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A puzzle that involves figuring out what happened with regard to a certain incident.

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The Cryptic Safe

A safe was dropped off at a local police station, supposedly belonging to a highly wanted criminal. Police have suspicions that whatever is inside the safe will lead to this person’s whereabouts. Only ...
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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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What did the last words, "You put rice in the bread!" really mean?

The detective ate a slice of bread, seemingly made of wheat. The criminal showed up as the detective began to choke. The detective's last words were: "<choke> Y-y-you put... rice <gasp&...
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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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RIP Puzzling! (#2)

Last puzzle: RIP Puzzling! (#1) So, you turn off dark mode, and things seem normal at first, but then you see a message at the bottom in red that looked something like this... Hahaaaha! What are you ...
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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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RIP Puzzling! (#1)

May 28, 2024 - On htttps://puzzling2.exchange.com/ The workflow of questions is normal, everything is good on this new site; yet let's see what's happening on our father site, the great htttps://...
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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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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #04 - Mansion Massacre

This is the fourth Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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Ted's answer had Thomas shocked! "He... he's alive..." he realized

There's this built-in python module, we'll call it mystery. Now, mystery has this function, we'll call it ted. Also, mystery has another function, we'll call it jan. Finally, lets bring Thomas into ...
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Mystery of the two hearts

There was this popular girl in Facebook who had many followers. One day, she posted this post in her Facebook for fun and engagement: It's lazy facts day! Comment one lazy fact down below! So the ...
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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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Was someone there in the room, or it was just an illusion? [closed]

We were a very happy family of $3$ members, me and my mother and father. Sometimes my parents would go outside to visit my grandmother and I used to live alone freely, doing my work and reading ...
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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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Covid19 puzzle - count of people in a mall [closed]

There is a mall with 4 entrances, in each entrance is standing a doorman with a counter who counts the amount of people who entered through that entrance. If the counter reaches 200, the doorman ...
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Who broke your window? [duplicate]

One snowy night, you were sitting in your house sitting near a nice cozy fire. All of a sudden, a snowball came crashing through the window, destroying it. You hear voices of laughter and sounds of ...
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How to find half volume of tetrahedron?

Let's say you have a few juice packs that are shaped as regular tetrahedra. Question. Is it possible to measure half of the juice there is in one pack? Edit. You do not have any measuring tools (rules,...
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Logic: Match the Potion to the Drinker

You are known as a great alchemist and potion master, and have spent the past decade developing a series of extremely powerful potions. You have made some great progress, but the potions are not ready ...
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Measuring an infinite hole with an infinite rope [closed]

You have discovered a pit of unknown depth with impervious smooth walls. You also have a 1/2" twisted nylon rope which is 5,000km long and marked every meter. It is anchored to the ground by an ...
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Shut down the laptop!

Here's a computer based riddle for all the linux geeks out there: You just installed Ubuntu 20.04 on your shiny new laptop! The system boots you into your user and shows you the desktop. However, to ...
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Love ,relations are mere lies , go study boy this is your time

A wise old man once said the above lines when he came to know about one incident. The incident is as follows. A man and a woman living in a city , in the same street fell in love, both happily married ...
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