject.
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Ernie and the Disguised Donors

I was spending the morning helping Ernie dig up the potato patch when he got an emergency phone call from the Society for Absent-Minded Mathematics Professors – it appeared that they had “A bit of a ...
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Where were these posted?

Here's a little bit of a puzzle I came across in the wild. It's not too hard but I thought it was fun so I thought I'd share it. I recently encountered this ancient screenshot: When and where were ...
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Peter the Puzzling Plumber

In Peter’s home bathroom, there was a standard shower stall with everything working in a conventional fashion. Then Peter used some simple plumbing tools, and some ordinary, low-cost plumbing parts to ...
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I dial an arbitrary number on my phone, starting with 555. Someone picks up and greets me. Where did my call end?

For some reason, I picked up my phone and dialed a lot of digits, of which I can recall only the first three. It started with 555. Of course it couldn't be a real phone number, right? Hollywood hadn't ...
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Who Is The Culprit?

Victim: Johnny, 22 years old. Cause of Death: Bleeding, died 8 minutes after being discovered. Murder weapon: A 15-inch knife. All that's left at the crime scene is a string of letters, written by the ...
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Where are you, Sammy Wolfe…?

Adventurer and photographer Sammy Wolfe built a solar-powered airplane to explore the North American wilderness. Unexpectedly, the engine stopped working and he was forced to land his plane in the ...
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Can you find who is dead

Look at the picture and find who is dead? Source: BRIDDLES.COM
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Case of Punctured Tyre

A man drove his Innova car all the way from Shimla to Delhi only to discover at the end of the trip that he had a punctured tyre from the very start. Yet his Innova car was not at all affected by it. ...
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Four Mathematicians, Four Poker Hands and Four Clues

These four mathematician friends play poker every Saturday night. They always have a twist for the very last hand, just for fun. This Saturday the twist was “Factorial Clues”. The rule for the last ...
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Two prisoners look at each other through the prison bars [closed]

Two prisoners look at each other through the prison bars. Which one of 'em is free?
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Knights of the Square Table

I am of the order of the valiant Knights of the Square Table, an elite fraternity—far more so than those so-called Knights of the Round Table. There are so many of them, but only two of us! I serve my ...
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Larry and Laura Literal

Larry Literal loved Laura Literal, his lovely long-suffering wife. They'd lived together as husband and wife 50 long years. Longing to live near long-lost loved ones, they'd recently re-located to a ...
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Peas at the barbecue saved the day!

You were at your neighborhood barbeque when noticed a lady reporting a theft to the police. This is what you heard: Lady: Help! A man grabbed my purse and ran away! Police: Did you notice anything ...
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A physics problem? Hmm... Let's see

I've made this up and I have no idea how easy or difficult it is. Person A has two objects B and C. A performs an experiment in her living room. She places a 100cm high solid wooden box in the centre ...
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The glamorous couple and their cosplay workshop

Mike the MMA* fighter and his fashion-model wife Wendy make a striking couple. They turn heads, especially when engaging in their favourite pastime - cosplay**. Mike likes to dress as a fantasy hero, ...
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Explain these dirty tire tracks

The image below shows a clean Jeep and dirty tire tracks on a black paved parking lot. The tracks are dirtiest near the Jeep, less dirty at the bottom of the image, and even less dirty on the right ...
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Why did the number of islands change?

There is a cluster of islands, which a private pilot flies over at dawn. The pilot can see 17 islands. A week later, she makes the same flight, at dawn, following the same altitude, speed, path and ...
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He's a real mama's baby

Monday morning baby Alex awoke in his mother's loving embrace. His mother changed him, fed him, and snuggled him, which he of course loved. But when she went to get her coat and suitcase baby Alex ...
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The Strange Conversation

One morning, I was riding along my bicycle around town and I stopped outside the shopping center as there were 2 old-persons, one man and one woman (let's call them A and B) standing outside and ...
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Murder mystery of Dirk

Once I was spying, just for fun, on a classmate at a shopping mall. He (Jack) was meeting his friend (Dirk). Jack (speaking to himself and holding some bubble gum): I'm not going to buy those. They ...
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Explain this bad parking job

One bright Monday morning, I drove to work and parked my car in Lot A. That morning, others also parked in Lot A, and we all found each other’s parking jobs to be satisfactory. That afternoon, a co-...
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"I claim this corner of the world for Britain!" - What game are Alex and Brooke playing?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags Alex and Brooke are playing a game. I've transcribed their conversation below. Can you make sense of it? Alex: I claim this corner of the world for ...
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A Routine Doctor's visit [closed]

An unprepared student asked his doctor for help getting out of taking an exam. What suggestion did the doctor make? Doctor: How are you doing? Patient: Not so great. I have a test in a couple days ...
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Explain this pattern of water spots in a parking space

Today, I found this pattern of water spots in a parking space. Other parking spaces with cars in them also had similar patterns of water spots. What caused this pattern, and why are there more water ...
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A collapsed suspension bridge

I used to cross a suspension bridge to go to the other side of the road, there used to sit the local market and I used to buy grocery from them. The bridge was well-built and strong, but suspended. ...
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A Creepy Birthday Party

A little girl was invited to her friend's birthday party. After blowing out the candles and eating the cake, the children went out to play in the garden. The little girl's mother stayed in the kitchen ...
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But wait! We skipped a day!

Today is October 4th and tomorrow will be October 6th. Explain! Note: I just thought of this one day and decided to post it here. Please don't leave too many downvotes. :(
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Someone Shoot Me!

Real-life situation, this time. I was at work the other day and had just done something. I needed to tell a coworker he needed to do it as well, but he was on the phone at the time. Not wanting to ...
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