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Is it always possible to balance a 4-legged table?

A perfectly symmetrical small 4-legged table is standing in a large room with a continuous but uneven floor. Is it always possible to position the table in such a way that it doesn't wobble, i.e. all ...
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The Evicted Tenant

Today, I started my job as a package delivery man. As chances have it, one of the delivery addresses was right on my apartment floor! However, the handwriting was so bad I couldn't even make out the ...
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The Secret Club

Since I was a kid, nobody wanted me in their super-exclusive clubs... the "House in the Tree Club"... the "Girls Only Club"... the "Whatever you are NOT Club"... but now that I am a skilled (and a bit ...
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How did the hit man miss?

Harry the hit man is hired to whack Vic the victim. Vic lives in the apartment complex illustrated below, and Vic parks overnight in the circled parking spot, and always leaves for work around 8am. At ...
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How did the police know?

One night, a man receives a call from the police. The police tell the man that his wife was robbed, murdered, and her body dumped in a remote location, and that he should reach the crime scene as soon ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery [closed]

Last year, December 21, 2013, you were awarded the "#1 Detective in the World" for solving more than 50 murders. Your boss gave you a promotion, contingent upon your moving to Chicago. You agreed and ...
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Half filled water bottle

If you are given a marker and a transparent water bottle partially filled with water, can you tell if the bottle is half filled or not?
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A long, lonely drive

It's early in the wee hours of the morning when a lonely farmer loads up his truck with his goods to sell. He lives far from the city and if he wants to ensure a good spot at the bazaar, he will need ...
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Guy who understands if a diamond is genuine by just looking at it

There is a guy who can determine if a diamond is genuine or fake by just looking at it. His name is Richard. One day, he is summoned by the leader of a gang of thieves. It turns out that thieves have ...
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A 600 foot Rope, and an 800 foot Drop

You find yourself trapped atop an $800$ foot tall building. The surrounding land is completely flat, plus there are no other structures nearby. You need to get to the bottom, uninjured, and can only ...
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A great wife — but not very logical

There was this husband and wife. They were married this day. On this day, the wife shot the husband, held him under water and then hung him up. Then they went out on a honeymoon. Wonderful ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 2

"Take her away!" commands the police officer, as two other officers handcuff the blonde woman. "Good work, Detective! I can see why you were named the number one detective. Keep up the great work!". ...
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Which teacher is the murderer?

In the first day of a new class semester, a student was murdered inside the classroom. No witnesses, no murder weapon, and no evidence. The police got four teachers as possible suspects, but they all ...
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The case of the pranking snowplow

It’s circa 1990, and there is a big snowfall in Some City, USA. The mayor has left his car parked in a public parking lot, and the next morning, he discovers that the lot has been plowed, but the ...
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Why do I always catch Bus B instead of Bus A?

Each day, I will catch either Bus A or Bus B on my journey home from work. Both take the same route, run every ten minutes, and take the same time to reach my destination. Neither is busier, cheaper ...
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The Secret Club (another one?!?)

Well... my first attempt to enter a Secret Club wasn't successful (see: The Secret Club), but this time I'm sure that nothing can stop me from reaching my goal... I've discovered this new club, whose ...
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Why the 7 Apples?

A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, a girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 3

Two of the officers arrest Detective Randy White; one was holding him, while the other was putting handcuffs on Mr. White. You see that the whole Investigation department talking, some whispering to ...
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That's What SHE Said!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Bob and Alice were talking about their friend Jenny. Alice was asking Bob why... Jenny bought an item for 6 dollars, then she ...
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One-one communication

5 people are standing in a circle - person A needs to tell his salary to person B, but none of the others should know A's salary. How is this possible, if every person only whispers to the person on ...
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How Can I Safely Double The Length of A Ladder?

I'm posting this from the roof of a building because I can't figure out a safe way down. I've scoured the roof for anything useful, and all I found was a coping saw. I also found a 100 foot ladder, ...
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Masked strangers take baby at knifepoint

(This probably isn't very original and maybe is too easy, but I came up with it on my own and figured I'd post it anyway.) Masked strangers forcibly took a baby from her mother at knifepoint. In the ...
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Another Sensational Crime Fiction?

William Herschel III, heir to the Herschel Paper Company, is dead. His body was found in fishing gear, discovered near the family estate's lake by his Labrador. Police immediately suspected foul play. ...
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No Shirt, No Shoes, Service [closed]

I was walking outside on a hot summer day, when I suddenly got hungry and walked to a restaurant to eat. I tried to go in, but I was rebuffed at the door. The server pointed to a sign outside that ...
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Sun setting in East! [closed]

It was a bright and sunny day during April- May(can say, peak of summer) in a country in the northern hemisphere, near to the equator. I was wandering(on foot) through this country's vast and open ...
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How do you walk across a 10' x 10' hole using two 9' boards?

Given a 10' x 10' hole which is very deep, how do you walk across the hole using two boards that are each 9' long? You can't jump, pole vault across, nail the boards together, or go around the hole....
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Which household object drew this pattern?

In my home is a common household object. I securely attached a marking pen to some point on the household object, and I placed a sheet of graph paper next to the pen, so the paper would not move. I ...
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A man is trapped in a cage and wants to escape but doesn't, even when given the keys. Why? [closed]

Note: I have invented this puzzle myself as far as I know. I'm certainly not aware of having read it anywhere else. I have no idea whether it will be hard or easy. A man is imprisoned in a strong ...
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The Strangely Clairvoyant Hobo

One day, I was waiting to get on the subway. I was eating the apple I always have for breakfast, and I decided to sit next to a homeless man on the bench. We saw a rather... rotund man walk by us, to ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 5

The room is pitch black; the only thing giving any sort of light is the moon. You look around, but can’t seem to see much at all. Suddenly, music starts playing and giant rats appear out of nowhere, ...
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The Bucket of Sand

Disclaimer: This riddle MAY have been given elsewhere. I heard this one a few months ago from a friend, and I have no idea what his source was. You're in a room, since that's your job. Your singular ...
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Three Subway Escalators

This is not my puzzle, and I don't remember the source, but I don't see it posted here yet, so... Update: After reading some of the alternative answers, I realize this puzzle would be better with an ...
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All hail the Victor

Victor Vauxhall set off in his Vauxhall Victor to drive from Vauxhall to Victoria in London. He drove at a constant velocity of 30mph. There was no other traffic on the roads at that time, however ...
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The head chef and the mad king [closed]

There's unrest in the royal kitchen. The king has lost his mind. The head chef tells his cooks his one wish: to stop the king from bullying him once and for all. They conclude that the only way to ...
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A strange way of buying eggs

Someone goes into a grocery store, and says he wants to buy an egg. Immediately, as if he just changed his mind, asks for 9 further eggs. The conversation can go like this: I would like an egg, ...
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Why won't the plane start? [closed]

I enter a perfectly normal airplane at a perfectly normal airport and I sit down in a perfectly normal seat. However, so long as I am sitting in this seat, the plane will not start. I'm not in the ...
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The Dragon or the Magnifying Glass?

You've been sent to prison, but the prisons where you are from are very clever. They do not just lock you up, they put you in a room with 2 doors. Door A is guarded by an evil dragon that will kill ...
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Easy Riddles #3 I tried to kill you 3 times <3

A girl shoots her boyfriend, but he doesn't die. She then holds him underwater for ten minutes straight, but he still doesn't die. Finally, she hangs him to the roof, and he is still alive. How is ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery - The Four Brothers

You get a call in the middle of the night which wakes you up violently—a call which you were not expecting. Your cell phone rings loudly because you have forgotten to turn the ringer off from the day ...
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A Pleasant Story

A woman walked into a room in the state of Maryland. She discovered that bits and pieces of her dead mother were packed in a freezer inside that room. After regaining her composure, she was notified ...
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How was your day at work?

A woman was employed as a temporary receptionist. She met her boss, was given some brief instructions then sat down at the desk and waited for clients. The first client examined the magazines and ...
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The old man doesn't like seagull meat

An old man and his mute niece always wanted to visit some beautiful tropical island. "Before my sight leaves me, I want to see how a real palm looks like!", said the old man. He was lying. His sight ...
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Attach a candle to the wall [closed]

The following is a classic puzzle. It has a canonical solution, but I'd also like any other creative or unusual solutions you can think of. This is a popularity contest - the highest voted answer ...
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Two Men - The Physicist and Plumber

You have two men in a room. You know for a fact that one is a physicist and the other is a plumber. Sadly both men have recently been rendered totally deaf and haven't learned sign language. This is a ...
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May the 4th be with you!

A line of people has formed to enter a place where only members are allowed inside. There is a doorman who says something to each person, and based on the person's response he can determine if they ...
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An extra Father's Day

I recently celebrated my 2nd Father's Day, yet my only child hasn't even had a first birthday yet. How is this possible? Clarifications: I live in the US and in my family you only celebrate Father's ...
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The Strange Abductor

Someone, or something, has been abducting members of your community! Though no deaths are reported, recovered victims are said to have suffered from a severe, albeit temporary, case of what could best ...
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Two men on a road

Two men are on the side of a long, straight road that runs east to west, waiting for a tow truck. They stand facing opposite directions, one east, one west, in order to scan the road. "Stop making ...
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Ridge Trail moisture mystery

(click to visit this picture via Google Street View) The weather was less pleasant than pictured above but the afternoon began nicely enough that I wasn’t about to waste an hour already ...
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The magical water drum [closed]

You have a leak-proof drum that can hold 50 litres of water. It has a separable lid, like the one you have on barrels. On Monday, you fill the drum to the brim, the full 50 litres. Then you leave the ...